Sunday, 24 July 2016

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1985: Results

5. Ian Holm in Wetherby - Sorry about doing it again. Holm though has only a few minutes of screen time sprinkled throughout the film as one of the main character's friends. Holm does what he can in establishing a real pathos to his character's diatribes. He's good but there's almost no time for him to fully flesh out his character.

Best Scene: Stanley ponders about Thatcher. 
4. Roddy McDowall in Fright Night - McDowall gives a delightful performance as he brings just the right amount of humor as his vampire hunter actor turned vampire hunter.

Best Scene: Peter gives Jerry the vampire test.
3. John Lone in Year of the Dragon - Lone is the highlight of his film giving a complex and consistently compelling portrayal of an ambitious gangster.

Best Scene: Joey Tai meets with the soldiers.
2. Ian Holm in Dreamchild - Holm gives a downright brilliant performance as he makes his Lewis Carroll a fascinating enigma that allows for the needed interpret while never seeming vague in his portrayal either.

Best Scene: Dodgson asks Alice about marriage.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis in My Beautiful Laundrette - Day-Lewis gives a great performance as per usual, as less per usual for him here he shows off his ability to be quite charming and crafts a truly endearing and sympathetic character.

Best Scene: Johnny and Omar meet up again.
Updated Overall

Next Year: 2011 Lead


Anonymous said...

This was a great year.
For 2011 Lead, I'd suggest:
Mullan in Tyrannosaur
Fiennes in Coriolanus
Gierzsal in Suicide Room
Henshall in Snowtown
Harrelson in Rampart
Louis: Who would be your cast and director for a 1930's version of The Sting?

Michael McCarthy said...

Woody Harrelson-Rampart
Antonio Banderas-The Skin I Live In
Ralph Fiennes-Coriolanus
Peter Mullan-Tyrannosaur
Jakub Gierszal-Suicide Room

Michael McCarthy said...

Also, rating and thoughts for Albert Brooks in Lost in America?

Louis Morgan said...


The Sting directed by Ernst Lubitsch:

Henry Gondorff: Walter Huston
Johnny Hooker: Fredric March
Doyle Lonnegan: Claude Rains
Lt. Snyder: James Gleason
J.J. Singleton: Donald Meek
Billie: Alice Brady
Kid Twist: Frank Morgan


Brooks - 4(Classic Brooks as he's one of the very best at the cynical retorts. Brooks I find though is always very good at not wholly just doing the Brooks routine even if he essentially is playing the same character. This is because Brooks does actually bring emotional investment to the role, even while being hilarious as well. In fact these often go hand in hand particularly in the scenes where he reveals his frustration at what his wife does later on. Brooks makes the anger real yet funny at the same time. My favorite scene though had to be when he plays the salesman with the casino owner (Gary Marshall RIP whose reactions are also hilarious), as he tries to do the impossible in asking for his money back from a casino.)

Matt Mustin said...

I'm gonna add three suggestions to the ones mentioned above.
Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

and two that you may not like, but I love
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50
Rainn Wilson in Super

94dfk1 said...

Here's my cast and director for a 2010s version of The Sting

Director: I'd like to see what Edgar Wright would do with this material.

Johnny Hooker: Ryan Gosling

Henry Gondorff: Joel Edgerton

Doyle Lonnegan: Josh Brolin

Matt Mustin said...

Well, Edgar Wright's the perfect choice to direct, but then doesn't that mean we have to have Simon Pegg in the Paul Newman role?

Louis Morgan said...


He would make a great Kid Twist.

Louis Morgan said...


I like Edgerton a lot, but for Gondorff I think you need someone who just exudes charisma like Newman did, so I'd say Robert Downey Jr. would be perfect.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis, what are your top ten films of 1929, 1938, 1948 and 1980?

Alex Marqués said...

I love so much the current 2011 line-up (except Dujardin, but because I haven't seen The Artist), I wish no one took Fassbender's or Shannon's place.

94dfk1 said...

I chose Edgerton at first because he reminds me of the type of guy who could be involved in the stuff that Newman's character was also into, but RDJ would be perfect indeed. It's funny that you mention RDJ, since I also brought him up in a retro casting of Prisoners set during the 90s with him as Detective Loki in an earlier post.

Anyway, I've seen Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips, Filth and Her all since the beginning of the year and WOW! All of the leads in those movies completely knock it out of the park! You could put their names on a dartboard, throw a dart at it, and whomever it landed on, I'd be content with them replacing Christian Bale (though I'm a sucker for Isaac). I like Bale as much as anyone, but he's pretty forgettable in American Hustle IMO. Renner should've gotten more love from that movie.

Calvin Law said...

Besides the requests:

Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead
Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet, Intouchables
Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 (but to be honest he's kind of waned for me, I'd much rather see a review for Schoenaerts or the Intouchables boys)

Matt Mustin said...

I feel like Damon's performance in The Adjustment Bureau works *entirely* based on whether or not you like him a lot to begin with, and I don't think Louis does.

Anonymous said...

What did you think of Wetherby and Vanessa Redgrave and Judi Dench's performances in it Louis?

RatedRStar said...

There is like 7 winning requests so the lineup shouldnt be a problem, unless you arent confident you can do 7.

