Thursday, 3 August 2017

Alternate Best Actor 1992

And the Nominees Were Not:

Benoît Poelvoorde in Man Bites Dog

Peter Coyote in Bitter Moon

Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper

Willem Dafoe in Light Sleeper

Eric Stoltz in The Waterdance

157 comments:

omar said...

1. Dafoe
2. Crowe
3. Coyote
4. Poelvoorde
5. Stolz

Anonymous said...

Bitter Moon is a film that practically defines the term 'guilty pleasure'

Robert MacFarlane said...

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

RatedRStar said...

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

JackiBoyz said...

The Dark Tower is getting absolutely battered by critics, it could be the Winters Tale of this year.

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Stoltz
5. Coyote

Charles Heiston said...

Between Crowe & Dafoe.

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

Louis Morgan said...

Jackiboyz:

Yet another Akiva Goldsman success story.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

Luke Higham said...

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

Luke Higham said...

JackiBoyz and Louis: That running time was just as worrisome and it should be made into a TV Series.

Luke Higham said...

And Arcel should make another Period film as that's where he truly shines.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Your top 10 Alec Guinness acting moments.

Maciej said...

1. Crowe
2. Coyote
3. Poelvoorde
4. Dafoe
5. Stoltz

Luke Higham said...

R.I.P. Robert Hardy and Hywel Bennett

Louis: Bruce Campbell is 1992 for Army Of Darkness instead of 1993. It was released in Taiwan during November of that year.


Films to watch:
Re-Watches:
The Crying Game
The Last Of The Mohicans
Chaplin
and maybe Bram Stoker's Dracula (I'm rather hoping Oldman goes up)

Damage
Enchanted April
Husbands And Wives
Braindead
Bob Roberts
Lorenzo's Oil (Susan Sarandon)
Love Field
Passion Fish
Indochine (Catherine Deneuve)
Porco Rosso (Miyazaki)
The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
Wuthering Heights (Ralph Fiennes debut)
A Midnight Clear (Ethan Hawke)
Orlando (Tilda Swinton)
Hoffa
Jamon Jamon (Bardem/Cruz)
Candyman
Rebels Of The Neon God
Thunderheart
Lethal Weapon 3
A Heart In Winter (Auteuil)
The Mighty Ducks
The Bodyguard
A River Runs Through It
Peter Friend's
Strictly Ballroom (Probably one of Luhrmann's more watchable films aside from Gatsby)
Under Siege (Seagal)
White Men Can't Jump
A Tale Of Winter (Eric Rohmer)
El Mariachi
Honey, I Blew Up The Kid
Raising Cain (Lithgow)
Benny's Video (Haneke)
1492: Conquest Of Paradise (Ridley Scott)
Simple Men
Police Story 3: Supercop (Jackie Chan)
Single White Female (Schroeder)
Juice (Tupac)
School Ties
Life And Nothing More... (Abbas Kiarostami)
Like Water For Chocolate
La Vie De Boheme
Leolo
Careful
The Mambo Kings
The Living End
Radio Flyer
Celine
Storyville (James Spader)
Olivier, Olivier
Priest Daens
Belle Epoque
Swoon
American Me (Olmos)
Surviving Desire
The Babe (John Goodman)
The Oak

Charles Heiston said...

I'm in the small majority that didn't really like Oldman in Bram Stokers Dracula. I'd probably give him 3.5.

Luke Higham said...

and Toys (Robin Williams)

Luke Higham said...

*Peter's Friends

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: If you've seen the second episode of The Crown, can I have your thoughts on Jared Harris.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the Goodbye Christopher Robin trailer.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the songs "Dare to be Stupid" and "Nothin's Gonna Stand in Our Way".

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your cast for a David Lean version of Dunkirk.

Luke Higham said...

Tommy: John Hurt
Alex: Albert Finney
Shivering Soldier: Tom Courtenay
Mr. Dawson: Alec Guinness
Commander Bolton: Robert Shaw/James Mason
Farrier: Oliver Reed

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And Used People (Shirley MacLaine)

Calvin Law said...

Switch around Tommy and Shivering Soldier I think. Plus Anthony Quayle as Winnant, and Jean-Pierre Léaud as Gibson. And will do concerning The Crown.

1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I think they'd be equally good in both roles though I had them as Tommy And Shivering Soldier due to a slight age differance.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I Like the Unforgiven background image. :)

Deiner said...

Predictions:
1. Crowe
2. Dafoe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stolz

I just read Luke's post and I'm hitting myself in the head for forgetting to include Tilda Swinton's performance in "Orlando" in my previous post. Please don't forget to watch that film Louis.

Deiner said...

As far of Gary Oldman in "Bram Stoker's Dracula", I really think 4 is the perfect rating for him.

