Friday, 9 February 2018

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 2017: Results

10. Daniel Craig in Logan Lucky - Craig goes wildly against his established James Bond type here to give a very entertaining portrayal of a southern crook that manages to get laughs even when the film undersells his moments.

Best Scene: "We're dealing with science here"
9. Hugh Grant in Paddington 2 - Grant gives a very enjoyable performance here bringing the needed charm but also the explosive ego to his villainous actor. 

Best Scene: A character conference.
8. Paul Dano in Okja - Dano gives yet another strong performance here bringing such warmth and delivering an uncompromising empathetic figure within a film that is very much in need of one.

Best Scene: Taking the stage.
7. Jack Dylan Grazer in It - Grazer gives the best performance of the loser boys as he not only adds so much  to the overall chemistry of the group, but also has some stand out individual moments through his arc that he realizes so well.

Best Scene: Gazebos.
6. Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Although I think his performance is slightly weakened by the forced humor given to his character, Hamill delivers a powerful reprise here in his depiction of a broken man.

Best Scene: Final scene with Leia.
5. Jerome Flynn in Loving Vincent - Flynn in one major scene makes a tremendous impact that sums up the nature of van Gogh's death through his moving portrayal of the man who blames himself for it. 
4. David Lynch in Lucky - Lynch delivers some Lynchian greatness here as he manages to be both hilarious yet heartbreaking in his portrayal of a man who has lost his tortoise.

Best Scene: Coming to terms with tortoise loss.
3. Romain Duris in All the Money in the World - Duris quietly steals this film in his dynamic and moving depiction of the crisis of conscience of his kidnapper who struggles with his innate goodness as he tries to be a bad man.

Best Scene: The amputation.
2. Will Poulter in Detroit - Poulter's work is truly disturbing here as rather than portraying an overt drooling racist he depicts a calm and confident one who doesn't need to announce his prejudice as obvious hate rather he puts it within his horrible actions.

Best Scene: Interrogation tactics gone wrong. 
1. Patrick Stewart in Logan - Good Prediction Michael McCarthy. Patrick Stewart gives a heartbreaking reprise of his most famous cinematic role. He realizes the real tragedy of the Professor's demise through how far he has fallen through his failing mind, but also finds a real poignancy just in those minor hints of the man he once was.

Best Scene: The most perfect night. 
Overall Ranking:
  1. Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
  3. Simon Russell Beale in The Death of Stalin
  4. Patrick Stewart in Logan
  5. Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
  6. Will Poulter in Detroit
  7. Steve Buscemi in The Death of Stalin
  8. Romain Duris in All the Money in the World
  9. David Lynch in Lucky
  10. Jason Isaacs in The Death of Stalin
  11. Jerome Flynn in Loving Vincent
  12. Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  13. Tom Skerritt in Lucky
  14. Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World
  15. Jack Dylan Grazer in It
  16. Michael Palin in The Death of Stalin
  17. Paul Dano in Okja
  18. Eric Tsang in Mad World 
  19. Mark Rylance in Dunkirk
  20. Algee Smith in Detroit
  21. Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water
  22. Michael Keaton in Spider-man: Homecoming
  23. Hugh Grant in Paddington 2
  24. Daniel Craig in Logan Lucky
  25. Bruce Greenwood in Gerald's Game
  26. Jason Mitchell in Mudbound
  27. John C. Reilly in Kong: Skull Island 
  28. John Boyega in Detroit
  29. Brendan Gleeson in Paddington 2
  30. Rory Cochran in Hostiles 
  31. Ray Romano in The Big Sick
  32. Paul Walter Hauser in I, Tonya
  33. Paddy Considine in The Death of Stalin
  34. Caleb Landry Jones in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  35. Cillian Murphy in Dunkirk
  36. Bradley Whitford in Get Out
  37. Robert Carlyle in T2 
  38. Rupert Friend in The Death of Stalin
  39. Ben Foster in Hostiles
  40. Armie Hammer in Free Fire
  41. Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok
  42. Stephen Merchant in Logan
  43. Terry Notary in The Square
  44. Thomas Kretschmann in A Taxi Driver
  45. Sharlto Copley in Free Fire 
  46. Michael Rooker in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  47. Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049
  48. Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me By Your Name 
  49. Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049
  50. Clarke Peters in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  51. Bruce Greenwood in The Post
  52. Carlos Sanz in Stronger
  53. Michael Shannon in The Shape of Water 
  54. Idris Elba in Molly's Game
  55. Jaeden Lieberher in It 
  56. Anthony Mackie in Detroit  
  57. Kenneth Branagh in Dunkirk 
  58. Bob Odenkirk in The Post
  59. Ewen Bremner in T2
  60. Gil Birmingham in Wind River
  61. Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  62. Michael Stuhlbarg in The Shape of Water
  63. Jon Hamm in Baby Driver 
  64. Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast
  65. Ian McShane in John Wick Chapter 2
  66. Ben Mendelsohn in Darkest Hour 
  67. Buddy Duress in Good Time
  68. Lakeith Stanfield in Get Out 
  69. Traci Letts in Lady Bird
  70. Peter Dinklage in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  71. Bill Skarsgård in It 
  72. Austin Stowell in Battle of the Sexes
  73. Jack Reynor in Free Fire 
  74. O'Shea Jackson Jr. in Ingrid Goes West
  75. Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 
  76. Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2049
  77. Jack Lowden in Dunkirk
  78. Danny McBride in Alien: Covenant
  79. J. Quinton Johnson in Last Flag Flying
  80. Ben Safdie in Good Time
  81. James Darren in Lucky
  82. Woody Harrelson in War for the Planet of the Apes 
  83. Ryu Jun-yeol in A Taxi Driver
  84. Tom Hiddleston in Thor: Ragnarok
  85. Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver
  86. Jeremy Ray Taylor in It 
  87. Graham Greene in Wind River
  88. Josh Gad in Beauty and the Beast
  89. Tom Hardy in Dunkirk
  90. Hugh Bonneville Paddington 2
  91. Mark Hamill in Brigsby Bear
  92. Gary Basaraba in Suburbicon
  93. Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk 
  94. Udo Kier in Brawl in Cell Block 99
  95. Jeffrey Tambor in The Death of Stalin
  96. John Hawkes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  97. Ronald Pickup in Darkest Hour
  98. Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok 
  99. Jonathan Majors in Hostiles
  100. Oscar Issac in Suburbicon
  101. Pedro Pascal in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  102. Cillian Murphy in Free Fire
  103. Mark Ruffalo in Thor: Ragnarok 
  104. Barry Keoghan in Dunkirk
  105. Matt Walsh in Brigsby Bear
  106. Too Hae-jin in A Taxi Driver
