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My Favorite Scene: Benny & Joon (1993) “Sam’s Troublesome Hat”

I talked a little about this scene a few weeks ago during the profile I wrote on Johnny Depp, but this is one of my favorite scenes period.  Some scenes you rewatch because they’re just awesome, some because they make you laugh, some because they make you cry, remember, forget, feel, etc.  I rewatch this scene for joy.  It’s just magic.  It’s funny, yes.  It’s touching, yes.  But it’s just a celebration of the joy in small moments encapsulated by a goofy guy chasing his hat.  It’s something truly special and not only my favorite scene from Benny & Joon, but one of my favorite of all-time.
Benny & Joon, Aidan Quinn, Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson

Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

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Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

Johnny Depp, 21 Jump StreetIf there’s an actor more maddening and frustrating to movie lovers than Johnny Depp, I can’t come up with a name.  Depp is, undeniably, monumentally talented.  He’s preternaturally gifted at physical comedy, drama and every nuance to be found between the two.  From his first film Friday the 13th, to his breakout stardom on TV in 21 Jump Street, Depp moved from teen idol to eclectic indie film star.  He was rather notorious for never doing blockbuster films.  Then, in 2003, a movie based on a ride at Disneyland of all things catapulted him into mega-stardom and, simultaneously, began a chain of events that have laid low his entire career. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies