1. Hopkins2. Day-Lewis3. Cheung4. Bradford5. Wong
1. Hopkins2. Day-Lewis3. Bradford4. Cheung 5. Wong
Louis: Films to watch.Much Ado About NothingA Bronx TaleArmy Of DarknessM. ButterflyThree Colours: BlueCronosCool RunningsBenny And JoonThe Secret GardenAlive
Actually, 1. Hopkins2. Day-Lewis3. Bradford4. Wong 5. Cheung
Louis: And This Boy's Life.
Varun Neermul: 1.Lewis2.Wong3.Hopkins4.Bradford5.Cheung
Varun Neermul: Louis, your top 10 Leonardo Dicaprio acting momenst and your top 10 Brad Pitt acting moments.
Louis: Could you also watch Nicolas Cage in Deadfall.
Mine - 1. Cheung2. Day-Lewis3. Hopkins4. Wong5. Bradford
Louis: Your rating and thoughts on Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus.
Louis, would you place Lucas Hedges in lead or supporting for Manchester by the Sea? Because I thought he might be another case of category fraud when I saw the trailer, but I saw it yesterday and thought he leaned more towards supporting than I was expecting.
Michael McCarthy: Your ratings for Affleck and Hedges.
5 for Affleck, 4.5 for Hedges.
1. Hopkins2. Day-Lewis3. Bradford4. Wong 5. CheungLouis: Your top ten acting scenes from Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Edward G. Robinson.
Assassins Creed is only on 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, such a shame to see Fassbender, Cotilard, Gleeson, Rampling, Irons and a usually good director Kurzel in a poorly reviewed film.Ive seen Wong and Cheung of course being the HK slut that I am =D I reckon Wong and Cheung might get the same rating, Wong may edge it though because he is just so disgusting, you cannot take your eyes off him. 1.Hopkins2.Lewis3.Bradford4.Wong5.Cheung
Hangs head in shame. Why the fuck did I get my hopes up for this.
Louis: Its interesting that Anthony Wong was ill during Beast Cops because he doesnt look much healthier here in The Untold Story although that works to his advantage lol, even though he was only 33 years old lol. There was a pretty amusing interview with Wong when he promoted Beast Cops basically it wasInterviewer: "What was it like working with Sam Lee"Wong: "Haha he is a funny guy, he always stoned =)
I have to say, Wong is probably the HK actor who's work I'm most interested in seeing. He surprised the hell out if me when I finally saw Beast Cops, he's dangerously close to being my win over Gleeson for that year.
RatedRStar: I'm not surprised that Assassins' Creed got negative reviews. Movie adaptations of video games just don't work, not even cartoon (I'm looking at you Darkstalkers) or anime adaptations (with some exceptions).
Michael McCarthy: Anthony Wong is a very interesting man in general I mean like he is a punk rock singer in his spare time lol, I think Anthony Wong can and has given bad performances in films but most of the time he is always good to great =D.
Wong is fine in general but I much prefer the likes of a Lau Ching-Wan in general. He is fantastic in The Mission and Beast Cops though.
Calvin: Of course I love Lau Ching Wan I was desperate to get him on this blog at any cost lol, I would say Wong is one of HKs best, certainly on the upper tier of good Hong Kong actors, there arent many of them really when you look at all the Hong Kong Actors lol.
I always like to think whenever I request or vote for a Hong Kong performance that I tend to be very cautious and careful to make sure that it is definitely a good performance.
Then I realise that I requested Daniel Wu =) lol we all make mistakes.
