Brad Pitt has already put together an amazing resume of memorable performances in the 25 years he’s been in Hollywood. Initially ogled more for his looks than talent, Pitt seems to embrace even more challenging roles as he ages, though it looks like he’s going to be on magazine covers for the rest of his life no matter how old he gets. Pitt does a fantastic job of character creation, be it Aldo Raines, Tyler Durden, Billy Beane, Tristan Ludlow, Benjamin Button, or any one of a dozen more memorable screen turns. What people may not realize about Pitt is that he is one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. Pitt’s won an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, but only the Golden Globe is for acting. Similar to George Clooney and Tom Hanks, Pitt gets deeply involved in projects you may not even realize he’s attached to, and that’s a talent that may even outlive his still vibrant acting career. Continue reading Brad Pitt’s 10 Best Movies
Tom Cruise is a throwback in that he’s a movie star of the old Hollywood pedigree. He’s almost larger-than-life, and though he’s very capable of disappearing into roles at times, he’s nearly always TOM CRUISE in whatever film he’s headlining. There are other actors who essentially play themselves at every turn, but what differentiates Cruise is that, even if the project doesn’t work, you never feel like he phoned it in. Cruise has a scary focus and dedication to his craft that, when married to the right part, can result in explosive performances and memorable films. Cruise is currently in the midst of an action movie only groove that has lasted a good 15 years already, and I think will continue until he’s physically unable to turn out gems like the Mission Impossible films, Edge of Tomorrow, Collateral, etc. I’m hoping that when that time comes, Cruise focuses more on character parts, much as Harrison Ford did when he reached that point in his career. Until then, even if he may be past his box office peak, his name still has considerable clout with moviegoers.
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Robin Wright has a stellar resume of quality films stretching from 1987’s The Princess Bride to 2017’s Wonder Woman. Stellar roles have kept coming her way because she, along with Kevin Spacey, brought their star power to Netflix and House of Cards. The series’ resultant success has made quality TV roles vehicles for actresses to continue to showcase their talent past Hollywood’s ageist bias against experienced actresses. She’s created memorable characters, been an anchor in any ensemble she’s entered, and even managed to stay married to Sean Penn to an improbably long amount of time clearly demonstrating some kind of supernatural patience. Continue reading Robin Wright’s 10 Best Movies
Johnny Depp is probably the greatest actor alive that people are sick to death of. It’s not that Depp still isn’t amazingly talented. He has one of the best cameos in recent history reprising the character that started his career in 21 Jump Street and was promisingly menacing in a small role that heralded his entry into The Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What people are tired of is the massively eccentric takes on characters like The Mad Hatter, Tonto, Willy Wonka, and even his best character from his best film: Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp definitely needs to be kept away from Tim Burton for the rest of their careers because when they get together all they seem to do is feed the weirdest parts of their collective id. So why was Pirates 5 a financial success if everyone is so sick of him? I think it’s because they can tell he still has the talent that made him one of the most popular stars in the world, and they’re hoping he can find his way out of his Bermuda Triangle of personal eccentricity back to the actor he’s capable of being.
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Sigourney Weaver has the best resume of any actress in the science fiction genre (including impressive turns in the Aliens franchise, Galaxy Quest, The Cabin in the Woods, Avatar) in addition to being one of the best dramatic and comedic actresses in Hollywood for three decades. She is THE template for a female action star for her work in Alien and Aliens, and she’s done some very covert work as a voice actor in two of Pixar’s gems (WALL-E and Finding Dory…ok, not so covert in Finding Dory). Her body of work is even more impressive than I realized when I began putting her list together and was forced to leave off things like Gorillas in the Mist or The Year of Living Dangerously that would easily make most actresses’ lists.
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