The Actor Essentials Thread

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  1. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    Okay, basically, this thread is to list movies that you feel define an actors career...for instance...


    Joseph Gordon Levitt
    Brick
    (500) Days of Summer
    Inception
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Looper

    Michael Keaton
    Mr. Mom
    Gung-Ho
    Johnny Dangerously
    Beetlejuice
    Clean and Sober
    Batman
    Batman Returns
    Jackie Brown
    The Other Guys

    Harrison Ford
    Star Wars
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Blade Runner
    Return of the Jedi
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Patriot Games
    The Fugitive
    Clear and Present Danger
    Air Force One
     
  2. Donnie Darko Forgotten Pre-New 52 Hero

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    I don't always agree with what you have to say, but much respect for including The Other Guys for Keaton.
     
  3. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    You were one "but when I do" away from a dos equis commercial.
     
  4. Donnie Darko Forgotten Pre-New 52 Hero

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    Except I am spending part of my day at work posting on Superherohype, so there is no way I am the most interesting man in the world.
     
  5. CJ Registered

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    You forgot Angels in the Outfield.

    Jack Nicholson
    The Shining
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    About Schmidt
    As Good As It Gets
    The Departed

    Tobey Maguire
    The Cider House Rules
    Seabiscuit
    Spider-Man 2

    Tom Hanks
    Big
    Forrest Gump
    Road to Perdition
    Cast Away
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Green Mile
    Toy Story

    Leonardo Dicaprio
    The Aviator
    Inception
    Shutter Island
    Catch Me if You Can
    The Departed
     
  6. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

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    Jack Nicholson:

    _ Easy Rider
    _ Five Easy Pieces
    _ The Last Detail
    _ The Passenger
    _ Cuckoo's Nest
    _ The Shining
    _ A Few Good Men
    _ About Schmidt
     
  7. Figs Registered

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    and you forgot What's Eating Gilbert Grape. :woot: That was the movie that got DiCaprio noticed in a big way. He was great in all those other films you listed too but he gave a damn good performance in WEGG as well.
     
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    Bill Murray
    Stripes
    Ghostbusters
    Scrooged
    Quick Change
    What About Bob?
    Groundhog Day
    Broken Flowers
    Lost in Translation
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
     
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    Toshiro Mifune
    Rashomon
    Seven Samurai
    Throne of Blood
    Yojimbo
    Sanjuro
    Red Sun
    High and Low
    Drunken Angel
    Stray Dog
    The Hidden Fortress

    Setsuko Hara

    Tokyo Story
    Late Spring
    Late Autumn
    Early Summer
     
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    I would add Much Ado About Nothing for Keaton.
     
  11. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    Chinatown. :o

    And Batman. If only for the fact that Nicholson loved his role in that movie.
     
  12. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

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    Nicholson is great in Chinatown, but even though the film is excellent on many levels, I'm not a huge fan of it and I think it's a little overrated (hence why I omitted it from my list.)
    As for Batman, I guess Nicholson loved his role in it more than I did:cwink:
    That said I was unclear whether this thread was about roles that shaped an actor's career or personal favorites?
     
  13. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    More what shaped their career.

    Like, if someone asked why is Jack Nicholson so famous, what films would you show to prove it to them? So kind of a mixture, I guess.

    And never wink at me. I consider it a threat.
     
  14. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

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    I'm going to do my favorites (most of which helped define his career)

    Al Pacino:

    _ Godfather
    _ Godfather 2
    _ Dog Day Afternoon
    _ Scarface
    _ Sea of Love
    _ Glenngary Glen Ross
    _ Carlito's way
    _ Donnie Brasco
    _ The insider
     
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    I'll list what defined these actors for me. I will only list five for each and do some obvious names first. Really tough for some of them.

    Brando
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    The Wild One
    Burn
    The Godfather
    Last Tango in Paris (my favorite)

    Paul Newman
    Hud
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Verdict (my favorite)
    The Color of Money
    Nobody's Fool

    James Cagney
    The Public Enemy
    Angels With Dirty Faces
    Yankee Doodle Dandy
    White Heat (my favorite)
    One, Two, Three

    Jimmy Stewart
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    It's a Wonderful Life (my favorite)
    Harvey
    Rear Window
    Vertigo

    Gene Hackman
    The French Connection
    The Conversation (my favorite)
    Night Moves
    Hoosiers
    Unforgiven
     
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    Charlton Heston

    Ben Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    Planet of the Apes
    Soylent Green
     
  17. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

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    Robert De Niro:

    _ Mean Streets
    _ The Godfather 2
    _ Taxi Driver
    _ 1900
    _ The Deer Hunter
    _ Raging Bull
    _ Angel Heart
    _ Goodfellas
    _ Casino
    _Cape Fear
    _Analyze This

    Not a huge fan of Once Upon A time in America or Midnight Run, but maybe I should save that comment for the "unpopular opinion" thread.
     
  18. Donnie Darko Forgotten Pre-New 52 Hero

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    I feel like you would also need to include Titanic. Although that film gets bashed by some (waaaaay more than it should), that was the movie that really made him a genuine A-lister on the level of guys like Tom Cruise and Will Smith (not saying all his movies make as much as theirs do, although I believe he is a better actor than both of them, but you get my point).
     
  19. CJ Registered

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    Eh. I never saw Titanic, and I really have no interest to.

    I thought this was just a 'list your favorite movies by whatever actor' thread, so that's what I did..

    Jim Carrey
    The Mask
    Me, Myself and Irene
    Dumb and Dumber
    Liar Liar
    The Grinch (Underrated movie, IMO)

    I know Ace Ventura is one of his most popular movies, but.. eh, I didn't really care for it that much..
     
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    Did you read the first post?
     
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    Christian Bale

    Empire of the Sun
    American Psycho
    The Machinist
    Batman Begins
    The Prestige
    The Dark Knight
    The Fighter
    The Dark Knight Rises
     
  22. CJ Registered

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    Yeah. I thought that "Movies you feel define an actor's career" basically meant, "What do you think are this actor's best films?" Guess not.
     
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    The actors essentials in my personal opinion... well here goes

    Uma Thurman
    -The Avengers- the other Avengers movie which was based on the old 1960s british Avengers show or whatever
    -Kill Bill

    Ethan Hawke
    -Alive
    -Dad
    -Training Day

    Micheal Keaton
    -Batman - it changed his life due to some of the negativity etc
    -Beetlejuice
    -Multiplicity - my personal favorite Micheal Keaton movie
    -White Noise

    Virginia Madsen(oh she's so dreamy)
    -Dune
    -Candyman

    Sylvester Stallone
    -Rambo
    -Rambo III
    -Tango and Cash
    -Cobra
    -the underrated cop flick with him and Billy Dee Williams
    -Oscar - yes I love this movie. Shut up lol

    Patrick Kilpatrick
    -Class of 1999
    -Cyborg
    -that one Jean Claude Van Damme prison action flick
    -Free Willy 3

    Kevin Kline
    -Pirates of Penzance the actual theatrical movie with Angela Lansbury in it too. I got the old VHS tape of the movie for Christmas last year
    -Fish Called Wanda
    -In and Out

    Liam Neeson
    -Krull
    -High Spirits
    -Rob Roy
    -Micheal Collins
    -Next of Kin
    -Darkman
     
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    Liam Neeson without Schindler's List? It's how everyone learned his name, same with Ralph Fiennes.
     
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    Sorry but I have to disagree with you right there. I learned about Liam Neeson from watching Krull and Hight Spirits back in the day.

    Schindler's List was only famous because Spielberg made it black and white. That and it was kind of boring.
     

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