Luke:Will do. Varun:DiCaprio:1. Lemmon Quaaludes 714 - The Wolf of Wall Street2. Selling the penny stocks - The Wolf of Wall Street3. Showing his men how to make a sale - The Wolf of Wall Street4. The Yacht - The Wolf of Wall Street 5. I.P.O - The Wolf of Wall Street6. Billy's first visit to the Psychiatrist - The Departed7. Finding his son - The Revenant8. Billy confronts Colin - The Departed9. Dinner at Candie's - Django Unchained10. Arnie finds his mother - What's Eating Gilbert GrapePitt:1. The Assassination - The Assassination of Jesse James2. You ever thought about suicide - The Assassination of Jesse James3. Mr. O'Brien Apologizes - The Tree of Life4. Meeting with Osbourne Cox - Burn After Reading5. Going to see Ed - The Assassination of Jesse James6. Talking about his shooting - Seven7. Teaching the kids how to fight - The Tree of Life8. The Train Robbery - The Assassination of Jesse James9. John Doe appears - Seven10. Calling Osbourne Cox - Burn After ReadingRatedRStar:Mortal Kombat continues to reign supreme, I guess. Although I did not have any real expectations, I thought there would be problems when they decided to retain the framing device. Michael:Hedges is definitely supporting to me.Anonymous:Kirk Douglas:1. Turning down the promotion - Paths of Glory2. The suicide - Lust for Life3. The Trial - Path of Glory4. The final scene - Lust for Life5. Chuck has a change of heart - Ace in the Hole6. The Ending - Champion7. Final fight with Gauguin - Lust for Life8. "I'm Spartacus" - Spartacus9. The Slap - Ace in the Hole10. Midge goes full heel - ChampionBurt Lancaster:1. Hunsecker's introduction - Sweet Smell of Success2. Elmer's baseball preaching - Elmer Gantry3. Hunsecker "helps" the musician - Sweet Smell of Success4. Showdown at the end - The Train 5. Elmer takes down the press - Elmer Gantry6. Moonlight's intro - Field of Dreams7. Hunsecker turns on Sidney - Sweet Smell of Success8. The Judge's deposition - Judgment at Nuremberg9. Final Fight - The Professionals10. Facing off with the president - Seven Days in MayEdward G. Robinson:1. All in a nice little package - Double Indemnity2. His final scene Soylent Green - Soylent Green3. Is this the end of Rico? - Little Caesar4. Listing off types of deaths - Double Indemnity5. The Captain breaks down - The Sea Wolf6. "Closer than that Walter" - Double Indemnity7. Rico fails to kill - Little Caesar8. The Captain realizes he's gone too far - The Sea Wolf9. The Haunting - Scarlet Street10. "Except in a pine box" - Little Caesar
Louis: I think Mortal Kombat is actually ok as a movie, it is fairly faithful to the first game with the exact same characters appearing which is about as good as one can get =D and the Mortal Kombat theme is still amazing to listen 2 lol, the actors do try as well I feel especially Lambert =D.
Louis: What are your thoughts on the X-Men episode Repo Man?
I will cry so much when Kirk Douglas moves on, such a legend =D.
Louis, if you're not sick of doing these, can I get your top 10 acting scenes for Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman?
1. Hopkins2. Day-Lewis3. Bradford4. Cheung5. WongLouis: Can you please watch Baazigar, and if anyone from this lineup is below a 3.5 (which I know is very unlikely, but still), and if you feel Shahrukh Khan's performance is worth a 4 or more, can you review his work instead?
Hmmmmm nothing from The Aviator in DiCaprio's Top 10 huh? Interesting...*cough cough* downgrade *cough*
Michael: I mean, there was nothing from Shame in Fassbender's top 10 and he still gives that performance a 5.
Matt: I think his favourite scene from that performance was the dinner he had with Nicole Beharie's character.
@Michael: If you saw Rules Don't Apply, your complaints about DiCaprio in The Aviator would vanish entirely.
Matt: I also think that these lists, are more about the acting and the directing going hand in hand with each other and Louis wasn't a fan of McQueen's direction in Shame.
Luke: Okay, I don't know what point you're trying to make but my point was that DiCaprio's not necessarily gonna get downgraded just because he didn't make the top 10.
Robert: I doubt it. Rules Don't Apply seems like a completely different type of film from The Aviator, and Beatty seems to be going for an entirely different type of performance. No matter how bad he is, I can't imagine it affecting my feelings towards DiCaprio's work one way or the other.
Matt: I get that, I'm just trying to make it happen regardless.
Matt: What I really meant was that the performance and the direction work in perfect tandem to create a very effective scene.
Luke: And I agree. I don't really understand what happened here...
@Michael: You would think, but watching RDA I was taken aback at how Beatty seemed to flip flop back and fourth between how he wanted to interpret Hughes in terms of tone. As a result, I ended up appreciating what DiCaprio was going for more I hindsight.
Oh hey, David Thewlis is joining the cast of Fargo, so that's amazing.
Louis: this is off topic but do you think you can watch Ruby in Paradise as well? I would love to read your thoughts on Ashley Judd's performance, one of my favorites from that year.
Oh, I forgot my predictions!1 - Day-Lewis2 - Hopkins3 - Cheung4 - Wong5 - Bradford
1. Day-Lewis2.Hopkins3. Cheung4. Bradford5.Wong
Luke (Re: Assassin's Creed): Don't worry. I too was looking forward to it, at least in a curious way. What a waste of such talent :(
I personally wouldnt downgrade DiCaprio but ah well lol.
DiCaprio losing his original win that Louis gave him was probably downgrade enough lol.
'The End Of The Tour' has one of tightest screenplays ever.
