Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1992: Results

5. Tony Todd in Candyman - Todd begins his performance in creating a unique approach to a cinematic boogeyman unfortunately the film finds its way into making it a standard one.

Best Scene: The Candyman appears.
4. Graham Greene in Thunderheart - Greene manages to find the right humor while still making an emotional impact as his cop who acts as more than one type of guide.

Best Scene: Finding the murder victims.
3. David Bowie in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me -  Bowie in literally a couple of minutes creates a fascinating enigma that leaves quite the impression.

Best Scene: "We're not gonna talk about Judy"
2. Wesley Snipes in The Waterdance -  Snipes gives a terrific performance here creating the right charismatic bluster that hides the sad man beneath it all.

Best Scene: Raymond wins the bet.
1. Ray Wise in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Wise gives an outstanding reprise of his all-time great television turn, this time effectively realizing the extremes of the man and granting insight into Leland Palmer's mind.

Best Scene: Leland apologizes. 
Updated Overall

Next Year: 1935, Won't necessarily do a lineup. 

191 comments:

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your thoughts on White Men Can't Jump, and ratings/thoughts on Harrelson and Snipes. It's one of my favourite sports movies.

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis: Remind me, what are the ratings for Robin Williams in Aladdin and Spacey in Glengarry?

Calvin Law said...

Robert: Cruise is now a 4 for Louis in A Few Good Men.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on Pesci, Cruise, Depardieu, Skerritt, Pfeiffer in Batman Returns and thoughts on the theme from Conquest Of Paradise.

Anonymous said...

And Leigh and Fonda in Single White Female.

Charles Heiston said...

Glad Snipes came in as high as he did. And glad for the Cruise upgrade.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Rating and thoughts on Rosie Perez in White Men Can't Jump? And is now Sheryl Lee your winner in lead?

By the way Louis I completely agree with you about the third season of Twin Peaks. I absolutely adored it and I thought everyone was at least good (even Cera for me). Part 16 was my favorite episode as well, it was downright beautiful. I'm fine with the finale actually, except that I think Audrey really deserved a better closure. I hope there will be a new season. My top 10 for the third season:

1. Kyle MacLachlan
2. Naomi Watts (loved every second of her work)
3. Laura Dern
4. David Lynch
5. Miguel Ferrer
6. Catherine E. Coulson
7. Jim Belushi/Robert Knepper
8. Grace Zabriskie
9. Dana Ashbrook
10. Don Murray

But really everyone was pretty much great, I even liked James Marshall which I definitely did not like in the original series.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused.

RatedRStar said...

I am at work of course hence why I am not on my account

Louis: I have only see Robert Donat

Robert Donat - The Ghost Goes West
Lionel Barrymore - Public Hero NO.1
Fred MacMurray - Alice Adams
Edward G.Robinson - The Whole Town's Talking
William Powell - Escapade

RatedRStar said...

Seen..

Anonymous said...

Louis: If you were a complete newcomer, and wanted the best possible experience watching all of Twin Peaks for the first time, what order would you go in season/film wise and where would you stop watching? I put my comment originally one the Todd review accidentally.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Are there any characters from the original Twin Peaks that didn't return in the new series that were disappointing to see them not get a conclusive resolution to their character?

Anonymous said...

For Best Actor 1935:
Boris Karloff in The Black Room
Peter Lorre in Mad Love
Fred MacMurray in Alice Adams
Robert Donat in The Ghost Goes West
Edward G. Robinson in The Whole Town's Talking

Other films for you to see:
G Men
Call of the Wild
Escapade
Becky Sharp
The Littlest Rebel
China Seas
Barbaray Coast
Anna Karenina

Anonymous said...

Also watch The Dark Angel, Dante's Inferno and Dangerous.

mcofra7 said...

Louis: For #83, it seems you forgot to put the name of the movie Frank Whaley was in

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your over all ranking for Twin Peaks? And can i have your thoughts on Watts, Dern, Leigh, Belushi and Lee?

mother! got mixed reviews and critics think that it won't be in awards conversations. I'm going to see it later tonight since i'm Venice and i will post my thoughts on the movie and the cast.

Luke Higham said...

Omar: I suspected it would be divisive, though it's too early to say that Lawrence and Pfeiffer are not in the conversation.

Luke Higham said...

Omar: And don't post thoughts on the cast. A rating and a one word analysis is enough. Don't want any spoilers.

Omar Franini said...

Luke: of course i won't spoil anything :)

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 10 character actors of all time.

Calvin Law said...

Omar: Venice, I say, can't lie I'm quite envious! Have a great time.

Louis: do you think Eddie Redmayne would thrive under David Lynch's direction? I was just thinking the other night that his work in something like, say, Jupiter Ascending, if given the right sort of character and context by Lynch, could easily become something quite brilliant.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm actually kind of coming around on Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending being some sort of secret camp brilliance.

Omar Franini said...

Calvin: thank you! although i only arrived today and i missed Three Billboards, The Shape of Water and the other american movies, but i'm still going to see a couple of movies from the main competition.

Calvin Law said...

Omar: I've gotten press accreditation to the BFI and am trying to get tickets for Three Billboards. It'll be a struggle for sure! Going to also try for The Shape of Water, The Florida Project, and Last Flag Flying.

Calvin Law said...

Robert: I'm inclined to agree...might need a re-watch (eugh).

Calvin Law said...

Watched the Lady Bird and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool trailers and gotta say, looks like Ronan and Bening are in the race as well.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I know you didn't ask me, but I think you should watch the first two seasons (all of them, otherwise the third season does not really make sense), Fire Walk with Me and then Season 3.

Anonymous said...

Are people sure that Mother! got mixed reviews, because it has 100% so far on Rotten Tomatoes, it is only 8 reviews but it doesnt seem like it will be mixed overall?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: The reactions have been mixed on twitter, whereas it's been positive all-round on RT.

Anonymous said...

I am expecting the scores for IT! to be really great judging from what I have heard.

Omar Franini said...

Just saw mother!, it was the craziest thing ive ever seen, you love it or you hate it.

Luke Higham said...

Omar: I think Louis will probably like it, but not love it.

Omar Franini said...

Luke: i dont know if Louis is gonna like it; Lawrence is so great in it! The rest of the cast is meh.. Really really disappointed about Pfeiffer

Luke Higham said...

Omar: As I said, I can't see him loving it, especially when he didn't care for Aronofsky's last psychological thriller Black Swan, but he might like it just fine. (a 3.5 rating at the most)

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 ray liotta james caan and kathy bates acting moments

JackiBoyz said...

Omar: Of course no spoilers, can I ask though, could you tell us why did you not like Pfeiffer in a completely spoiler free sentence.

Anonymous said...

Could it be a spoiler free question to ask how Ed Harris and Javier Bardem are meh as well?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Treverrow's out. I don't want to dump on the guy too much, but thank God.

Luke Higham said...

THANK CHRIST! :)

This is the best news I've heard all year.

Omar Franini said...

JackiBoyz: It's difficult to talk about Pfeiffer without spooling, but i think the main problem is her and not the carachter, since she's supposed to be overt the top but she felt unnatural. But her final line to Lawrence is just perfection, but i can't tell more.

Anonymous: First of all Bardem is supporting, because the story is all told from Lawrence POV. To judge Bardem performance i should see the movie again, while Harris character is limited as Pfeiffer, but he's more that fine in the role.

Ratings:
Lawrence - 4,5 (would be a 5 only for the last 30 minutes, but her first scenes with Bardem and Pfeiffer felt forced)
Bardem - ?? I should see it again
Pfeiffer - 2 ( and im usually a big fan of her)
Harris - 3
Wiig - lol
Gleesons - they are just in one scene, and Domhnall is very good

94dfk1 said...

Robert: Darn you beat me to it haha.

Deiner said...

Louis: your thoughts and ratings on the cast of "The Best Intentions" (in case you watched it), "Death Becomes Her" and "Batman Returns".

Personally speaking, I'm still dying to watch "mother!".

Luke Higham said...

Deiner: I've checked that The Best Intentions was first shown as a mini-series in 1991.

Calvin Law said...

Rami Malek looks like a pretty spitting image of Freddie Mercury in that latest picture. Unfortunately they're probably going to fuck the whole thing up.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Definitely, I don't trust Singer at all and the script is positively one-sided

Matt Mustin said...

I actually do trust Singer, and Malek looks dead-on, but I have my reservations.

Calvin Law said...

I actually think Singer is a good choice, just don't trust Queen's own hand in all of this.

Luke Higham said...

Matt & Calvin: What I meant to say, is that I can't see him make a good film out of the material he's given and I've personally seen all of his films. He's made more mediocrity than good.

Michael McCarthy said...

Speaking of Malek though, does anyone here watch Mr. Robot? I think Malek is good but I have a LOT of problems with it.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I haven't watched Mr. Robot, but doesn't he play a character very similar to L from Death Note?

Charles Heiston said...

I do see some slight similarities. But not too much of a similarity overall to L in Death Note. Although i'm not totally up to date on Mr.Robot.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

I'd put White Men Can't Jump as just one of those great bromance films alongside the likes of The Pope of Greenwich Village and Mississippi Grind. In all three films I simply really enjoyed just essentially spending time with the two together in the development of their friendship. The two simply are fun to be around in the film yet I found the film successfully mined the right amount of dramatic material that gave the right substance to the character, offering some convincing conflicts in there yet never compromised just the right type of lighthearted tone for the film.

