Most UNDERRATED movie/actor

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  1. Matt

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    How exactly is denzel under-rated?
    was just about to write the exact same thing. He is completely bankable and is deservedly extremely well regarded by basically everyone. Hell, he won an Academy Award for what I thought was probably his weakest performance.
     
  2. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    totally! I was just talking about him the other day...how I imagine him being just like his characters in real life, like if you were in a real crisis situation the dood would just step up, take command, and get everyone thru it in flying colors. The last words I'd expect out of his mouth would be "shit, I dont what to do man"
    Dead on. I don't care if he's playing a president on 24, selling insurance, or is playing an African baseball player...the man is just unreal with the amount of confidence he portrays in his actions and words. If someone were to ask me, "If Haysbert jumped off a bridge, would you," I'd have to respond with, "Hell, he's probably on to something..." Oldman's up there, too. A piss-poor made-for-video movie called "Tiptoes" was on showtime last weekend; in it, he plays a dwarf. It wasn't until I imdb'd the movie that I realized it was even him. Man. Eric Stoltz is pretty solid but hasn't done a damn thing lately. I don't think von Sydow's THAT underrated, he's just getting up in years. He had a great role in 'Snow Falling on Cedars.' While he plays the same role in every film, Jason Statham is great at what he does. He's the poor man's Bond. Rhys Ifans is another good thing. Thought he did a great job with 'Danny Deckchair' and everyone remembers him from 'Notting Hill.' Lastly, another Euro actor: Colm Meaney. Always typecasted for the generic Irish role, but he's probably one of the country's best actors.
     
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    - Delroy Lindo, especially in Heist
    - Guy Pearce

    I'll second Forest Whitaker, Last King of Scotland looks great. Timothy Dalton as well.

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    I think The Living Daylights is the most underrated Bond movie, and Timothy Dalton the most underrated Bond.

    Of Dalton and Lazenby, I think Lazenby is more underrated as Bond. Lazenby was written off before OHMSS even debuted, and his reputation has suffered ever since. Dalton at least gets regular props for his actorly approach to the role.

    Personally, I thought Lazenby seemed much more comfortable and believable as Bond. I was always very concious that Dalton was playing a role, perhaps moreso than with any of the other Bonds. Had Lazenby not had the misfortune to follow Connery -- and had he not been a model -- I think he would have been much more warmly received.
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Of Dalton and Lazenby, I think Lazenby is more underrated as Bond. Lazenby was written off before OHMSS even debuted, and his reputation has suffered ever since. Dalton at least gets regular props for his actorly approach to the role.

    Personally, I thought Lazenby seemed much more comfortable and believable as Bond. I was always very concious that Dalton was playing a role, perhaps moreso than with any of the other Bonds. Had Lazenby not had the misfortune to follow Connery -- and had he not been a model -- I think he would have been much more warmly received.

    Not to mention Dalton is just plain awful. Uness he's [​IMG] A Nazi in disguise...
     
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    Joe Viterelli [​IMG] 1937-2004
     
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    and richard dreyfuss, raul julia, eric stoltz, kurtwood smith, cary elwes, mandy patinkin and... wallace shawn [​IMG]
     
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    Robert Downey, Jr.

    Outstanding in Chaplin, and setting aside his off-screen drug problems. One of the best of his generation (up there with Sean Penn).
     
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    Personally, I thought Lazenby seemed much more comfortable and believable as Bond. I was always very concious that Dalton was playing a role, perhaps moreso than with any of the other Bonds. Had Lazenby not had the misfortune to follow Connery -- and had he not been a model -- I think he would have been much more warmly received.
    You're kidding me. Lazenby was stiff as a board.
     
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    A few:

    Movies:

    - Aguirre (at least in the US - beyond the story and performances, the cinematography is amazing)

    - Shattered Glass (this movie draws me in every time)

    - One False Move (good police story/noir)

    - Blood Simple

    - Night of the Creeps (underrated horror/comedy IMHO - fun, gory stuff)

    - The Re-Animator

    Actors:

    - Peter Sarsgaard

    - M. Emmet Walsh (RIP)

    - Bill Paxton

    - Daniel Craig (although Bond will probably change all of that)

    - David Straitharn

    - Joe Montegna

    - Pierce Brosnan (in the sense that I think he has a lot more range than people give him credit for - he's not just Bond or Remington Steel)
     
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    I find it incredible how people all have to immediately pipe up that Connery is the best Bond without any discussion, then everyone all nods their heads, and some idiot does their best Connery impression then everyone says "YA MAN THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!". It's like when there's a room full of guys and suddenly a naked man comes on screen... everyone has to declare how gay and gross it is for fear that someone might think they're a homosexual. The minute someone mentions Bond everyone immediately establishes themselves as the foremost expert and fan of Sean Connery.

    The Bond series may perhaps be one of the only types of films that approached action from an almost "classy" perspective. To me, the man who best portrayed Bond but was stuck in terrible films was Brosnan. I think the way he spoke, moved and looked embodies everything that is James Bond. It's just too bad that producers chose to make them total American style action flicks, forgoing the simplicity of past films, even as far back as Dr. No.

    I just don't see the affinity with Connery, who is quite a character but I cannot grasp why every Bond fanboy will fallate him the very second the conversation goes to James Bond.
     
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    was just about to write the exact same thing.

    He is completely bankable and is deservedly extremely well regarded by basically everyone.

    Hell, he won an Academy Award for what I thought was probably his weakest performance.


    I find that 99% of people who think Denzel is a great actor, on par with the very best go see every Blockbuster when it comes out, and their favourite movies usually have at least 20 explosions in them before the half way mark.

    Maybe he's a great actor stuck in terrible films. He always does the same thing. I don't think he really has any range as an actor. He's usually just the cool, collected guy who when needed can deliver this outburst of self confidence and black guy speak which makes balding 40 year old men with office jobs say "wow that was sweet". In that bodyguard movie he was out acted by a toddler.
     
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    - M. Emmet Walsh (RIP)

    RIP? He's still alive
     

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