February 19, 2016 at 9:37 am #217561
A few nights back, me and my girlfriend had the opportunity to introduce our friends to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for the very first time. Our pals inexplicably were not that impressed but boy, the film sure has held up beautifully for me.
Since watching, I’ve been thinking how much I’ve missed Jack Nicholson’s presence on the big screen in recent years. Not that his last few pictures were much to write home about at all, and not that he can possibly be inspired to make a comeback when he sees someone like Robert De Niro slumming it in “Dirty Grandpa,” but it’s still been tough having him M.I.A. for so long.
With that said, which is your favorite of Nicholson’s Oscar-nominated performances? The list is kind of embarrassment of riches. (Well, sans “A Few Good Men” IMO)February 19, 2016 at 9:57 am #217563
I love Chinatown the most, but probably it’s my love of Polanski and Robert Towne, but Nicholson creates a Golden Age-seque noir presence and I loved him in that film. I doubt he’s coming back, but I just want him and Meryl in a final movie together. They have great chemistry that’s quirky and real – very ironic and so down to Earth. But it probably won’t happen.
Of all his films & performances, I love him the most in Chinatown, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Five Easy Pieces and Terms of Endearment (it’s a guilt pleasure of mine, it always gets to me). I enjoyed As Good As It Gets but this wasn’t an Oscar-worthy performance. And I’m rather ambivalent regarding About Schmidt, Prizzi’s Honor, Reds and A Few Good Men.February 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm #217564
Reds and AdaptationFebruary 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm #217565
The Last Detail is a great performance and one to see if you haven’t. The end is pretty haunting.February 19, 2016 at 11:52 pm #217566
Tie: Billy “Badass” Buddusky and R.P. McMurphy, with “Jake” Gittes a close third. (Nicholson has said that Buddusky was his best role.)February 20, 2016 at 2:43 am #217567
Cuckoo’s Nest hands down. He even displayed his great basketball skill in that film!February 20, 2016 at 6:51 am #217568
Jack is Jack. No way I can choose one from the above.
Cho-pho-use…..February 20, 2016 at 11:20 am #217569
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is my favorite, but it’s also pretty much the first Jack performance I ever saw, so it left a huge impact. One of my favorite Best Actor wins, though his work in Chinatown is just as good.February 20, 2016 at 11:24 am #217570
Tie: Billy “Badass” Buddusky and R.P. McMurphy, with “Jake” Gittes a close third. (Nicholson has said that Buddusky was his best role.)
Nice call. Nicholson manages to actually revolt me in this. On purpose. And he’s certainly not an actor who generally does that.