1. “Processing”, The Master
2. “Theodore farewells Samantha, Her
3. “The Ending“, The Master
4. “Cash proposes“, Walk the Line
5. “Commodus addressal“ (first one), Gladiator
1. “Jacky becomes the Bull/Ending “, Bullhead
2. “Ali struggles to save his son from death“, Rust and Bone
3. “Jacky can’t find the words for Lucia…[Read more]
Ohhhh! Well in that case.
I think Hoffman’s performance is all about the impression. He puts on a bunch of Capote’s key mannerisms including his high-pitched voice and swaying walk. And in the manner department, Hoffman is darn near perfect. You’ve also got to praise Hoffman’s reasonably restrained acting as well.
But in terms of Jones,…[Read more]
I assume you’re talking about the films. If so, you’re… kidding with the comparison right? Capote. The other one, from a filmmaking and directing standpoint, is odd… to say the least. And wayyyy too showy compared to Capote. Jones’ performance, you could argue, is just as impressive as Hoffman’s, but in terms of filmmaking, it’s obviously Capote.
Phoenix 4.5/5, bordering on 5 (Well Phoenix kinda evokes a young Karl Malden here, and for good reason. He manages to bring about such a warm intelligence in his character, even though his character is a deeply wounded man (though not as wounded as his Freddie Quell).
First off, although Phoenix used the exact same voice as his The Master voice,…[Read more]
Some I went by looks, others talent. Otherwise it’s an intractable question when we haven’t even seen the end of their terms.
Merkel: Meryl Streep
Putin: Matthias Schoenaerts
May: Emma Thompson
Trump: John Travolta (or you could just go with Alec Baldwin)
Kim Jong-un: Choi Min-sik
Xi: Yoo Ji-tae
Those last two are really tough. Good que…[Read more]
Well.. people have behaved worse, particularly Oscar-less people. I’m not saying that Abraham is some saint or that his behavior should be excused. It’s just that lower level actors with even worse temperamental issues have survived far longer than Abraham.
Also, it’s surprising, but F. Murray Abraham gave one of the finest performances of all time in Amadeus, winning him a richly deserved Oscar. But he’s not been in anything good as of note aside from silly Tv dramas like Homeland, minuscule parts in good films or just appearing in shit films altogether. You’d expect a Lead Oscar to propel one to stardom.
Washington: Malcolm X
McGregor: Trainspotting (very underrated actor in general)
Phoenix: My Own Private Idaho
Winslet: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
With the Oscars declining in viewership year by year, what is the main explanation? How can they, in your view, bring back greater numbers in viewership?
Consider the following. If there was NO Best Actor or Best Actress, simply Best Actor (in the gender neutral connotation of the word “actor”), from the current decade, which actor would you award it to?
Cooper – 5/5 (Apparently this was a big change of pace for Bradley who was known for dumb or lightweight comedies prior to this performance. Silver Linings Playbook is most certainly a comedy (with very dramatic, emotional elements), but we shouldn’t think that Cooper is playing himself here, because he really does embody the bipolar afflicted P…[Read more]
Mo’nique apparently was blacklisted after winning the Oscar for Precious due to her unwillingness to campaign for the award. Explains why she ghosted future Oscar nominations and movie prospects, because she believed in the work. That’s how it should be.
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Leonardo DiCaprio, The…[Read more]
Viggo Mortensen – (his 90s work especially, but also a lot of his scenes in A History of Violence, and The confessional scene in Eastern Promises)
Matthias Schoenaerts – (Shadowboxing sequences in Bullhead)
Ryan Gosling – (I concur with Foolio about Drive, but I also add many of his scenes in The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine)
1. Lilies of the Field
2. In the Heat of the Night
3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
4. The Defiant Ones
5. To Sir, With Love
What actors do you think have the best silent intensity? What scenes in their filmography highlight this intensity?
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