Sunday, 26 January 2020

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 2019: Results

5. Robert Forster in El Camino - Forster makes the absolute most out of every minute of his screentime to give a very funny, yet also quietly moving portrayal of a most unusual sort of professional.

Best Scene: "We're Open"
4. Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame - Downey gives a worthy sendoff to his now most iconic role, offering the same charm, humor and charisma  as Tony Stark that made him a star once again, though also continuing to take his character on an honest emotional journey. 

Best Scene: Meeting Howard.
3. Sterling K. Brown in Waves - Brown gives an effective portrayal of an overbearing father that quietly and powerfully reveals the real vulnerability and love within the man.

Best Scene: Talking about it.
2. Sam Rockwell in Jojo Rabbit - Rockwell gives a hilarious portrayal of an exasperated soldier just running down the minutes of his existence that eventually becomes rather moving as well.

Best Scene: "Rosie was a good person"
1. Song Kang-ho in Parasite - Song gives a brilliant portrait of the slow descent of a man from a strange contentment towards rage and despair.

Best Scene: Birthday gone wrong.
Overall Rank:
  1. Joe Pesci in The Irishman
  2. Al Pacino in The Irishman
  3. Song Kang-ho in Parasite 
  4. Choi Woo-Shik in Parasite
  5. Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - 5
  6. Sam Rockwell in Jojo Rabbit - 4.5
  7. Lee Sun-kyun in Parasite
  8. Baykali Ganambarr in The Nightingale
  9. Sterling K. Brown in Waves
  10. Timothee Chalamet in Little Women
  11. Udo Kier in Bacurau
  12. Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame
  13. Robert Forster in El Camino
  14. Bill Hader in It: Chapter 2
  15. John Lithgow in Bombshell
  16. Eric Bogosian in Uncut Gems- 4
  17. Chris Cooper in Little Women  
  18. Stephen Graham in The Irishman
  19. Keith Williams Richards in Uncut Gems
  20. Jesse Plemons in El Camino 
  21. Alan Alda in Marriage Story
  22. Park Myung-hoon in Parasite
  23. Jeremy Renner in Avengers: Endgame
  24. Chris Evans in Knives Out
  25. Mike Moh in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  26. Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame 
  27. Don Johnson in Knives Out
  28. Taika Waititi in Jojo Rabbit 
  29. Chris Evans in Avengers: Endgame 
  30. Willem Dafoe in Motherless Brooklyn
  31. James Ransome in It: Chapter 2 
  32. Wesley Snipes in Dolemite is My Name
  33. Ben Mendolsohn in Captain Marvel
  34. Alessandro Nivola in The Art of Self-Defense
  35. Paul Rudd in Avengers: Endgame
  36. Stephen Merchant in Jojo Rabbit 
  37. Winston Duke in Us
  38. Nicholas Hammond in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  39. Christopher Plummer in Knives Out
  40. Richard Madden in 1917 - 3.5
  41. Andrew Scott in 1917
  42. Benedict Cumberbatch in 1917
  43. Mark Strong in 1917
  44. Tzi Ma in The Farewell 
  45. Robert Pattinson in The King
  46. Archie Yates in Jojo Rabbit
  47. Robert De Niro in Joker
  48. Charles Baker in El Camino
  49. Vince Vaughn in Fighting With My Family
  50. Bradley Cooper in Avengers: Endgame
  51. Ben Mendelsohn in The King
  52. Keanu Reeves in Always Be My Maybe
  53. Ray Liotta in Marriage Story
  54. Zahn McClarnon in Doctor Sleep
  55. Lucas Hedges in Honey Boy
  56. Asier Etxeandia in Pain and Glory
  57. Sean Harris in The King
  58. Thomas Haden Church in The Peanut Butter Falcon
  59. Jeff Goldblum in The Mountain
  60. Joel Edgerton in The King
  61. Nick Frost in Fighting With My Family
  62. Jack Dylan Grazer in Shazam 
  63. Michael Shannon in Knives Out
  64. Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel
  65. Lucas Hedges in Waves
  66. Jiang Yongbo in The Farewell
  67. Bokeem Woodbine in Queen & Slim
  68. Al Pacino in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  69. Leonardo Sbaraglia in Pain and Glory
  70. Eric Stoltz in Her Smell
  71. Jay Ryan in It: Chapter 2
  72. Evan Alex in Us
  73. Vince Vaughn in Dragged Across Concrete
  74. Vilhelm Blomgren in Midsommar
  75. James McAvoy in It: Chapter 2
  76. Josh Brolin in Avengers: Endgame 
  77. Kevin Garnett in Uncut Gems