I doubt that one of these guys (that all or even Bradford) overthrew Jeff Daniels. As William Holden (Stalag 17) put it, "does anyone else want to bet?"My ranking is:5-Wong4-Cheung3-Hopkins2-Day-Lewis1-Bradford
Louis: On your Nominations page, you forgot to fix Alec Guinness. TLHM #4 TMITWS #8
Tahmeed: Have you seen 'Dil Chatha Hai'
Louis, Your top 5 favorite Daniel Day-Lewis performances?
Charles: Louis' list.1. My Left Foot2. There Will Be Blood3. Lincoln4. A Room With A View5. My Beautiful Laundrette
Luke, Thanks, But i'm sure Day-Lewis for Age of Innocence is getting on there soon.
Charles: At least an incredibly strong 4.5, but we'll see.
Foxx is terrible in 'Ray'... How could he win an Oscar?
Louis, what's your rating and thoughts on he actor who plays Ray as young? I think the kid is better then Foxx.
Varun: Good campaigning and playing a real person probably did it, plus he wasn't against a particularly competitive lineup, only Leo had an outside chance of winning.
I don't think Foxx was that bad, especially when he portrays the musical performances.
Whats worse is that the gang on this blog seem to be the only ones that do dislike Foxx in Ray, public opinion is overwhelmingly positive on Foxx in Ray which, I just feel that Foxx takes the too easy option of playing Ray with some painful impressions.
He comes off as a parody of Ray. Something that could be shown on SNL.
Jamie Foxx in Ray is the same as his Jamie Foxx Show work.
Overall a cringey, joke of a performance,
At least Regina King is very good in 'Ray'. Best part of the film. Louis, your rating and thoughts on Regina King in 'Ray'.
Varun: I've seen Dil Chahta Hai a very long time ago. All I do remember is that Aamir Khan was very good in it. I need a rewatch, to be honest.
Foxx is fine in Ray, nothing amazing but I personally think it's one of his best performances. Cheadle should have won though, most certainly.
Foxx stood out like a sore thumb in Ray. Kind of like Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, which is even worse in Foxx's case since he's the lead of the movie.
I saw Hotel Rwanda a few days ago, and I was amazed by Cheadle's work. He's easily a 5 for me, and he's my #2 of 2004 behind Jim Carrey's phenomenal performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Deiner:Sure. Varun:I'd agree King was good though her character almost seems comically like an afterthought, not to mention she has to attempt to give any reality to the creation of "hit the road jack" scene which is a pretty atrocious scene. I'll give her credit she keeps her head up best she can though. I wish that relationship had been developed more since King certainly tries. Anonymous:I've seen the episode but not in a very long time. I can't really remember it. Tahmeed:I'll try. Matt:Michael Caine:1. Watching the porno - Get Carter2. Danny's Exit - The Man Who Would Be King3. After the Abortion - Alfie4. The final kill - Get Carter5. The Epilogue - The Man Who Would Be King6. Jasper says goodbye - Children of Men7. "A Thankful Heart" - Muppets Christmas Carol8. Dying in a clown mask - Sleuth9. Carter meets Brumby - Get Carter10. Mortwell's final scene - Mona LisaMorgan Freeman:1. The Box - Seven2. Which eye? - Street Smart3. Rehabilitated - The Shawshank Redemption4. Spoil that kid - Seven5. Fast Black at a party - Street Smart6. Ned Can't Shoot - Unforgiven7. Mozart Narration - The Shawshank Redemption8. Sloth - Seven9. "Just Looking" - Driving Miss Daisy10. Kicking out the kids - Lean on Me
Tahmeed: Cheadle is amazing and he'd be my win in almost any other year that decade. Unfortunately it was also the year of Bruno Ganz and Tom Cruise.
Louis: Speaking of Collateral, your cast and director for a 1990s and 2010s Collateral?
94dk1:90's directed by John McTiernan:Max: Steve BuscemiVincent: Kurt RussellAnnie: Virginia MadsenRay:John TurturroDaniel: Isaac HayesFelix: Viggo Mortensen2010's directed by Kim Ji-Woon:Max: Chiwetel EjioforVincent: Byung-hun LeeAnnie: Gugu Mbatha-RawRay: Edgar RamirezDaniel: Wendell PierceFelix: Gael Garcia Bernal
Thanks! Some pretty unique choices for the 90s version. McTiernan would have done a great job as well, considering Die Hard and whatnot. The 2010s version also would've been something else.
Louis: If It's a Wonderful Life had been remade in the 50's, who would you have chosen for the part of George Bailey?
Saw Hacksaw Ridge. Let's just say I thought it was a combination of Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Paths of Glory, with Garfield going full on Jimmy Stewart in the early scenes and Jim Caviezel in the latter ones. In other words, I loved it. Extended thoughts soon to come.Garfield - 5Weaving - 4.5Palmer - 3.5Bracey - 4.5Vaughn - 3.5Worthington - 4Griffiths - 3Everyone else - collective 3 to 3.5
Louis, your top 10 Marlon Brando acting moments?