  107. CJ Jones in Baby Driver
  108. Johnny Lee Miller in T2
  109. Gael Garcia Bernal in Coco 
  110. Ian Hart in God's Own Country
  111. Wes Studi in Hostiles 
  112. Ed Oxenbould in Better Watch Out
  113. Dwight Yoakam in Logan Lucky 
  114. Jacob Latimore in Detroit 
  115. Bill Pullman in Battles of the Sexes 
  116. Domhnall Gleeson in American Made
  117. Jesse Plemons in Hostiles 
  118. Tom Holland in The Lost City of Z
  119. Chosen Jacobs in It 
  120. Steven Yeun in Okja 
  121. Kevin Costner in Molly's Game
  122. Aneurin Barnard in Dunkirk
  123. Eddie Marsan in Atomice Blonde
  124. Robert Pattinson in The Lost City of Z
  125. Chris O'Dowd in Loving Vincent
  126. Josh Gad in Murder on the Orient Express
  127. Paul Scheer in The Disaster Artist
  128. Barry Shabaka Henley in Lucky 
  129. Wyatt Russell in Ingrid Goes West 
  130. Dallas Roberts in My Friend Dahmer
  131. John Goodman in Atomic Blonde
  132. Greg Kinnear in Brigsby Bear
  133. Oscar Isaac in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  134. Boyd Holbrook in Logan
  135. Michael Smiley in Free Fire
  136. Stephen Henderson in Lady Bird
  137. Giancarlo Esposito in Okja
  138. Stephen Root in Get Out 
  139. Stephen Dillane in Darkest Hour
  140. John Boyega in Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
  141. Seth Rogen in The Disaster Artist
  142. Marcus Henderson in Get Out
  143. Harry Styles in Dunkirk
  144. Laurence Fishburne in John Wick Chapter 2
  145. Finn Wolfhard in It 
  146. Toby Jones in Atomic Blonde 
  147. Michael Sheen in Brad's Status
  148. Don Johnson in Brawl in Cell Block 99 
  149. Barry Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer 
  150. Sterling K. Brown in Marshall 
  151. Willem Dafoe in Death Note
  152. Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
  153. Tom Glynn Carney in Dunkirk  
  154. Dwayne Johnson in Fast 8
  155. Jason Statham in Fast 8
  156. Ralph Fiennes in The Lego Batman Movie
  157. Kurt Russell in Fast 8
  158. Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-man: Homecoming
  159. Alex Lawther in Goodbye Christopher Robin
  160. Karl Urban in Thor: Ragnarok  
  161. Glenn Fleshler in Suburbicon
  162. Carel Struycken in Gerald's Game
  163. Alan Cumming in Battle of the Sexes
  164. Rob Morgan in Mudbound
  165. Ben O'Toole in Detroit
  166. Brian Gleeson in Phantom Thread 
  167. John Magaro in War Machine
  168. Alec Secareanu in God's Own Country
  169. Benjamin Bratt in Coco 
  170. Jon Favreau in Spider-man: Homecoming
  171. Barkhad Abdi in Good Time
  172. Noah Taylor in Paddington 2
  173. James D'Arcy - Dunkirk
  174. Choi Woo-shik in Okja 
  175. Eddie Izzard in Victoria and Abdul
  176. Bokeem Woodbine in Spider-man: Homecoming
  177. Morgan Spector in Chuck
  178. Anthony Hopkins in Thor: Ragnarok
  179. Peter Capaldi in Paddington 2 
  180. Bobby Cannavale in I, Tonya
  181. Wyatt Oleff in It 
  182. Derek Jacobi in Murder on the Orient Express
  183. Matvey Novikov in Loveless
  184. Adeel Akhtar in The Big Sick
  185. Jason Mitchell in Detroit
  186. Lakeith Stanfield in War Machine
  187. Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Golden Circle 
  188. Donald Glover in Spider-man: Homecoming 
  189. Brian Gleeson in Logan Lucky
  190. Jack Quaid in Logan Lucky
  191. David Thewlis in Wonder Woman
  192. Jake Gyllenhaal in Okja 
  193. Kwon Hae-hyo in On the Beach at Night Alone
  194. Sam Riley in Free Fire
  195. Ron Perlman in Chuck
  196. Richard E. Grant in Logan
  197. Jonathan Pryce in The Man Who Invented Christmas 
  198. Alex Wolff in My Friend Dahmer
  199. Samuel L. Jackson in Kong: Skull Island
  200. Nicholas Hamilton in It  
  201. Marton Csokas in Mark Felt
  202. Jung Jae-young in On the Beach at Night Alone
  203. Michael Rapaport in Chuck
  204. Traci Letts in The Post 
  205. John Goodman in Kong: Skull Island
  206. Colin Farrell in Roman J. Israel, Esq. 
  207. Michael Cera in Molly's Game
  208. Mark Strong in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  209. Lance Reddick in John Wick Chapter 2
  210. Christopher Plummer in The Man Who Invented Christmas
  211. Jim Gaffigan in Chuck 
  212. Said Taghmaoui in Wonder Woman
  213. Matthias Schoenaerts in Our Souls At Night
  214. Jacob Batalon in Spider-man: Homecoming 
  215. Bradley Cooper in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  216. Willem Dafoe in Murder on the Orient Express