Harrelson & Snipes - 4(Well both are great together. Their chemistry is just something absolutely winning and the two of them shine together. Now this is whether they are fake fighting in the court, actually fighting after a loss, or gradually becoming better friends as the story goes on. The two have such a strong rapport with one another and make every development within the two's friendship often amusing, always natural, and sometimes rather moving. Individually Harrelson is quite good in portraying the more underlying charm of Billy in his scenes with Perez, yet within that charm he alludes effectively to his irresponsibility. Harrelson is terrific by showing sort of his easygoing charm can actually be a somewhat problematic trait. Snipes is terrific in portraying that essentially his Sidney is the same type of guy as Harrelson, he just knows when to take responsibility. Snipes is great in that he brings that same type of energy yet in key moment he brings him completely down showing so well how Sidney knows when to take a situation seriously unlike Billy.)

Michael:

Fours.

Anonymous:

Pesci - (Although the film struggles because it focuses so much on plot where it really should be more of a character piece, Pesci is never the problem in fact the film is really worth watching for Pesci in this sort of atypical role for him. Pesci's great in the part though in on the surface offering technically seemingly the confidence one usually sees in a Pesci role. Pesci brings this to any scene where he's taking pictures or working the crime beat in his way, Pesci excels in this though showing this is where the man is in his element and thrives. He contrasts this well though against the quiet and moving vulnerability that he brings whenever he ponders on his personal life, or deals with his potential romance. Pesci even brings a bit of this to the work though when it is ever in regards to taking his work truly seriously. Pesci creates a heartfelt depiction of the real loneliness of the man and never completely waves the grittiness of this either. Pesci's particularly great in a shootout scene where he shows a genuine fear that reveals that the situation is more severe than he is even use to. If the film was a touch better, and let Pesci development the role even further rather than getting caught up in the plot, this would be an easy 5.)

Louis Morgan said...

Cruise - (My thoughts for him and the film really haven't changed from re-watching it, but I just felt his original placement did not quite fit for the quality of his star turn.)

Depardieu - 2.5(I suppose I'm still searching for that Depardieu performance where I wholly understand his appeal, not that he's bad here. He adds just a bit of weight in terms of his presence as Columbus yet he cannot get over the inertness of the material that manages never to capture the Herzogian style it seems to be going for. Depardieu is there, he is fine, yet he always feels just as though he is a representation of this telling of the story rather a living breathing man we really come to understand or know in any real way.)

Skerritt - 4(Skerritt's performance was easily the highlight of the film for me as he brought the quiet dignity and real strength to the character needed. He goes further though in that he creates one of the few real sources of emotion that manages to go past the excessively pristine surface of not only the film but the character. It is not that Skerritt creates any cynicism in his role rather he manages to find a far more genuine emotion even within the specific barriers of the fairly subdued character particularly in the final minutes of his performance in creating such a moving depiction of the father's grief.)

Pfeiffer - 5(Re-watching this film after so many years I must say my overall thoughts played rather steady as this time the film is almost entirely a Tim Burton frea kshow with some random almost out of place appearances by Batman with Michael Keaton basically giving the only performance that is any way a sequel to the original film out of the main players. The film though is mostly a rather not entertaining Burton freak show, one for how often looks so oddly cheap particularly just how sparse those crowd shots are. how terrible the action is, and just how atrocious Danny DeVito is as the Penguin, that's one thing I forgot. Now having said that Pfeiffer I'd say can be put down as a notable great performance bad film. She actually is playing into the main style that Burton is going for as well as Devito as Selena Kyle/Catwoman except she actually pulls it off. She manages to just find the right approach in that she is incredibly entertaining to watch in a purposefully heightened performance as either initially the frumpy Selena (Hard to believe perhaps yet Pfeiffer at least pulls it off personality wise, the incredibly alluring Catwoman, or the more intensely emotional changed Selena. She manages to make her incredibly entertaining yet also finds the only real emotion in the film as well through her scenes with Keaton, which frankly should have been emphasized more. It's larger than life to be sure yet she pulls it off. She even has some downright atrocious lines in there yet Pfeiffer kind of makes them work. Pfeiffer goes for broke and somehow not only matches the film's style but heightens to a better place offering some view for how the film could have worked if everyone was able to achieve what Pfeiffer manages to do.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Where would you rank Pfeiffer in Supporting Actress.

Calvin Law said...

Glad you love Pfeiffer even if you don't love the film at all. Also, we completely agree on White Men Can't Jump, also Harrelson's basketball skills are pretty top notch.

Robert MacFarlane said...

So what are everyone's bottom ten performances so far this year? Mine are:

1. Ellar Coltrane in The Circle
2. Naomi Watts in The Book of Henry
3. Nat Wolff in Death Note
4. Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast
5. Dane DeHaan in Valerian
6. James Jordan in Wind River
7. Danny Huston in Wonder Woman
8. Hillary Swank in Logan Lucky
9. Peter Ferdinando in Ghost in the Shell
10. Dean Norris in The Book of Henry

Calvin Law said...

1. Ellar Coltrane, The Circle
2. Michelle Rodriguez, Fast & Furious 8
3. Thomas Mann, Kong: Skull Island
4. Peter Ferdinando, Ghost in the Shell
5. Isabela Moner, Transformers: The Last Knight
6. Dane DeHaan, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
7. Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja
8. Élodie Yung, The Hitman's Bodyguard
9. Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: The Last Knight
10. Emma Watson, The Circle (her performance in Beauty and the Beast has grown on me slightly)

Louis Morgan said...

Conquest of Paradise - (I will say this can be one of the biggest gaps between film quality and score quality. Vangelis's work here is downright outstanding suggesting such a greater epic than the one found within the film. In the main theme we get Vangelis working out of his film related wheelhouse, the emphasis is not on the synthesizer though he still uses it, yet it is one of his very best pieces. The sheer grandeur of the discovery is found in that incredible combination of more of his old style with the incredible amplification found through the vocals. It builds beautifully and that piece alone I'd say bests whatever the film has to offer beyond it other than perhaps the cinematography.)

Anonymous:

Leigh & Fonda - 4.5(Both deserve quite a bit credit given that neither choose to fall victim to the fairly exploitative nature of the material which frankly would have settled for much worse acting I would imagine. Both give incredibly devoted performances that offer as much conviction as this were a higher minded film. Leigh as expected of course goes all into the role and of course excels in giving quite chilling portrayal of the character's madness. She though never goes really too far though which is pretty remarkable as she even manages to find at least a modicum of humanity in the moments of either real awkwardness or real vulnerability in her performance. Fonda's work should not be handwaved as she's quite good Farley Granger to Leigh's Robert Walker. Fonda manages to avoid becoming bland in the role in creating always the right weight to every scene offering the right counterpoint to Leigh. In every problematic revelation or ratcheting of tension Fonda delivers in bringing a greater anguish and fear. She goes further though in giving more in reactions though never simplifying the relationship between the two, again the film seems like it would settle for less, but Fonda always delivers more offering the right empathy even as she depicts an overwhelming fear.)

Anonymous:

I'd say watch the original Series Episodes 1 through 17 then the final episode. I'd recommend either reading detailed synopses for the in-between episodes, or if you do watch them skip anything that does not involve law enforcement, the Packard/Martell storyline, and Major Briggs. Then watch Fire Walk Walk With Me, and the entirety of Season 3.

Anonymous:

I rather liked how Lynch/Frost touched upon almost everyone, wouldn't have minded seeing Donna Hayward though, but with Moira Kelly.

Giuseppe:

Perez - 4(Really enjoyed her performance here, and I would almost like to think her nomination for Fearless was a makeup for this performance. She's got great chemistry with Harrelson as the two much are so fun yet so honest in creating the problematic dynamic between the two. They make the love genuine yet they show how part of what she loves in him is also what she also hates in a way. Furthermore she's great in her scenes with Snipes though in offering this enjoyable sort of intensity of sorts that she impresses whenever dealing with one of his schemes.)

Yes.

Louis Morgan said...

Tahmeed:

Might have covered Foster before, I'll check, but I haven't seen the Accused.

Omar:

Watts - (Everything about her performance here is great and so different from her earlier collaboration with Lynch. Here Watts is so funny in being the battle axe wife to top them all. She's consistently hilarious in portraying just how intense her Janey-e is in exacting her will and she's consistently comic gold in portraying every single bit of intense frustration at the various exploits of old Dougie. When she takes center stage though it is perhaps even better in just how far Watts goes with every line, that she makes so amusing. I particularly love her brutal, and oh so convincing, take down of the wannabe loan sharks, and later her defiant annoyed delivery of why Dougie didn't report his car stolen "There's more to life than cars". Now as much as she was great in just being hilarious she slowly but surely makes a real investment in the relationship between the two. She slowly creates a real endearing quality to her affections to Dougie to the point that their initial goodbye from old Dale was so surprisingly heartbreaking then her warm welcome to the new Dougie could not have been more poignant.)

