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Alix
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posted 30 July 2003 05:11 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As a companion to badlydrawngirls really bad actors thread, here's one for really good actors. I suppose that means I should start a really good actresses thread too, 'cause I've got lots of opinions there as well. Ah well, eventually.

The actor I think is best? Hands down, Chris Cooper.

Followed closely by William H. Macy.


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Lima Bean
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posted 30 July 2003 05:31 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Despite his participation in the farse that was The Hulk, I really like Nick Nolte.

Anyone else out there seen I'll Do Anything? It doesn't seem to be widely known, but it's one of my faves, and features Nick Nolte's talents really well. And it's sweet and funny.


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posted 30 July 2003 05:37 PM      Profile for Skye     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I like Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.
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posted 31 July 2003 11:01 AM      Profile for badlydrawngirl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
alan bates is brilliant. loved him in everything i've seen him in.

actually, when i said 'actors' i mean that in both the female/male sense. i don't distinguish. maybe i should.


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posted 31 July 2003 12:05 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Johnny Depp. Could have cashed in on his looks and accepted only 'pretty boy' parts, but instead has consistently made interesting choices.
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mighty brutus
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posted 31 July 2003 12:08 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OOP! Double post.

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Lima Bean
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posted 31 July 2003 12:19 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really liked Johnny Depp in Dead Man. That's a great movie.
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posted 31 July 2003 12:24 PM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Alistar Simm - A Christmas Carol
Jeff Bridges - Big Lebowski
Anthony Quinn - Zorba the Greek

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posted 31 July 2003 01:49 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think Brendan Fraser is a wonderful actor, and generally under-rated. He can take a bad script and make it watchable. When he gets a good script... Anybody else seen "Gods and Monsters"?

I have a great fondness for Susan Sarandon and Sigourney Weaver. Robert Carlyle is terrific. Julianne Moore. Kevin Spacey. Dame Judy Dench. Francis McDormand. Ewan McGregor. Marcello Mastriano (sp?). Gerard Depardieu.

I'll probably think of more later.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 31 July 2003 01:59 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A few that have already been mentioned, plus...

Gregory Peck (RIP)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Elizabeth Shue
Sean Penn
Ethan Hawke
Jennifer Connolly (whoda thunk it?)
Billy Cruddup
Josh Hartnett
Robin Williams (post-Mork)
John Cusack


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 31 July 2003 02:22 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Anybody else seen "Gods and Monsters"?

It's a wonderful movie. There's real electricity between Fraser and a truly great actor - Ian McKellen.

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posted 31 July 2003 02:31 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Agreed re: Gods and Monsters. Another great one is The Naked Civil Servant, the Quentin Crisp story, starring John Hurt. (McKellan always makes me think of Hurt. I guess there's a resemblance). I've only seen about half of it on TV, and my local video store doesn't carry it, so I guess I'll have to go to the film-buff's specialty store here, called Casablanca.
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posted 31 July 2003 02:35 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Jennifer Connolly (whoda thunk it?)

Really? What have you seen that makes you think so? She seems to always be playing the same simpering, tragic, weeping beauty in every movie--even in Requiem for a Dream, despite it being a pretty challenging role in a pretty challenging movie. All she does is cry and look beautiful...

Clearly I'm not a fan. I was gonna put her down on the really bad actors thread!!


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posted 31 July 2003 02:40 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
john malkovich.
willem dafoe.

the afore-mentioned sean penn and sir ian mckellen.

cher (think about it: mask, silkwood, moonstruck)

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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 31 July 2003 02:42 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Go ahead.

I think she has consistently risen above flawed material. She was brilliant in Requiem (and didn't look too pretty a lot of the time) and even going back to her portrayal of Isabel Allende in "Of Love And Shadows".


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posted 31 July 2003 02:46 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jack Nicholson.
Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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Lima Bean
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posted 31 July 2003 02:47 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't seen that one. I'll check it out.

It's too bad she got caught up in the Hulk debacle, really, because it was the movie that made me actually hate her acting. I was just ambivalent before.


