Rachel Weisz has a look and a gift with accents that allow her to play nearly any ethnicity from her native England, anywhere in Europe, Russia, and North America. It’s allowed her to become a chameleon without ever changing her looks. She looks and manages to sound like she could be from anywhere, so combined with her phenomenal range, she’s one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. From her breakout role in The Mummy (Fraser version, not Cruise), to wonderful films like About a Boy and The Brothers Bloom, and more serious fare like The Constant Gardener, The Fountain, and The Whistleblower, Weisz is consistently excellent in anything she takes on, but blends so well into any setting that she’s not quite a household name, which is a shame because she has gallons more talent that dozens of actresses who are.
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Hugh Jackman is done playing Wolverine. As Logan continues to do well at the box office, it seems so weird to think that we’ve seen Jackman as the X-Man for the last time. Perhaps only Sean Connery as James Bond has so indelibly taken a popular culture character and married it to his own identity. For 17 years, Jackman embodied the character from the first time we saw him cage fighting in a bar in X-Men to his farewell in Logan. Not too shabby for a song and dance man.
X-Men was most people’s first exposure to Jackman, but his talents are far from merely dicing people in super hero films. He’s a consummate Broadway actor; an old-fashioned song and dance man, as I said. He’s hosted the Tony Awards on four occasions; winning an Emmy for one of the shows. He most famously got to put his musical gifts to use on screen as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Jackman’s only Oscar nomination. He’s an outstanding dramatic actor, you need only watch The Prestige and Prisoners back-to-back to see the amount of range he has. His good nature also makes him a gifted comic actor, which I think has been best shown in the underrated Real Steel and Eddie the Eagle (where, yes, he is playing Wolverine as a ski jumping coach, but it WORKS!). It’s always possible that a payday or Ryan Reynolds stalking him to be in a Deadpool or X-Force film could give us another Jackman as Logan turn, but his career is far from over just because he’s said farewell to his most famous alter ego.
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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).
I’m going to be honest. After the novella on Tom Hanks combined with the Winter Olympics curtailing my research time, I decided to make Hanks a double-issue (and he passed Denzel for the most hits on one of these yet). I have been trying to feature more actresses, but-as a guy-I’m far more likely to watch a crappy movie starring a man than I am a woman. Also, Hollywood makes shockingly crap vehicles for even their most talented actresses. I mean, have you seen what Nicole Kidman’s been doing? But as the men are winning 16 to 1 at this point, I said ENOUGH (being the gender warrior I am) and bravely said, “Which actress do I have to watch the fewest films for to get caught up on their latest ten?” This is to explain why Rachel Weisz is this week’s feature. Continue reading Rachel Weisz’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies