notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

"A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture."

I've been thinking lately about outstanding performances in film and TV. The kind of masterful acting that can turn a bad movie into something memorable, or a good movie into a great one. The kind you still talk about years after having seen it. The kind that leaves you questioning the very sanity of the performer.

Recently, I watched CHOPPER, a weak movie with a mind blowing performance by Eric Bana. That's going to start my own list off. I'd like to know what springs to your mind...

Here are some of my favorites:

Eric Bana in CHOPPER
Al Pacino in DONNIE BRASCO
Gary Oldman in TRUE ROMANCE
Nicole Kidman in TO DIE FOR
Marlon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Robert Duvall in THE APOSTLE
Peter O'Toole in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Maria Falconetti in THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
Laura Dern in INLAND EMPIRE
Faye Wong in CHUNGKING EXPRESS
James Gandolfini in THE SOPRANOS
Bjork in DANCER IN THE DARK
Philip Seymour Hoffman in CAPOTE
Robert DeNiro in TAXI DRIVER
Bill Murray in LOST IN TRANSLATION
Idris Elba in THE WIRE
Michael K. Williams in THE WIRE
Wood Harris in THE WIRE
Every motherfucker in THE WIRE
Morgan Freeman in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Mel Gibson in LETHAL WEAPON
Robert Downey Jr. in TWO GIRLS AND A GUY
Terrance Howard in HUSTLE AND FLOW
Harrison Ford in STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Samuel L. Jackson in PULP FICTION
Francis McDormand in FARGO
Gene Hackman in THE CONVERSATION
Vince Vaughn in SWINGERS
Edward Norton in PRIMAL FEAR
Tom Cruise in MAGNOLIA
Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS
Natalie Portman in THE PROFESSIONAL
That woman in the Alexander Payne vignette in PARIS JE T'AIME
Nick Nolte in anything

Ok. There are many more but I can't think of them right now. While I'm interested in everyone's personal favorites, I'm particularly looking forward to Katy's list, who is bound to highlight some less...obvious...performances.