Dern - (Dern's performance is quite fascinating throughout in portraying the long unknown Diane and not wasting that buildup of the unseen. She earns it first in portraying such severe acerbic reaction to any call back to the old life. The reaction though seems more than just anger as she makes it allude to something deeper and more horrible. This is contrast to her scenes where she interacts directly, or at least through phone, with Doppelcooper where Dern is harrowing in creating this sense of an existential terror that she is facing. Her sort of "confession" scene is absolutely heartbreaking and downright haunting as she creates a very real causality with the connection to the black lodge.)

Louis Morgan said...

Leigh - (Well really one has to talk about her and Roth together. They are just a joy and terror together. They're hillbilly accents are quite funny yet they never seem too much. Their banter is the best though, although also terrifying, as the two of them manage to make it so natural to the attitude of the two hick psychopaths. It's odd in the best of ways as they bring a real warmth in their interactions as they reveal such a genuine love, while also being incredibly chilling in just how hollow they portray their reactions when they go about killing their targets. They are kind of perfect Lynch performances in that they do make for such a sweet and funny couple, while also being completely hideous all the same. I honestly could have watched more of their scenes together as their chemistry is just perfect in that they somehow make such grotesque characters seem natural in their very own way.)

Belushi - (Also have to talk about Robert Knepper along with him as the two together made up two of my favorite new characters in the series. The Mitchum brothers were just the best and these two are so good in the role. I love in their initial scene though they are both genuinely menacing when disposing of a seemingly incompetent casino owner. As it continues though both Belushi and Knepper slowly reveal such likable sorts. In every single scene their comedic time is just about perfect in every single reaction whether it is over one of their showgirls taking too long to get someone, or their overjoy at finding a cherry pie. They aren't just funny though in that there is such a great deal of heart in every interaction though they makes them just so likable. Another set of perfect chemistry here as they are just on that same proper wavelength with one another. Every one of their little asides are just so good from either Belushi's delivery or reaction or Knepper delivery or reaction. I loved every second these two were onscreen.)

Lee - (Her performance is fairly brief yet she certainly still makes quite the striking impact as per usual in just a few minutes. Again there is that ethereal quality once again though this time perhaps all the more enigmatic in her portrayal of whoever it is that she is portraying. Also it must be said, as it is again evidenced here, that scream of hers is particularly haunting.)

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts on Zabriskie, Harry Dean Stanton and Forster?
Is Pfeiffer your winner in supporting? And we're would you rank Leigh and Fonda?

Calvin Law said...

I hope Tomei stays as the win.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Eh always difficult to construct such a list, as does Claude Rains count? Well he had quite a few roles. How about someone like John Gielgud who started as a leading man but became a character actor later on.

Calvin:

Yes, though I'd say Lynch could potentially have a place for almost any actor.

Anonymous:

Liotta:

1. What really happened - Narc
2. One Day - Goodfellas
3. Car story - Narc
4. Car trunk - Goodfellas
5. Intense Interrogation - Narc
6. Arrival - Field of Dreams
7. Final fight - Something Wild
8. A realization - Goodfellas
9. First meeting Oak - Narc
10. Gun threat - Goodfellas
11. Night visitor - Kill the Messenger
12. Random Robbery - Something Wild
13. Beatdown - Killing Them Softly
14. Searching for the cocaine - Goodfellas
15. Figuring out the bathtub "murder" - Narc
16. Confronted with the truth - Copland
17. Karen after being stood up - Goodfellas
18. Name a movie David Hasselhoff is in - Stretch
19. Arson - Copland
20. Spider's Demise - Goodfellas

Caan:

1. Burning The Manuscript - Misery
2. The Hobbling - Misery
3. Older brother advice - The Godfather
4. Final cigarette - Misery
5. No Joke - A Bridge Too Far
6. Arrogance - Dogville
7. Adoption Agency - Thief
8. Beating Carlo - The Godfather
9. Birthday - the Godfather Part II
10. Being gifted a son - Thief
11. The Tollbooth - The Godfather
12. A Nice dinner - Misery
13. Promise - Cinderella Liberty
14. Wrong type of paper - Misery
15. Ultimatum - Thief
16. Silent Exchange - A Bridge Too Far
17. Speaking out of turn - The Godfather
18. Threatening Leo - Misery
19. Accepting his son - Elf
20. Shaky Trailer - Silent Movie

Bates:

1. Hobbling - Misery
2. The murder - Dolores Claiborne
3. Number one fan - Misery
4. Mrs. Donovan's Comforts - Dolores Claiborne
5. Misery's dead - Misery
6. The Coroner's inquest - Dolores Claiborne
7. Burning the Manuscript - Misery
8. Not good enough - Misery
9. Quoting Mrs. Donovan - Dolores Claiborne
10. A Nice Dinner - Misery
11. Depressed Annie - Misery
12. Trying to convince Selena - Dolores Claiborne
13. Final Cigarette - Misery
14. Fixing the Leak - Primary Colors
15. Joe returns home - Dolores Claiborne
16. The wrong paper - Misery
17. Breakdown - Dolores Claiborne
18. Awkward dinner - About Schmidt
19. Confronting Jack - Primary Colors
20. Preparing Jack for Dinner - Titanic

Louis Morgan said...

Omar:

Zabriskie - (She's fascinating to watch here as she someone how takes Sarah Palmer to even darker depths than we had already seen her in. She portrays no longer an immediate grieve or depression, rather this horrible rot from years of it. It's particularly unnerving as Zabriskie shows this comfort in her state of a certain perpetual state of sorrow. This is only the first surface though as she reveals a bit more going on with Sarah after all in first her immediately unnerving moments where she seems to lose her mind, then her downright chilling moment where she reveals perhaps a more overtly sinister presence within the darkness. Those final cries of her in particular are unforgettable though as they reveal a different type of anguish not from love but perhaps hate instead.)

Stanton - (Well again Stanton is so much fun to be around as Carl Rodd. There is this extra weight though he finds in presenting this real wisdom of a man who has truly seen some things and has been around for so long. There is such a warmth in his performance throughout though. I love the empathy that he reveals so strongly in the role and every one of his scenes has a real heart in them due to Stanton. His reactions during the accident scene are particularly powerful, and I love the scene where Stanton brings such a palatable warmth in the moments he's trying to help Shelley.)

Forster - (I may actually prefer his Truman though that is not a knock against Michael Ontkean. In terms of the basics though Forster is terrific in bringing that sort of presence needed for sort of the traditional sheriff. In that he has a natural sympathy in his approach to the law enforcement, though while still offering the right underlying strength to not be exactly soft. Forster though goes further though in being incredibly moving in any scene where they refer to Ontkean's Harry, as you get a real sense of the brother's love for one another, as well as the severity of his condition just through Forster's heartbreaking reactions. In addition though he also brings what Ontkean brought which was sort of this straight man for all the weirdness that goes on by being so properly straight forward, and Forster is a great foil for everyone around him.)

Calvin Law said...

Thoughts and ratings on the cast of Peter's Friends?

Louis Morgan said...

Deiner:

I did not re-watch Death Becomes Her.

Keaton - (He once again delivers as he did in the previous film even though the film doesn't really seem to care about him, he almost comes off a supporting character at times. Keaton though does his best to hold his ground and offer one bit of sanity within the film. Honestly the film might have been great with him as a straight man if everyone else playing the strange villains had been a bit better.)

DeVito - (Would work as a bit in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia but here it just gets very tiresome very fast. DeVito goes so hard just for the grotesque that it becomes quite repetitive after awhile. He really fails to find any real humor in this approach strangely enough since usually DeVito is pretty funny even in mostly straight roles. DeVito's one note nasty evil though also makes it so he avoids finding any pathos in the man's plight, that Burton seems to be going for based on his final scene.)

Walken - (Eh I love Walken when he really acting but here he's doing just a particularly overt example of just coasting on his Walken presence. There is some minor entertainment to be found in that still yet even as Walken Walkening it this is an oddly muted performance at times, and he really doesn't have as much fun with the role as you'd expect he would given his hair, costume, and name.)

Luke:

I'll post the updated rankings:

Lead:

1. Sheryl Lee - Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me
2. Sigourney Weaver - Alien 3
3. Emma Thompson - Howard's End
4. Jennifer Jason Leigh - Single White Female
5. Bridget Fonda - Single White Female
6. Marry McDonnell - Passion Fish
7. Alfre Woodard - Passion Fish
8. Emmanuelle Beart - A Heart in Winter
9. Susan Sarandon - Lorenzo's Oil
10. Tilda Swinton - Orlando

Supporting:

1. Marisa Tomei - My Cousin Vinny
2. Michelle Pfeiffer - Batman Returns
3. Miranda Richardson - The Crying Game
4. Geraldine Chaplin - Chaplin
5. Sadie Frost - Bram Stoker's Dracula
6. Emma Thompson - Peter's Friends
7. Rosie Perez - White Men Can't Jump
8. Grace Zabriskie - Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me
9. Susan Sarandon - Light Sleeper
10. Frances Fisher - Unforgiven

Michael McCarthy said...

Since the Emmys are coming up fairly soon I wanted to ask anyone who wants to participate, how would you rank the nominees (that you've seen) for best drama series and the acting categories? Here's how I'd do it:

Series:
1. Westworld
2. Better Call Saul
3. This Is Us
4. The Handmaid's Tale
5. Stranger Things
6. The Crown
7. House of Cards

Lead Actress:
1. Evan Rachel Wood
2. Elisabeth Moss
3. Viola Davis
4. Keri Russell
5. Claire Foy
6. Robin Wright

Lead Actor:
1. Bob Odenkirk
2. Anthony Hopkins
3. Liev Schreiber
4. Matthew Rhys
5. Sterling K. Brown
6. Milo Ventimiglia
7. Kevin Spacey

Supporting Actress:
1. Millie Bobbie Brown
2. Thandie Newton
3. Ann Dowd
4. Uzo Aduba
5. Samira Wiley
6. Chrissy Metz

Supporting Actor:
1. Jeffrey Wright
2. David Harbour
3. Ron Cephas Jones
4. John Lithgow
5. Michael Kelly
6. Mandy Patinkin
7. Jonathan Banks

Calvin Law said...

1. Westworld
2. Better Call Saul
3. Stranger Things
4. The Crown (love all four)

Actor
1. Hopkins
2. Oedenkirk

Actress
1. Foy
2. Wood

Supporting Actor
1. Wright


2. Harbour
3. Lithgow
4. Banks

Supporting Actress
1. Newton/Brown

Calvin Law said...

Actually, I might give Odenkirk the win instead since I do believe Hopkins is slightly category fraud.

Michael McCarthy said...

Calvin: I would definitely switch the placements for Wright and Hopkins. I tried to base the rankings on the performances alone though.

Calvin Law said...

Michael: I see Wood and Newton as co-leads but yes, Wright is far more lead than Hopkins. Has House of Cards gotten that bad? It was pretty off already by the time I got halfway through season 3.

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 anthony hopkins and steve buscemi acting moments

Michael McCarthy said...

Calvin: House of Cards isn't quite terrible at the moment, but the past few seasons have kind of meshed together for me. They've seemed to oscillate back and forth between bland political satire and over the top melodrama.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I know you didn't ask me, but I think you should watch the first two seasons (all of them, otherwise the third season does not really make sense), Fire Walk with Me and then Season 3.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Michael: I've seen both seasons of Mr Robot. I think Rami Malek gives a masterful performance, and he deservingly won an Emmy for it last year. The second season has severe tonal and pacing issues, which stand out more when compared to the first season which (to me) was bereft of those issues.

Louis: I've checked, you've only posted Jodie Foster's rating before. Could I have your thoughts on her work in The Silence of the Lambs?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Can't wait for your reaction to It. Reviews are really positive so far.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your cast for a 1960's Glengarry Glen Ross.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Thoughts on the following scenes-

The Baptism Sequence- The Godfather
"No Prisoners"- Lawrence of Arabia
"I'll Never Go Hungry Again"- Gone with the Wind
The execution and "FREEDOM"- Braveheart
Kirkland's final speech- And Justice for All

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your top 5 tracks by Vangelis.

His work on Alexander (2004) is rather great as well, if somewhat repetitive. The only redeeming quality from that utter piece of garbage.

You should see it though for the laughable performances from Farrell and Jolie.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: Thoughts on Matthew Lillard in Twin Peaks?

Also, I'm loving it so far. It's a delight to see MacLachlan in such an atypical role.

Calvin Law said...

*referring to the 1990s series of course

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What's your Original Score winner for 1992.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Frank Castle's monologue in Daredevil.

Deiner said...

Louis: when you're covering 1935, don't forget to check out Katharine Hepburn in "Alice Adams" and Greta Garbo in "Anna Karenina". I've also heard good things about Edwige Feuillère in "Lucrezia Borgia".

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your thoughts on Ashbrook, Goaz, Horse, Seyfred, Paxton and Farren in Twin Peaks?

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Thoughts on Amy Shields (Candie) in Twin Peaks? I thought she was hilarious.

Michael McCarthy said...

Tahmeed: The first season was definitely better but I have issues with the whole series. For one thing, the show out-Tom Hoopers Tom Hooper with how often it puts the subject of a shot in the corner of the frame. I get that it's meant to create an off-balance vibe but do they have to do it in every other shot?

Secondly, the way E-corp is conceived is atrocious to me. Everything about it is an over the top, one-dimensional cliché of "evil, greedy corporation."

Finally, even though some of the the performances are really good, some are REALLY bad. Martin Wallström is particularly excruciating, and I hate that his character seems like he's going to become important again.

As for Malek's win, he was great for sure, but if you ask me Schreiber was straight-up robbed of the 2016 Emmy.

Luke Higham said...

Michael: What are your top ten television performances from the past 10 years. (2008-2017)

94dfk1 said...

Everyone: Your choice for Frank Booth for a 2010s version of Blue Velvet? The only one I can think of is Sam Rockwell, though I think he would be a bit obvious.

Omar Franini said...

Cancel Paxton, i confused Candy with Candie.

Michael McCarthy said...

Luke: That'a tough one but I'll give it a try...

1. Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
2. Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
3. Claire Danes in Homeland (seasons 1-2)
4. Damian Lewis in Homeland
5. Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan
6. Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld
7. Matthew McConaughey in True Detective
8. Woody Harrelson in True Detective
9. Nick Offerman in Parks & Recreation
10. Jeffrey Wright in Westworld

Obviously there are about a hundred honorable mentions


Robert MacFarlane said...

94dfk1: Michael Shannon.

Luke: I'll do it unranked, one performance per show -

Matthew McConaughey on True Detective
Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock
Oscar Isaac on Show Me a Hero
Jonathan Banks on Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
Julianna Marguilies on The Good Wife
Gillian Jacobs on Community (I'll explain this one if anyone wants)
Elisabeth Moss on Mad Men
Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live
Rami Malek on The Pacific
Laura Linney on John Adams

Robert MacFarlane said...

By the way, the reason I asked if Rami Malek was similar to L on Mr. Robot was because back when The Pacific was airing in 2010, he was my first choice for the role.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Fry - 4(One of the highlights of the film though I suppose he ought to be given that he is the titular Peter. Fry I will say as an actor doesn't always get beyond himself, but here the part is a great fit for him. Fry finds the right sort of wit with the role that would sort of be expected in his usual presence however here he takes it a bit further. In that his little humorous asides actually suggest a bit of desperation to attempt to get everyone to be happy, as Fry brings an underlying distress within trying to encourage everyone not to be distressed. This is actually rather moving as he effectively reveals what his character is going through long before he reveals it. Fry in that creates an affecting depiction of basically a man trying to grasp hard to his nostalgic past due to his questionable future.)

Branagh - 3.5(Branagh perhaps Branghas it up a bit in his later scene however I do think he's quite good in his earlier scenes in portraying just the general callousness and indifference to his character. He's effectively not endearing in the meeting by showing a man very much caught up into his own problems, problems that he seems to feed into as Branagh shows through the musky bitterness in his scenes with his wife suggesting this has been going on for awhile.)

Laurie and Staunton - 3.5/4(Both are very good in portraying sort of the wound and the tension that creates the sense of their mutual loss in every scene. They are both good in portraying the differing attitudes towards it though. Laurie with portraying more of a underlying frustration of the husband trying to just move on from the tragedy, while Staunton very effectively finds the intensity of a festering grief that seems to constantly eat away at her. When her character asks about her still living son, Staunton is very moving in showing the two fold concern as it is a direct fear of the mother for her son, but also she reveals that extra anguish of still feeling the aftereffects of her loss.)

Emmanuel - 4(She's quite good in portraying the two layers upon her character is working. One in creating this overt facade of having a greater concern for a real in depth relationship which Emmanuel effectively reveals as her fooling herself. She makes this on top of a more vapid approach beneath that in her most honest moments showing her really relying on a more basic instinct to look for any sort of temporary satisfaction.)

Rudner - 4(She's quite funny actually in portraying the expected vapidness of her character however she does go further than that in portraying a real pain in regards to her relationship with Branagh's character. She's quite good in that she actually ends up making her character more sympathetic than his as in every reaction she portrays the underlying desperation of her trying to reach out to her husband only to be faced with his cold indifference.)

Law - 4(As the incisive housekeeper she's quite good in the expected way of making every one of her small asides hit as they should through her delivery. At the same time though she naturally finds a bit of warmth in these remarks suggesting every remark is a bit of wisdom more than anything else.)

Thompson - 4(I will say it is not all that believable to make Thompson a cat lady sort, or at least a cat lady in the making. She's a bit too naturally appealing to be entirely convincing as such. Luckily this is almost entirely a comedic performance from her and in that way she quite excels. She's incredibly amusing and endearing in every moment in portraying who often simpleminded pursuit and even her dynamic with the rest which is not exactly connected to them, in the right way.)

Louis Morgan said...

