1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Schoenaerts3. Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)4. Courtenay5. Jones
Louis: Are you reviewing Siddiqi in Gangs Of Wasseypur part 2.
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)4. Jones5. Courtenay
Luke:I believe he's supporting.
I expect a 4.5 or more for all 5.
Louis: Nevermind then.
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Schoenaerts3. Mikkelsen (Royal Affair)4. Jones5. CourtenaySchoenaerts was amazing. I've also seen Courtenay and I remember him being quite effective too.
4. Jones5. Courtenay
1. Mikkelsen (Hunt)2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (Affair)4. Jones5. Courtenay
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt) 2. Jones3. Schoenaerts4. Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)5. CourtenayMy personal ranking:1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Courtenay3. Schoenaerts4. Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)And do check out Song for Marion if you've time, Stamp is heartbreaking in it.
Great line-up, i could imagine a new overall winner will be crowned.1. Mikkelsen (Hunt)2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (Affair)4. Jones5. Courtenay
I don't think Phoenix is 100% safe at #1.
1. Mikkelsen (Hunt)2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (Affair)4. Jones5. CourtenayLuke: Why? Because of Mikkelsen and Schoenaerts?
Anonymous: I think Mikkelsen could really challenge for the #1 spot. That is all.
Anonymous: Also, Phoenix is Louis' favourite of the decade and Mikkelsen's just as good, if not better in my opinion.
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt) 2. Schonartes3. Jones 4. Mikkeslen (Royal Affair) 5. Courtenay
Louis: Have you heard that David Mackenzie is making a film about Robert The Bruce with Chris Pine in the title role and Ben Foster as his advisor.
Luke: I'll agree that Mikkelsen is just as great as Phoenix. The guy's so underrated.
Luke:Well, color me more than very intrigued at that prospect.
Iain Glen as Bruce's father, Jeremy Irons as Longshanks.
Well what do you know, I've actually seen 3 of these performances. 1. Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)3. Matthias Schoenarts4. Toby Jones5. Tom Courtenay
Michael McCarthy: Ratings and thoughts on the performances you've seen.
1. Mikkelsen (Hunt)2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (Affair)4. Jones5. Courtenay
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Mikkelsen (ARF)3. Schoenaerts4. Jones5. Courtenay
Here it comes folks. Perhaps one of the most anticipated moments in the history of the blog: Louis' review of Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt! I quite liked the movie and I now have Mads as an actor to watch.1. Mikkelsen (Hunt)2. Schoenaerts3. Mikkelsen (Affair)4. Courtenay5. Jones
94dfk1: You're goddamn right. I've been anticipating this review for 4 f****** years.
94dfk1: Yep, much anticipated. And i'll be sad to see Trintignant out of the top 5 if it happens. 2012 was a very strong year for lead.
I'm gonna make a prediction for the top ten:1. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt2. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master4. Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln5. Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust And Bone6. Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour7. Denis Lavant in Holy Motors8. Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained9. Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair10. Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe
Luke: I'd just switch Mikkelsen and Waltz on your prediction and that would be my prediction for the overall.
Charles: I'll switch it around. I hope Mikkelsen gets 2 fives from this year. It would really help him on his way to all-time great status on the blog.
I kinda hope Trintignant stays in the top 5 (and maybe Waltz keep his position).
Louis: would you say your appreciation of The Hateful Eight has slightly diminished? Was looking at your top 10 Sam Jackson and QT lists and realized that it only appeared once on both, even though I remember you liking it a lot more in terms of individual scenes like the coffee scene, Daisy bargaining scene, etc.
And the ending, of course.
Calvin:No I wouldn't say so.
Louis: And would you say your love for McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club has diminished in any way?
Charles: I think he said awhile back, that he couldn't put Isaac above McAvoy and McConaughey, so I don't think his opinion of him has diminished.
*whispers very softly* You should give Isaac your 2013 win, Louis.
Charles:No I wouldn't say so.
Louis: what video editing software do you use for your videos?
Louis: Do you have an Apple Mac or Microsoft Windows computer.