  78. Jamie Bell in Rocketman
  79. Bruce Dern in The Mustang
  80. Tracy Letts in Ford V. Ferrari
  81. Rob Morgan in Just Mercy
  82. George MacKay in Ophelia
  83. Lakeith Stanfield in Uncut Gems 
  84. Tom Waits in The Dead Don't Die 
  85. Dan Stevens in Her Smell
  86. O'Shea Jackson Jr. in Long Shot
  87. Ralph Fiennes in Official Secrets
  88. Jacob Tremblay in Doctor Sleep - 3
  89. Judd Hirsch in Uncut Gems
  90. Keith Stanfield in Knives Out
  91. Alfie Allen in Jojo Rabbit 
  92. John Slattery in Avengers: Endgame
  93. Harvey Keitel in The Irishman
  94. Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-man: Far From Home 
  95. Lance Reddick in John Wick 3
  96. Don Cheadle in Avengers: Endgame 
  97. Kristian Bruun in Ready Or Not
  98. Bruce Dern in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  99. Bryan Cranston in El Camino 
  100. Brian Tyree Henry in Joker
  101. Ian McShane in John Wick 3
  102. Colin Firth in 1917
  103. Adam Brody in Ready or Not
  104. Tom Bower in Light of My Life
  105. Tim Blake Nelson in The Report
  106. Ben Whishaw in Little Joe
  107. Mark Ruffalo in Avengers: Endgame
  108. John Malkovich in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  109. Jason Mitchell in The Mustang
  110. Bruce Dern in The Peanut Butter Falcon
  111. Caleb Landry Jones in The Dead Don't Die
  112. Danny Glover in The Dead Don't Die
  113. Bobby Cannavale in The Irishman 
  114. Sebastian Stan in Avengers: Endgame
  115. Keegan-Michael Key in Dolemite is My Name
  116. Richard Madden in Rocketman
  117. Moisés Arias in Monos
  118. Kurt Russell in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  119. Ray McKinnon in Ford V. Ferrari
  120. Henry Czerny in Ready or Not
  121. Jon Favreau in Spider-man: Far From Home
  122. Jonathan Banks in El Camino
  123. Will Smith in Aladdin
  124. Tom Holland in Avengers: Endgame
  125. Chen Han in The Farewell
  126. Rob Delaney in Bombshell 
  127. Keanu Reeves in Toy Story 4
  128. Timothy Olyphant in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  129. Kodi Smit-McPhee in Dolemite is My Name 
  130. Craig Robinson in Dolemite is My Name
  131. Mike Epps in Dolemite is My Name
  132. Mark O'Brien in Ready or Not
  133. Jeremy Strong in Serenity
  134. Adam Driver in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  135. Clifton Collins Jr. in Waves
  136. Anthony Mackie in Avengers: Endgame
  137. Scott MacArthur in El Camino
  138. Corey Stoll in The Report
  139. Tommy Lee Jones in Ad Astra
  140. Damian Lewis in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  141. Teach Grant in It: Chapter 2
  142. Dwayne Johnson in Fighting With My Family
  143. Chiwetel Ejiofor in The Lion King
  144. Danny Glover in The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  145. Donald Sutherland in Ad Astra
  146. Tracy Letts in Little Women 
  147. Stephen Merchant in Fighting With My Family
  148. Tom Courtenay in The Aeronauts
  149. Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw
  150. Luke Perry in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  151. Ted Levine in The Report
  152. Anthony Daniels in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  153. Isiah Mustafa in It: Chapter 2
  154. Scott Shepherd in El Camino 
  155. Frank Oz in Knives Out
  156. Richard E. Grant in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  157. John Hawkes in The Peanut Butter Falcon
  158. Cliff Curtis in Doctor Sleep
  159. Idris Elba in Hobbs and Shaw
  160. Andy Bean in It: Chapter 2
  161. Larry Hankin in El Camino
  162. Bill Duke in High Flying Bird
  163. Pedro Pascal in Triple Frontier
  164. Tim Allen in Toy Story 4
  165. Omar Dorsey in Harriet
  166. Martin Starr in Spider-man: Far From Home
  167. Jon Bernthal in Ford V. Ferrari
  168. Billy Magnussen in Velvet Buzzsaw
  169. Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  170. John Lithgow in Late Night
  171. Tom Roth in Luce
  172. Thomas Kretschmann in Dragged Across Concrete
  173. William Jackson Harper in Midsommar
  174. Steve Buscemi in The Dead Don't Die
  175. Henry Hunter Hall in Harriet
  176. Bruno Ganz in A Hidden Life
  177. Josh Lucas in Ford V. Ferrari