Lillard - (His performance is almost right down to two sides and I love both of them. The first side being this genuinely heartbreaking depiction of a sheer confusion at his situation. He goes further though in entirely in his performance doing so much in first creating the man, with some guilt, attempting to explain his circumstances while also revealing such a genuine grief at losing someone he loves subtly at first then rather more overtly later on. Lillard makes the most of these few scenes as you feel you know all about this guy's personal life in just a matter of minutes. His second major side though is his interrogation where he reveals his strange story. At first I was wondering if Lillard's delivery of his constant sobbing was too much, but it ends up being a downright perfect setup for one of Miguel Ferrer's most hilarious line deliveries in the series)

Anonymous:

Hopkins:

11. "Are you ready" - The Silence of the Lambs
12. Who will leave first - Magic
13. The titular story - The Silence of the Lambs
14. Proper vows - Shadowlands
15. Suffering - Westworld
16. Meeting the Senator - The Silence of the Lambs
17. "I'm going to miss her too" - Shadowlands
18. Just a exhibitionist - The Elephant Man
19. Ford's "family" - Westworld
20. Meeting the other brothers - The Lion in Winter

Buscemi:

1. Carl Negotiates with Wade - Fargo
2. Message - The Messenger
3. Highway Massacre - Fargo
4. Failing to understand the plan - Fargo
5. Mexican Standoff - Reservoir Dogs
6. Apology - The Messenger
7. Hell of a conversation - Fargo
8. Breaking down the robbery - Reservoir Dogs
9. Refusing 50/50 - Fargo
10. "Why do I have to be Mr. Pink" - Reservoir Dogs
11. Ripping off the liquor store - Twenty Bucks
12. Kidnapping - Fargo
13. Meeting Seymour - Ghost World
14. Winslow's new occupation - Big Fish
15. A Story - Desperado
16. Donny in the car - The Big Lebowski
17. Blonde returns - Reservoir Dogs
18. Just ask for Chet - Barton Fink
19. Bad toast - The Wedding Singer
20. Petty Larceny - Twenty Bucks

Louis Morgan said...

Tahmeed:

Foster - (Well Foster's performance is just an amazing piece of work in every sense as she manages to accomplish so much even technically within a rather rapid movement in terms of the plot. I have to say her accent is actually a particularly remarkable aspect that could be easily overlooked as it is particularly effective use of a minor accent change yet completely fulfills not only alluding to Clarice's background but what Lecter says about it. Her performance though is brilliant though in how she manages to essentially be everything that Clarice's needs to be which is quite a lot actually. In the horror scenes, or with Lecter she's amazing in the way she is able to find the right combination. In that she does bring the directness and confidence of someone ready to face such things, yet still finds a honest underlying fear within it as well. She never makes Clarice weak yet she properly brings the nuance to make her human in every moment to create a real emotional power in her scenes with Hopkins as well as the final sequence with Buffalo Bill. Foster is able to create the right sense of confidence yet still a path for learning and dealing with the horrors she is facing in such a notable way. Of course her performance goes beyond that in just how good she is in every small moment in showing either the slight frustrations within dealing with the male driven F.B.I. or someone like Chilton. In every scene Foster does a great job of showing someone who does not dwell on things yet deals them. This is a great leading performance in the best sense as she carries you through every scene, makes you feel what they're worth, yet delivers a truly believable hero as well.)

Louis Morgan said...

The Baptism - (I mean there is a reason this has become such a parodied scene and that is because of how effective it is. The editing between the baptism, and the murders are just perfect as we see Michael comfortably living a "normal" "holy" life against such vicious murders that Coppola brutally depicts. Of course it's just an amazing scene to simply watch in creating its beautiful yet horrible tapestry of life and death.)

No Prisoners - (Well Lean of course captures the grandeur of this one moment of battle as you'd expect him to, this goes further than that and it is part of my intense love for the film. As this battle does not have that sort of grandeur we say in the first time Lawrence leads the Arabs. This time we see a harshly brutal man in a particularly vicious scene especially when Lawrence goes about personally executing some remaining Turks. The contrast though is what really makes it such a powerful scene though with O'Toole revealing how far Lawrence has gone into his ego maniacal madness, with that unforgettable delivery of "no prisoners, against Omar Sharif portraying almost the lost humanity in Lawrence carry such a weight in his horrified reactions to where the man has gone.)

"I'll Never Go hungry Again" - (Such a beautiful shot found in that silhouette of Scarlett that stands in such an effective contrast to the earlier use of the silhouette when being showed Tara by her father. It's Leigh moment though in again by in no way hiding the problematic sentiment behind her statement, as there is even a hate to it, yet that resilience she realizes somehow still makes one still see her as such endearing figure nonetheless.)

Execution - (Well this is just Mel Gibson as the master director as his lead up to the execution could not be more unnerving even though he really doesn't show all that much in terms of the violence, yet you almost fool yourself into thinking he did through his deft presentation. He brings you to such a place right with Wallace that leads to his vision being such a poignant and powerful moment, and earns its triumphant cry along with his modest yet so remarkable portrayal of the execution represented by the dropping of the cloth rather than actually seeing the violence.)

Kirkland's Final Speech - (Although it is definitely not a great film and I'm not really sure about this speech completely. I will say though even if it is a tad messy I would be lying if I did not say there was something to be gotten from it, and the utterance of "You're out order" is so remembered far more than the film itself for a reason.)

Calvin Law said...

Luke: For me,

1. Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
2. Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
3. Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
4. Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
5. Thandie Newton, Westworld
6. Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
7. Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
8. Claire Foy, Wolf Hall
9. Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
10. Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
HM: Fargo Season 2 ensemble

Helps that I haven't seen that much, though it was painful to leave Michael McKean and Bob Oedenkirk, Riz Ahmed, Jack Huston, Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall), among others, off the list.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Oh shit, TOTALLY forgot about Martin Freeman in Fargo. Replace Malek or Linney on my list with him.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

1960's Glengarry Glen Ross:

Ricky Roma: Burt Lancaster
Shelley Levene: James Cagney
Blake: James Coburn
Aaronow: Ralph Bellamy
Moss: Ernest Borgnine
Williamson: Christopher Plummer
Lingk: John Dall

Luke:

Vangelis:

1. Chariots of Fire Main Theme
2. 1492: Conquest of Paradise Theme
3. Eric's Theme - Chariots of Fire
4. Main Theme - Blade Runner
5. Love theme - Blade Runner
1492

Anonymous:

One of the very best written scenes in the series almost to the point it makes me wonder how much better the series would be if the acting was all on the level to what Bernthal delivers in the role. This is his best scene in his great performance though as Bernthal, and the writing so effectively and affectingly breaks down Castle's hatred through the revelation of the painful grief beneath it all.

Deiner:

Will keep those in mind.

Omar:

Ashbrook - (One of my favorite reprises in the revival and I love what they did with Bobby, showing perhaps how the influence of his father finally took hold. Ashbrook's terrific though in bringing this maturity to the character in a way that feels particularly earned as Ashbrook makes you feel his former misdeeds within his now current conviction to rectify hiss past mistakes by being a better man. I love that Ashbrook makes for such a proper officer though whenever Bobby is on the job showing as Bobby completely being his father's son. Beyond that though he's great in the few scenes of Bobby with his daughter and Shelly. Ashbrook's really quite moving in subtly revealing in these scenes his heartbreak over losing Shelly, and his genuine concern for his daughter's well being, while also bringing the right undercurrent of a strict father trying to redirect her path. Of course we do get just a few hilarious and oddly moving bits of the old Bobby, just the right amount, in his reaction to seeing Laura's picture and the message from his father.)

Goaz - (Goaz properly gives one of the most consistent performances from the original series in that he shows that really Andy hasn't changed a bit. Again though this is exactly as it should be as he brings that same humorous and lovable direct simplistic deliveries and manner in his interactions with his wife as well as the other officers. Once again though he's terrific though in his switches in the serious moments to a naturally more serious Andy by just how earnest he portrays Andy when he's on the job. Goaz makes it work though by showing sort of this innate goodness in Andy that plays into both his silly interactions with his colleagues and his directness when dealing with bad men.)

Horse - (Horse's performance was most often used in terms of a connection with Coulson, and he adds greatly to them through his subdued yet poignant reactions in every one of these scenes. Past that though he's once again a great straight man to Goaz, Robertson and in this season John Purruccello's Chad. Horse amplifies any bit of humor around him through sort of the very direct dignity he makes a constant in the part.)

Farren - (Well, like Jesse Plemons to Matt Damon, I guess Matthew McConaughey has his own doppelganger of sorts. Anyway Farren brings such a palatable nastiness that feels just perfect for the role of basically a demon spawn. Farren is just horrible in the right way in revealing just this man who seems defined by this base hatred for everyone and everything that does not serve him in some way. He goes further than this though in his scene with Balthazar Getty where he's pretty great in showing Richard without the tough guy act, which reveals just some whimpering kid.)

94dfk1:

Balthazar Getty did a pretty good pseudo-Frank Booth in Twin Peaks.

Calvin Law said...

I really like Ashbrook so far on the series.

Louis: great choice for Lancaster as Roma and completely agree with your #1 Vangelis. Baffles me when people say the score to Chariots is ill fitting.

Calvin Law said...

Donald Sutherland to receive Honorary Oscar.

:):/

Luke Higham said...

YESSSSSSSSS! At fucking last.

Calvin, your dream has come true.

Calvin Law said...

Indeed. Although the principle still stands since he's still yet to get a proper nomination.

Charles Heiston said...