1. Mads (The Hunt)2. Toby3. Mads (A Royal Affair)4. Matthias4. Tom
1. Mads (The Hunt)2. Matthians3. Toby4. Mads (A Royal Affair)5. Tom
Varun Neermul: Louis, i requested Nawazudin Sidqui for Gangs Of wasseypur 2 and that movie was released In 2012
1. Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt)2. Matthias Schoenaerts3. Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair)4. Toby Jones5. Tom Courtenay
Louis: is it possible for Bridges to be upgraded for The Big Lebowski?
1. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)-I bet he'll win the overall as well. 2. Schoenaerts 3. Mikkelsen (Affair) 4. Toby Jones 5. Tom Courtenay Varun: Louis will review him in supporting, as Louis thinks that's the proper placement for him.
Does anyone think Sacha Baron Cohen should be reviewed for Borat? Or Jack Black for The School of Rock?
Alex: I don't think Bridges can be upgraded to a 5. Louis said that the performance doesn't as work as well for him as it does for others.
It was just in case he could change his mind, just curious.
Tahmeed: Aha.. Ok
1. Mikkelsen/The Hunt2. Schoenaerts3.Mikkelsen/A Royal Affair4.Jones5.Courtney
Louis: Are you going to review both of Mikkelsen's performances in one post, or separately.
Tahmeed: I'd like to see a review for Baron Cohen in Borat. Black's best work was in Bernie and Louis has already seen School Of Rock and doesn't seem to care much about it.
Louis: If you have indeed seen School of Rock, could you please give me your rating and thoughts on Black, and your thoughts on the film?
Luke: That sucks to hear, cause I thoroughly enjoy that film and it was one of my favorite films growing up.
Tahmeed: Mine as well.
Louis: While you do your reviews, could you watch the animated film Superman vs. The Elite?
Luke and Tahmeed: I liked School of Rock when I was a kid, but looking back on it, I don't think it's that good.
Anonymous: I'm not as enthused about it now, but I enjoy it every now and again. It's one of those films that you might love as a kid, but once you're more critical as an adult, that love just isn't there anymore.
Luke: I don't know if you already knew this, but Hardy is going to play Al Capone.
Anonymous: In Josh Trank's new film, Fonzo. Yes I do. He'll be better than De Niro, for sure.
Luke: While Hardy is going to be good, I don't think the film'll be great or even good. Ever since Trank did Fantastic Four, I have my doubts he'll do better with this movie.
Anonymous: I agree.
I expected Louis to review the Mikkelsen performances separately.Louis: Your thoughts on Takashi Shimura in Snow Trail.
Charles: I expected it too. The Hunt should be reviewed by itself and A Royal Affair could be a double review.
Well, just found out I'm going to play Macbeth for my school literature project.Louis: Which take of Macbeth do you think I should study? I am confused about attempting a Scottish accent or not, and also how to do justice to the Bard's words without messing them up.
Tahmeed: I assume you've seen Fassbender already, so I'd recommend Nicol Williamson, Ian McKellen, Jon Finch and Patrick Stewart.
Tahmeed: Louis will say Fassbender, since he hasn't seen Williamson, McKellen and Stewart.
Upon rewatching The Hunt, I can undoubtedly say that Mikkelsen is not only my win for 2012, but also my favorite of the decade. If anyone can take down Phoenix, it'll be him.
Tahmeed: I had Garfield at #1, but on a re-watch of The Hunt, I just had to give it to Mads. That scene in The Church is astounding.
I'd say McKellen is the best if you're doing a stage production, Fassbender's interpretation is great but I don't know if it'd translate all that well off the big screen.
Tahmeed: My number #1 would probably be Garfield. With Mads at a close #2.
My new top 10 would be1. Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)2. Mikkelsen (The Hunt)3. Garfield (Silence)4. McKellen (Mr Holmes)5. Tremblay (Room)6. Schoenaerts (Bullhead)7. Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)8. Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)9. Gosling (Drive)10. Hardy (Locke)
Actually Hardy, Gyllenhaal and Keaton would be in a three-way tie.
My top ten would be-1. Mikkelsen in The Hunt2. Garfield in Silence3. Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler4. McAvoy in Filth5. Mortensen in Captain Fantastic6. Tremblay in Room7. Gosling in Drive8. Affleck in Manchester by the Sea9. Fassbender in Shame10.Segel in The End of the Tour
My favourite from 2014 is Ralph Fiennes, but I still haven't seen Selma.