Anonymous:I honestly cannot envision anyone else in the role of George Bailey besides Stewart. It is such quintessential Stewart in everyway imaginable, and there's a reason it is in my top five leading actor performances of all time. Only Stewart could pull it off. Calvin:Glad to hear you really took to it. Varun:1. "Could've been a contender" - On the Waterfront2. The rape - A Streetcar Named Desire3. "Honorable Men" - Julius Caesar4. Confronting Friendly - On the Waterfront5. Learning about Sonny - The Godfather6. "Stella" - A Streetcar Named Desire7. An errand boy - Apocalypse Now8. Confessing to Edie - On the Waterfront9. The opening - The Godfather10. Finding his brother - On the Waterfront
That's a fantastic choice of scenes for Brando. And yeah, I'd say HR is right up there in my top 10 of the decade already. Speaking of which who would you have picked in Vaughn's role? Because while I understand some of your reservations I thought he was perfectly cast (and I thought he looked awful in the trailers).
Also, for that 2010s version of Collateral, should it be Choi Min-Sik cameoing in the Jason Statham equivalent? My 2010s Leon the Professional directed by Kim Ji-Woon Leon: Lee Byung-HunMatilda: Angourie RiceStansfield: Warren Oates
I actually had a conversation with someone yesterday about how I wanted Lee Byung-hun to play Roy Mustang if they ever make an Englsih language Fullmetal Alchemist movie.
Calvin:Well for Vaughn, again I did like him, but maybe Bobby Cannavale who I feel could still keep that comedic energy yet bring a bit more intensity. And yes Min-sik in the cameo role would be perfect.
Louis what would the rest of your wins be for 1951?
Anonymous:Director: Alfred Hitchcock - Strangers on a TrainProduction Design: The Tales of HoffmannSound Editing: Ace in the HoleSound Mixing: Strangers on a TrainScore: ScroogeEditing: Strangers on a TrainVisual Effects: ScroogeCostume Design: The Tales of HoffmannCinematography: Strangers on a TrainMakeup and Hairstyling: The Tales of HoffmannOriginal Screenplay: Ace in the HoleAdapted Screenplay: Strangers on a TrainSong: "The Cool Cool of the Evening" - Here Comes the Groom
Robert: You think a movie adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist could work?
Louis, Your top 10 Richard Attenborough acting moments?
Louis, your top 10 Joe Pesci acting moments?
@Anonymous: Yes, but only if the adapted the 2003 series. The manga/Brotherhood doesn't lend itself to adaptation like that series does. Easier to condense into two or three movies and keep the plot and characterization.
With all the talk about who the Best Actor nominations will look like, what does everyone think the Best Picture nominations will be?
94dfk1, Here's what i think - “Hacksaw Ridge”“Hell or High Water”“Lion”“Manchester by the Sea” (winner)“Moonlight”"Loving" "La La Land""Fences"
Still haven't finished Farewell My Concubine but I'll put in predictions anyway.1. Anthony Hopkins (WOW I was surprised how good he was. I wouldn't mind if he took the overall.)2. Leslie Cheung3. Daniel Day-Lewis (Fascinatingly magnetic for one of his "subtle" performances.)4. Jesse Bradford 5. Anthony Wong (Wasn't a fan of the film but he at least matched the tone effectively.)
Michael McCarthy: Your ratings and thoughts on the lineup.
Changing my predictions.1.Lewis2.Hopkins3.Wong4.Bradford5.Cheung
Luke: You mind if I finish Farewell My Concubine first? Just so I can give them all at once.
Michael: I don't mind. :)
Charles:Attenborough:1. Christie murders Beryl Evans - 10 Rillington Place2. Christie at the homeless shelter - 10 Rillington Place3. Pinky's hit goes wrong - Brighton Rock4. The Major refuses to give up his arms - Guns at Batasi5. "Shut up" - The Angry Silence6. The First murder - 10 Rillington Place7. Pinky's tape recording - Brighton Rock8. Meeting with the Union Boss - The Angry Silence9. The Major is dismissed - Guns at Batasi10. The final Seance - Seance on a Wet AfternoonVarun:Pesci:1. "Funny How?" - Goodfellas2. Brothers meet again later - Raging Bull3. "You wanna know who killed Kennedy?" - JFK4. Billy Bats - Goodfellas5. The final fight - Raging Bull6. Killing spider - Goodfellas7. The Bad Suit - My Cousin Vinny8. Initial Interview - JFK9. Tommy is a "made man" - Goodfellas10. Nicky's end - Casino
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