  217. Lucas Hedges in Lady Bird
  218. Bill Camp in Molly's Game
  219. Billy Crudup in Alien Covenant
  220. Timothee Chalamet in Lady Bird
  221. Ewan Bremner in Wonder Woman 
  222. Michael Cera in The Lego Batman Movie 
  223. Christopher Fairbank in Lady Macbeth
  224. David Cross in The Post 
  225. Anupam Kher in The Big Sick
  226. Jon Bernthal in Wind River 
  227. Paul Hilton in Lady Macbeth
  228. Tom Hanks in The Circle
  229. Domhnall Gleeson in Mother!
  230. Ezra Miller in Justice League 
  231. Nick Offerman in The Hero 
  232. Shea Whigham in Death Note
  233. Jacob Tremblay in The Book of  Henry
  234. Michael McElhatton in The Foreigner
  235. Emory Cohen in War Machine
  236. Christopher Lloyd in Going in Style
  237. Ian McKellen in Beauty and the Beast 
  238. Udo Kier in Downsizing
  239. Leslie Odom Jr. in Murder on the Orient Express
  240. Tim Blake Nelson in Colossal
  241. Lee Pace in The Book of Henry
  242. Dominic West in The Square  
  243. Christopher Abbot in It Comes At Night
  244. Caleb Landry Jones in The Florida Project
  245. Noah Taylor in Free Fire 
  246. Michael Stuhlbarg in The Post 
  247. Christoph Waltz in Downsizing
  248. David Yow in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  249. Jesse Plemons in The Discovery
  250. Sunny Suljic in The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  251. Arnaud Valois in BPM
  252. Caleb Landry Jones in Get Out
  253. Steve Zahn in War For the Planet of the Apes
  254. Owen Wilson in Wonder
  255. Ed Harris in Mother!
  256. Bradley Whitford in The Post
  257. Benicio del Toro in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  258. Dustin Hoffman in The Meyerowitz Stories
  259. Garrett Hedlund in Mudbound
  260. Aleks Mikic in Better Watch Out 
  261. Israel Broussard in Happy Death Day
  262. Jack Reynor in Detroit
  263. Aidan Gillen in The Lovers 
  264. Brian Gleeson in Mother!
  265. Lucas Hedges in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  266. Jason Momoa in Justice League
  267. Riz Ahmed in Una
  268. Jordan Rodrigues in Lady Bird
  269. Andy Serkis in Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
  270. Lil Rel Howery in Get Out 
  271. Ian Glen in My Cousin Rachel
  272. Matthew Rhys in The Post 
  273. Jon Hamm in Marjorie Prime 
  274. Tom Hollander in Breathe
  275. Robert Redford in The Discovery
  276. Ray Fisher in Justice League
  277. Adeel Akhtar in Victoria & Abdul 
  278. Emory Cohen in Shot Collar
  279. Tim Robbins in Marjorie Prime 
  280. Dan Stevens in Colossal
  281. Jim Belushi in Wonder Wheel 
  282. Zach Efron in The Greatest Showman
  283. Austin Abrams in Brad's Status
  284. Jason Clarke in Mudbound
  285. Eugene Brave Rock in Wonder Woman 
  286. Seth MacFarlane in Logan Lucky 
  287. Ewan Mcgregor in Beauty and the Beast
  288. Jay Hernandez in Bright 
  289. Johnny Depp in Murder on the Orient Express
  290. Oliver Platt in Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
  291. Jeffrey Donovan in Shot Collar
  292. Dacre Montgomery in Better Watch Out 
  293. Scott Eastwood in Fast 8
  294. J.K. Simmons in The Snowman
  295. Common in John Wick Chapter 2
  296. Edgar Ramirez in Bright 
  297. John Ortiz in Going in Style
  298. Domhnall Gleeson in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  299. John Slattery in Churchill
  300. Jeremy Strong in Molly's Game
  301. Tyler Ross in The Lovers
  302. Toby Kebbell in Kong: Skull Island
  303. David Dencik in The Snowman 
  304. Bo Burnam in The Big Sick
  305. Chris O'Dowd in Molly's Game
  306. Clancy Brown in Stronger
  307. Danny Huston in Wonder Woman
  308. Zack Galifianakis in The Lego Batman Movie
  309. Billy Magnussen in Ingrid Goes West
  310. Dean Norris in The Book of Henry 
  311. Devon Graye in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  312. John Krasinski in Detroit
  313. Ike Barinholtz in Bright
  314. Kurt Braunohler in The Big Sick 
  315. Mike Colter in Girls Trip
  316. Jonathan Banks in Mudbound 
  317. Jonas Karlsson in The Snowman
  318. Michael Mando in Spider-man: Homecoming
  319. Caleb Landry Jones in American Made
  320. Riccardo Scamarcio in John Wick Chapter 2
  321. Thomas Mann in Kong: Skull Island 
  322. James Jordan in Wind River
  323. Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  324. Ellar Coltrane in The Circle
Next Year: 2017 Lead


Anonymous said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on good ol' Clancy Brown in Stronger.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
Jeremy Renner in Wind River
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Hugh Jackman in Logan

Those are all I'm really interested in.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top tens for Best Actress and Supporting Actress for this year?

Calvin Law said...

Stanton (hope he wins)

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 daniel craig acting moments

Matt Mustin said...

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Hugh Jackman in Logan
Jeremy Renner in Wind River

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your lowest 4 and 3.5.

Thoughts on the rest of your 4.5, 4s and 3.5s.

Your Female Top Tens with ratings and other 4+ honourable mentions

Robert MacFarlane said...

Honestly I really don't think Franco is that worthy of a review. He's funny, but it's more of a glorified SNL impression.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...


Louis: Review any performance you'd give a 5 to, don't want there to be another Courtenay in 45 Years situation.

Michael McCarthy said...

I'm actually totally onboard for 10 reviews now:

James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
Christian Bale in Hostiles
Hugh Jackman in Logan
Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver
Jeremy Renner in Wind River
Sebastian Stan in I, Tonya
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Ethan Hawke in Maudie

I get that it's gonna be Jane instead of (presumably) Stan, but this is who I'd choose.

Luke Higham said...


and Hawke

Robert MacFarlane said...

Oh yeah, Stan in I, Tonya if you insist he's lead.

Matt Mustin said...

Oh, I forgot about Christian Bale.

Luke Higham said...
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Anonymous said...

Louis: Who's the lowest 3 or highest 2.5 on that list?

Mitchell Murray said...

Love this list I have to say. All the nominees are in the top 20, which I think has only happened with 2014 before. And I know not everyone else agrees but I don't mind the three billboards men taking the top spots honestly.

Just a quick question, though. I realize I'm practically the only one on this blog who liked "Wind River", but someone is going to have to remind me who James Jordan was because I don't remember anyone in that movie being particularly bad.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: your ratings and thoughts on Suburbicon, Wonder, God's Own Country, Marshall, Una and BPM?

Calvin Law said...

RIP Reg Cathey.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Mitchell: He's the guy who Renner kills at the end who was the "main" culprit.

Michael McCarthy said...

Robert: Even if you didn't think Franco was great in The Disaster Artist, can you deny what a fun review that would be to read? Especially from Louis.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Michael: Eh.

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 Tim Curry acting moments

Bryan L said...

I'll give my Best Picture ranking, along with some brief thoughts.

1. Dunkirk- My #1 of the year, and I've already seen it four times. Terrific in every aspect, and I have gotten misty-eyed at "Home" each time.

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri- Mature, yet hilarious at times. Mcdormand, Rockwell and Harrison deliver some of their finest work.

3. The Shape of Water- del Toro at his best.

4. Get Out- Very good, though a rewatch will help me formulate my thoughts.

5. Phantom Thread- PTA redeems himself for me personally after The Master. Splendid and if this is indeed DDLs' swan song, then it is a great one.

6. Lady Bird- Hits a personal note for me, since I too was a high school senior just five (5) years ago.

7. The Darkest Hour- Good, although kind of formulaic now that I think about it.

8. Call Me by Your Name- Eh. Just didn't care for this one.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: Have you given your thoughts on James Jordan in Wind River?

Michael McCarthy said...

I'm just now seeing that you saw Bright. Your thoughts on the greatest movie ever made.

Charles H said...

Ryan Gosling is going to topple the competition. His performance is phenomenal.


John Smith said...

Louis, ypur thought and rating on the cast for 'Mad World'

John Smith said...

Rajkumar Rao-Trapped (Pease review him)
Pattinson-Good Time
Gosling-Blade Runnder 2049
Fares Fares-The Nile Hilton Incident
Renner-Wind River

BRAZINTERMA Prêmio Fictício said...

- James McAvoy in Split
- James Franco in The Disaster Artist
- Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
- Jeremy Renner in Wind River
- Vladimir Brichta in Bingo: The King of Mornings

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on the lead performances and thoughts on any supporting performances that scored a 3 or higher from the casts of Mad World, Suburbicon, Wonder, God's Own Country, Marshall, Una, BPM, The Lego Batman Movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Our Souls At Night, The Foreigner, Going In Style, Colossal, Breathe, The Lovers, Professor Marston And The Wonder Woman and Bright.

May I also have quick thoughts on these films.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Just to be clear, thoughts on all the lead performances from those casts that I mentioned on the previous post.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Of directors today, who would you call the next Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock?

Calvin Law said...

Kazan: Michaël R. Roskam
Kubrick: Paul Thomas Anderson
Hitchcock: Hm.

Louis Morgan said...


Brown - 2(Eh he's just there really to be a caricature in a few scenes, and there is no chance at depth or development of his character.)



1. Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
2. Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
3. Vicky Krieps - Phantom Thread
4. Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
5. Emma Stone - Battle of the Sexes
6. Sally Hawkins - Maudie
7. Dafne Keen - Logan
8. Florence Pugh - Lady Macbeth
9. Carla Gugino - Gerald's Game
10. Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird

And (not in order):

Michelle Williams - All The Money in the World
Aubrey Plaza - Ingrid Goes West
Meryl Streep - The Post
Jessica Rothe - Happy Death Day
Nicole Kidman - The Beguiled
Jane Fonda - Our Souls At Night
Rooney Mara - Una
Ahn Seo-Hyun - Okja
Charlize Theron - Atomic Blonde
Daisy Ridley - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Brooklyn Prince - The Florida Project
Jessica Chastain - Molly's Game
Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman

Supporting Actress:

1. Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread
2. Ana de Armas - Blade Runner 2049
3. Tilda Swinton - Okja
4. Allison Janney - I, Tonya
5. Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
6. Sophia Lillis - IT
7. Tatiana Maslany - Stronger
8. Sylvia Hoeks - Blade Runner 2049
9. Holly Hunter - The Big Sick
10. Elaine Jay - Mad World

And (Not in Order):

Hong Chau - Downsizing
Beanie Feldstein - Lady Bird
Shirley Henderson - Okja
Elle Fanning - The Beguiled
Allison Williams - Get Out
Sally Hawkins - Paddington 2
Elisabeth Olsen - Ingrid Goes West
Kirsten Dunst - The Beguiled
Tessa Thompson - Thor Ragnarok
Catherine Keener - Get Out
Riley Keough - Logan Lucky
Bria Vinaite - The Florida Project


1. Torture - Casino Royale
2. Vesper's Death - Casino Royale
3. Poison - Casino Royale
4. Trying Out Guns - Layer Cake
5. "We're Dealing with Science here" - Logan Lucky
6. Opening - Casino Royale
7. Fixing Everything - Layer Cake
8. "Cause it's all so fuckin hysterical" - Road To Perdition
9. Lost Hand - Casino Royale
10. Final Confrontation - Skyfall
11. Meeting Joe Bang - Logan Lucky
12. Unexpected Assassin - Layer Cake
13. Murders - Road to Perdition
14. "I'm about to get nekkid" - Logan Lucky
15. "Bond, James Bond" - Casino Royale
16. "With Pleasure" - Skyfall
17. Ending - Quantum of Solace
18. Killer - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
19. Killing the traitor - Elizabeth
20. Dealing with a first kill - Quantum of Solace

Louis Morgan said...


4: Ryu Jun-yeol in A Taxi Driver

3.5: Ralph Fiennes in The Lego Batman Movie

Tsang - 4.5(I'll admit I would have included him in the reviews if I had seen the film before I had started the reviews. Although the film struggles with main character's story a bit, Tsang is the one consistently great element in the film. He's terrific in realizing this strange unsettled state of the man who reacts towards his son basically being unable to know how to react. He's great in creating the difficulty and complicated feelings that are entailed in every moment together as he portrays this attempt to be overt in his warmth yet with this confusion of a man who has no idea what to do. He's great then in the few moments where his son challenges and reveals the full extent of his heartbreak having no idea what he needed to in the past. Tsang is incredible in his breakdown scenes by show honestly revealing the vulnerability of the man who just had no idea what to do, and is trying to make things slightly better.)

Mad World - (Has good things in it but very messy in terms of the main character's journey. The best scenes are the ones squarely between him and his parents.)

Yue - 4(Although some of the developments are not well realized in his story Yue gives a consistently strong performance. He's great in showing the two states of the man. In flashback with his mother he's terrific in realizing the intensity of his mental decay through his interactions with her. He's great in portraying this specific type of frustration of a man who wants to love his mother yet can't help but hate her do to her treatment of her. He's great in his "present" scenes in portraying the man having become withdrawn as almost to avoid stimuli. When he occasionally does he's moving in showing that that intensity return again that is so raw and shows a man who really has not properly recovered.)