Top 10 for me -

Cranston - Breaking Bad
Paul - Breaking Bad
Wright - Westworld
Rylance - Wolf Hall
Harrelson - True Detective
McConaughey- True Detective
Hopkins - Westworld
Banks - Breaking Bad
Esposito - Breaking Bad

Congrats to Sutherland. Deserved.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Could Buscemi & Harrelson go up for The Messenger

Calvin Law said...

In other news, and Louis is going to hate this, Ryan Murphy is producing a prequel to 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' exploring the origins of Nurse Ratched's villainy. Aw jeez.

I have to admit that Sarah Paulson is a great fit for Ratched, though. One could easily imagine her and Ben Foster going head to head in a 2010s version of the film.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

1. Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
2. Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
3. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock
4. Rami Malek in Mr Robot
5. Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
6. Alfie Allen in Game of Thrones
7. Anthony Hopkins in Westworld
8. Giancarlo Esposito in Breaking Bad
9. Chevy Chase in Community
10.Danny Pudi in Community

Robert MacFarlane said...

You thought Chase was best from Community?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Robert: Your thoughts on the performances of original 7 of Community, and your ranking of their work.

Calvin Law said...

I also forgot Sarah Gadon and James Franco in 11.22.63 who would be joint #8 on my list.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Alright:

McHale - You know, I could see him pulling off some Bradley Cooper roles. He's perfectly smarmy when Jeff is at his most sarcastic (such as his satisfaction in getting the Glee club canceled). What really surprised me is how good he is in the more dramatic moments. The show definitely gives him the most compared to the other castmates, but he delivers every time. His reactions do good at delivering an internalized sadness and anxiety, especially in the finale or whenever his dad comes up. His serious moments are a big reason why I liked him throughout the entire series instead of just the first three seasons.

Jacobs - For my money the show's MVP, though not at first. The first season does make Britta the stereotypical "cool girl" stick-in-the-mud that so many sitcoms fall into, but somewhere around the time when Troy's grandmother whipped her with a tree branch did we see a transition. From there the show started to realize Jacobs' gift for physical comedy and appropriately retooled the character into the goofy dork so many called "The Worst". But goddammit, I laughed at every Malaprop, every screw-up Britta had, even in the lesser later seasons. I also am one of the few who really liked her relationship with Troy, and I thought she had better chemistry with Glover than she did with McHale. My favorite moment with her was in the last season when we finally meet her parents, with her stealing the child's tricycle. But her dramatic moments were pretty damn strong as well, such as her breakup with Troy. She and McHale were the only parts of the later seasons I would say were completely unscathed.

Glover- Pretty close to Jacobs as MVP. Glover has this magical ability to create chemistry with everyone he has a scene with. Obviously this worked best with Pudi, but I noticed he's the only cast member that really worked off of Chevy Chase without coming off as isolated. Anyway, his chemistry with Pudi and their friendship was definitely one of the show's biggest highlights. He's also the funniest crier/screamer I've seen, especially in moments like meeting LeVar Burton. One of the big problems the show faced was with his exit, the ensemble's dynamic took a hit. You could tell when he was gone how the general chemistry was out of whack. He glued the group together, and one particular member took the biggest hit.

Pudi - As mentioned before, his chemistry and bromance with Troy was one of the show's greatest strengths. Out side of that Pudi does a great job at creating some Asperger's mannerisms without going too overboard with them, but I have some issues with show the show handled Abed. For one, the meta humor become outright obnoxious from season 4 on and he started to grate on me. What really hurt him was Tory's exit. Without Troy, Abed was left nowhere to go as a character. He needed someone to work off of to work as a character, and once Glover left, Pudi could only do so much with the aimless writing for Abed. I did love when the show allowed him to go beyond the ambiguously autistic film buff and stretch his comic chops, such as the My Dinner with Andre episode or his Nic Cage breakdown. Overall strong work hurt by circumstances as it went along.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Brie - Let me just say that Alison Brie has ridiculous range as an actress and should be a star. As for Annie, she is pretty damn great at the sort of Pollyena innocence mixed with a hidden psycho edge. Whenever Annie gets pissed, it was usually a highlight of the episode. When she's upset, even better. Stuff like the Disney Face or that scream she gives when she punched Jeff are some of the best moments the show had. However, much like Pudi, the show didn't seem to know what to do with Annie after a certain point. I never really bought the stuff with her and Jeff, and the show just seemed to lose interest with her in her by the last season. I felt bad, because Brie deserved better.

Brown - Honestly kind of underrated. I loved how she could constantly transition from that sweet, cloying voice into a hardass one on a dime. When the show gave her time to shine, she did not waste. The foosball episode was top 3, and her performance was a big reason why. That said, she was hurt just like Pudi and Brie in how they just never seemed to know what do with Shirley. They outright screwed her with season 6 by cutting her out all together. I enjoyed her work a lot, but I wish they didn't drop the ball.

Chase - Of the original seven, my least favorite. He's actually pretty good in season one when Pierce was less of an ass, but he always lacked chemistry with the rest of the study group sans Glover. The writers seemed to pick up on it and tried reframing Pierce as an outsider and borderline senile, but it created an isolation that prevented Pierce from really developing. It's hard for me to blame Chase for leaving after season 4, since by that point Pierce had become nothing but a stream of jokes about how awful of a person he was. Chase is not really the problem, but he doesn't do that much to help.

Overall I think the first three seasons are brilliant and some of the best TV I've seen, but the later ones had issues. Season 4 was rightfully derided for jumping the shark, and season five really did suffer with Glover's departure. Season 6 did have its merits, particularly with Keith David, but it never really captured the magic of the early seasons. That said, I want that damn movie.

Cast ranking: Jacobs > Glover > McHale > Brie > Pudi > Brown > Chase

Calvin Law said...

What about Ken Jeong?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Jeong is great in season 1 when he's Señor Chang, but he became a bit much as it went along. I did enjoy his takeover in season 3.

Matt Mustin said...

Robert: It's interesting that you mention Glover's chemistry with Chase, because watching the bloopers I get the impression that he was the only one in the cast that Chevy actually liked.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Robert: Fully agree with you on mostly everything except Chase. I always found him extremely entertaining, and I guess the lack of chemistry he had with the rest of the group was a purposeful choice to show how out of his element he was in this environment. I particularly liked him whenever he lashed out against the rest of the group or faced his vulnerabilities, which was masterfully done in Season 2's paintball episodes. Granted, the show did begin flanderizing him after a certain point, but I won't fault him for that.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on the use of Roy Orbison's "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" at the end of The Hateful Eight?

Omar Franini said...

Matt: i wanted to ask the same thing! I think that song adds so much to the movie. The soundtracks are one of the best things in Tarantino's movies.

Matt Mustin said...

Omar: Agreed, I thought it was a brilliant touch.

Calvin Law said...

Omar and Matt: Great choice of song, especially when coupled with Morricone's 'Lincoln Letter' and Goggins delivery of that letter's contents.

Calvin Law said...

Everyone: what's your choice for most underrated television performance? For me it'd be a tie between Dean Norris on Breaking Bad, and Bernard Hepton in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Do you watch any late night talk shows? My favorites are John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Calvin: Dean Norris in Breaking Bad, along with many supporting performances in Game of Thrones, such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Rory McCann.

Calvin Law said...

Kimmel, Conan, Graham Norton, and Oliver are my favourites. Fallon is the absolute worst. Corden is not nearly as bad as people say.

Guillermo is the king of all though.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Calvin: I agree, I've found Fallon's tendency to laugh at EVERYTHING sort of....fake and off-putting. I find Norton and Corden quite enjoyable, but I've not seen any Guillermo yet.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Huge fan of John Oliver. I like Colbert, but it hasn't been the same since the Report ended. Kimmel's funny. Fallon is the antichrist.

As for underrated TV performances, I'd say the cast of The Pacific, specifically Rami Malek and James Badge Dale.

Luke Higham said...

USA: Kimmel, Conan and Colbert

I also like Carson, Leno and Letterman

UK: Norton, Oliver and Ross

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your cast for a 2010s Wild at Heart?

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Graham Norton is my favorite, I just love his show.

Michael McCarthy said...

Calvin: Let me take a stab at it...

Wild at Heart (2010s directed by Nicolas Winding Refn)

Sailor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (could see him thriving with Refn's direction)
Lula: Jena Malone
Marietta: Laura Dern
Johnnie Farragut: Bill Murray
Bobby Peru: Jon Bernthal
Juana Durango: Bella Heathcote

Louis Morgan said...

Charles:

Yes, in fact they really should both be fours already.

Tahmeed:

Not regularly, but Conan if I do, though I did watch Letterman fairly regularly in the 90's.

Calvin:

I'd say all the unsung Game of Thrones performances, Dean Norris in Breaking Bad, but my number one would be Glenn Howerton in It's Always Sunny.

Matt:

Well I love that song, but sadly it does not count as a film song since it did not actually appear in The Fastest Guitar Alive, just the album.

Calvin:

Sailor: Chris Pine
Lula: Dakota Johnson
Marietta: Melanie Griffith
Johnnie Farragut: Tommy Lee Jones
Marcello Santos: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Dell: Paul Dano
Juana: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Perdita: Carmen Ejogo
Bobby Peru: Michael Shannon

Calvin Law said...

