Discussion in 'Community' started by DarthMane2, May 23, 2015.
That one where he was worthy of an Oskar.
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that's funny. i wasn't aware that they were making a point break remake, but today my friend was telling me about "point break live" which he saw on a recent trip to l.a. apparently a company has been putting on live performances of point break for like the last twelve years and they cast someone from the audience to play johnny utah at every performance and it is, according to my friend, the greatest accomplishment in the history of humanity.
Went to Wal-Mart today to get a printer cartridge. Had to go through the electronics section, naturally. Now, I was a big fan of Blockbuster, not really for the rentals, but for the cheap "previously viewed" DVD (when the bottom fell out on the video rental business and they had going out of business sales, I went crazy and walked out with armfuls of stuff). But with that gone, Wal-Mart is basically the last bastion of cheap discs (not previously viewed either, just low priced). So, even though I didn't intend to get any movies, something clicks in my brain when I see cheap discs. Ended up getting blu-rays of Fistful of Dollars (haven't seen that one, have seen Good, Bad & Ugly), Wolf of Wall-Street, Birdman & DVD of Kick-Ass 2 (have the first movie, have all the comics, even if part 2 is a little meh, just wanted to complete the set).
I miss cheap DVD sales but Wal-Mart seems to pick up the slack. And gas station movie bins for 2 for 10 bucks is always a bit of a goldmine.
Damn I thought they were remaking the John Boorman classic, Point Blank. Even though that's been remade two other times.
All for a JQ movie, but it's should be intentionally campy. Any attempt to do something serious would just kill it in my opinion.
As for 80's/90's cartoons that need to be made Into movies.....
Pirates of Dark Water
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I wasn't a fan of Johnny Quest, but if it's going to make it campy, then it sounds like a job for Nicolas Cage.
I would love a Gargoyles and Pirates of Dark Water. I don't recall the Pirates of Dark Water having a proper series ending. Visionaries was a pretty cool cartoon, but they would have to change to the mystical staffs. Inhumanoids was pretty cool too.
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Yeah, I just went over his filmography in an effort to be "that guy," you know the one who's like, "Well, Schindler's List is excellent, but I think his best work is actually *insert obscure movie." But, no, I mean, he's a great actor, but no other film performance equals Oskar Schindler. It's just the reality of it.
Now, if we're including television, his cameo on Life is Short is maybe the best thing he's ever done. "Tring." "We're closed."
How about Ralph? I once thought Amon Goeth, but his Heathcliff was perfect as well.
Liam Neeson's best role was obviously in Krull. Duh.
There's a lot for Fiennes. He's great in Schindler's List, really riveting. And just a year later, he's really, really wonderful as Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show; that's a genuinely brilliant performance that's always being forgotten. Then just recently, he was beyond perfect in The Grand Budapest Hotel; it's one of the most finely tuned, precise performances I've ever seen.
But, honestly, I think his very best performance was in a movie that wasn't very good at all, namely Red Dragon, based on the Thomas Harris novel. Ed Norton is really miscast and the direction has no energy really, but Fiennes is just amazing as the emotionally damaged, psychopathic Dolarhyde. I mean, when I think of Fiennes, I think of scenes from that film: his breakdown in the attic, the William Blake etching scene, the sexual encounter with Emily Watson on the couch. Those scenes are like masterclasses in acting. I mean, it's a movie worth watching just for his scenes, I think. If the rest of the film was up to his level, it would be a frigging masterpiece. But he's a pro; he gives it everything, even in a pretty mediocre genre film. It's honestly the one I would pick as my favorite.
Yeah he was fantastic in Red Dragon as well.
What did you think of Manhunter? I've seen both versions.
I like Manhunter a lot. I think it's really interesting to see Cox take on Lecter and give us a very different take than Hopkins. I think Peterson is good; Lang, not so much. The score is very, very eighties and the climactic battle is pretty cheesy. But Manhunter has real energy and Will Graham is more disturbing and also more sympathetic in Manhunter than in Red Dragon. He kinda just feels like a dick in Red Dragon; in Manhunter, he's genuinely disturbed and also kind of pathetic. It's a case where neither film really succeeds totally. Marry Mann's direction and Peterson's performance from Manhunter with Fiennes, Hoffman and Elfman's score from Red Dragon and you've got a masterpiece of sorts. I think they're both worth watching and both very flawed. But definitely read the book; it's maybe the best book of its kind, just a pure thriller. I doubt any film version will ever come close to it; the Fiennes scenes in Red Dragon come closest to my mind, though that weird scene where Peterson sees the dead woman with the mirrored eyes in Manhunter also really captures the feeling of the book.
Being that guy in this scenario seems like it'd be annoying because you have to watch a bunch of unconnected projects that just have an actor in common. I suppose you can be watching for their technique's evolution but there'd be no stylistic cohesion, and even the best actors can give middling performances with the wrong directors at the helm.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go on a street corner and shout at passersby for not having committed to memory the complete text of "Une certaine tendance du cinéma français."
No, I just read over his filmography to refresh my memory about what all he'd done.
I am one who never takes on large, art-related projects.
Recently watched The Last King of Scotland. It was absolutely fantastic, and Forest Witaker and James McAvoy completely rocked their roles.
It may be obvious and a bit high profile, but Fiennes is pretty great as Voldemort, specifically in "Deathly Hallows: Part Two" because he manages to show a supremely powerful being who is also kind of losing his marbles at the same time (moreso!). Check out the bits when they shatter some Horocruxes and his reaction to it. And, probably my favourite scene between the two actors in the series, is Fiennes and Rickman in that boathouse bit. It's so... still, but check out the expression slowly creeping over Fiennes face until the end. Really great stuff throughout. I even love his gloating - "Harry Potter is dead!!", it's so gleefully snarky, like a release of all the tension he's built up throughout the movie.
And this creepy hug!
How great is that?! It's like he doesn't know how to hug, or has ever been hugged, so he's kinda sorta attempting it and failing.
I actually really love Deathly Hollows Part 2, it's a freakin' siege movie (with magic).
I dunno, DiCaprio and de Niro would be interesting (though especially depressing with the latter), even if that may just be all the Scorsese.
Loved Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort as well, but I think they should,have had him try for a higher pitched voice, like the guy they had play Voldemort in Sorcerers Stone.
Hahaha Lang is so campy and awful.
My personal favorite Ralph villain is still Amon Goeth, he was just THAT EVIL.
His Onegin was also quite cool, it had him and Liv Tyler, they are my favorite actor+actress.
Henry Cavill bails on film before it begins filming.