Luke Higham said...

Deiner: Don't worry, Louis will watch Swinton in anything at this point and the role itself is extremely interesting.

I'm completely fine with Gary Oldman on a 4 for Dracula. I do however, completely love his old man scenes which were enough for me to give him a 4.5.

Michael McCarthy said...

Just saw Detroit. John Boyega quite possibly gives my favorite performance of the year so far.

Luke Higham said...

Michael McCarthy: What about Poulter and Smith.

Michael McCarthy said...

Poulter was very good for the most part except for one slightly iffy moment. I need to think about Smith a little more but I think I really liked him.

The whole cast is very strong, except maybe Krasinski who's kind of distracting.

Calvin Law said...

I'm seeing Detroit on the 25th. Glad to hear the cast is stellar.

Michael: what did you make of Bigelow's direction?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Could you watch Stalin with Duvall and Schell.

Anonymous said...

Louis: In your opinion, what are your top ten overrated movies

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Avatar must be one of them. It's 83% on RT and he gave it 1/5.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 10 Harvey Keitel and Claude Rains acting moments.

Calvin Law said...

Jake Gyllenhaal on lukewarm critical reception to his performance in Okja:

'I love that. I just really love that when one thing can vacillate between one end of the spectrum and the other. And that was the point of the character. From the very beginning, Bong said to me, 'We have to hate you and you have to be bad.' That was the goal and, well, I'd say we reached it. And so some people really love that and some people just think it's genuinely bad. That's fine.'

As someone who disliked his performance, I have to say I like this response. Very mature.

Matt Mustin said...

Calvin: Well what that shows above all is that it was an entirely deliberate creative choice.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion.

Luke Higham said...

Hiller - 4.5(I greatly preferred her take than Hepburn's musical rendition. Hiller's version of the improper Eliza does feel a whole lot more authentic than Hepburn's possible could, while still being quite charming herself. Hiller though also is more than capable in portraying the proper Eliza as well and successfully makes both sides of the character convincing)

Calvin Law said...

For a 2010s Pygmalion, I think the absolute dream choices for me would be Clive Owen, and Rose Leslie.

Anonymous said...

Louis: While he was never considered, do you think Gable could have worked well in Mason's role in A Star is Born?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3tkFOtM6go
....the fuck is Netflix doing now.

RatedRStar said...

Tahmeed: Baby's first documentary lol.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Guys, that looks awesome.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I'm more jaw-droppingly amused than anything else. It looks pretty damn entertaining, so I'll probably end up watching it.

Louis: Would you consider upgrading Humphrey Bogart for Casablanca.

94dfk1 said...

Louis: Your Riggan Thompson, Mike Shiner, Jake and Sam for a 2000s Birdman?

Charles Heiston said...

Tahmeed: I'm amazed by how interesting that trailer is.

Calvin Law said...

Oh wow. That looks...uh...interesting...and actually kind of...clever?

Louis Morgan said...

Saw Detroit which was great, and Atomic Blond, which I enjoyed well enough.

Charles:

Well due to the unfortunate passing of Hywel Bennett (RIP) I re-watched the Ricki Tarr interrogation scene, which would be the addition to the original list, particularly for that specific moment when Smiley puts his glasses on to begin.

Luke:

Looks like a worse version of Finding Neverland, which isn't particularly good to begin with.

Anonymous:

I'm afraid the masterpiece of "Dare to be Stupid" doesn't count as a film song.

Nothin's Gonna Stand In Our Way - (Well I haven't seen the actual film where it originated, Savage Streets, I can say it is a slice of 80's cheese, but not quite a great slice. It's kind of nearing it at times, yet there are better songs that are very similair, although this way basically falls off the rails, when it retards the chorus.)

Anonymous:

1. Lost in Translation
2. Million Dollar Baby
3. American Beauty
4. Avatar
5. Boyhood
6. The English Patient
7. Titanic
8. Amelie
9. Nocturnal Animals
10. High Noon

Nocturnal Animals's placement could either go up or fall off depending on the sands of time.

Anonymous:

Rains:

1. "Come Back in Alex" - Notorious
2. Suicide Attempt - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
3. "As you so often remind me" - Lawrence of Arabia
4. The cellar - Notorious
5. Speaking of lost causes - Mr. Goes to Washington
6. Dryden and Bentley - Lawrence of Arabia
7. Ultimatum - The Passionate Friends
8. How to be a ruler - Caesar & Cleopatra
9. Mr. Skeffington returns - Mr. Skeffington
10. That's my least vulnerable spot - Casablanca

Keitel:

1. Sending the rapists away - Bad Lieutenant
2. Christ - Bad Lieutenant
3. Final Duel - The Duellists
4. Accosting the women - Bad Lieutenant
5. Demand for satisfaction - The Duellists
6. Predicting the game - Bad Lieutenant
7. Winter War - The Duellists
8. Shooting - Mean Streets
9. Auggie's Story - Smoke
10. Car Ride - Reservoir Dogs

Anonymous:

He could have.

