Skip to main content

You Voted and Performance of the Decade Was...

Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. DDL received nineteen of fifty five votes to take this contest with Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker close behind with seventeen votes. Winslet received only two votes for playing Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Hoffman got one pity vote for his portrayal of Truman Capote (it's up for debate between Ben and I whether this or Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is the best of his career).

It's no surprise that Day-Lewis won and is on the top of many lists for playing Plainview with such a menace, yet remain one of the most captivating performances since Welles in Citizen Kane, or Al Pacino in The Godfather. Plainview unfolds like a nightmare that at once is pleasing, but is never more than a few seconds away from becoming terrifying. The manner in which he drug himself, after breaking his leg mining silver, is an amazing examination of the drive that Plainview exhibits in becoming the wealthiest man in this century. The drive to be best all men.

To Recap:
Day-Lewis 19
Ledger 17
Winslet 12
Hoffman 9

Popular posts from this blog

The Dream Is Real

For my money there is nothing cooler than the idea of a city folding in on itself.

Review: Anomalisa

Weird is rarely used as a good quality in film criticism, but few words so completely describe Charlie Kaufman’s work as weird does. All of his films are a window into his very particular worldview, and that p.o.v. is certainly unlike anything seen in pop culture. For that reason, Anomalisa became an entry on many most anticipated lists for 2015. That Kaufman chose stop-motion to tell this story made the picture an event. So it came as a disappointment when the film was one of the year’s more mundane efforts.

Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind have an energy and heart at the center that is not present here. Previous collaborators like Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry were able to temper the overwhelming negativity Charlie Kaufman occasionally falls prey to, but, this time, the writer doesn’t have a director to rein things in. In all of his efforts to create an experience that is both familiar and alienating, Kaufman may have accidentally created something host…

Ant-man Finally Casted?

It looks like Nathan Fillion might be playing a superhero afterall. After being considered for roles in Green Lantern, and Captain America,Fillion (most remembered as Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-hit Firefly) is reportedly in final negotiations to play Dr. Hank Pym in the new Avengers film. It hasn't been stated whether Pym would be Ant-man in the film, or just a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, but we're holding out hope.

The Avengers hits theatres in 2012.