My top 10 of the decade.1. Andrew Garfield - Silence2. Mads Mikkelson - The Hunt3. Joaquin Phoenix - The Master4. Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Solider Spy5. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler6. Choi Min Sik - I Saw The Devil7. James McAvoy - Filth8. Matthias Schoenaerts - Bullhead 9. Ryan Gosling - Drive10. Michael Fassbender - Macbeth
Louis: Another film you may want to take a look at is Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did with Jack Reynor.
My ten would be:1. Michael Shannon in Take Shelter2. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master3. Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network4. Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davies5. David Oyelowo in Selma6. Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year7. Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel8. Jason Bateman in The Gift9. Joel Edgerton in Loving10. Christophe Waltz in Django Unchained
Robert: Finally someone includes Shannon!
Louis, have you finished Feud? If so, can you rank the cast?
Tahmeed:Only watched it once, when it came out, and didn't care for it.Giuseppe:1. Alfred Molina2. Susan Sarandon3. Jessica Lange (I have to admit she was rather great in the last episode)4. Stanley Tucci5. Jackie Hoffman6. Dominic Burgess7. Judy Davis8. Alison Wright9. Kiernan Shipka10. Kathy BatesAnyone with a speaking line and the extras.All inanimate objectsCatherine Zeta-Jones
'You're an inanimate object' - for once the saying proves true apparently. Also, gosh, was Bates that bad too?
Louis: What's your rating for Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted.
Anonymous: She's a 3.5, I believe.
Everyone: Who do you think will be reviewed first, Courtenay or Jones.
Luke: I assume Courtenay.
Tahmeed:Must concur with Matt in regards to a Scottish accent, if it didn't work for Orson Welles of all people, best not push your luck. Given the situation I'd honestly recommend Jon Finch, as it's a good straight forward take, though you'll have to find your own way with the soliloquies. Charles:I believe I've covered him before, I'll have a look. Calvin:She unfortunately was basically only in the Ryan Murphy directed episodes so her performance is almost all camp. She's better at it than Zeta-Jones but I thought it was one of her weakest performances.
Tahmeed: Think of it this way. If you were going to play Hamlet, would you use a Danish accent?
Louis: I think you covered Mifune for Snow Trail, not Shimura.
Matt: what approach do you and your cast members use when putting on say, a British play?
Louis: Do you think it's a great shame that Finch never got to act the soliloquies. I think he would've got a 4.5, if that were so, because he did deliver them well, despite being a voice-over.
Calvin: It's different with Shakespeare. Because of the way the language is written, if you are using an accent other than your own, it just becomes distracting.
Also, for the second season of Feud, Steve Coogan as Charles and Talulah Riley as Diana?
Louis why not Mifune or Fassbender?
Anonymous: Fassbender's an alternative take, where he's at his most sympathetic. Throne Of Blood doesn't bring the Shakespearean language over from the play.
Calvin: And to more directly answer your question, unless the play specifically calls for accents, or unless the director wants it, I tend to not use an accent at all. For example, just because a play is written by a British playwright, it doesn't necessarily require people to use a British accent.
Matt: No, no I get what you mean, I was just wondering whether your college drama productions have you guys putting on accents normally, or preferring the normal accent approach, because it's something that used to come up a lot back in my school when we put on American plays and some of us just couldn't do the accent.
Ah, thanks, that makes a lot of sense! Just interested tbh :)
Oh, I'm sorry, I misunderstood. We never bothered with the accent, unless the project was specifically about that.
Anonymous: Also, Fassbender's the only one who doesn't get his head lopped off at the end. :)
Matt: I wouldn't use a Danish accent for Hamlet since it's too distracting.
I concur, Olivier, Branagh and Gibson never used it, so why would you.
Luke: Whoever tries to do a Danish accent when he plays Hamlet probably thinks he's a great actor just because he can do one.
Anonymous: Coster-Waldau could probably be a great Hamlet if he was 10 years younger.