Tahmeed:

Maybe.

94dk1:

Harrison Ford, James Spader, Kevin Spacey, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Calvin Law said...

Thoughts on both Detroit and Atomic Blonde, and thoughts + ratings for the cast bar anyone you might be saving?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your cast and director for a 1970's Detroit.

Calvin Law said...

Also, that moment with Guinness putting on the glasses is sublime acting. My favourite scenes of his are subtle ones like that. I remember Louis, that you put his final interaction with the mole was also one of the best acted moments in television, but would that also have something to do with his screen partner there?

omar said...

Louis: Since you've seen Amelie, could you post your rating and thoughts on the movie and Audrey Tatuou?

Luke Higham said...

I hate to admit this guys but I saw the GOT Episode 4 Leak. I'm only gonna say that the final 15 minutes were astonishing.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Boyega Lead or is Detroit an ensemble film.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your current top 5 films of 2017 so far.

Michael McCarthy said...

I'd say Detroit is ensemble, but cases could be made for Poulter and Smith as leads. I'd definitely put Boyega in supporting.

Michael McCarthy said...

I think I've had enough rumination time to say that Detroit is my favorite film of the year so far. Dunkirk is a technical marvel but Detroit just hit me on a much more visceral level.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Louis: Thoughts and ratings on June Allyson and James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story?

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 20 clint eastwood acting moments

Charles Heiston said...

Totally pumped for Detroit now.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Atomic Blonde is nothing terribly amazing but it has more than enough style with some great action throughout. It's not Le Carre, but it's not really meant to be. It's technically a romp spy movie, though with a harder edge technically speaking, but that comes with Bond now too so that makes since. I won't say the twists or turns were anything surprising, but there was certainly nothing wrong with them either. Mainly though it was a good enough string to pull through a fun ride with some great set pieces.

Theron - 4(Her accent drifts quite often but her she achieves much more the calm cool badass than she did in her other film this year. She brings both those things well and this is not just a repetition of Furiosa. She's far colder her though effectively so as I found she did take the whole idea of the character a bit further than perhaps even intended by the film particularly in her scenes with Sofia Boutella, which had far more substance than I expected them to. Where she especially shines though are those action scenes not only being convincing but, like Reeves in Wick, she actually depicts a wear in that takes them further.)

McAvoy - 3.5(He doesn't go full Filth here, I would have probably loved that, though he's pretty filthy to be sure. He's a bit more directly over the top here, but that's fitting to the style of the film. I found his performance to be fun and McAvoy really does do well when he goes and embraces his inner creep.)

Boutella - 3(For once she acts more than she "dances" so to speak, and I actually found her fairly effective in just portraying the sheer emotional state of the spy completely in over her head.)

Jones, Goodman, Marsan - 3/3.5/3.5(All three have fairly limited roles, but this just goes to show you the benefit of casting great character actors as all three make a strong impact in their brief time. This is particularly notable for Goodman and Jones since they are just really there to set up the next scene, which they do oh so well. Goodman's allowed a bit more and thrives with it. Marsan in just a few minutes manages to make such a sympathetic figure that also adds so much to the action sequences he factors heavily into.)

Detroit is an excellent film. Bigelow, and Boal for that matter once again take their almost journalistic approach, in that they do not enforce emotion. That is not to say it is not there, rather the film allows it to come to you. Bigelow's direction though is incredibly deft that it knows exactly how to build a scene without needing to resort to any overt gestures, although perhaps one could argue a certain character's singing but those moments felt entirely natural to the character. The first two acts are both incredible feats of such visceral film making. The last act I actually think could have been longer, but I think that's a flaw most films would love I have. I in no way thought the film fumbled at that point though, in fact the relative brevity maybe even added to the cruelty of the events depicted. As a whole I thought it was deeply powerful film that I will not be forgetting any time soon.

Louis Morgan said...

Smith - 4(His performance reminded me a bit of Victor Banerjee's work in A Passage to India. In that they both create such earnest realizations of these men who just live through their quiet passions and left to themselves they would never have been any harm to any one. Smith brings the right honesty to sort of the innocence of the role, and the moments of singing really I felt worked incredibly well early on in depicting the nature of the man's spirit. This makes his later scenes all the more heartbreaking because he so effectively shows the same man who has lost this spirit for life, and that innocence is completely gone to the point that his singing not even quite the same way.)