Yeah, Howerton is very unsung. Great choices on the Wild Heart front Louis and Michael, I like the idea of Pine, Jones, Dano, and Bobby Peru from Louis' choices, while Malone and Dern are simply inspired choices.

Calvin Law said...

Also just got my first taste of Albert from Twin Peaks and I must say, damn good.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: When do you think you'll be able to post 1935 Lead and Supporting, because I'd assume it won't be for another 3-4 days.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Well for Marietta/Lulu, I wanted to keep the real life mother/daughter aspect.

Albert's the best at being the "worst".

Luke:

A couple days, I will say though there will not be a lineup.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Will you be moving Buscemi and Harrelson up the '09 overall soon or will you wait until you've done a full update.

Louis Morgan said...

Full update.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And are Fassbender and Cotillard's ratings for Macbeth safe.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Lastly, could Gambon go up for Half-Blood Prince.

Louis Morgan said...

As I wrote, my view on the acting has not changed, and possibly in regards to Gambon.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Thoughts on Seyfried and Amy Shiels in the revival of Twin Peaks? And Sherilyn Fenn, Piper Laurie and Joan Chen in the original series?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thanks, needed reassurance on that. I probably read into it too much, though I do agree with what you wrote on Kurzel.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: One more thing, could I have a Top 15 TV Drama performances list.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the "Play it Sam" scene in Casablanca.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Have you gone any further on The Crown.

Michael McCarthy: Your thoughts on the first season of The Crown and thoughts on Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow and Jared Harris.

Anonymous said...

Tahmeed: Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, Conan and Carson are my favorites.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the Current War trailer.

Anonymous said...

So, Cumberbatch, Fassbender and Holland are in the Current War film, huh? This sounds promising.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant Shannon.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: And Hoult as Tesla.

I think it'll be decent enough.

Louis Morgan said...

Giuseppe:

Seyfried - (I've always thought Seyfried was a randomly disliked actress to begin with, and it's great to see her work with Lynch. She's a great fit honestly for his style as she captures that sort of dreamlike beauty in certain aspects of her character, even when she's getting high I loved Seyfriend's sort of almost a fairy tale portrayal of that experience. As per Lynch though there is a dark underbelly, that isn't really hiding itself, and Seyfried I thought managed to realize something to what Sheryl Lee did as Laura Palmer, although perhaps a less extreme example of it. In that Seyfried manages to make her character a particularly harrowing mess by having that sort of childlike wonder that often gets broken or revealed to be a real world anguish. She realizes these two extremes so effectively as she naturally changes on or dime, or its really something special when she finds that strange combination of the two sides all at once.)

Shiels - (Her performance is downright hilarious and just another additional thing to love about the Mitchum brother's scenes. She's almost entirely one note in the right way though in creating that brilliantly bizarre state of the showgirl who someone seems always detached in some way except for just some minor breaks. Those minor breaks again being what's so hilarious such as her incredible heartbreak at "scarring" one of the brothers, or her rapturous delivery of agreeing that the brothers indeed had hearts of gold.)

Fenn - (I mean who doesn't love Audrey after watching the original the series? And I would not say that would be so obvious if it were not for Fenn's performance. As the whole idea of the rich daughter, entitled to rebel against her father, who tries to help but gets herself into trouble could easily not work. Everything about what Fenn does though absolutely works. There's something so unique she captures in sort of that confident saucy front that she projects as the surface in Audrey, which even this she does in a way that is particularly appealing. What makes her more than that though is how earnest her portrayal of Audrey's attraction to Cooper, and her desire to help the investigation. Although perhaps her motivation could be argued otherwise Fenn makes the noble intentions feel so genuine that she makes Audrey such an endearing character. In addition to that I loved the specific underlying chemistry she shared with MacLachlan, which again Fenn, and MacLachlan managed to move it past anything problematic by making it a far more pure love in the end. Such a shame that circumstances frankly forced her character in the wrong direction, though Fenn remained great in the role even when dealing with some terrible story lines (Benjamin Horne as Robert E. Lee.)

Louis Morgan said...

Laurie - (Well I will always say that Laurie really knows how to cut off a slice of ham or two, maybe too many slices. Laurie's style though certainly works for the show though particularly in the role of Catherine Martell who isn't exactly suppose to be the most subtle character. She's very entertaining in her big overt moments in portraying basically the terror of her ambition, yet does so in a way that goes past all bluster as she does bring the right cutting edge of sorts. She though knows when to tone it down, or at least alter the tone in a way. I particularly love her scenes with Jack Nance, as the two, even though the initial setup seems their loveless together, there is actually a real sweetness the two realize in their interactions even if their relationship has more than a few warts. There is of course her additional performance which is completely ridiculous, as intended, and I will admit though I figured out before it was revealed, she still more or less pulled off the trick.)

Chen - (Her performance initially seems perhaps just a bit much, not that she's way too over the top or anything, but rather in just her seemingly thin presentation of sort of the dainty foreign wife. Not that she's bad at this per se but at first it does seem like "is this all there is to". This of course ends up being the trick with those scenes being cast in a new light with as Chen is quite effective in giving far more direct and down to earth performance in all of the scenes where she reveals the real Josie. In addition looking back to the earlier scenes though you can find subtle moments where she seems to allude to her real nature, never to raise an alarm yet properly give a small allusion to her true intention, before it is revealed.)

Luke:

1. Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
2. Mark Rylance - Wolf Hall
3. Kyle MacLachlan - Twin Peaks
4. Alec Guinness - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Ray Wise - Twin Peaks
6. Alfie Allen - Game of Thrones
7. Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
8. Kirsten Dunst - Fargo
9. Leonard Nimoy - Star Trek
10. Charles Dance - Game of Thrones
11. Oscar Isaac - Show Me a Hero
12. Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad
13. Jonathan Banks - Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
14. Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
15. Woody Harrelson - True Detective

Well that's a great cast, and a great story unfortunately I think it potentially could waste both. Although it's hard to judge too much writing wise from the trailer, I found the visuals rather ugly, I mean just imagine the Prestige aesthetic instead. The editing of the trailer though was off though, although I'll admit I found it a little funny in their way of introducing Tesla the same way they'd introduce an anticipated comic book character. It could be okay, but I'm not expecting much from it.

Anonymous:

A cinematic scene of legend to be sure and why not it is. More than I'd anything I would say it is a highlight for Bergman's acting in the film as you can understand her relationship with Rick just through her acting in the scene with ever having needed the flashback to be honest. It's a great scene though in combining the nostalgic song so effectively with just the acting of Bogart and Bergman that suggests a broken past.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on John Goodman in The Flintstones.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Sitting down for IT. Haven't seen a Thursday night theater this packed for a non-superhero movie in a while.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Loved IT. Just totally fricking loved every second.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you settled on your ratings for Rickman in Deathly Hallows Part II and Hugh Jackman in Prisoners.

Psifonian said...

In terms of a coming-of-age story, “It” captured the spirit of the novel magnificently. Every single one of the kids was perfectly cast, and the dynamic brought the magic of the Losers’ Club to life in a way I never expected. (I personally thought Sophia Lillis's Beverly and Jack Dylan Grazer's Eddie were the best of a very strong bunch.)

In terms of the horror elements, the film was very unnerving and really inventive in finding new and exciting ways to terrify its audience without having to draw from the well of movie monsters that were a staple in the 1950s. As for Bill Skarsgard, his Pennywise was wickedly terrifying and I credit him for putting his own twisted brand on the character. And most of all, they perfectly evoked Derry from the novels. The town is as much a character as the kids that live in it and the evil that lives beneath it, and you can tell that director Andy Muschietti and the rest of the crew really did their best to do Stephen King’s haunted town justice. You can really feel the passion for the material oozing from every lusciously-shot frame.

If I had a complaint, it’s the film’s pacing. I understand the struggle of distilling a 1,200-page doorstopper to a two-plus-hour runtime. I get it. But "It" really needed some breathing room in between its fantastic sequences. Everything felt like it was on a rocket-sled and moving to break the sound barrier. Certain plotlines were cut short and characters were given short shrift simply because there wasn’t time to develop them (Mike, Stan, Henry). As it is, “It” comes off as a highlight reel of masterful scenes and strong performances, but as a cohesive whole, it really needed a bit more room to flex its muscles and breathe a bit. Still, I'd call it the strongest cinematic King adaptation in well over a decade.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: I've finished it. I thought it was pretty strong on the whole, though not flawless, I do think it went in circles a bit in the middle, and I found anything that veered too far from the central monarchy dynamic to be not that interesting. Foy is spectacular, Lithgow and Harris are very strong, and Smith starts out great but gets progressively less interesting.

Luke Higham said...

http://theplaylist.net/first-look-chris-pine-david-mackenzies-outlaw-king-20170908/

This has me very intrigued.

Louis Morgan said...

Also saw IT, certainly one of my favorites from the year so far.

Anonymous:

Goodman - 2(I'd say one of the hardest struggles in giving an engaging performance would probably be in a bad comedy, it's even worse for Goodman here in that he's restricted to playing Fred as to the show, and here he's presented as pretty boring lead. Goodman just has lackluster material to work with, and even within that his role really doesn't given him ever the chance to shine in the right way. It's sadly just bland performance from him which is rather rare.)

Luke:

Yes to Rickman, not entirely for Jackman.

Sad to hear Ben Foster's no longer part of it, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a major downgrade.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on It, the cast and who're you saving as well.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Even though he didn't really do much besides roaring and saying three lines, what did you think of Lou Ferrigno's voice work as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk movie?

Robert MacFarlane said...

For the record, I'm with Psifonian on Lillis and Grazer being best of the IT cast.

Luke Higham said...

It
Lieberher - 4
Skarsgard - 4.5
Taylor - 4
Lillis - 4.5
Wolfhard - 4
Oleff - 3.5
Jacobs - 3.5
Grazer - 4/4.5
Hamilton - 3.5
Scott - 3

My #3 of the year

Luke Higham said...

And I'm very much looking forward to Chapter Two.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I still need to think about Skarsgärd as Pennywise. I'm not sure the whole alien approach worked for me, but I did find it interesting.

Luke Higham said...

My MVP is Lillis.

Michael McCarthy said...

Luke:

Foy: A terrific performance that perfectly encapsulates the statement made by the series about the monarchy. It's almost entirely internalized, as it must be, in a way that captures the constant inner turmoil of a woman who is prohibited from being an individual in any regard. She finds the perfect balance between reverence for her family and the monarchy and her hidden desires of progressively.)

Smith: (This took me a while to warm up to as I wasn't sure for a while how I was meant to feel about the character. Once I got a proper sense of his role however I thought it was a very strong performance that realized Philip as a royal douchebag in a proper fashion, but still allowed him to go deeper than that in finding the emasculated man hidden underneath.)

Lithgow: (Another one that took me a while to warm up to, as it took me a while to get used to his mannerisms. Fortunately, they ended up being more of a vessel for his characterization than the characterization itself. Lithgow obviously has the most awards-friendly character in the series, but he makes the most of every juicy moment he has. He delivers Churchill's jabs with incredible force and wit, but he also does very well to reveal the side of Churchill that acknowledges his own self-absorption.)

Harris: (It really took me until watching this series to realize the faults in Firth's portrayal of the character, in that Harris succeeds in all of the ways that Firth fails. He brings a genuine emotion to the part, which is crucial as his George is a dying man, but he makes it the underlying emotion of someone who was born and raised to be a royal. In addition, the few times he does the stutter are made wholly natural by Harris.)

And I know you didn't ask, but my MVP for the show is actually Alex Jennings.

In regards to The Current War, knowing who's directing it my hopes are pretty much at zero.

And I saw IT today. Really really liked it, and didn't mind the pacing. If I have a nitpick, honestly...the production value is too "good." The sets, cinematography and score are all so tailor-made for a great horror film that it ends up telegraphing a lot of the scares well in advance.

Calvin Law said...

I'm so glad to hear Grazer is a highlight. Eddie is my favourite character.

Luke Higham said...

Michael McCarthy: Your thoughts on Jennings. He'd be my joint MVP with Harris. My favourite scene from the season, was in fact him watching the coronation, then lamenting on what could've been whilst playing the bagpipes.

Luke Higham said...

I must say, Supporting's turning out to be really great this year.

13 performances saved so far and should all get a 4.5 or higher.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your casting for It: Chapter Two.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Lieberher - (The most naturalistic performance I've seen from him, which is particularly important given his character has a stutter which he pulls off quite effectively. Bill, I think if misplayed, could be a little bland yet Lieberher finds the right approach in realizing this sort of grief driven passion that defines the character. He portrays that right direct enthusiasm to find out the truth yet does so in this very vulnerable way that is rather affecting in how it alludes to that loss that is almost always on his mind.)

Taylor - (He's quite good in realizing sort of a shyness within even the main group showing how he is really the new kid. I love his few little moments with Lillis as they make them lightly humorous yet so genuinely sweet at the same time. Taylor finds the right partially disconnected chemistry in portraying sort of the correct type of random eagerness of showing him trying to jump in to the group, though perhaps not always at the right time.)

Lillis - (She's altogether great in the role and I think importantly as well shows so well the exact way Beverly works within the group. As it is not the same exact type of friendship as it is with the rest of them for obvious reasons. She's terrific in her individual moments in portraying the intensity of her particular distress apart from the losers. Then she makes it particularly heartwarming in her scenes of genuine connection, sometimes technically with a more straight forward friendship or in creating those differing types of chemistry with Lieberher and Taylor.)

Wolfhard - 3.5(Hmmm I'd say if everything he said was suppose to be hilarious this is not a total success however that's not the point, I do believe. Wolfhard instead does successfully capture instead that sort of energy of the kid who constantly is trying to be funny no matter what, no matter how problematic it is, and with only some minor success. He's given less emotional material to work with but he does very well in making a natural depiction of this type of kid.)

Oleff - 3.5(He gets by far the least to do, but I think this plays into the achievement by all of the actors together. At the very least like the rest of them he's great at making the fear of Pennywise absolutely real, making the camaraderie, humor, and conflict between the group absolutely natural.)

Jacobs - 3.5(Also gets less to do, as he even sort of comes in late so he gets less moments with the group. He however absolutely knocks his major scene out of the park, really delivering in bringing the sheer emotional devastation of the story he must tell.)

Hamilton - 3(Obviously the purpose of Henry Bowers is pretty blunt. There is just a touch of nuance, not much, but Hamilton finds that at least. He's really there just to be a pure evil sociopath though and he delivers on that.)

Scott - 3(Appropriately heartbreaking in just being a curious child in his tragic opening scene then is rather chilling in his eerie portrayal of the false Georgie.)

Calvin Law said...

My MVP was easily Foy, but Harris is a definitive #2. I do think the strongest episodes all involved him. Jennings was good but I might need a rewatch.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Bill: Paul Schneider
Ben: Chris Messina
Richie: Glenn Howerton
Stan: Hamish Linklater
Eddie: Lukas Haas
Beverly: Mireille Enos
Mike: David Oyelowo

I think it is best to get non-names, although I have a feeling Muschietti will try to reunite with Jessica Chastain, and to be fair she does both look the part as well as is the right age.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Bill Hader as Eddie or no one at all.

Calvin Law said...

I was thinking Scoot McNairy as Eddie, but Haas is a good choice too. Schneider, Howerton, Enos and Oyelowo are perfect.

Calvin Law said...

Robert: I was thinking he might be a better fit for Richie, although I need to wait till next week to see IT, I'm just basing that on my knowledge of the character.

Michael McCarthy said...

I like Louis's picks except for Paul Schneider, I don't really think he's suited to characters who aren't scumbags. I'd vote for Matthew Rhys as Bill, I'd love to see him break into film.

94dfk1 said...

Louis: Your extended thoughts on the "You were not defeated by me; you were defeated by this swamp of Japan!" scene and Kichijiro's last confession scene?
I find Ogata amusing but also subtly suggesting the type of power only a man like him can have in the former scene, and Garfield heartbreaking in the latter.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your rating for Holly Hunter in The Firm.

Luke Higham said...

And Hunter in The Incredibles

Calvin Law said...

Louis: what's your thoughts on Kimmy Robertsen in Twin Peaks? She's actually one of my favourites.

Anonymous said...

Louis : You ever thought about Ranking each years the Best Picture Nominees?

Calvin Law said...

Chastain and Elba are getting great notices for Molly's Game.

Luke Higham said...

Gyllenhaal's getting really good notices as well, but I still doubt he'll be in the running this year.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I could definitely see Elba getting in for Supporting Actor. The academy may want to make up for Beasts Of No Nation and I'm sure they don't want to have another #OscarsSoWhite fiasco on their hands.

Omar Franini said...

McDonagh won Best Screenplay in Venice; now its your turn Del Toro, win that Golden Lion!

Louis Morgan said...

94dk1:

The Defeated by The Swamp, is just a great scene mainly for Ogagta, though Garfield's reaction of acceptance of his particular sort of cross carrying is also key. Ogata though is the focus and is great in realizing the way the inquisitor who speaks as though he is comforting the beaten priest though in his own way it is him gloating over yet another victory.

Kichijiro's final confession though is an incredibly poignant scene from Garfield and Kubozuka's performances that suggest the two men who have found this strange connection of sort through their mutual experience, but the real power is again in Scorsese's tilt of the hand in the use of the voice of God that suggests Rodrigues has been given his own path.

Luke:

3/3.5

Calvin:

Robertson - (Again like Goaz she's pretty limited, even more limited than he technically speaking, but that's the whole point. She delivers on that point and manages to make the complete ditz of her character actually work in her bizarre yet somehow endearing chemistry with Goaz. A personal favorite scene for me though is when Cooper tries to get involved in the situation, and the unbending nature of Robertson's performance is particularly hilarious against MacLachlan in that moment showing it to be one situation that Cooper can't quite wrap his head around.)

Anonymous:

As review no, but I'd be more than willing to do if asked.

Calvin:

Glad to hear it, though it sounds like the praise is closer to Steve Jobs than The Social Network.

TParker said...

I'd consider Robert De Niro and Martin Landau in 'Mistress'.