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Robert de Niro / Raging Bull
he is.. unknowable
Al Pacino - The Godfather
He's subtle, but always stands out.
Ray Wise - Twin Peaks
love that scene
So I'm gonna go with a leftfield, recent discovery, knockout performance:
Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool (in 'Henry Fool' by Hal Hartley)
Utterly bewitching from start to finish, introduction on the same level as Harry Lyme in The Third Man, powerful yet underlying fragility, fantastically mysterious, charismatic, unusually deep voice, funny and ultimately very sad.
because everyone else, and pretty much everything else about the whole film, was so painfully shit.
or on What's my line:
A New Hope.
appears more often on my list of favourite films than any other actor.
Dumb and Dumber
The Truman Show
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Man on the Moon (great performance, final opinion pending on the film)
Ace Ventura:When Nature Calls (I did laugh)
I could go on.
And finally, why has not everyone seen this film?
I Love You, Philip Morris
I think 'Knock Off' feat him and JCVD might be the worst film i've ever seen.
nic cage, vampire's kiss
I honestly believe nic cage is the greatest actor of the last 20 years after watching vampire's kiss. The film is about a yuppie who deludes himself into thinking he is a vampire. Its about insanity. His style is basically the prototype for his style in Bad Lieutenant. The problem with Vampire's Kiss is that the director is shite. If Herzog had directed vampire's kiss it would be a landmark film.
and as a result of the bad director the audience is left wondering why nic cage is a shit actor until the last half hour when the film goes from a supernatural "romp" to a Gogolian (is that a word) psychological downward spiral and the whole point of the film is revealed.
WHAT AM I A FUCKIN RETARD AAARGGGHHH?
Cage was, as you'd expect, unstoppable. We turned off when he died as the rest of the film was shite. This was my top moment.
but at his best, he was untouchable. and he did have range, too. see The King of Comedy and Midnight Run for evidence.
Frances McDormand in Fargo is the first one that came to mind.
she's awesome in that.
I forgot she was even in it. I like the Coens but that film blows.
Robert De Niro- Taxi Driver
Also, because both roles could easily have been overplayed and melodramatic:
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman - All the President's Men.
I'm so glad I wasn't around in 1977 to see these two films nail ALL the acting and screenplay Oscars and then lose to fucking Rocky.
minnie driver / good will hunting
most of my favourite films involve the interplay between two actors. And even then there's a lot.
I'll get back to you.
Harvey Keitel: Ulysses' Gaze
Dennis Hopper: Blue Velvet
Martin Sheen: Badlands
better go with the best film ever then.....Sheen.
And I concur with this. Sheen is superb.
I don't even know if this is my real answer but it's yeah, I'll with it for now.
I am a god, not the God, I don't think
Tom Cruise is brilliant in it, Phillip Seymour Hoffman too but he's great in everything
though you could pretty much give it to Gene Hackman / Unforgiven as well.
I'm sure there are others I could go for if I thought about it but I'm going to say that.
You're out of your element.
Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest.
Especially when doing the baseball commentary bit, always brings a tear to my eye.
...I've got no idea.
His performance isn't just a pinnacle of cinematic acting, but of human achievement as well...
I'd imagine playing a real-life person isn't as difficult as playing a made up one but this performance sticks in my mind. She absolutely nailed it.
Not a single performance, but certainly a singular one.
His performance in Being There is a joy to behold too.
This is the I Think We're Alone Now woman in one of those Mega Python shlock fests. She's all grown up now.
Knocked Up where Seth Rogan shouts at Paul Rudd for not telling him he was going to get blown off..
Then Paul Rudd carrys on singing happy birthday to his daughter.
That bit. Kudos Paul Rudd.
It's not his showiest role, but in a film so dizzying with ideas and trickery and absurdism he is the painful emotional core, and believably ages decades throughout the running time. And, if you want an Oscar-ready single scene to prove that he is doing some 'acting', the moment when he tries to reconcile with his dying, German-speaking, heavily-tattooed daughter over an automated translation machine absolutely slays me every single time. This is my favourite film, and without him in it I can't imagine it would be nearly as incredible.
i was in pieces by the end. it was so powerful that i didn't bother with Milk. will definitely catch it one day tho
much better than milk which is a bit meh. chap also made the very good celluloid closet and paragraph 175 (about gay people in nazi germany) and howl which i have not seen yet.
But a fairly recent one that definitelty deserves a shout is Paddy Considine in 'Dead Man's Shoes'.
Mainly for this scene:
so I'll go for Johnny Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Or Bill Murray in Rushmore.
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So basically anything with Liv Ullmann in it. Persona Cries and Whispers Autumn Sonata...
Given that all my other faves have been said already
That Ewok does it for me every time.