Latimore & Mitchell - 3.5(Both are effective in creating the intensity of the situation by just being so on point throughout the sequence.)

Murray & Denver - 3(I quite liked both of their performances early on in that they brought a certain sweetness yet with a tinge of an irresponsible mischief in their performances. I will say though when the second act happens though Murray stumbles just a bit, she's not terrible, but she's just step below the other actors in creating that sequence. A couple of her deliveries seem a little off, as they don't quite reflect the severity of it all.)

Krasinski - (Not really bad but a character actor should have had this part given the lateness of entrance.)

Mackie - 4(I thought he was quite excellent even in his brief amount of time as he depicted so well the mentality of a man who intended to live no matter what. He does not waste a single reaction throughout as he portrays the man taking, experiencing what he's seeing, but then bottling it up. Mackie finds this survivor mentality of a soldier who doesn't intend to die in a different type of war zone.)

O'Toole/Reynor - 3.5(Both are quite effective in realizing the particular sort of brutality of each of the characters, reminded me a bit of the followers in Casualties of War actually. With O'Toole portrays just that sadism that he doesn't directly speak that is there, of the man all to eager and keen to follow his vile leader, while Reynor portrays this just as horrible stupidity of a sheep who almost can't recognize the horror that he is inflicting as he does it.)

Incidentally like Dunkirk everyone in any slight or side role is also quite good.

Louis Morgan said...

Well Richardson is obviously no slouch.

Luke:

I agree with Michael, pure ensemble but if you were forced a lead its Smith and Poulter.

And please nothing more on the GOT episode Luke. If I could wait almost a month for The Revenant I can wait a few days for the next episode.

1.Dunkirk/Detroit(I could either way, but need more time to let Detriot sink in before I decide.)
3.Okja
4.Logan
5.Baby Driver

ruthiehenshallfan99:

Covered Stewart in 54 bonus nominations announcement.

Allyson - 3.5(Her role is somewhat limited her as just generally the love interest to which there is all that much in terms of complications after just a brief moment where she moves on temporarily from Miller. Even that though Allyson portrays just as a brief misunderstanding almost. Nonetheless her chemistry with Stewart more than makes up for that and the two of them are incredibly charming together. They make for an endearing pair, even if their relationship is quite straight for ward in it.)

Anonymous:

1. "Deserves Got Nothing to do with it" - Unforgiven
2. About Killing - Unforgiven
3. The Wounded Boy - The Outlaw Josey Wales
4. A dying soldier - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
5. "Where's the girl" - Dirty Harry
6. After Surgery - The Beguiled
7. ."Yeah I'm William Munny - Unforgiven
8. "You going to pull those pistols?" - The Outlaw Josey Wales
9. "Do you feel lucky" - Dirty Harry
10. Nightmares - Unforgiven
11. Lovely Meal - The Beguiled
12. Confession - Gran Torino
13. Shooting Practice - Unforgiven
14. Family Grave - The Outlaw Josey Wales
15. "The heart Ramon" - Fistful of Dollars
16. Charming them all - The Beguiled
17. "Give him water" - Unforgiven
18. The Ending - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
19. Jumper - Dirty Harry
20. "Go Ahead Make My Day" - Sudden Impact

Calvin Law said...

Logan over Baby Driver, woohoo :)

Luke: I have a feeling either Boyega or Poulter could get a 5 from Louis. Supporting is only getting stronger.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I loved Atomic Blonde a lot more than you did. Granted, I really wasn't paying attention to the plot.

Anonymous said...

Luke Higham

Louis: My Lips are sealed. I want to keep information to a bare minimum as it wouldn't be fair on anyone else and wanted to watch it straight away so that I could talk about it instantly whereas recently I've been somewhat late to the party.

Anonymous said...

*Instantly with those that saw it.

Anonymous said...

Luke Higham

Louis: And I'm happy Logan's holding up really well for you.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 20 gene hackman acting moments

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Even I couldn't resist torrenting the leak. I will not say anything about the episode before everyone else sees it though.

moviefilm said...

1) Dafoe
2) Crowe
3) Poelvoorde
4) Coyote
5) Stoltz

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Anonymous: Louis posted a top 10 for Hackman some time ago on Cyril Cusack's review for The Homecoming.

1. Cold Turkey - French Connection II
2. Hotel Room - The Conversation
3. About gunfights - Unforgiven
4. The Dream - The Conversation
5. "I was building a house" - Unforgiven
6. "You trying to steal my Woman? Coltrane" - The Royal Tenenbaums
7. Being bugged - The Conversation
8. The Hospital - Scarecrow
9. Rough year - The Royal Tenenbaums
10. Beating English Bob - Unforgiven

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your top 10 Al Pacino and Kirk Douglas acting moments.

Luke Higham said...

A lot of these Top Ten acting moments lists have been posted already though please refrain from asking for Oldman, Day-Lewis and Fassbender again until their reviews have been posted.

Luke Higham said...

If you want to find their original lists then they're either on the Redgrave/Browning Version review or the 1951 results.

Anonymous said...

Louis: While Ford did okay, who do you think would have done better in his role in Human Desire? Apparently, both Brando and Peter Lorre refused to play the role.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Tilda Swinton was actually considered for Pennywise in It, your thoughts on this.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I remember Psifonian mentioned Swindon was his ideal Pennywise.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone will ever be better than Curry.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your rating for Anthony Mackie in All The Way.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Your top 15 Toshiro Mifune acting moments.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your current Best Director Nominees prediction.

Nolan
Bigelow
Wright
Aronofsky
Payne

Mitchell Murray said...

If its any relevance Louis, I agree with 9 out of the 10 movies you listed as overrated. But I won't lie - Lost In Translation holds a special place in my heart.

mcofra7 said...

1. Dafoe
2. Crowe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stolz

Matt Mustin said...

I finished the first season of Game of Thrones, which I thought was great. MVP for me would probably be Peter Dinklage, but Mark Addy is a very, very close runner-up. Really though, the whole cast is very good, with the notable exception of Sophie Turner who's just awful.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Matt: I think I can speak for everyone else when I say Turner drastically improves later on.

Matt Mustin said...

Robert: I believe you, and I look forward to it. I will say though, her performance in the first season is indeed terrible, but the writing of her character didn't really help.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Yeah, Sansa's kind of a one-note brat in season 1. Then the show tortures her for the next four seasons in increasingly off-puting ways (what happens to her in season 5 nearly made me quit the show). By season 6, the writers got their act together and Turner started hitting homeruns in every scene.

Matt Mustin said...

What also doesn't help is that Maisie Williams is great, so in any scene between the two of them, Turner looks especially bad.

Michael McCarthy said...

1. Peter Coyote
2. Benoit Poelvoorde
3. Willem Dafoe
4. Eric Stoltz
5. Russell Crowe

Giuseppe Fadda said...

Turner is quite awkward in the first season but she improves a lot. In my opinion she's actually the MVP of the sixth season.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I used to find Turner annoying as hell in the first season, but then I realized it sort of made sense. Like Harington, her gradual improvement in acting ability matched Sansa's arc so well.

GM said...

1. Dafoe
2. Crowe
3. Poelvoorde
4. Coyote
5. Stolz

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Scar's death scene in The Lion King.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I do appreciate the visual and a dishonourable death suited Scar completely but the writing in the final act was so stupid and not given any time to see Scar actually attempt to rule made it far less effective (For me anyway) than it could've been.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your Thoughts on:

St. Crispin's Day Speech in Henry V (1989)
Zorro Vs. Elena in The Mask Of Zorro
Dunkirk Ending (Burning Spitfire)
Titanic Sinking (1997)
THIS IS SPARTA, We'll fight in the shade and Astinos' death in 300

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And your thoughts on the 'Opening Credits' OST from A Man For All Seasons.

Matt Mustin said...

I saw War for the Planet of the Apes and I have to say I loved it. I was lukewarm on Dawn, but this one absolutely worked for me. It's a great film to look at, obviously, not just because of the once again amazing visual effects but also the great cinematography and production design. It's also great to listen to thanks to some superb sound design and a beautiful score, but above all what really made it work for me is how it was completely from Caesar's perspective, which was a very, very smart choice.

Serkis-5(Absolutely incredible performance from him, and the main reason I responded so strongly to the film. He builds on his work in the previous two films beautifully and lets us know exactly where Caesar is at this point. He brings us completely into Caesar's story and makes every second of it completely compelling and extremely powerful. Excellent work.)

Harrelson-4(He's good at just being the tough as nails Colonel, but he's great when he reveals his motivations, and incredible in his final scene.)

Zahn-4(Provides some much needed comic relief, which he manages to make completely natural, but there's more to it than that, as he also manages to be moving at points.)

Miller-3(I liked what she did, but she was really only there as a tie-in to the original, which I was fine with.)

Charles Heiston said...

Saw it too. Great movie. Serkis' best performance.

Serkis - 4.5
Harrelson - 4
Zahn - 4
Miller - 2.5

Luke Higham said...

My Lead Actor Top 5
1. Jackman - Logan
2. Fassbender - Alien: Covenant
3. Serkis - War For The Planet Of The Apes
4. Kaluuya - Get Out
5. Pine - Wonder Woman

Robert MacFarlane said...

Mine at the moment:

1. Kaluuya (he's the only one I'm positive will be on my end of the year ballot)
2. Pine
3. Jackman
4. Hunnam
5. Serkis

Calvin Law said...

