Saturday, 6 May 2017

Alternate Best Actor 2012: Results

5. Tom Courtenay in Quartet - Courtenay rises above his material and offers some dignity in his portrayal of an aging musician still holding a grudge.

Best Scene: The church.
4. Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio - Jones amplifies the best elements of his film through his unique and compelling portrayal of a man in a strange purgatory.

Best Scene: Calling the airline.
3. Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair - In his second best leading turn of the year Mikkelsen gives a charismatic and moving portrayal of a decent man trying to play the game of the royal court for good.

Best Scene: The Execution.
2. Mathias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone - Schoenaerts gives another great physical turn this time as a man who finds solace in connections yet fails to understand them.

Best Scene: Saving Sam.
1. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt - Good predictions Omar, Giuseppe, Luke, Robert, Charles, Anonymous, Jackiboyz, RatedRStar, Michael Patison, Tahmeed, Varun, moviefilm, and Alex. Well of course Mikkelsen was easily my favorite of these five, though good performances all. Mikkelsen though is on another level here and the only performance that can stand against his work here is Joaquin Phoenix's equally impressive work in The Master. Phoenix's work as the broken man trying to find some sort of path against Mikkelsen's work as the normal man going through a terrible situation. Each are compelling in their own way, and each have their own set of challenges which they both surpass at every turn. Both are two of the greatest performances I've ever seen, and since I am pained to choose right now....eh. I apologize in advance. 

Best Scene: The Church. 
Updated Overall

Next Year: 2012 Supporting

99 comments:

Charles Heiston said...

I did not see this coming at all.

I gave my suggestions for supporting on Courtenay's review.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Thoughts and ratings for the rest of the lead performances you've seen from 2012. As well as your updated top 10 for female lead and supporting for 2012.

Calvin Law said...

What did you make of Wild Bill and the performances? (Thoughts/ratings)

Calvin Law said...

Also a tie!!!

Charles Heiston said...

When i saw it was a tie i was like, WHAT? I'm very pleased about it to say the least.

Alex Marqués said...

No need to apologize, both are tremendous performances.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

A tie? Who'd have thought it?
Regardless, I was suspecting it would go this way.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: I've made it known before, but you've still to fix the ranking on the official Leas Actor nominees results page between Phoenix and Day Lewis. :P

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Ratings and thooughts on the other leading performances you've seen and Your female top 10s with ratings and additional 4+ honourable mentions.

I'm so glad you took to 21 Jump Street.

Luke Higham said...

And I'm very happy about the tie. :)

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Suggestions
Thomas Bo Larsen in The Hunt
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Gangs of Wasseypur part 2

Louis: My request would be Mikkelsen/Lindhart in Flame and Citron.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

And if you only allow one performance, than just Mikkelsen would do.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Another supporting suggestion is Michael B. Jordan in Chronicle.

Anonymous said...

I think this is the most ever winning predictions in a single round.

RatedRStar said...

Thomas Bo Larsen in The Hunt
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Gangs of Wasseypur part 2
Cillian Murphy or Tim Roth - Broken
Domhnall Gleeson or Aiden Gillen - Shadow Dancer
Michael B Jordan - Chronicle

I will give my request later

RatedRStar said...

Its funny how Mads Mikkelsen was the biggest snubbed actor on this blog at one point and now he ll probably appear at least 4 or 5 times now =D.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar:
Open Hearts
Pusher II
After The Wedding (Shannon being 2007 really helps)
Flame & Citron
and Valhalla Rising

Louis: I hope you'll get around to watching Sightseers and The Woman In Black.

And please watch those Hollow Crown films this week.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Is the Hollow Crown series actually considered a film?

RatedRStar said...

Luke: If you are worried about Shannon not getting in, why dont you use him as your winning request =D?

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: They're TV films and I really want Whishaw to get his first five.

I'm not worried about it at all, I might request Shannon for one of his 2007 performances to perhaps help extend the lineup to 10 again but Riley and Markovics are greater priorities to me.

Anonymous said...

Louis I also think you need to fix the 2012 supporting page as it has the total list of years rankings and lead put in the same page.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: That was his intent though back then, because he had to wait awhile longer to watch The Master.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I actually made my request on the last review and it is a Mikkelsen performance.

Luke Higham said...

Thomas Bo Larsen - The Hunt
Cillian Murphy - Broken
Domhnall Gleeson - Shadow Dancer
Bradley Whitford - The Cabin In The Woods
Michael B. Jordan - Chronicle

Alex Marqués said...

Thomas Bo Larsen-The Hunt
Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford-Cabin in the Woods
Matthew McConaughey-Magic Mike

That's all I can think of. I'll give my request later.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And please watch The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (Another very enjoyable film from Aardman), Wreck-It Ralph and Brave.

JackiBoyz said...

My winning request is Tony Curtis - The Boston Strangler

Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford were by far the best things about Cabin.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What do you think of Jack Reynor so far.

Luke Higham said...

*Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins - The Cabin In The Woods

RatedRStar said...

Louis: Time for my winning request, will you be on team Mark Kermode or Team Siskel and Ebert =D? its time to spice up that boring 1980 Bonus lineup.

Al Pacino - Cruising

RatedRStar said...

I will have to see Ray Sharkey in The Idolmaker again at some point because the first time I wasnt that impressed by him.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, and Fran Kranz in The Cabin in the Woods

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Lastly, Snow White and The Huntsman, The Dictator and Anna Karenina.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your ten most harrowing scenes on television.

Anonymous said...

My request is Edward G. Robinson in Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet.
Louis: Your thoughts on Charlie Schlatter as The Flash.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that it's a tie between Phoenix and Mikkelsen.
Louis: Your cast for a 1940's American version of The Hunt?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: One last thing, ratings and thoughts on the supporting cast of 21 Jump Street.

Anonymous said...

Where do Phoenix's and Mikkelsen's performance rank in your all-time great male leading performances?

omar said...

Louis before you finish 2012 you need also to check out The Broken Circle Breakdown, it was nominated for Best Foreign Language in 2013 but it was released first in Belgium in 2012, Veerle Baetens is my best actress winner for that year and Johan Heldenbergh was very good.

My request is Michael Blanc in Monsieur Hire.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: You have Mikkelsen down for 2006 in Pusher II, when he's actually 2004.

25th December 2004 (Denmark)

Anonymous said...

Watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Great, even better than the first one.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: My winning request is Aleksandr Kajdanovsky in Stalker for 1979 lead.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Thank you, I was gonna request him next. Now I'm gonna go with Hurt or Lee for 1998 Lead as my next request. :)

Anonymous: Your ratings on the Guardians cast.

Anonymous said...

Luke:
Pratt: 4
Saldana: 3,5
Cooper: 4
Bautista: 4,5
Diesel: 3
Rooker: 4,5
Russell: 4
Gunn: 3
Debicki: 3

Robert MacFarlane said...

I saw Guardians yesterday. It was okay, but I probably won't remember it a week from now.

Charles Heiston said...

Robert: Exactly my thoughts about it too.

Anonymous said...

Luke: Hurt or Lee from what?

Luke Higham said...

I'm also in the Guardians 1 camp, but I still enjoyed it for what it was and the acting all-round was stronger. Louis will probably enjoy it a great deal.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Hurt for Love & Death on Long Island and Lee for Jinnah.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I mean, I'm not that huge on the first one. This one is more or less in the same boat for me.

Calvin Law said...

Robert: who was your MVP?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Rooker or Bautista.

Luke Higham said...

As 1965/1968 and 2008 are coming quite soon after this year, I've decided to come up with my lead lineup for the latter.

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Synecdoche New York
Mads Mikkelsen/Thure Lindhart - Flame & Citron
Joaquin Phoenix - Two Lovers
Nicholas Tse - The Beast Stalker
Kare Hedebrant - Let The Right One In

Alt.
Michael Fassbender - Eden Lake
Woody Harrelson - Transsiberian
Song Kang-Ho - The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Toni Servillo - Il Divo
Josh Brolin - W.
Vincent Cassel - Mesrine

Anonymous said...