Jin - 4.5(Her performance is a very effectively portrayal of just a vicious insanity that is tearing her mind apart. Jin is great in presenting, without compromise, the sheer brutality that this entails as she constantly berates her son. She brings her own intensity that so effectively realizes the level of her own mental decay that is particularly unnerving because of how much of a mess of emotions she reveals as this person who obviously cannot think straight for even a moment at a time.)

Basaraba - 3.5(Needed a better film to be in since he's pretty moving in portraying so earnestly the one completely decent guy in the story. He brings his love and affection of his nephew so well to live in a slightly goofy yet honest way that makes his character endearing. It's a shame as in a good film this character with Basaraba in the role could have been something truly devastating as in the end it wastes him, yet he does his best with what he has to still make an impact.)

Isaac - 3.5(Isaac is one of the few people who captures what the film should be going for. In that he more or less is a Hume Cronyn in The Postman Always Rings twice. Isaac brings that sort of gleeful sleaze perfect for the James M. Cain world, it's a shame he's only a glint of the film going in the right direction.)

Louis Morgan said...

Tremblay - 4(Tremblay proves here that his performance in Room at the very least was not a fluke by any means, although I'll say the fact that he was okay in Book of Henry was also an indication. Tremblay though once again proves his ability to give such a naturalistic and sweet performance film. He anchors the film so well and manages to give a heart of authenticity within the film by his performance which is always consistently good even when the film overplays its hand a bit.)

O'Connor - 3.5(This is a good performance in portraying just this casually bitter man that randomly seems to find a deeper love by chance. O'Connor gives a devoted performance however his work never quite got me truly invested into the character beyond a certain point. That is in part of Secareanu's performance, which while fine, is almost a little too simplistic at times at being this "dream man" to Johnny. O'Connor's best scenes are with Hart as he is very moving in portraying the struggle to live up to his father's expectations and realizes those frustrations incredibly well.)

Hart - (An effective portrayal of the man slowly physically decaying in every scene he is in and he is terrific in bringing out that fervent attempt at the man trying to connect in his son in any way while trying to command him to follow in his footsteps. Hart realizes well this internalized attempt at strength basically reduced by the physical ailments befalling the man.)


Gad & Boseman - 3.5(Gad once again is proving to be a pretty decent dramatic actor and oddly enough I thought he kind of overshadowed Boseman in his portrayal of the guy slowly finding his strength in court. This is against Boseman, who is working with kind of a simplified character here in this Marshall, Boseman does manage to sell the character though who is almost written to be more of superhero than Black Panther at times. Boseman does his best even with the somewhat ridiculous writing, and is compelling largely through his considerable screen presence. The film kind of crams in the more emotional moments for both of them which both deliver rather well even if they are forced in within the narrative as written.)

Mendelsohn & Mara - 4(Again the film's style keeps this distant from both of them. Both though to their credit manage to get over the stagy quality of the material to a certain extent. Mendelsohn does well in creating this sense of frustration within the man that slowly goes from complete rejection to false introspection to slowly revealing this certain intrigue in towards the reappearance of his horrible past. Mara is also very good in playing, well never losing the character, with the idea of what the character's intentions are. As there are times it seems she's there to connect, others to accuse, others to destroy, but at times almost to seduce. Mara makes this work by showing to be this part of the woman's damaged state. Although I can't say either of them made the film work, both made it far more tolerable.)

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Perez and Reinartz - 3(The two both have fine chemistry and create at least enough of a generalized investment within their plight. Although I don't think the film serves this part of the story all that well both deliver naturalistic and effective performances. They never quite take the next step into make their scenes build towards something truly devastating which is obviously the intention, and should be the intention by the final scene. It is more the film's fault though as these scenes seem afterthoughts at times even though the film decides to end on this rather the activist scenes.)

Lego Batman Movie - (It gets a little repetitive at times with how much it hammers in its theme of accepting help, but hey it's a kids movie. It has a lot of fun with the world though and manages to be pretty entertaining throughout. All except the Joker who I found intolerable here, which should never be the case.)

Arnett - 3.5(His Batman voice is hilarious to begin with and he has plenty of fun with the idea. He though does bring enough of nuance into that when he has to in order to deliver the emotional stakes of the story, and succeeds in that as well.)

Fiennes - 3.5(Looking forward to the live action Fiennes as Alfred since his voice work was perfect for the part at every level. He's entertaining but also manages to infuse a genuine heart into his work as well.)