Luke:Yes I'd say so. In fact I haven't found a great straight forward rendition of Macbeth's soliloquies on film. Yet another major loss since Olivier never got to make his Macbeth, which again was supposedly his greatest Shakespearean performance. Charles:Shimura - (Like with Mifune it is interesting to see him in this partial Kurosawa entry. Shimura as usual, when the lead though this time Mifune's supporting, plays the wiser of the two, but in this one Shimura puts more aggression within this not playing the good natured mentor this time. Shimura instead grants a harder edge to the role as the thief and in turn properly puts more intensity particularly in his scenes with Mifune. Shimura though is the sympathetic thief and effectively so in portraying the character's search for some sort of solace. Shimura again proves himself the greatest in finding such poignancy through song this time with "My Old Kentucky Home", where he gives such a somber and powerful rendition that sums up is character's sorrow.)
Louis: Do you plan on watching Olivier's King Lear.
Louis: Where would Stanton's performance in Repo Man rank on your top 10 list for 80's supporting.
Louis: You ever watch the taped production of Richard Burton's Hamlet from the 60's?
Luke:I've seen it. Anonymous:#10Robert:I have not.
Louis: Your ratings and thoughts on Olivier, Hurt and the rest of the cast.
Louis: And your thoughts on the film.
I know Louis doesn't rate television performances but I think we can safely bring out the Wiseaus for Zeta-Jones in Feud.
94dfk1: No, those only apply to performances that are enjoyably terrible.
Louis: what did you think of the Silicon Valley premiere?
Uggh, although it's unlikely, I want Louis to review one of the two Mikkelsen performances first. Alex: I personally loved the premiere, and I have to say I loved the return of Russ Hanneman.
Also, everyone, thank you for the advice :) I hope I won't mess up too badly.
I really liked the episode, and Hanneman's scene was hilarious. As funny and clever as usual.
Louis: Your thoughts on Jeff Goldblum returning for the Jurassic World sequel.
Did anyone hear about Tom Hardy? chasing after thieves and taking one of them down lol, he really is a brutish tough guy.
Anonymous: Yes, My respect for him has gone up even more lately, as well as doing those bedtime stories for BBC. :)
Does anyone know where can I find Louis thoughts on the cast members of seasons 1 and 2 of Fargo?
Alex: Go to Mifune in Sanjuro for Season 1.I'd recommend using Google search for the rest.Site:actoroscar.blogspot.com Keyword: E.g. Fargo Woodbine
Alex: And if you're still having a bit of trouble, press CTRL F and type in Woodbine or Dunst etc.
Thank you luke!
Louis: what are your thoughts on Sampson and Offerman in Fargo?
I'm starting to think, we may be getting Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair first. I believe, Courtenay would've been up by now.
Matt: Ah, my mistake. Noted. Seems like she's a 0 or a 0.5 instead.
RIP Jonathan Demme.
I'm gonna be requesting Mikkelsen in Pusher II (2004) next.
R.I.P. Jonathan Demme
Oh shit, R.I.P. Jonathan Demme.
RIP Johnathan Demme.
And i just rewatched The Silence of The Lambs last night, wow.
Louis: Your top 5 scenes from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.
Louis: I hate to pick on you for older reviews, but your review for Laurence Olivier in Sleuth seems incomplete.
Anonymous: He'll sort that out eventually. He said himself that he doesn't like alot of his old reviews in hindsight.I do however want Day-Lewis sorted out whenever he does 2007.
Anonymous: Exactly as Luke said, he'll fix those i think. Especially for an actor like Olivier.
It's so interesting to see how different Louis' and indeed everyone's opinions can change over the year (talking about Danny DL here).
Calvin: The most satisfying upgrade in the history of the blog for me.