  178. Austin Butler in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  179. Matt Jones in El Camino
  180. Denis Lavant in The Mountain
  181. Keegan-Michael Key in Toy Story 4
  182. Jordan Peele in Toy Story 4
  183. Mathias Schoenaerts in A Hidden Life
  184. Stephen Graham in Rocketman
  185. Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy
  186. Tim Robbins in Dark Waters
  187. Clarke Peters in Harriet
  188. Michael Jai White in Dragged Across the Concrete
  189. Bill Nighy in Detective Pikachu
  190. Ibrahima Traore in Atlantics
  191. Emile Hirsch in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  192. Babou Ceesay in The Best of Enemies
  193. Chris Cooper in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
  194. Carlo Cecchi in Martin Eden
  195. Leslie Odom Jr. in Harriet
  196. Mark Strong in Shazam
  197. Charlie Hunnam in Triple Frontier
  198. Jonny Mars in Bacurau
  199. David Zelner in The Art of Self-Defense
  200. Bruce Willis in Motherless Brooklyn
  201. Haley Joel Osment in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  202. Jason Suedeikis in Booksmart
  203. Matt Smith in Official Secrets
  204. Kyle MacLachlan in High Flying Bird
  205. Jon Hamm in Lucy in the Sky 
  206. Gary Oldman in The Laundromat
  207. Antonio Banderas in The Laundromat
  208. Patrick Stewart in The Kid Who Would Be King
  209. Andy Serkis in Long Shot
  210. Bob Odenkirk in Little Women - 2.5
  211. Bill Skarsgard in It: Chapter 2 
  212. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson in The Vanishing
  213. Clive Owen in Ophelia
  214. Jim Parsons in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  215. Charles Dance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  216. Daveed Diggs in Velvet Buzzsaw
  217. Hamish Patel in The Aeronauts
  218. Jaeden Martell in Knives Out
  219. Bobby Cannavale in Motherless Brooklyn
  220. Rufus Sewell in Judy
  221. Jonathan Groff in Frozen II
  222. F. Murray Abraham in How to Train Your Dragon 3
  223. Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  224. John Boyega in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  225. Jude Law in Captain Marvel
  226. Oscar Isaac in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  227. Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-man: Far From Home
  228. Billy Eichner in The Lion King
  229. Seth Rogen in The Lion King
  230. Rhys Stone in Sorry We Missed You
  231. Bruce McGill in The Best of Enemies
  232. Ken Watanabe in Detective Pikachu
  233. Bob Odenkirk in Long Shot
  234. Laurie Davidson in Cats
  235. Navid Negahban in Aladdin 
  236. Jason Clarke in Serenity
  237. James Earl Jones in The Lion King
  238. Keegan-Michael Key in The Lion King
  239. Tony Hale in Toy Story 4
  240. Hugh Dancy in Late Night
  241. Ross Brewster in Sorry We Missed You
  242. Finn Wittrock in Judy
  243. Jon Hamm in Richard Jewell 
  244. Sterling K. Brown in Frozen II
  245. Steven MacKintosh in Rocketman
  246. Henry Thomas in Doctor Sleep
  247. Garrett Hedlund in Triple Frontier
  248. Idris Elba in Cats
  249. Bradley Whitford in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  250. Josh Gad in Frozen II
  251. Alec Baldwin in Motherless Brooklyn - 2
  252. Billy Magnussen in Aladdin 
  253. Noah Segan in Knives Out
  254. Jacob Batalon in Spider-man: Far From Home
  255. John Oliver in The Lion King
  256. Tony Revolori in Spider-man: Far From Home
  257. Thomas Middleditch in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  258. Jason Derulo in Cats
  259. Joe Alwyn in Harriet
  260. Domhnall Gleeson in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  261. Ike Barinholtz in Late Night
  262. Will Poulter in Midsommar
  263. Robbie Fairchild in Cats
  264. Ryan Reynolds in Hobbs and Shaw
  265. Mark Dacascos in John Wick 3
  266. Dan Stevens in Lucy in the Sky  
  267. Rhys Ifans in Official Secrets
  268. Skyler Gisondo in Booksmart
  269. Noah Galvin in Booksmart
  270. Marwen Kenzari in Aladdin - 1.5
  271. Ian McKellen in Cats
  272. Bill Camp in Dark Waters
  273. Chris Geere in Detective Pikachu
  274. Jack Reynor in Midsommar
  275. Rafe Spall in Just Mercy
  276. James Corden in Cats - 1
Next Year: 2019 Lead