For me:

Hugh Jackman, Logan
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Chris Pine, Wonder Woman
Michael Fassbender, Alien Covenant
Jarkko Lahti, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Michael McCarthy said...

For me:

1. Jackman
2. Farrell
3. Fassbender
4. Kaluuya
5. McAvoy

Matt Mustin said...

Mine at the moment is something like:
1. Kaluuya
2. Jackman
3. Serkis
4. McAvoy
5. Holland

Robert MacFarlane said...

Great GOT episode. I actually thought Clarke was great for once.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on GOT tonight.

The ending was brilliant.

Charles Heiston said...

I'll say.

1. Jackman
2. Kaluuya(Improving over time)
3. Serkis
4. McAvoy
5. Fassbender

Calvin Law said...

What's everyone's thoughts on Will Arnett's Batman voice?

Michael McCarthy said...

Calvin: Better than Batfleck.

Matt Mustin said...

Calvin: I love it. It works as kind of a parody of The Dark Knight voice but it's also it's own thing as well.

Calvin Law said...

I agree, it's a terrific voice, and I actually think Arnett could pull off an older live-action Batman himself.

Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn said...

Just watch Man Bites Dog, Really love Benoit's performance.
1. Poelvoorde
2. Crowe
3. Dafoe
4. Coyote
5. Stoltz

Calvin Law said...

Louis: I see you've given back Woods your win for 1984. Not that I'm complaining (LOVE his performance), but any reason why?

Anonymous said...

Calvin: I love his Batman voice. Very funny. I have to admit I found his performance better than any of Conroy's current performances. The latter is sadly phoning it in these days.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your top 10 time travel films excluding the Back to the Future trilogy.

Louis Morgan said...

Omar:

For Amelie I don't enjoy the film to begin with, though what troubles me to place in an overrated list though is how often I hear it as someone's favorite or what they consider the best foreign film. Tautou doesn't quite reach the Audrey Hepburn charm to attempt to get away with that level of precociousness.

Anonymous:

Detriot 1970's Directed by Norman Jewison:

Melvin Dismukes: Delroy Lindo
Larry Reed: Gregory Hines
Fred Temple: Tom Wright
Carl Cooper: Joe Morton
Greene: Billy Dee Williams
Julie Ann: Barbara Hershey
Karen: Bonnie Bedelia
Krauss: James Woods
Demens: Timothy Bottoms
Flynn: James Remar

Anonymous:

11. "Give it to him" - Unforgiven
12. Trying to apologize - The Conversation
13. Strip tease - Scarecrow
14. Final fight - I Never Sang for My Father
15. Royal is outed - The Royal Tenenbaums
16. "But I'm gonna hurt you" - Unforgiven
17. Speaking to Richie - The Royal Tenenbaums
18. Finding a beaten Lion - Scarecrow
19. Kryptonite - Superman
20. Chasing Frog I - The French Connection

Tahmeed:

51 Results for Pacino. 1993 bonus nominations for Douglas.

Time Travel Movies:

Groundhog Day
12 Monkeys
Midnight in Paris
Source Code
Prisoner of Azkaban
Terminator 2
Looper
Time Bandits
Terminator
Star Trek First Contact

Anonymous:

I think they would have been a better fit to creating a sense of any sort of desperation in the character.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I think Swinton could have been great and would have helped to avoid Curry comparisons.

3 for Mackie.

St. Crispin's Day - (It's interesting comparing this to Olivier's. As Branagh focuses more squarely on his performance in terms of camerawork, where Olivier tries to grant a grander scope being just the crowd cheer. Olivier though focuses on his more through not using a score, while Branagh for a full sweep. Both are quite effective scenes though in their own fitting that Olivier's grand yet subdued, while Branagh doesn't mind leaning perhaps a bit too closely to bombast.)

Zorro v Elena - (As I recall it's a quite the entertaining scene, and just an example of the straightforward fun of that film.)

Dunkirk - (Traditionally Nolan with a monologue though this time with a per-existing speech that is quite effective for the purpose of bringing the theme home, though amplified by each of images the strongest perhaps being the final ending bit of tension with that landing.)

Titanic - (I mean technically an effective built and executed scene though for me it is always the thing where I am just not at all invested in the film to become engrossed in that moment.)

This is Sparta - (I mean this film is always one of embracing the bombast somewhat sloppily to be sure, not all of it works but this one certainly does even if there is not quite the consistency throughout the film.)

Shade - (Another scene that works well from not Edward G. Robinson, and Fassbender's charismatic delivery of that literally legendary line.)