Luke:The film itself is very lacking. Its staging looks excessively cheap and might as well be just a filmed play yet with with the inability to look where you want. Instead you have to instead suffer from at times obnoxious camera angles and movements. It does little more with the material other than present it.Olivier - 4.5(Olivier doing Shakespeare was always best when he was directing himself, and that shows here as his work is not nearly as effortless as his turns in Hamlet, Henry and especially Richard. Olivier is working just on film rather truly within it as he did with those earlier turns. But hey it's still Olivier doing Shakespeare. Olivier takes sort of the straight approach as Lear as sort of the King whose becoming affable and perhaps suffers from dementia a bit. He does offer the anger to the king but portrays it from a waned soul no longer with his power of old. Olivier is effective again in a more direct approach, than Scofield's rather brilliant atypical take, but just so. He is more or less as Lear should be, he is moving when he needs to be in portraying the king's sorrow by finding him almost as a harmless old man in the end and is powerful enough in his portrayal of his anguish and madness giving the suggestion of the King of old. He though doesn't quite go the extra distance here to make something truly special with his Lear. He's indeed very good, but just very good, which isn't a terrible thing.)Hurt - 4(Hurt does quite well with the role, and it is always shame when the fool vanishes something Kurosawa so brilliantly rectified. Hurt proves himself most capable in his take on the fool which is as a rather sympathetic one. He pesters the kind yet there is a striking warmth actually that Hurt brings in this pestering. He portrays it less of him trying to make the King feel poorly but rather showing the fool trying to give King good advice though through his own way.)Happy to hear he's returning and working in higher profile films again. I actually think with J.A. Bayona there's a good chance the film could be a major improvement over the first one. Even these scenes need to be edited heavily considering they are spliced with terrible scenes between them, and they aren't even all that good on their own. Nonetheless:Top Five Prequel scenes:1. Darth Maul Duel - The Phantom Menace2. "You were the chosen one" - Revenge of the Sith3. Opera - Revenge of the Sith4. Death of the Jedi - Revenge of the Sith5. Killing the Tusken Raiders - Attack of the Clones
Alex:Really enjoyed it as usual, and as always the show manages to make the plot compelling even while being hilarious. Very funny as usual particularly the return of Hanneman and Gavin Belson's air travel related vendetta. Sampson - (Most underrated player in the season as I loved what he did as truly the connective tissue he was in the Gerhardt family. In that he portrayed the strict loyalty to his mother, but also offered only an earnest portrayal of support for even the underlings like Hanzee. Then he gave years of abuse and fighting with Donovan and the two were great together in providing such an intense division. This was most pronounced in his scenes with his son where Sampson brought such tenderness and honest devastation at losing him. In "Did you do this? No you did it?" I thought he was outstanding in his scene with Keller, first being the cold enforcer diving out justice for betrayal, then moments later reveal so powerfully the despair of an Uncle who had to kill his niece.)Offerman - (His role seemed almost a curious point for awhile in that he just seemed there for the occasional hilarious one liner, which he delivered again and again. In the police station scene though with Sampson though Offerman showed exactly why he was cast, and was downright amazing in revealing sort of the smooth lawyer within the character while still showing beneath it all the very real fear of the situation. Furthermore as the season go on he offers a surprisingly comforting factor particularly in his final scene with Cristin Milioti)Anonymous:That was one of my earlier reviews, and yes it needs an update. RIP Jonathan Demme
UNLIMITED POWER was snubbed from that list.
Luke:Quite great acting from Fassbender at the end there, hopefully his best won't be outside of the actual film.
Louis: Well, he's yet to let me down, so hopefully he'll rise above the film itself, if it does end up being another disappointment.
Louis: What do you think of Guy Pearce returning as the younger Weyland.
Luke:I'm fine as long as it's only young Weyland, since his Ted talk was the best thing he did associated with Prometheus. I don't want to see anymore from Mr. Burns.
Louis: Your top ten most disappointing performances of the 2010s so far.
Louis: Your rating for Sissy Spacek in The Help.
Does anyone here like Heat? Because it's one movie that no matter how hard I try, I can't understand the appeal of it.
Luke:Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal AnimalsChristoph Waltz - SpectreMickey Rourke - Iron Man 2Josh Brolin - True GritAaron Paul - SmashedNick Frost - PaulJake Gyllenhaal - South PawJean Claude Van Damme - Expendables 2Ryan Gosling - Only God ForgivesHugo Weaving - Captain America
Robert: I only ever saw that film once and I remember liking it, but perhaps I need a re-watch of it though.
Robert:I'm a little lost on it myself, though I've only seen it once. Luke:3
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