Luke Higham said...

Ratings and thoughts on the rest of the 4.5 & 4s.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And the 3.5s. Especially the 1917 cameos.

Mitchell Murray said...

I guess none of us got it, then. Oh well..nice to see "The Irishman" duo reigning supreme - they really deserve it this year.

Also, small nit pick here...Chalamet over Downey Jr? I just don't see it. Sorry to all of you who adored his work...I really don't mean to be a stickler because I did like his performance, I just didn't love it.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on Bacarau, Booksmart, The Mustang, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile & Light Of My Life with ratings and thoughtd on the casts.

Luke Higham said...

And with the Lead Lineup, all of your fives.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Anyway, for actor

Robert Dr Niro in The Irishman
Kelvin Harrison Jr. in Waves
Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems
Aaron Paul in El Camino

At least those are the four I want the most.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And do save Mullan for a future review, however you can give thoughts on him though.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: He gave thoughts on Light of my Life in Antonio Banderas' review, Affleck & Pnioswky in Drivers', and Bower & Moss in the Best Actor results.

Calvin Law said...

My 10 suggestions:

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
George MacKay, 1917
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
August Diehl, A Hidden Life
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Matthias Schoenaerts, The Mustang
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Waves
Aaron Paul, Rocketman

And technically I'd like to see one for Egerton but since I think he'll be a 4.5 at best, then a double Noah Jupe/Shia LaBeouf review.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan: I was actually thinking of that Bruce Springsteen film, Blinded By The Light, My bad.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: If you're doing the 2 double reviews(The Lighthouse and Honey Boy), please just this once do 6 per prediction just so you won't spoil who your favourite from the former is.

Bryan L. said...

Luke: It's all good :)

Wow, Rafe Spall almost "won" a back-to-back Supporting "loss".

Emi Grant said...

These are the 5 I want to see the most:

Dafoe/Pattinson - The Lighthouse
Aaron Paul - El Camino
Adam Sandler - Uncut Gems
Christian Bale - Ford v Ferrari
Robert De Niro - The Irishman

Louis: Did you give your ratings on the leads from Booksmart?

Omar Franini said...

Louis: glad to see you liked Kier in Bacurau! Your rating and thoughts on Braga?

Psifonian said...

Anyone but De Niro

Luke Higham said...

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson - The Lighthouse
Noah Jupe and Shia LaBeouf - Honey Boy
Adam Sandler - Uncut Gems
George MacKay - 1917
Roman Griffin Davis - Jojo Rabbit
August Diehl - A Hidden Life
Robert De Niro - The Irishman
Matthias Schoenaerts - The Mustang
Kelvin Harrison Jr. - Waves (and Luce, if you have the time)
Aaron Paul - El Camino

Luke Higham said...

Uh oh, wonder how this will pan out.

Bryan L. said...

Honestly, I don't really think Diehl needs to get reviewed. He's good, but I was more impressed by Pachner. That's my two cents though.

Luke Higham said...

Louis and Calvin: True History of The Kelly Gang is online.

Calvin Law said...

Strongly disagree. Pachner's performance doesn't work without Diehl's work and vice versa.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: I'm waiting until it hits cinemas in February. 2020 releases can wait. I'm going to try and get to Bacurau (which I've kept promising Omar to get to), and The Art of Self Defence first.

Aidan Pittman said...

Suggestions for Lead Actor

- Willem Dafoe/Robert Pattinson for The Lighthouse
- Robert De Niro for The Irishman (my win)
- Jonathan Majors for The Last Black Man in San Francisco
- George MacKay for 1917
- Roman Griffin Davis for Jojo Rabbit

Louis: Your top 20 Joe Pesci acting moments?

Calvin Law said...

Aidan: he gave them here,

Robert MacFarlane said...

Can we please not with Roman Griffin Davis?

Calvin Law said...

He’s in my top 5.

Emi Grant said...

Even though I did like Griffin Davis I don't feel he desperately needs a review. Solid 4.5 for me.

Lucas Saavedra said...

Louis: your updated top 20 Robert Downey Jr. acting moments?

Louis Morgan said...


Kier - (He may have my single favorite line delivery of 2019 with his "hell no" when inquiring about his shot choices. Kier's performance is this brilliant strange thing of a comic indifference and emotional desperation. Kier's work manages to create the bizarre sense of his character's peculiar form of insanity that is always fascinating to watch. Kier is pretty much effortlessly compelling presence to begin with, but he's quite welcome in what is a meatier role for him. His portrayal of this "big game" hunter has a strangely captivating quality to it, as there is the way he does everything as though everything is both meaningless and the most important thing to him in his particularly questionable crusade.)

Madden - (Well his performance works in the way he instantly evokes the connection between the brothers just through his quick bit of enthusiasm of hearing about his brother, that he segues towards immediate heartbreak. Madden reveals this so powerfully and vivid, in portraying the repression of tears of the soldier trying to keep it together, yet not quite being able to. It's an incredibly moving performance that also earns sort of his spot as the final revelation that is not all wasted.)

Cumberbatch - (I mean the part Cumberbatch was always going to have to play eventually, now wasn't he, but either way he certain delivers on the promise of this. This with the refined ferocity as he speaks his orders and initially rejects the idea that anything could go wrong with his plan. I love his final few seconds of teetering towards a minor humanity in his slightly tired way of saying "attack at dawn" but then the fierce striking nihilism he delivers with "last man standing" that is also one of my favorite line deliveries of 2019.)

Dern - (I love seeing Dern just quite simply, and I'm glad so many directors are still casting him. He gets to do a bit more here than his other performances from 2019 and doesn't waste that fact. This with just how much character he can bring to the old coot with the sort of rough intensity Dern of course can always bring, but with balanced moments of warmth that are rather nicely implemented in his work.)

Bacurau, I guess is just one to say watch for yourself, as I had no idea what was going on with it. This is partially a criticism however as just like Filho's previous film Aquarius, I thought it became quite compelling once it got going, but took abnormally long to take shape of what it appeared to be about. Now this is clearly a style on his part, however the seeming aimlessness of the first act once again becomes a little too aimless for too long, even though it does become quite memorable once it gets going.

The Mustang is a fine, though not great, character study that is really best in just having the moments between Schoenaerts and the horses. It doesn't do anything unexpected but it is a fine rendition of what you expect it to be.

Louis Morgan said...

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is one where I go "What's the point?". This as even though its central conceit is the actual loving relationship of Bundy with his girlfriend however this is only explored for a bit, then basically a time filler between the trial scenes until just the last scene. The problem is the film just doesn't seem to have anything to say about that relationship or Bundy to give the film any purpose.

Efron - 4(I will say his casting actually did pay off. This is a good performance from him in the way he is able to put on the charming act even as there is a darkness within his eyes that alludes to the brutality of the man we never fully see. Efron though is able to capture the detachment of the crimes, along with the slick manner of the man that tricked so many. It's a shame that the screenplay nor the director have anything interesting to really do with Efron's compelling performance on its own.)

Collins - 3.5(Really the extra .5 is for her final scene where she is legitimately great in portraying the release of emotional desperation and anguish over her relationship. The rest of the film though she's so poorly written she's just sort of there. Collins does what she can honestly, there's just basically nothing for her to do.)

Osment - 3(He's fine in providing a bit of warmth.)

Parsons - 2.5(Not bad honestly, but doesn't do much.)

Malkovich - 3(Technically extremely miscast in a role that should've gone to Stephen Root, however Malkovich finds his own ways with the words rather than trying to reflect the judge he's playing, and is effective in playing it as this sardonic intellectual even if some of things doesn't make much sense for a Malkovich type.)

