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Best actors (of your generation)

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Thracozaag, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    In no particular order: Jason Statham - My favorites: Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Edward Norton - Fight Club, American History X, The Illutionist, Christian Bale - American Phsyco, Harsh Times, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Rescue Dawn. Brad Pitt - Fight Club, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Se7en, Twelve Monkeys, Sleepers, Snatch, Troy. Robert Deniro- Too many movies to count. Theres others, but those are my predominant favorites. I cant really think of any female actors. Most of them are more for beauty than acting ability.
    I do like that Emily Watson, who someone mentioned upthread -- saw her in that Adam Sandler junk 'Punch Drunk Love' and just saw her again in 'Miss Potter'. Like her a lot. And Kate Winslet is great anyway, but her hilarious turn on Ricky Gervais' 'Extras' absolutely sealed it for me. Streep is always good, but she's been in some genuine shizzat -- "Death Becomes Her?" What the....
     
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    I do like that Emily Watson, who someone mentioned upthread -- saw her in that Adam Sandler junk 'Punch Drunk Love' and just saw her again in 'Miss Potter'. Like her a lot. And Kate Winslet is great anyway, but her hilarious turn on Ricky Gervais' 'Extras' absolutely sealed it for me. Streep is always good, but she's been in some genuine shizzat -- "Death Becomes Her?" What the....

    Actually, Meryl Streep did stick out in my mind. She was pretty good in Lions for Lambs. Death becomes her was very hilarious as I remember watching that as a kid. I REALLY liked her in the movie "The River Wild." And she isnt bad looking either.

    I also really like Demi Moore. I forgot all about her until I recently saw "Mr. Brooks," which is a VERY good movie, imo.

    Might as well add Kevin Costner to the list as well.
     
  3. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    Actually, Meryl Streep did stick out in my mind. She was pretty good in Lions for Lambs. Death becomes her was very hilarious as I remember watching that as a kid. I REALLY liked her in the movie "The River Wild." And she isnt bad looking either. I also really like Demi Moore. I forgot all about her until I recently saw "Mr. Brooks," which is a VERY good movie, imo. Might as well add Kevin Costner to the list as well.
    Ugh, Costner. He and Dennis Haysbert are the most uninteresting people I've ever seen on screen. Wood. I think Streep is hot. Weird smile, but generally hot. Demi's hot, but as an actress, ok, but nothing special. I think it's harder for traditionally beautiful women (and men, for that matter) to be impressive on screen. Something about them is less interesting character-wise. To me, anyway.
     
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    Yeah, Costner has a more laid-back style of acting. To me, it comes off as wise and sophisticated; which I can appreciate. I even enjoyed "Water World," haha.

    I think the only movie I liked with Dennis Haysbert was "Major League."
     
  5. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I think the only movie I liked with Dennis Haysbert was "Major League."
    Did you see "Far from Heaven"? I think that's his best movie and his best performance. Not to mention that Julianne Moore is in it [​IMG]
     
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    No I havent. Ill take it that its worth a gander?
     
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    Did you see "Far from Heaven"? I think that's his best movie and his best performance. Not to mention that Julianne Moore is in it [​IMG]
    Julianne Moore -- good call. Though I thought Far from Heaven was insulting twaddle; tolerated it for about an hour (because of JM), but came near to vomiting. This is the one with Dennis Quaid as the closeted upper-middle class twinkie asshole who lays into his wife for jeopardizing their social status by befriending the transcendantly pious black widower with the angelic daughter, right? Jeeezus.
     
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    Julianne Moore -- good call. Though I thought Far from Heaven was insulting twaddle; tolerated it for about an hour (because of JM), but came near to vomiting. This is the one with Dennis Quaid as the closeted upper-middle class twinkie asshole who lays into his wife for jeopardizing their social status by befriending the transcendantly pious black widower with the angelic daughter, right? Jeeezus.

    wow. Sorry you didn't like it. I thought it was a great moment of pure 1950's melodramatic cinema. Beautifully shot and brilliantly acted too

    Edit: I checked the tomatometer to make sure I'm not crazy for liking this movie and it looks like it gets a 90% so I guess I'm not crazy... phew
    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/far_from_heaven/
     
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    wow. Sorry you didn't like it. I thought it was a great moment of pure 1950's melodramatic cinema. Beautifully shot and brilliantly acted too Edit: I checked the tomatometer to make sure I'm not crazy for liking this movie and it looks like it gets a 90% so I guess I'm not crazy... phew http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/far_from_heaven/
    It's very likely a much better film than my personal reaction suggests, in terms of performances and overall filmmaking. I just have little stomach for stories with that kind of simplistic stylized racial template, and even less for Haysbert's 'acting'. [​IMG] And it doesn't help that I seem to recall seeing him do much the same kind of noble stoic black man schtick already with the very yummy Michelle Pfeiffer in 'Love Field' some years back...
     
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    Juliana Moore, Charlese Theron and KEVIN fucking Kline!!!
    Also Jessica Lange and Kathy Beits (baits) whatever her name is.
    And yea, special thanks to Chloe Soveigny for trying to make a blow job part of her acting range.
     
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    Juliana Moore, Charlese Theron and KEVIN fucking Kline!!!
    Also Jessica Lange and Kathy Beits (baits) whatever her name is.
    And yea, special thanks to Chloe Soveigny for trying to make a blow job part of her acting range.


    So. whose generation here do you share ?
     
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    I somehow forgot Cillian Murphy.
     
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    Julianne Moore -- good call. Though I thought Far from Heaven was insulting twaddle; tolerated it for about an hour (because of JM), but came near to vomiting. This is the one with Dennis Quaid as the closeted upper-middle class twinkie asshole who lays into his wife for jeopardizing their social status by befriending the transcendantly pious black widower with the angelic daughter, right? Jeeezus.

    I somewhat share your sentiments, but Haysbert and Moore's performances (Quaid was also very fine) helped distract me from the points you made (I felt the film was extremely condescending).

    koji
     
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    Sean Connery.

    This guy?

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm bringing this back.

    Casey freakin Affleck.

    about 10x the actor his brother is.

    Though, after watching Gone Baby Gone, maybe Ben missed his calling as a director.
     
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    I thought Ben Affleck was superb both as an actor and director in "The Town"

    good to see some people named Joseph Gordon-Leavitt in '07. I remember the guy from the brilliant 3rd rock from the sun series (which was highly under-acclaimed)

    JGL in The Lookout...50/50....Inception....The Dark Knight Rises...Looper. I didn't see Premium Rush, but I hear it's good..



    others: Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling--although he only has like 1 facial expression he uses for everything...

    Leonardo DiCaprio-- the acting in Revolutionary Road and many others in the past few years have been a huge leap from his Titanic days.

    I think Heath Ledger is a bit overrated--wasn't impressed with his acting UNTIL the dark knight. It's just too bad about his premature death...
     
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    Robert Downey Jr.

    Johnny Depp

    Gerard Depardieu
     
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    not my generation. but post-brando and pacino it's daniel day lewis, gary oldman, joaquin phoenix.

    but bill murray is our best comedian and possibly best human.
     

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