Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Sordel, Oct 27, 2020.
Rutger Hauer as The Hitcher
I would never give anyone with a Boris Johnson head of hair a lift !
Warren Oates in Two Lane Blacktop
I will never forget how Superman 1 is just so light and played for laughs, until..........Gene turns on the menace.
Jack Nicholson as Eugene O'Neill in Reds. Just how I would picture a young O'Neill, especially the scene where he cuts Louise into ribbons, verbally.
I totally agree with this, and say it every time I watch the old Supermans with Reeve and Kidder -- but you know who would have made a totally kick-ass Luthor for this current generation of DC adaptation films? Bryan Cranston...
Imagine him with the bald head and the suit on...would have been perfect. A lot of fans were hoping for this, because I believe he was considered before Snyder and Nolan ruined the character by going with the completely wrong Eisenberg...
For some reason, this skipped my mind in the midst of all this -- but, yes, absolutely hands down the best in the role.
David Niven as Phileas Fogg in Around The World In 80 Days (1956)
Winona Rider as Veronica in Heathers
Charles Grodin as Warren in The Lonely Guy
Dennis Quaid as Dexter Cornell in D. O. A. (1988)
I strongly agree about Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus. It could have easily become a bit silly, but he turned the character into a tragic individual.
Indeed -- but it was so much more than that. The fight sequences, the costuming, his LOOK...it really felt like Octavius jumped off the pages of the book.
To me, Raimi's Spider-Man 2 is the best comic adaptation film to date for these sorts of reasons -- it's not perfect, mind you, but it encapsulates a feel amidst all the characters that just emulates what I recall from reading the books as a kid.
I agree about the way they had Dr. Octopus fight. While the mechanical arms might seem a bit silly, the movie showed just how dangerous they can be. They also modified the arm technology a bit. In the comics he wore a belt that allowed him to control the arms manually (this was before Octavius gained mental control over them when they were fused with his body). However, in one story Reed Richards was able to take control of Octavius' arms by using the still-functional manual controls. Having the arms literally fused (going from just being temporarily connected) with Octavius' body was a good move, as was having the arms controlled by his unconscious desires.
It was also the way in which Raimi staged these combat sequences between the two characters -- how Peter would crawl on the walls of the buildings and trains to pursue Octavius while they punched each other, tumbling from structures....the whole thing was spot-on IMO. I didn't care for the way in which Peter was unmasked in the train fight sequence, nor did I like that odd moment when the picture freezes as he's walking to that oddly-timed tune (after he kind of loses his powers from the stress he's under). Yet that pales in comparison to the downright bizarre behavior the character exhibited in the third film after his personality is altered....
See Superman 3, where Superman is twisted by exposure to a flawed version of kryptonite and ends up having to fight Clark Kent...
Oh, I remember that...
Just as off-putting as Spider-Man 3 in that regard IMO.
nicol williamson as 'merlin' in EXCALIBUR
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