Luke: How do you know if they are coming soon?

Charles Heiston said...

I hope Byung-hun Lee gets reviewed in supporting for The Good, The Bad, The Weird. He was excellent in that. Close to being my #2 behind Ledger.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Louis did 2008 first from the 2000s during the alternates, so it's very likely he'll do that year soon. Same thing with 1965, yet I have more of an urgency for Louis to do 1968 which was the third year he did from the 60s.

The current cycle is 1970s, 80s, 10s, 60s, 00s, 50s, 90s, 30s and 40s, then restart.

At the beginning of these bonus rounds, we had 71, 85 and 11. On the second go-around we've had 73, 84 and 12.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: There's very little competition for a spot that year, so he's a certainty.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Oh yeah, my request is Christopher Lee in The Return of Captain Invincible

Matt Mustin said...

Louis, what's your thoughts on Tower (2016)?

Anonymous said...

Robert MacFarlane: Sorry what?? Christopher Lee in what??

Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn said...

Matt Mustin:

The same question for Louis too. For me Tower is one of the best and refreshing Documentary ever, so original, creative and heartbreaking.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Anonymous: Just google it:

Charles Heiston said...

Matt: I was very late to watch Tower, but when i did i thought it was phenomenal.

Alex Marqués said...

Luke: I think Johannes Krisch's work in Revanche could be considered for 2008 as well.

Louis Morgan said...

I have to admit I did not love Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in fact I didn't even like it all that much. The only thing that worked for consistently were the jokes, but even then the pacing was a bit off in these moments. As there would frequently be a couple extra punchlines thrown in that just were not needed, and felt off. The seven story lines or so, are easy to follow but honestly they feel episodic each in of themselves. They are overly simplistic like it's the Guardians of the Galaxy the tv series, and everything need to be wrapped up in twenty minutes each. They just cram the story lines together merely by having everyone together at the end, and that's about it. I didn't dislike the film as there is enough fun to be had just through the characters but this was a very uninspired effort.

Cast Ratings:

Pratt - 3
Saldana - 3
Bautista - 4
Cooper - 3
Rooker - 4
Gillan - 2.5
Klementieff - 3
Debicki - 2.5
Sullivan - 3
Gunn - 3
Russell - 3.5

Charles:

Reynor - 4(Reynor gives a very good performance as sort of an accidental killer. In that he manages to actually give a fairly charming performance most of the time showing the guy to be just a normal young adult for the most part. There is an intensity, but a careless intensity. Reynor does well by not really paying attention to this violent aspect showing the way Richard fails to do so. After the killing he is quite moving in portraying the remorse of his character, but even this he properly undercuts by suggesting that he can never quite take the step to fully accepting what he has done.)

Tatum/Hill - 4(Both are pretty funny here and Tatum in particularly has surprisingly strong comedic chops. His scenes of getting into it with nerds is absolutely hilarious, as is his disheartening moments of finding out he's no longer the cool one. Hill though is also quite entertaining in portraying his growing ego. They both though have the right sort of fun in portraying the sort of foolish callousness of their cops who really are not very good at their jobs.)

Creed-Miles - 4(Maybe just a tad too unassuming in his early scenes but I what I really liked was in portraying the character finally coming into his own with being father. He though brings the right edge to this and I loved his scene of instructing his son on how prison will be for him. He brings the warmth of a proper father but with a slight subversion of the wisdom of someone who has been through an experience that has changed him.)

DeHaan - 4(DeHaan's a great creep at the end and successfully is a super villain here. What I liked more though actually was his built up towards that point. He though is good at creating some real sympathy for his character in bringing an honest anguish in his suffering from his treatment and the bit of joy that he finds early on from the sort of popularity he gains from the powers at first.)

Bernal - 3.5(Bernal is good here, but I guess sort of common for me with his performances is he doesn't quite go the extra step to doing something truly compelling with his performance. He's definitely good, but just good.)

Poulter - 3.5(Poulter in his secondary lead, almost supporting role, actually is pretty good in his minor arc of accepting his father. Poulter though does this well though by not playing on his early disdain too much making his slow phasing away of it quite natural and even affecting.)

Louis Morgan said...

Scott - 3.5(Rather surprisingly endearing here actually. He does the dope quite well but with a strange dignity to it actually. He's funny here to be sure but I actually found his performance kind of moving as well by showing such genuine desire to have pride in something he does.)

Galifianakis/Farrell - 3(The film often missed but I did laugh more than I expected to overall. Both of them I thought did fairly well, though certainly stayed as cartoons. I enjoyed their cartoons though as they both managed to be entertaining as the truly unscrupulous opponent and the hapless sap.)

Pattison - 2.5(This performance I found rather annoying because it flowed kind of with whoever he was working with. If say he was working with a Paul Giamatti he was actually pretty good in creating the strange style Cronenberg is going for, which doesn't quite work altogether in regards to the film itself. He's terrible though when work with Sarah Gadon in an absolutely abysmal performance.)

Russell - 2.5(He's not really bad but very bland and forgettable when compared against DeHaan or Jordan.)

Actress:

1. Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
2. Naomi Watts - The Impossible
3. Elle Fanning - Ginger & Rosa
4. Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
5. Alicia Vikander - A Royal Affair
6. Noomi Rapace - Prometheus
7. Quvenzhane Wallis - Beast of the Southern Wild
8. Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
9. Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
10. Kara Hayward - Moonrise Kingdom

Eloise Laurence would be in my top 15. Greta Gerwig and Keira Knightely(for Anna Karenina) would be on my non-existent razzie list.

Supporting Actress:

1. Doona Bae - Cloud Atlas
2. Amy Adams - The Master
3. Linda Bright Clay - Seven Psychopaths
4. Sally Field - Lincoln
5. Gina Gershon - Killer Joe
6. Judi Dench - Skyfall
7. Samantha Barks - Les Miserables
8. Shirley MacLaine - Bernie
9. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
10. Olivia Thirlby - Dredd

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

I rather liked Wild Bill as a film.

Luke:

From what I've seen from Reynor tells me so far that's he's rather talented fellow who looks like he could become one of the first of the next wave of Irish leading men, yes he's technically American but you know what I mean. As he's proven to have both the needed presence, and range doing well in both more overt roles like in Free Fire, more subtle emotional ones like in Richard, or a combination of both like in Sing Street. I look forward to see where he goes from here.

Larson - 3(She manages to make something out of her fairly thankless roles. Really in someone else's hands this part could have been completely forgettable but she manages to add some nice bits of humor when she can.)

Franco - 2.5(He gets the job done but I honestly think the role could have been much funnier with someone else in the role.)

Riggle - 1.5(I really can't stand his clowning. I honestly think it would have been much funnier if someone had taken more of say a John Vernon in Animal House type of approach with the role.)

Parnell - 3(He's pretty funny in his purposefully one note over the top drama teacher voice.)

Offerman - 3(Very funny in his very brief appearance but brings just the right sort of comedic exasperation.)

Depp - 3(One of his better latter day performances with all seriousness. He's pretty funny in his angry boasting then actually is sort of strangely moving in his apology moment.)

Anonymous:

Lucas: Joseph Schildkraut
Nadja: Bebe Daniels
Theo: Thomas Mitchell
Agnes: Fay Bainter
Grethe: Beulah Bondi

Anonymous:

Phoenix has been creeping his way up towards the top twenty if not ten in my mind, just giving it time, but now Mikkelsen's doing the same.

Matt:

One of the best documentaries I've seen, also one of the best animated films, if it counts. In terms of documenting a notable terrible event these sort of things have usually been covered so many different ways. This though brought an actual new view in its approach to using the animation/recreations along with the actual footage all based on actual testimonies. It creates such a powerful tapestry of the lives involved and lost. It quite honestly works as a purely narrative film yet never feels sensationalized at any point. In such a short run time it lets know so many of the people involved and what the event meant to them as people. Though its scope is purposefully limited it never feels diminutive. It focuses on that day in such devastating yet in the end inspiring detail. It's an amazing film.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on Bautista, Rooker and Russell.
Ratings and thoughts on Fanning, Laurence, Knightley and Vikander in Anna Karenina, Gerwig and Thirlby.