I don't buy that USA date on imdb, so it's 2020 anyways. Speaking of release dates I did finish The Nightengale, which was a whole lot of...stuff. There are some great things in there to be sure, however overall I might classify it as mess in how it realizes itself particularly Sam Claflin's character that is so evil that it becomes straight up comical, but I don't think that was intentional. I couldn't confirm really that the Milan release was non-festival related, so its in a gray area still for me.

Louis Morgan said...

Emi Grant:

No I did not.

Dever & Feldstein - 4/3.5(I will admit the film itself was one where I was ready to not care for it at all in its half hour, thankfully it calms down and got better from there. Each are effective here in their own ways. Dever gives very much the more overtly dramatic turn and she does this well. This creating the growing sense of awkwardness of each of her situations with the combination of desire with a penetrating shyness and inexperience. Feldstein seemed to be very much working with her brother's playbook as very much felt like him a lot here. She is good though in her more overtly comic turn though, with some fine moments of the slightly more dramatic mainly in her chemistry with Dever. There are her best moments, and are the films, where they're together that offer a bit of depth among the hi-jinks.)


Braga - 4(I liked her performance here in very disappearing into the role of the sort kooky and mysterious woman. Brage of course is always great at intensity, and that is the case here, though she wields it a bit differently than usual. This in her performance creating a strange sense of logic within her character. My favorite moment of hers is probably with Kier just as the two manage probably to each have their most low key moment, however are both quite effective in realizing that.)


1. Dude playing a dude disguised as another dude - Tropic Thunder
2. Asking his dad for help - Less Than Zero
3. Chaplin's Audition - Chaplin
4. Physical breakdown - Less Than Zero
5 .Watching the tape - Captain America: Civil War
6. The Audition - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
7. Talking to the little girl - Less Than Zero
8. Returning home after the fire - Restoration
9. "I am Iron Man" - Iron Man
10. "Never go full retard" - Tropic Thunder
11. Going back - Less Than Zero
12. Talking to Howard Stark - Avengers; Endgame
13. Saving the Day - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
14. Chaplin's sees his old films play - Chaplin
15. Personal argument with Cap - Captain America: Civil War
16. houseboat - Zodiac
17. Bringing his mom hope - Chaplin
18. Personal letter - Zodiac
19. In bed - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
20. Peter's goodbye - Avengers: Infinity War

Michael McCarthy said...

In my opinion, here are the must haves for the lead lineup:

De Niro
Harrison (for Waves, though ideally tie in a review for Luce as well)

To round out the ten, uhhhh I guess:


Totally fine with me if Davis and/or MacKay sneak in.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on the cast of The Nightingale.


Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson - The Lighthouse
Adam Sandler - Uncut Gems
Robert De Niro - The Irishman
Aaron Paul - El Camino
Casey Affleck - Light of My Life


Hey Louis! Tell us the Overall Rankings for lead actress and supporting actress of 2019.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Save your Actress rankings for the Lead results.

Louis Morgan said...


Franciosi - 5(Honestly here is a revenge performance I had never seen before, or anything like. This as her performance did not suddenly deliver some confidence that would not be fitting of the character, but rather she keeps with the character before and afterwards. Her initial scenes are very good in bringing definitely a powerful grace in each of singing scenes, but also offers the right sort of reality in her interactions. She doesn't make her Clare in reality an untouchable angel even as she is viewed by some as such when performing. After what happens, happens, which she makes extra hard to watch through the visceral power of her performance, her portrayal is remarkable. This in that she delivers the emotional drive and intensity as to be expected. She though also offers still a desperation of someone constantly suffering even as she conveys too a sense of determination. Her first kill scene is brilliantly performed by her as she delivers such a brutality herself, before having the moment of clarity that is heartbreaking. Her work I think does rise above the film, which I do think gets repetitive in its brutality as well as has a villain problem, but her performance is something special.)

Ganambarr - 4.5(His performance is terrific as the best parts of the film are the non-violent ones largely between him and Franciosi. They share an effective chemistry in showing the gradual understanding between the two that does feel earned, by how hard each makes it honestly. Ganambarr himself gives a striking turn in portraying what is a low key charm that presents well, and even some needed bit of any humor in his reactions initially to Clare. He's great though in realizing his own moments of deep trauma and pain, that he slowly reveals itself in his performance, until it explodes in his final sequence. It's a strong performance and honestly I would've preferred the film if we had left to just seeing what he and Franciosi were doing and less of...)

