March 14, 2015 at 6:00 am #182621
#1. Anne Hathaway- The Dark Knight Rises (29%) vs. Les Miserables (71%)
#2. Bradley Cooper- American Hustle (62%) vs. TPBTP (38%)
For our next poll, would you have recognized Sandra Bullock for her career-best one woman show in Gravity or her more lighter comedic work in The Heat?March 14, 2015 at 6:22 am #182623
I think she is definitely more endearing in The Heat, but I feel it is they type of performance we have seen from her before. Though I think she is a tad overrated in Gravity, she has some great scenes and carried the film, so it gets my vote.March 14, 2015 at 7:16 am #182624
She’s nothing but spectaculary amazing ever since her Oscar win for “The Blind Side”.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” “The Heat” “Gravity” – all brilliant roles and performances. She’s a well-deserving runner-up to Blanchett in 2013. So I voted on Gravity.March 14, 2015 at 9:02 am #182625
You’ve got to be kidding me with this.
Bullock was phenomenol in Gravity, her don’t-think-she-will-ever-top-it-off career best.March 14, 2015 at 9:40 am #182626
Wow. Is this a real question? LOL… My personal Oscar winner, I’m obviously voting for ‘Gravity’. Bullock was fantastic, her performance was exactly what the film needed- she grounded it and made you connect with her and this story. Plus there’s just all of the physical work that went into it. Love the film, love her performance.
As for ‘The Heat’, Bullock is fine, but she has done better work in better comedies- ‘Miss Congeniality’ and ‘The Proposal’ come to mind- and ‘Gravity’ is perhaps the film and performance of her career thus far.March 14, 2015 at 10:45 am #182627
Gravity is one of the most overrated films I’ve ever watched. A boring, aimless piece of tripe. The Heat was ten times better and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like R-rated comedies.March 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm #182628
Interesting reaction to this debate. She was great in “The Heat”…but it was basically an extension of Gracie Hart in “Miss Congeniality”, but she played perfectly off McCarthy, and the late scene where she finally swears had the audience applauding that I saw it with.
That being said, she was phenomenal in “Gravity”. Choosing between her and Cate Blanchett is one of the hardest choices. Sandra had that “movie star” quality that was necessary for that role to pull the audience along with her, but then she was absolutely devastating in her late scenes where she talks to herself. Radioing the guy on Earth with the dog was so powerful, and then she last monologue where she says “either way, it’s gonna be one hell of a ride” is one of my fave moments in a movie ever.
But yeah, in terms of this debate, I’m obviously choosing Gravity.
And yeah, I like that Vincelette pointed out how amazing Sandra has been post-Oscar win. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close is an EXTREMELY underrated film, even though it got the Best Picture nomination. She was so good in that. She should have gotten an Oscar nom. Her fight with her son, the call with Tom, and then the whole relevation of her at the end…so so good.
Can’t wait to see what Sandra gives us in that comedy-drama that Clooney is producing.March 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm #182629
^I’m with you and Vincelette on Bullock in ‘EL&IC’. I thought she was great. I didn’t really like the film very much, but IMHO she was easily the best part of it.March 15, 2015 at 12:23 am #182630
Gravity, hands down. One of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Films and performances VERY RARELY ever scare me or cause me to fear for the character. I was scared shitless for Dr. Stone! Until I saw Blue Jasmine, I thought Bullock was the best. If it weren’t for Cate Blanchett, Bullock would have two Best Actress trophies. I’m confident that she’ll get another one, though. I think it always says a lot to essentially carry a film on your own and for it to gross over $700 million. George Clooney was in it briefly, but Bullock really drove the narrative and kept us on the edge of our seats for the entire film. Can we think of any other major blockbusters where really only one actor/actress ran the show? I’m trying to and I’m sure there are some, but I can’t think of any. The Heat was very good, but I wasn’t enthralled by Bullock’s performance in it. She was kind of just there. For me, Melissa McCarthy was the best in the film and I thought she was really great (but I always think that when she’s in a comedy with good writing). I do disagree with the Miss Congeniality link, though. I thought that that performance was much more developed and better than her performance in The Heat.March 15, 2015 at 7:44 am #182632
[quote=”tyman21″]Gravity is one of the most overrated films I’ve ever watched. A boring, aimless piece of tripe. The Heat was ten times better and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like R-rated comedies.
The Heat was R rated? Really? I wonder why…..The Heat is all Melissa anyways. Without her, it would be just another formulaic vehicle for Sandra Bullock.March 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm #182633
I voted for Gravity.
Some suggestions for future polls:
Jessica Chastain (2011) – The Tree of Life or The Help? (also: Take Shelter; Coriolanus; Wilde Salomé; Texas Killing Fields)
Robert De Niro (1990) – Awakenings or GoodFellas?
Leonardo DiCaprio (2006) – Blood Diamond or The Departed?
Dennis Hopper (1986) – Blue Velvet or Hoosiers?
Tommy Lee Jones (2007) – In the Valley of Elah or No Country for Old Men?
Sean Penn (2003) – 21 Grams or Mystic River?March 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm #182634
[quote=”Thespian”][quote=”tyman21″]Gravity is one of the most overrated films I’ve ever watched. A boring, aimless piece of tripe. The Heat was ten times better and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like R-rated comedies.
The Heat was R rated? Really? I wonder why…..The Heat is all Melissa anyways. Without her, it would be just another formulaic vehicle for Sandra Bullock.
Yeah it was Rated R. McCarthy droped like 10,000 F bombs