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  • Miss Frost
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    Performances and the Film can sometimes be two different aspects. What are some examples of the performances that sometimes outshine in a very bad film?

    My Examples:

    Ali Larter, Obesessed – Prime Example of what I’m talking about. Lartler is a fantastic actress and was heavily involved with her character that she shined well in this film. Problem was the screenplay, plotline, and the other mediocre actors were that terrible that it was difficult for her to overcome this.

    Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth the Golden Age – No need to explan since she got the Oscar Nomination. I wonder if this film was in better hands and was up for BP, if she could’ve been a contender like she was 10 years earlier.

    Meryl Streep, The River Wild – Very generic film, but her heroic attributes made her brilliant in this terrible ride.

    Jessica Lange, A Thousand Acres – Underwhelming film, but as always Lange is nothing short of perfection.

    Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest.         
      

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    Scottferguson
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    I don’t think the concept is possible, to be honest. A performance is part of the framework of a film, and is never disconnected from the rest of it. Great actors have been in bad films to be sure, but not great performances.

    As an example – Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (not one I think of as a bad film personally) is the essense of the vision of the film. I don’t think her performance can be separated from the film.

    On the other hand, I do think it’s possible for a bad performance to be in a great film (another minority opinion, but I’d put forward Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood as an example), or Martine Carole in Lola Montes (one of the most often mentioned of all time).     

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    Tye-Grr
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    Ali Larter, Obesessed  

    Really? Please tell me you’re kidding!

    Anyway, some great perfs in an awful film that immediately come to mind:

    Naomi Watts, Michael Pitt, and Tim Roth in ‘Funny Games’- I borderline HATED this film, but the performances were somehow aces among all of the primary cast, most especially Naomi Watts who delivers a raw and disturbing performance despite the screenplay.

           

       

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    babypook
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    Didnt she kick Beyonce in the head up and down the stairway? Worth a vote.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Ha! Even still, the only decent performance was Idris Elba acting like he wasn’t doing it for a paycheck. That’s worth a vote.

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    babypook
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    *Idris is great in everything, despite the films that he’s in. I’m happy to be able to see him in “Thor 2” and “Prometheus”.

    Gene Hackman was terrific in Sidney Lumet’s “Power”.

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    Miss Frost
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    Alba sucked are you kidding me? Dont get a man’s hotness mixed with his acting. Like I said the film was that bad, but Larter was really the only positive. She’s a very underrated actress.
    Mommie Dearest is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. Dunaway did to a good Crawford impersonation.

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    I remember two things about Obession, Beyonce’s fantastic weave and Larter’s terrible performance.

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    Miss Frost
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    ^Being an ass like always I see.

    I don’t think the concept is possible, to be honest. A performance is part of the framework of a film, and is never disconnected from the rest of it. Great actors have been in bad films to be sure, but not great performances.

    As an example – Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (not one I think of as a bad film personally) is the essense of the vision of the film. I don’t think her performance can be separated from the film.

    On the other hand, I do think it’s possible for a bad performance to be in a great film (another minority opinion, but I’d put forward Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood as an example), or Martine Carole in Lola Montes (one of the most often mentioned of all time).     

    You didn’t like Day-Lewis in TWBB? So I take it you didn’t think he was deserving of the win either?

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    Scottferguson
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    I don’t care for Day-Lewis as an actor. I am not unhappy with is win because if nothing else it means more people in the future will see TWBB.

    Day-Lewis is an Actor with a capital A. I always see the wheels turning. I never see the human side. Other than perhaps My Beautiful Laundrette, I’ve never been that impressed by him beyond his clear technical ability.

    As always, I keep an open mind. But I approach Abraham Lincoln with sheer dread.     

    (On the other hand, Gary Oldman normally for me has brought out a lesser but similar reaction. But then low and behold, he goes and gives an all-out brilliant performance in TTSS, so one never knows).  

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    Renaton
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    Wow, Ali Larter an underrated actress? Somebody didn’t watch those later seasons of “Heroes”…

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    Miss Frost
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    I don’t care for Day-Lewis as an actor. I am not unhappy with is win because if nothing else it means more people in the future will see TWBB.

    Day-Lewis is an Actor with a capital A. I always see the wheels turning. I never see the human side. Other than perhaps My Beautiful Laundrette, I’ve never been that impressed by him beyond his clear technical ability.

    As always, I keep an open mind. But I approach Abraham Lincoln with sheer dread.     

    (On the other hand, Gary Oldman normally for me has brought out a lesser but similar reaction. But then low and behold, he goes and gives an all-out brilliant performance in TTSS, so one never knows).  

    Funny, I think Hepburn said the same thing on Streep. DDL is a fine actor, but not the best.  I don’t think he’s going to win a 3rd for this next upcoming film. Oldman, Denzel Washington, and maybe Hanks are my favorites.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m positive I have never seen Ali Larter give a good performance in anything. Granted, I’ve only ever seen her in ‘Obsessed’, ‘Final Destination 2’, and the show ‘Heroes’. She was terrible in all of the above.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Actually, she was adequate I suppose in ‘Heroes’. Still…

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    Morgan Henard
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    ^I like Legally Blonde and Final Destination lol

    -Morgan 

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