Simply stated, I adore Cate Blanchett. The sheer command and versatility of her work never fails to impress or surprise me. She is the definition of reliable, turning out excellent performances continually. It’s staggering to watch her perform and take on a new challenge. She’s one hell of a class act if ever there was one. If I’m honest, I’d find it hard to choose just one favourite performance from her, which is why I’m leaving it up to you wonderful people. So which of her illustrious roles gets your vote as the best?
I was inspired to feature Jack Nicholson in this series after I took part in Gill’s blogathon to celebrate his 80th birthday . And I think the guy is an acting great with many wonderful performances under his belt. You can’t really go wrong with Nicholson, his energy and presence are greatly seen in almost everything he does. He is most electric when playing unbalanced and rebellious characters, though he’s done a lot of work that subtly tones down this trait to good effect. Entertaining is the perfect word to describe Jack Nicholson on the screen. So which of Nicholson’s performances really stands out for you? For me, it’s difficult to choose just one.
Today I put the spotlight on the always watchable and convincing Julianne Moore. If you ever want someone to really get into a complex character and express deep emotion, Moore is your woman. Such moving and frequently revealing performances have made Julianne Moore an actress I can never tire of watching. She never seems to go for the easy option, instead delving into characters that are multi-faceted and show off her considerable abilities in daring ways. So which of her many roles is your favourite?
This second entry to my new series is on the talented and pretty amazing Hugh Jackman. Adept at action and spreading his dramatic muscles, Jackman has become one of the most likeable stars out there. And as a person, he seems to be quite down to Earth and self-effacing. In an age where fame can go to the mind of many, it’s refreshing to see someone famous who still can be fun and not full of themselves. For me, I like seeing Hugh Jackman on screen because he actually looks like he’s having fun. So which performance from this great guy is your personal favourite?
This is going to be part of a new series in which I select an actor or actress and ask which performance do you think is their best. And what better place to start than with Meryl Streep? Undoubtedly one of the best actresses there is, Streep has enjoyed a simply stellar career thanks to her deep versatility and commitment to her craft. I can’t say I’ve ever seen her give a bad performance in the movies I’ve seen of her’s. I still have many movies of hers to watch, but the vast majority of things she’s been in have made her one of my favourite actresses because of her talent and depth. Just the way she can so embody a character and switch genres is nothing short of spectacular, you know when Meryl Streep is in a film she’ll deliver. So which of her many, wonderful performances is the one that really lingers in your mind.
Transformation is always a theme I enjoy seeing in movies. There are simply so many avenues you can go down with that, from a physical or literal morphing or something deeper. So I ask all you people, which transformations( of any kind) stand out for you in movies? Perhaps it’s one that is more subtle than overt? Or a sweet ugly duckling change in a character? Or maybe it is a frightening or shocking one? Whatever you think, please leave your opinions in the comments. Below is a video of possible character transformations of the look variety I found on YouTube. But a transformation can be what you make of it.
As my final post regarding the iconic Godfather Trilogy, I wanted to make this an important one. I ask you today, what is it about the trilogy that really makes it something outstanding? There is so much good flowing through these movies and I want to know which areas make them classics to you. What is it about the movies that really makes a deep impact on you? Is it the gorgeous cinematography and tragic story? Or the themes of betrayal, honour and family so effectively realised by Francis Ford Coppola? Whatever the case may be, please give your opinions as I’d love to discuss this striking trilogy with anyone. It’s been a pleasure doing these posts the last few days and I hope you’ve enjoyed them. Below is a stunning video I found that celebrates the Trilogy in all it’s glory. Caution, the video may have spoilers if you haven’t seen the movies.
After this, it’s back to my movie reviews once more as I’m finally settling into my new home.
With the nice and very intriguing response yesterday’s post garnered, I thought it good to do another post regarding The Godfather Trilogy. The question today is, who is your favourite character in the saga? Now the Corleone Family by definition are an interesting group of people, but there are many other characters outside the family that stand out. And rather than the family just being villains, I admire how Coppola shows them as a family not unlike anyone else’s, except for their involvement in crime. They are characters that all go through a journey in the trilogy and are all richly written and acted. So who stands out for you in this epic trilogy?
I read the other week that The Godfather celebrates its 45th Anniversary year. It inspired me to do this kind of post. Anyone who knows me will be aware of my love for The Godfather, it is after all my favourite movie. I can’t wax lyrical enough about the iconic classic, charting the lives of the Corleone family, that has influenced so many things after it and become a monument of film making. So I thought it interesting to do a post covering the full trilogy. Part II is a masterwork that is up there with the first one on every level. The third one may get heat and does suffer in comparison, but I don’t believe it’s as bad as many make out. There are simply so many moments from the trilogy, directed by the fantastic Francis Ford Coppola and boasting a simply outstanding cast. So I ask you all, which moments really stick out for you in The Godfather Trilogy? I know it’s a difficult question because there’s so many parts to choose from, but please give an answer. I’d love to discuss this amazing trilogy with you all.
As I’m starting to get back into the swing of things following my move, I’ve decided to get a sense of order. Now I can be notoriously disordered a lot of the time, but I think it’s good to get a bit of balance and routine. I’m still exploring cinema and discovering various things. So here are a few ideas of what will probably feature on my blog in the coming weeks and months.
More Brian De Palma Movies and Martin Scorsese
I want to see more movies starring the amazing Meryl Streep
Hopefully a good few foreign language movies
A good helping of Classic Hollywood
And the Rocky franchise
If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comment section.