Saturday, April 01, 2006

Favorite Screen Turns

Premiere Magazine has come out with its list of the 100 greatest performances in movie history. The list is posted in a super-annoying-to-navigate format on the magazine's site, so I haven't even read the whole thing. I know that Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein cracking the top 10 seems more than a bit generous (though he was hilarious in that).

What are some of your favorites? Here are the ones that pop right to mind for me: Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo in You Can Count On Me, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Paul Giamatti in Sideways, Paul Newman in Hud, Owen Wilson in Bottle Rocket, Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon and Glengarry Glen Ross and the first two Godfathers, Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter in Broadcast News, Hunter and Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona, Christopher Guest in This is Spinal Tap, Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in Of Mice and Men, Ed Norton in Rounders, Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon...

(Via Pop Candy)



Blogger Dezmond said...

Great question. Having seen it recently, I will second your Paul Newman in "Hud" nomination. While we're at it, add his turn in "The Hustler" as well. And Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott in the same movie. Moving on with George C. Scott, how about Scott in "Dr. Strangelove"? And sticking with "Strangelove", let's consider Peter Sellers playing three different characters (all brilliantly) in "Strangelove".

Others? One of my favorites has always been Robert Shaw in "Jaws". That scene where he tells the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is brilliant (supposedly, Shaw himself scripted that speech, but I have also heard credit going to others on that one scene).

Good pick on Pacino for "Dog Day Afternoon".

More later...

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice lists. I agree with most of your choices -- although I'm too proletariat to like classic movies, and obviously have an affinity for mainstream movies -- and would add the following:

Jack Nicholson -- A Few Good Men
Brad Pitt -- Snatch, Fight Club, True Romance
Christopher Walken -- True Romance
Gary Oldman -- True Romance
Samuel L. Jackson -- Pulp Fiction (he will never have another role)
Vince Vaughn -- Swingers
Mark Wahlberg -- Boogie Nights
George Clooney -- Out of Sight; Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?
Will Ferrell -- The Anchorman
Will Arnett -- Arrested Development (Gob deserves to be enshrined somewhere)
Kevin Spacey -- The Usual Suspects
Matt Damon -- Good Will Hunting
Jeff Bridges -- The Big Lebowski
Paul Newman -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

7:33 PM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

Good choice on Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights". I would add to that list the entire supporting cast in "Boogie Nights". They weren't all so well known at the time, but try assembling this cast NOW with a reasonable budget: Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Heather great character actors Luis Guzman, Alfred Molina, Ricky Jay...hell of a cast. That film is full of great performances.

1:07 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

I'm not a big Boogie Nights fan.

Anonymous, I almost included Vaughn in Swingers; he's great in that. Pitt was very good in Fight Club, too. Nice commercial choices you got goin' there...

3:28 PM  
Blogger SoW said...

Kevin Spacey - Swimming With Sharks
Kevin Spacey - Seven
Kristen Scott Thomas - The English Patient

9:05 PM  

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