Claflin - (I honestly don't know to fully rate him here, as it's not entirely his fault. Everything his character does is so evil and so over the top in that sense, that it become comical in so many scenes because of just how ridiculous the character is in his vile acts. I suppose Claflin doesn't help things with his sneers in each moment that too are a bit ridiculous and don't help matter. It would've been difficult to make this character work no matter what, just because how thick the story lays on his wicked ways, but Claflin doesn't make things better.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Ganambarr Lead or Supporting, if he's the latter and you did decide to classify the flm as 2019, where would you rank him.

Luke Higham said...

Only asking because I constantly have to update the 5s & 4.5s list that I created on Google Docs.

Louis Morgan said...

He'd be my #8, in supporting. I would've had him in the lineup if it hadn't been for the release date snafu.

Razor said...

Louis: Thoughts on High Flying Bird and the cast?

Matthew Montada said...

Louis: Where would you place/rank Keanu Reeves in Toy Story 4 for the overall supporting actor performances list? I don’t see him on the list.

Emi Grant said...

Anyone watched the Rumble? That was the damnedest Claymore I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Diehl and MacKay are MUSTS for lead actor. The most underrated lead performances of the year.

Bryan L. said...

Louis: Since Peter Weir seems to be retired, would you like to see Sam Mendes take a crack at any Master & Commander sequels if they ever come to fruition? Plus, Russell Crowe seems to be a good fit for a Mendes lead, as both are great at the epic.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the direction and screenplay of the 2005 King Kong film? Also, your updated Top 10 most overrated directors list.

Scott Gingold said...

Aaron Paul, El Camino
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
James McAvoy, Glass
Woody Harrelson, The Highwaymen
Matthew Rhys, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Brazilian Cinema said...


Supporting Actress
1. Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)
2. Florence Pugh (Little Women)
3. Cho Yeo-Jong (Parasite)
4. Park So-dam (Parasite)
5. Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
6. Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit)
7. Sonia Braga (Bacurau)
8. Julia Fox (Uncut Gems)
9. Lee Jung-eun (Parasite)
10. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

Lead Actress
1. Lupita Nyong'o (Us)
2. Anna Pniowsky (Light of My Life)
3. Valerie Pachner (A Hidden Life)
4. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
5. Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
6. Awkwafina (The Farewell)
7. Alfre Woodard (Clemency)
8. Adèle Haenel (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire)
9. Noémie Merlant (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire)
10. Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

For Lead:

Line-up 1
Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse
Robert De Niro in The Irishman
Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems
Matthias Schoenaertes in The Mustang
August Diehl in A Hidden Life

Line Up 2:
Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse
Aaron Paul in El Camino
Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit
George Mackay in 1917
Harrison Jr in Waves

Louis Morgan said...


Steven Soderbergh continues to keep his style toned a bit more, particularly in terms of his visual use once again, not that it is amazing in that regard, though he still annoys me with his sound mixing once again. The script here is basically another, expose, though more character driven here than the Laundromat. It never becomes that compelling, partially due to Soderbergh's direction, but more so as the script is okay in creating a basic scenario however doesn't do anything truly interesting with it.

Holland - 3.5(He's more than fine in bringing both a desperation and certain attempted slick edge as the agent type. There's more development that could've been as written but overall Holland does a fine job in creating the style of the man even as he remains a distant protagonist.)

Beetz - 3(She's fine in delivering a bit of character to his role, but doesn't really make much of an impression overall.)

Sohn - 3(She deliver a nice minor comical energy to her performance that nicely adds a bit to her character that is involved in a lot of exposition.)

MacLachlan - 3(A fine portrayal of a slimeball, though not too notable from him.)

Duke - 3(Enjoyable enough as sort of a slightly curmudgeonly coach.)

Gregg - 3(Absolutely fine in bringing a minor goofy energy, but nothing too remarkable.)


I could see Mendes working there.


Will get to direction/screenplay soon.

I'll keep it living directors:

1. Jean-Luc Godard
2. Bryan Singer
3. Darren Aronofsky
4. Gus Van Sant
5. Stephen Soderbergh
6. J.J. Abrams
7. Sofia Coppola
8. Alexander Payne
9. M. Night Shyamalan
10. Ron Howard


Good Brazilian Cinema, I like the lists.