Astino's Death - (Now here's a moment that is less effective in that style becomes unfortunately comical, and this probably would have been a moment maybe to peddle things down a bit.)

Opening Credits - (A beautiful piece in capturing, yet modernizing, the 16th style here. In that Delerue realizing the part of invoking that style, particularly the persistent underlying harpsichord, which he builds upon so effectively in taking those more dramatic flourishes to something rather marvelous.)

Anonymous:

Kind of forgettable as villain deaths go, despite the implication of it.

Calvin:

I watched the longest version of the film which features some great additional work from Woods, though I do think the original Long cut is the superior edit.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: could you see John Boyega and Will Poulter in a younger version of 'In the Heat of the Night'? Just saw a picture of the two of them mimicking the bench scene and well, it just seemed...perfect.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on The Spoils Of War and are you on Team Jon, Lannister or Dany.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well as per usual begin with the negative, Brandon Stark aka Dougie Jones is a bit tiresome (unlike Dougie Jones) and it's a shame as a more engaging actor could have made that approach work particularly when he caught Little Finger off guard for once. As it is though he makes blank walls look vibrant. The cave drawings also just were not the best piece of production design we've seen in the series. Otherwise I liked pretty much everything. I love how well they are actually capitalizing on such long seeded relationship now such as with Sansa and Arya, and I'm also glad Brienne finally got to do something this season. The standout though was that astonishing ending which I loved that it achieved classic Thrones in that there is investment on both side and even though they are technically on the "villains" side I was far more concerned for Bronn and Jamie. I found the use of Tyrion particularly in that scene particularly at the end with Jamie. Visually amazing, but as with the best of Thrones the complicated dynamic within the conflict of the battle is what made it truly standout. Also Clarke was actually quite good again.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Yes I could.

Luke:

Well always Jon, since he knows the real threat, otherwise Lannister since I can never give up on Jamie.

Luke Higham said...

I'm relieved that Jaime and Bronn survived.

Louis: With this Three Headed Dragon theory, (Jon and Daenerys) I desperately hope that the third head is Jaime.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 20 robert downey jr acting moments

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I found the episode quite great as well. I liked pretty much everything aside from Hempstead's performance who is just terrible (and frankly I stopped caring about Bran long ago). I liked the rest of the cast a lot though, and I would agree that Clarke was on point too.

Luke Higham said...

My Shared MVP this week is Coster-Waldau and Flynn then very closely followed by Williams.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I find Coster-Waldau to be always very reliable. Even when the writing is not that good (his storyline in Season 5) he is consistently solid. And when the writing is on his side, he's astonishing.

Luke Higham said...

Giuseppe: Completely agree. :)

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I loved the episode, it's been a solid season so far.
Louis: Your predictions for the Game of Thrones ending.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: Before the Field Of Fire scene, I'd call it a very good season so far, though it's now a fairly great one. If they keep it up with the next three episodes, I'm giving it an easy 5 rating.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: Jon Snow being sole ruler of the seven kingdoms would be the dream outcome for me, though sadly, we all know that's not happening.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your voice cast for a 2010s version of The Great Mouse Detective.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your voice cast for a 2010s Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Downey Jr.:

1. "I know who I am" - Tropic Thunder
2. Real Audition - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
3. Paul's Boat - Zodiac
4. Reuniting with mother - Chaplin
5. "Did you know?" - Civil War
6. Bad at math - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
7. Academy clip show - Chaplin
8. Press Conference - Iron Man
9. Getting his own letter - Zodiac
10. Barris the informant - A Scanner Darkly
11. After the fire - Restoration
12. "Tell him what time it is" - Tropic Thunder
13. Asking Steve to sign - Civil War
14. "I am Iron Man" - Iron Man
15. Saving the day - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
16. Wedding Night - Restoration
17. Audition for Sennnett - Chaplin
18. Proper acting - Tropic Thunder
19. Preparing the Great Dictator - Chaplin
20. "Not a great plan" - The Avengers

Tahmeed:

I have not idea, which I am happy to say. I have feeling it will not entail the often bandied about idea of the prophecies just lining up since so much of it has always been about the danger of such beliefs. If there is even an Iron Throne in the end, I will imagine it will belong to someone who is not a main player.

Calvin:

Basil: Ralph Fiennes
Ratigan: David Warner
Dawson: Roger Allam

Calvin Law said...

Luke: I'll take a shot at The Lion King

Simba: Jacob Tremblay and Billy Magnussen
Scar: Benedict Cumberbatch
Mufasa: Bryan Cranston
Timon: Charlie Day
Pumba: Matt L. Jones
Zazu: Hugh Bonneville
The Hyenas: Key and Peele, Kate McKinnon

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well keep everyone in the Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (Get I don't Jean DuJardin for Lumiere), and Hunchback (eh you can't replace Jay might as well go Live Action, once again one Live action I actually want to see.)