Is Chastain now down to a 4 for Zero Dark Thirty.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I see you've left out Ice Cube. :)

94dfk1 said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the Dutch trader's narration and his appearance overall during the last 20 minutes of Silence? It seemed a little out of left field when I first saw it but I've grown to appreciate it.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What were your remaining Female 4s for 2012 that missed out on the top 10.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: Another animated documentary (that really sounds weird) that you might want to check out if you haven't is Waltz With Bashir. That's a fascinating film.

Anonymous said...

Louis: What do you think of Orson Welles as a director?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Guardians 2 the biggest disappointment you've had in some time.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Great to see Tower as your #3 for 2016. It would be my #2 actually. If it wasn't for Silence it would gladly take my director and picture win.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Bautista - (The man just is the master of the guardians's tone with his performance once again. Although I did think there were a few groaners they never belonged to him with his again hilarious dead pan delivery. Again though he manages to bring a real emotional depth to his performance, and once again was surprisingly heartbreaking in the scene where he spoke about his wife. He deserves special accommodation really since his role for much of the film is just to sit around, but he made his scenes work.)

Rooker - (I will say the writing of his character's path was a little flimsy, they needed more interaction with Quill and Yondu. Rooker though did his absolute best to sell it, and well he actually does despite not really being helped by the film itself. Rooker again brings that callous cool but effortlessly builds upon the softee inside in a way that ends up being surprisingly poignant in the end. Again I do think the film could have helped him more, but on his own though he gives the ending the emotional impact it needs.)

Russell - (To avoid getting too detailed this was just very good example of Russell in full charisma mode, that is perfect match for the character named Ego.)

Fanning - 4.5(Although I did think it was a little odd how many non-British were cast, Fanning was terrific in the lead role. She actually plays a bit with similair material as 20th Century Women. Her approach though is bit different here as she manages to convey this want for maturity but provides this naivety within this. She reflects her character who is striving for maturity, yet Fanning always reinforces the idea that she's not truly ready for that maturity level. She deserves a special, extra special award, as she actually managed to pull off the ugly cry well, not only well but incredibly well. That's such a rare thing. It goes further though as the ending is quite powerful because of how raw and honest she makes the emotion behind the combined sense of personal betrayal and grand societal anxiety.)

Louis Morgan said...

Laurence - 3.5(I liked her performance but I have to say that film was all about the supporting ones around her overall. She's good though as the center point for the coming of age story giving the right combination of sweet curiosity, but with still the right understanding of an actual reality within that. She avoids ever becoming cloying and I really liked her dynamic with Roth and Murphy.)

Knightley - 1(The very worst as she handles every scene with her overemphasizing ways while giving such a horribly thin performance. I will admit her chemistry with Quicksilver does not help since it is non-existent. There is nothing there, and I have to say never have I felt less at a suicide scene then in this film. This is all of her worst tendencies as an actor all rolled up into one. Resulting in a strange film where the subplot was far more investing than the central plotline, well outside of when Jude Law showed up.)

Vikander - 3(Again much preferred hers and Gleeson's story. They actually had chemistry for example that made me want to see more of them and see what they were up to. There wasn't enough of them but I really liked their re-proposition scene together. Vikander manages to actually bring that sort of societal face in her work but undercuts it with an abundance of warmth that she gradually reveals in a rather affecting way.)

Thirlby - 4(When I re-watched the film I noticed she actually stands out pretty well. She does not try to put on an overly tough facade but does a good job of portraying her character being hardened in a convincing way throughout the film. In addition she's rather incisive in the psychological torture scenes. She though importantly provides a bit of bright spot in the proceedings that is needed still, and manages to balance the tone. Also credit for actually managing to strike up a certain subtle chemistry with Urban.)