Goodbye Christopher Robin - (This falls into the kind of new biopic where it tries to cram old biopic themes into the new way of trying to be historically accurate in the material. It tries to be inspirational but struggles when so much of the story suggests it shouldn't be.)

Gleeson - 3.5(Gleeson to his credit though does deliver in his role. He quietly charming in the writing scenes, and the actually creation of Pooh sequence is pretty great. The rest of the time though he is effective in his realization of the man's demons that constantly haunt him and only seem to burden him all the more when his scene comes to reject him and his stories. It's a good performance and he manages to maneuver the tone which never quite works for the film itself.)

Our Souls Night - (I have to say this was pretty genuinely sweet and managed to just create a likable low key story aided by the chemistry of the leads.)

Redford & Fonda - 4(The best both have been for a bit, perhaps in the low stakes nature of the story got both of them to relax. Fonda, now kind of doing her own On Golden Pond, and Redford find just a nice chemistry between the two that slowly grows in every scene together. They manage to really make the film work as it never seems hokey by just how well they interact in every scene. They make the friendship grow naturally and eventually to a romance in an unassuming yet moving fashion.)

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Schoenaerts - 3(Quick word on him as he's basically doing his character from Rust and Bone just very much simplified.)

I think that's enough for now. I'll get you the rest on the next post.


3: Nick Offerman in The Hero
2.5: Oliver Platt


Suburbicon - 1.5(Clooney failing to do the Coens even with a Coen script in hand. Miserably bashing in what I'm sure was his own story that doesn't at all cohere. Even if the film was just the Coen scenes it would be a failure to realize that specific tone that makes their films work so well.)

Wonder - 3(More than a few notches above a lifetime. It's still fairly cheesy however its big heart goes enough of a way, amplified by the lead performance, to make it a decent enough film.)

God's Own Country - 3(For me it took a bit too long to get to where it was going. Another film that bases a lot of its central romance on long stares, though this time with some rather rough encounters thrown in. The best scenes were between O'Connor and Hart.)

Marshall - 3(The courtroom scenes are compelling enough to make up for the somewhat silly tone of "Thurgood Marshall, Badass, esq." scenes. It's nothing special, but it does get the job done.)

Una - 1.5(Faulty adaptation of a play. A film that screams "this was a play' at every point right down to the way each lead waits for the other to speak to ensure the audience can hear them. Elevated by the leads, but the film fails to be cinematic in any way.)

BPM - 3.5(As activist films go it suffers a similair problem to Selma where the activists are not all the well developed as characters, unlike say Pride which handled that aspect very effectively. The film though is effective in sort of its planning scenes which are rather engaging just through the material and the direction of these scenes that really give a dynamic energy to the acts of protest. Although I do think they could have established what it was that their "enemies" were doing wrong just a little more clearly. I know from historical knowledge what, but in the film itself it is somewhat vague particularly in regards to pharmaceuticals. I wish it had gotten into more of them as people, or if not I think the film could have been shorter. It suddenly introduces that there will be leads fairly late and that personal romance story isn't nearly as well done as the activist scenes. It's a film with a lot promise some of it which is capitalizes on, but some of it feels like a missed opportunity.)


Jordan's performance is basically just one note "I'm a evil rapey hillbilly" until he gets taken out into the snow. See I often will praise great physical acting, this is an example of awful physical acting. Every moment he's in the snow he's just doing this ridiculous over acting as he walks in his attempt to portray a guy dying, it really hurts the dramatic impact of that scene by how bad he is.


There is no Kazan in that there are not really the heralded adaptations any more. They still do adaptations but it's just not in the same way anymore. It isn't in the way in which Kazan specialized in that.

There is no one exactly like Kubrick. Nolan one could say is similarly an event filmmaker around simply his name as Kubrick was. In addition though both love a more clinical take to material.

No one is like Hitchcock in that there is rarely a Hitchcockian thriller these days.

Unknown said...

Louis what's your lowest 3, 2.5, 2 and 1.5?

Louis Morgan said...

3: Offerman - The Hero

2.5: Platt

2: Clancy Brown

1.5: Caleb Landry Jones - American Made

Matt Montada said...

What’s your lowest 4, 4.5,and 5?

Anonymous said...

What is your lowest 5, 4.5, 4, and 3.5?

Louis Morgan said...

5: David Lynch - Lucky

4.5: Brendan Gleeson - Paddington 2

The others have been listed in the above comments.