Snow White:

Evil Queen: Tress MacNeille
Grump, Happy, Doc: Harry Shearer
Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful: Frank Welker

Sleeping Beauty:

Malificent: Lindsay Duncan
Flora, Fauna, Merryweather: Maggie Smith,Haley Mills, Juliet Mills,
Stefan: Terence Stamp
Hubert: Jim Cummings

Go get some good singers for Aurora, Phillip, Charming and Snow White.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Your top 20 Toshiro Mifune acting moments.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Director Predictions:

Nolan
Bigelow
Spielberg
Aronofsky
Linklater

Charles:

1. The Bandit's Story - Rashomon
2. Ending - High and Low
3. Volleys - Throne of Blood
4. Choosing the Ransom - High and Low
5. Lashing out at the other Samurai - Seven Samurai
6. The Final Duel - Yojimbo
7. The Band Stares at the Sun - Rashomon
8. Arguing against the payoff - High And Low
9. A Yakuza's "honor" - Drunken Angel
10. First blood - Samurai Rebellion
11. Trolling the battle - Yojimbo
12. The Ghost - Throne of Blood
13. The Doctor's Break down - The Quiet Duel
14. The Woodcutter's Story - Rashomon
15. Final battle - Seven Samurai
16. Learning of the ransom - High and Low
17. Watching the massacre - Yojimbo
18. The Wife's Story - Rashomon
19. The Dream - Drunken Angel
20. Saving the Family - Yojimbo

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your cast for a 1990's Watchmen.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Rorschach: Brad Dourif
Nite Owl II: David Duchovny
Silk Spectre II: Naomi Watts
Dr. Manhattan: Kevin Bacon
Ozymandias: Guy Pearce
Sill Spectre I: Beverly D'Angelo
Nite Owl: Jon Voight
Moloch: Carel Struycken
Big Figure: Michael J. Anderson
The Comedian: David Morse

Anonymous said...

Louis: Although you liked The Lion King, what improvements would you make for the film to be a masterpiece?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on this extended intro to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl_x-CgJMug

Robert MacFarlane said...

I saw Detroit. I need to think about it more, but I will say that I thought Smith and Poulter were great.

omar said...

Louis: your thoughts on mother! trailer?

Luke Higham said...

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as Scar.

Anonymous said...

Luke what are your Rotten Tomatoes prediction scores for the upcoming films in August/September?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous:

The Hitman's Bodyguard - 64%
It - 83%
American Assassin - 74%
Mother! - 88%
Kingsman: The Golden Circle - 85%
Stronger - 90%
Battle Of The Sexes - 92%
Victoria & Abdul - 73%
American Made - 80%

Robert MacFarlane said...

The Hitman's Bodyguard - 43%
It - 90%
American Assassin - 34%
mother! - 76%
Kingsman: Secret Service - 75%
Death Note - 54%
Stronger - 86%
Battle of the Sexes - 89%
Victoria and Abdul - 70%
American Made - 80%

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

A more dynamic character in Simba, have him actually grow, rather that immediate regression the single moment Scar calls him on his past. Also have Scar actually do villainous things when he takes over rather than just becoming just a layabout.

Luke:

Ejiofor's a good choice, but I'll say they should have recast Mufasa as well. A better a clean slate, since I actually think Irons is just as iconic to the character.

I mean for me its great representation of where the film succeeds and where I'd say was Coppola's intention which was for such beautiful bombast. That is what he achieves from Oldman's performance, the imagery such as the silhouette impalings, that particular setting sun and of course that old bleeding cross.

Omar:

Well judging by the trailer I'll probably like it the first time I watch it, the re-watch though? But I digress. Looks like it could be an effective mind bender, though on a side note I will say whether or not it is all in Lawrence's head may determine its success with the Academy.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Actually, I'll amend American Assassin's percentage to 67%.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Luke and Robert =D. Very excited to see how "It" does.

Louis: What about you Louis, what are your score predictions for those same films?

RatedRStar said...

I agree with those score ratings =D, I am a little worried about the very Oscar baity Stronger though I hope it is good, Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly a great actor but he has gone from Hero to Zero in the last couple of years.

Luke Higham said...

I had trouble with It. I think it'll do well critically but I could see it dividing the readers/bloggers here.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Jack Angel's voice work in Transformers.

Louis Morgan said...

In many ways he was sort of the fill in voice actor with many of his character not being all the iconic, but nor were they given much focus either. They are all fairly straight forward performances, though that isn't a bad thing, and he even isn't a terrible replacement for Robert Stack. There is nothing overly notable about any of his performance truly, but that are fairly consistent and certainly get the job done.