Gerwig - (This performance caused me physical pain with Gerwig's shtick that gets tiresome after awhile, by awhile I mean three seconds. It's pretty much one note, and once I saw that was going to be the cause I started to develop the most severe headache. It was so pressing that I barely got through the film to be perfectly honest.)

Also forgot Ann Dowd who'd be my number 9 actually.

Kind of, but then again I still didn't dislike the film.

94dk1:

I can see being a bit taken aback by it, but I thought it effective in terms of not only making the rapid time movement not feel strange, but also making it so the final scenes offered both the public view of Rodrigues but also the private truth that we could see.

Matt:

I'll keep that in my mind.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Rating and thoughts on Dowd in Compliance.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Dowd - 4(The film itself is a bit thin in that it just sort of shows the events and has nothing to say about them really. Dowd though does well for her part to try to add a little something to her character. On the surface she does well as the manager who always has a certain antagonism even within her attempts to be pleasant. She makes her behavior believable, but adds to it further though by suggesting in the margins her character's own insecurities that create the right sense of encouragement to continue to listen to the creep caller.)

Chastain is a 4 as her BAMF scenes really did not hold up well on re-watch.

Anonymous:

Welles is probably one of the directors most severely hindered by the system he was dealing with, to the point that it is a notable facet of so many of his films. Now as director he was a consistently daring one, aside from his allowance of intense overacting in his early films. He striving to take visual story telling to the next level by utilizing and perfecting so many techniques to their full advantage. He though importantly knew how to connect this to his storytelling, and his films avoided being mere technical exercises. It's a shame that almost every one of his films has a story to tell with the production which can often be seen onscreen such as the barebones budget of Macbeth or the broken last act of the Magnificent Ambersons. It's a strange one as his work tends to be uncompromising in his effort yet compromises can be found around it.

Calvin Law said...

Well this definitely makes me the one who loved Guardians 2 the most. Hope it'll hold up on re-watch.

Louis, what pushed Pratt and Cooper down for you this time round? And your thoughts on Salanda, Gillan, Debicki and Gunn?

Calvin Law said...

And Klementieff whose chemistry with Bautista was great

Calvin Law said...

I'm glad we agree about Thrilby actually, I thought the whole ensemble of Dress was actually surprisingly strong.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Since I see Louis is saving Ice Cube, I'd definitely recommend him to be reviewed.
Louis: Your thoughts on these songs-
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon
"Everything I Do (I Do it for You)" from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Also, I really really hope that Christoph Waltz ends up becoming Louis's win for Supporting.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on Pratt, Cooper and Sullivan.

Scott Gingold said...

Richard Jenkins, liberal arts
hal Holbrook, promised land
josh gad and tim robbins, thanks for sharing
Albert brooks, this is 40

Varun Neermul said...

Louis, your thoughts on the 'Margaritaville' episodes from South Park

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the Imaginationland episodes and Make Love, Not Warcraft.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Wayne Knight on Seinfeld?

Calvin Law said...

I saw Lady Macbeth today and between Florence Pugh and Dafne Keen, Best Actress is shaping up into a bloodbath already.

Varun Neermul said...

My request is Sharukh Khan in 'Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na'.

Michael McCarthy said...

Honestly, the only reviews I'm invested in seeing are the Fran Kranz and Bradley Whitford in The Cabin in the Woods.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis: Have you considered giving your 2004 lead win back to Bruno Ganz.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: He's set on Cruise for now, though Ganz is one of my all-time favourites.

Charles Heiston said...

Luke: Ganz is an all-time favorite of mine too.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Well my major problem with Cooper and Pratt was they did not really have any sort of arc to work with this time. Pratt's has a slight one but due to a downright ridiculous line by EGO, he does really need to even portray that. On top of that I just didn't think they just were quite on top of it this time in terms of the comedic energy. The groaners that were there belonged to them, not that all of them were but some of them were. Again neither are bad, just a definite step down from their work in the original for me, and I have admit I'm a bit surprised myself that I'm probably the most negative towards the film.