Ohh god your finally gonna see Gierzal, the performance is pretty much me in real life on that screen, were practically the same person in everyway, ohh ill get goosebumps just seeing his picture appear lol.

P.S I am at work and Google is being silly so account wont appear for some reason.

Peter Mullan - Tyrannosaur
Jake Gyllenhaal - Source Code
Ralph Fiennes - Coriolanus
Jakub Gierszal - Suicide Room
Michael Smiley - Kill List
Daniel Henshall - Snowtown
Woody Harrelson - Rampart

Michael McCarthy said...

Wasn't Gyllenhaal recalled by the person who requested him?

Calvin Law said...

I think Louis has cancelled recalls/changes in requests.

Calvin Law said...

Matt: That's very true. Well, I hope Louis gives it a watch anyway, my 3rd favourite Damon performance.

Calvin Law said...

As opposed to giving him a review that is.

Luke Higham said...

Aside from the requests,
Matthias Schoenaerts - Bullhead
Antonio Banderas - The Skin I Live In
Payman Maadi - A Separation

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Payman Maadi is very good in A Separation, although the standouts of the cast are Shahab Hosseini and Sareh Bayat (both amazing). Don't really care for Fiennes' bombastic performance in Coriolanus or the movie as a whole. I actually thought Gerard Butler was better (even if nothing amazing). Vanessa Redgrave was the only truly remarkable element of the movie.

Calvin Law said...

I agree Giuseppe, easily Butler's best performance and Redgrave was very good too. Fiennes was good but he's an actor I much prefer when understated/relaxed in his approach. I'd still give him a 4 though.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I'd actually be less generous. I'd probably give him a 2.5 as I thought that while there was effectiveness in his quieter moments the rest of his performance was just loud without much nuance. Butler was very good (probably a 3.5 for me as I thought the movie didn't give him the time he deserved) and Redgrave was great (a 4 bordering on a 4.5). I thought Chastain, an actress I usually love, was surprisingly weak in her role.

Calvin Law said...

I completely agree about Chastain, she was kind of forgettable, and it was easily her weakest performance from her banner year (which isn't saying much since she was great in Tree of Life and Take Shelter, and pretty good in The Help).

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Could you add Bell & Serkis to your 2011 rankings for Tintin.

For ranking purposes, please watch:
A Separation
Attack The Block
Super 8
Margin Call
The Mechanic
The Raid
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Devil's Double
The Beaver
and Weekend

Robert MacFarlane said...

Daniel Henshall in Snowtown
Peyman Moyaadi in A Separation
Tom Cullen in Weekend
Chris New in Weekend
Woody Harrelson in Rampart

Calvin Law said...

I could imagine Louis liking Gibson in The Beaver. Second Rango and Attack the Block as well, for the latter I think he'll be astounded at the type of character John Boyega plays in it.

Luke Higham said...

Finished watching Love & Friendship, Beckinsale's terrific.

Have yet to see The Neon Demon, Green Room, Demolition, Everybody Wants Some!, Elvis & Nixon, Sing Street and The Shallows.

John Smith said...

Long time.

Kevin Vaz/Play (My win for 2011, please review this Louis, It is a great performance. Please, please, please review this. Pretty pleaaaase!)

Rishi Kapoor/Do Dooni Char


Banderas/The Skin I live In

Thomas Doret/The Kid With A Bike

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Watched any new films lately.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Rest in Peace, Marni Nixon, a key member of films I watched when I was young.

Calvin Law said...

RIP Marni Nixon. Great voice crucial to the success of the films she provided the behind the scenes work for, including my fave Deborah Kerr and her Anna in The King and I.

Louis Morgan said...


I'll always review a winning request no matter what.



1. Woman in the Moon
2. The Love Parade
3. Pandora's Box
4. Big Business
5. Bulldog Drummond
6. Condemned
7. The Cocoanuts
8. The Great Gabbo


1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
2. Bicycle Thieves
3. Fallen Idol
4. Drunken Angel
5. Fort Apache
6. The Red Shoes
7. The Search
8. Oliver Twist
9. Call Northside 777
10. Key Largo


1. The Elephant Man
2. Breaker Morant
3. Kagemusha
4. The Empire Strikes Back
5. The Big Red One
6. Raging Bull
7. Ordinary People
8. The Blues Brothers
9. Coal Miner's Daughter
10. Airplane!


Redgrave - 3.5(The film itself I thought was an intriguing idea in terms of the writing, but never quite flourished due to the often awkward choices made in terms of the directing. Every character we get glimpses of it feels like even Redgrave who is indeed lead. Like Holm she fulfills as much as she can in the role, but the arc for the character always seems so muted. I don't believe this to be Redgrave's fault, but rather due to the faults of the film. It's fine work, but just never delivers the emotional impact one would expect.)


No new films.

Michael McCarthy said...

Did you see that I also requested your top ten for 1938, or have you already posted that somewhere?

Louis Morgan said...


1. Angels With Dirty Faces
2. The Lady Vanishes
3. The Adventures of Robin Hood
4. Bringing Up Baby
5. You Can't Take it With You
6. The Human Beast
7. Pygmalion
8. Holiday
9. Block-Heads
10. Marie Antoinette