Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by alexpop, Aug 29, 2019.
I'd have to go with Philip Seymour Hoffman, too.
A Most Wanted Man
I all but gave up on him with that Chinese cgi movie..but then along came Downsizing.
Liked The Leftovers
For me its a toss-up between Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale
Helen Mirren in The Queen is about as great as acting gets in my opinion. I mean she was Elizabeth II.
Casey Affleck. His performance in Manchester By The Sea was on a par with the 70s performances of De Niro and Pacino, or 50s Brando, and it doesn't get any better than that. Michelle Williams, also.
He was great in Love Reign Over Me.
Jesse James film is where I first took notice of him.
That’s a no brainer imo. The poet laureate’s son.
He won me over as Sammy Davis Jr in the Rat Pack movie. Don Cheadle as a character actor tend to over shadow the stars, in my opinion of course.
He should get a higher profile in MCU films.
With all due respect to Cranston, I really don't think his performances are in the same league. Not nearly as nuanced and engaging as Gandolfini's, and IMO he does not command the range that Gandolfini showed. Whether the Walt character is acting menacing or loving or anything in between, I just didn't get an authentic feeling from the performance, and it felt campy. Cranston relies on that campy approach to make up for his acting deficiencies--that's my observation anyway. Some of that is by design--you don't have to truly get to the core of a character when you're running around in your undies or chasing a fly around a laboratory. Contrast that with Tony's character and Gandolfini commits on another level and really makes you believe in the raw emotion and the more strategic machinations of the character. Also, it was a far more complicated set of acting challenges he faced because of the Melfi factor and in allowing the audience to access Tony's thoughts and emotions. Granted, Gandolfini was working with superior writers and co-stars on HBO, which knows how to produce higher quality shows.
love the Gandolfini observations but couldn't disagree more on the Cranston comments. have you seen all of Breaking Bad? doesn't really sound like it IMO. also, if your talking about actors in a certain century, you have to look at more than one show/movie to form a body of work for comparison. besides Sopranos, Gandolfini has far less to compare(mainly due to his untimely death i know). additionally, "campy" is not a word i have ever heard used to describe Cranston in BB. he showed easily as much range of emotion and possibly more of the core of his character as he went through the transformation from teacher/family man to wanted drug dealer. if anything, Gandolfini's fine pereformance as Tony Soprano was much more one note (angry) than Walter White.
lastly, Cranston was working with just as "superior" writers and co-stars as Gandolfini. all you have to do is look at Emmy nominations and wins to see that the cast/writers of BB are just as good and highly regarded as those of the Sopranos.
Helen is fantastic but that can't be the only reason she is great is it? Don't you think every English sounding actress (and maybe some who don't) have played one of the Elizabeths? Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Gwenda Jackson, Claire Foy. I think I am just scraping the surface of this list.
The queen is a popular subject in the 21st century. And that is just the tip of the iceberg really. The list can go on. Admittedly, playing the queen has to rank as one of the great achievements in an acting career. It's a tough gig in life and film.
While playing royalty is an area that has been mined very successfully by many actors (including Colin Firth and Nigel Hawthorne - whose Queen was none other than Helen Mirren), I found something quite extraordinary about Ms. Mirren's performance in The Queen. A couple of examples - a scene where Phillip laments the fact that Diana couldn't just keep quiet about marital discord and carry on privately - Mirren shoots him a look that says so much. A second example would just be the general compassion with which she portrayed Elizabeth as she came to realize that she no longer had her hand on the pulse of the nation. Most of that was done non-verbally as well.
Daniel Day Lewis surely. What is it ? 3 best actor Oscar wins and a couple of (unsuccessful) nominations for the award too. De Caprio deserves a shout too, along with others like Fassbender, Hoffman, Bridges, Penn and Pitt.
Totally get it. It is a heart breaking performance by Helen. I saw similar in Claire Foy's take as a young Elizabeth. Tough gig being the Queen.
But ..love both shows /actors.
She told an amusing story. There were all the Corgies for the film and people were wondering if they'd behave. She was in costume and makeup and walked up to the corgies, all sitting there and panting with anticipation, and looked down and said "well, come on, then." They got up as one and followed her, no stragglers. People on set were speechless.
No one else has YouTube highlights like this:
Except Pirate Radio. PSH was not that great in it and it never got above utter crap as a movie.
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