Saldana - (She on the otherhand I thought was given a bit more of an arc, though a very rushed one, with her scenes with Gillen which I thought she handled well given that. In addition she was allowed slightly more comedic material here and proved able with it.)

Gillan - (Well perhaps she knew she had boxed herself in because she was considerably better here, but since she gave one of the worst performances of 2014 that's not saying a lot. What seemed to hold her back the most here though actually was the fact that she still was working within the framework of her terrible original performance, but managed to ease up to give a better turn.)

Debicki - (She's did the stuck up villain type much better in a Man Called UNCLE. This a weak reprise of that, but I'll admit it did not help that you could have removed her character and that whole race and it would have only benefited the film.)

Gunn - (He was enjoyable enough again as the hapless henchman to Rooker's Yondu, but managed to go a bit further here in successfully portraying the slight crisis of conscience the character goes through.)

Klementieff - (I enjoyed her performance particularly for her chemistry with Bautista, though I do feel her character arc was non-existent even though it was suppose to exist. Not really her fault in that she was suppose to be kindly from the start, yet for some reason just eventually reveals the evil plan. That's a fault in the writing but I did find her energetic naivety pretty amusing particularly against Bautista's performance.)

Tahmeed:

I think I covered the Robin Hood for Luke before.

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - (Well I do imagine one's enjoyment of this song may come in part whether or not they can bare the cheese fest that is Armageddon, which I've noticed many love. I myself do not love that film, in fact I kind of hate it. The song itself is very memorable though. Well the main chorus anyways. The actual verses are pretty forgettable and often forgotten I feel. It does have its chorus though, which is worth something I suppose, though it kind of goes overboard with that a tad with the endless repetition in its outro.)

Louis Morgan said...

Don't You - (Pure 80's almost in the best of ways, the guitar riff intro with the "Hey hey hey" and the "don't you" chorus are all pretty great. It's get little lost almost randomly in the middle, but picks back up for the coda.)

Luke:

Sullivan - (He's a one note punchline but I did find his over the top turn worked just fine for delivering that punchline.)

Imaginationland starts out quite strong with the first episode particularly with the Saving Private Ryan scene. It also does have a lot fun with the variety of characters in the setting. It loses steam though leading not to quite the epic confrontation it seems to desire. In addition the Cartman story just is incredibly tiresome from the first episode, so by the third it's intolerable. There are funny bits throughout though particularly the Gibson/Bay/Shamalan director interrogations.

Make Love Not Warcraft is one of the best episodes as it manages to create a surprisingly dramatic story out of the hilarious yet ridiculous plotline out of the troll player in just 20 minutes. I have particular affection for Randy's sideplot as the "noob", and his heart to heart "death" moment with Stan. It's an incredibly fun and funny episode that shows some of the best the series has to offer.

Varun:

I really have never understood why that episode was so heavily praised. In terms of the humor I just never thought it was particularly funny. In terms of its allegorical element that was painfully obvious which is fine for comedy, but it needs to be funny which I did not find it to be. Although I will say I feel the praise sometimes comes from giving to much credit to Parker/Stone for their commentary, which is usually pretty thin, which you can hear them basically admit to if you listen to their literal audio commentaries.

Robert:

Knight - (Knight himself described his role pretty well as being there to occasionally hit a few home runs in his sparse appearance. That's a good description as he is hilarious whenever he does appear and I really to love his approach as basically playing Newman as almost a Bond villain rival to Jerry particularly in his delivery of "Hello Jerry" with a pointless menace to it. I even enjoy him out of his villainous role though and is also a entertaining schemer along Kramer. One of my favorite moments though actually may be when he becomes randomly Cyrano de Bergarac, and is also hilarious as the heartfelt poet as well. He was great whenever he appeared since he always gave such strange almost Shakespearean conviction in his comedic performance.)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is there a lineup planned.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have to say, I'm glad we both agree on Bautista's work and my interest for whatever role he has in Blade Runner 2049 has gone up.