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Alix
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posted 31 July 2003 03:00 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A huge yes to Julianne Moore and Judi Dench. Also Joan Allen.
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posted 31 July 2003 03:09 PM      Profile for pity sing        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Big thumbs up for Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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posted 31 July 2003 03:14 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think Nicholas Campbell is awesome.
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posted 31 July 2003 05:44 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One that shows promise is Adrien Brody.

Or should I put him in the lusting-after thread?


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Lima Bean
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posted 31 July 2003 05:47 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, he sure shows a lot of that kind of promise!
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posted 31 July 2003 09:49 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gary Busey has taken some interesting roles. I particularly liked him as the aging FBI agent in Point Break, who loses some of his cynicism when he gets partnered up with a younger agent.

quote:
Pappas: Let me tell you something, Harp. I was in this bureau since you were still popping zits on your funny face and when you were jacking off the Lingerie section of the Sears Catalog. But there's something I've learned in all my years...Respect for my elders.

And then after that he socks the guy! Yeah!

Other good actors... Hmm.

You've got Fredric March, Liam Neeson, John Hurt, and Raul Julia. Especially the last - who else would take a role in a B movie because he wanted to make his granddaughter happy?

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Alix mentioned Joan Allen -- I just saw "The Ice Storm" the other night... Anybody seen that one? I loved it. What most Hollywood melodrama is to prose, this one is to haiku.

It also brought to mind a couple of other good actors -- Kevin Kline and Tobey Maguire, both of whom gave outstanding performances in the above flick.


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I loved the Ice Storm. What an amazing movie. I have been impressed so far with Tobey Maguire's range. Has anyone seen Wonder Boys?

Unfortunately Kevin Kline, although a good actor, has done a LOT of crap recently.

My partner didn't like the Ice Storm that much though - he thought that it kept too much of a distance from it's characters and kind of left him cold. I disagree totally, but oh well.

Ang Lee really is a great director.

More great actors - agree with everyone who said Philip Seymour Hoffman and add a couple from Paul Thomas Anderson's stable of actors - Philip Baker Hall and John C Reilly.

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I like most of the actors listed above; also Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep (doesn't matter who she plays, I've never seen a movie with her in it that I didn't admire her ability), Marlon Brando (anybody see "A Dry White Season"? - truly awesome), Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous", John Goodman (check out "One Night at McCools). Many, many others - just can't think of them all right now.
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kenneth branagh, especially in anything shakespearian. just caught "theory of flight", weepy chick flick, helena bonham carter also good.al pacino ,de niro.
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posted 06 August 2003 11:50 PM      Profile for Jacques     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As if there were only american actors;

What about Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Philipe Torrenton, Philippe Noiret, Michel Serreault, Sabine Azema, Audrey Tautou, Fanny Ardant in France.

Great actors from UK like Michael Caine, Derek Jacoby, Ian Mckellan, Emma Thompson, Liam Neesan, Ralph Fienes, Ben Kingsley etc.

In Québec only Luc Picard, Remy Girard, Michel Coté, Pascal Bussières, Marie-Josée Croze.

I watch a lot of movies from other contries and I am always amazed by actors who are fabulous but unknown outside their contry.


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The Ice Storm is an awesome flick (with TV uber-babe Katie Holmes and Allison Janney in small roles).

Can't forget the following great actors and some of their best movies:

- Al Pacino (Glengarry Glen Ross, Insomnia, The Insider - I've never seen The Godfather! )

- Jack Lemmon RIP (The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, The Odd Couple, The Fortune Cookie, Days of Wine and Roses, Save the Tiger, Glengarry Glen Ross, etc, etc, etc.)

- Nicholas Cage (yes he has done a LOT of bad stuff, but he was amazing in Leaving Las Vegas and especially Adaptation).

- Grace Kelly RIP (Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Country Girl)

- Audrey Hepburn RIP (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffanys)

- Gene Hackman (The Conversation, Night Moves, Unforgiven)

- Robert Mitchum RIP (Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear)

-James Stewart RIP (Vertigo, Rear Window, Harvey, Rope, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, The Shop Around the Corner).

So many movies, so little time...


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