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You know what gets me? When you say to someone "Oh so-and-so's a great actor" and then they ask "what's he been in?" and you can't think of anything, or anything that wouldn't negate your statement. There's too many good actors in bad films, or in lazy films, or just not in anything. Some of my personal favorites;
Giovanni Ribisi - he's been in a fair lot of stuff, but nothing I really admire, or does his ability justice. I'm so exceedingly fond of him, every year I hope he gets a project he deserves.
Lee Pace - interesting, quirky, guy, some nice small screen work, I loved "the Fall" but where is he now?
Tom Hardy - he's done "RockNRolla" and he kicked ass it in, Bronson too, but way too many half-bad TV serials. I want to see him in something reliable and interesting that I enjoy seeing several times.
Zachary Quinto - that guy is insanely talented, love him as Spock, and he's the only reason I watched "Heroes", he floats an otherwise sinking ship. Don't get me wrong, I love JJ Abrams, but Heroes has been badly written for several seasons now (TG Brian Fuller's back).
John Simm - is the man. The Master is delightful in "Doctor Who," and he was in "Life on Mars", and that's what I'm talking about. Good that. The writing was fantastic, the acting was fantastic, one of my favorite serials ever.
James Marsters - is so entertaining. Spike, Spike, Spike. He's been in some good tv series, but was I the only one who got a bit cross at his appearence on "Lie to Me"? The have James Freakin' Marsters and they bring him in for three lines and then kill him. Not cool.
Paul Bettany - he can be very creepy, or or very winning, but he never seemed to be in a truly well rounded film. I'm very fond of Paul Bettany, and I'd love to see him shine.
Cary Elwes - yes he was in "the Princess Bride" and his fare share of films like Stoker's Dracula and Cradle will Rock, but I keep expecting more. He's so subversive and witty, I would love to see him return to comedy and be in a tv series or something.
And yes I understand they CHOOSE to be in bad projects. I guess I'm still hoping for this idealistic film revolution, where commercialism is dead, and plot and character are what make the film. Then these talented actors will have their pick of the lot. Also, am I the only one who thinks that film, first and foremost, should entertain? Sure, the art of moviemaking has been filling different roles nowadays, what with political documentaries, and culturally-enlighted independant works, but I can't remember the last time I walked out of a theater feeling utterly, and wonderfully, entertained. I'm tired of being shocked and disturbed and enlightened and guilted and remanded.
I want something I enjoy watching, something that engages me, transports me, I do not always do to the movies to be intellectually stimulated. I'm not a tortured artist. I'm sick of this swell of brooding and vile films. I'm sick of having to settle. Of having to say "well that's the best one I've seen this year." I want to see a good film. I'm on the brink.
I went to the library to rent something and came away from the selections so terribly depressed. It appears my love of cinema has become a curse, where my body literally aches when I watch previews for romantic comedies and where I turn to posting blogs to vent my growing desperation to watch a good film. I want more movies like "Hot Fuzz" and "RockNRolla", like "LA Confidential" "3:10 to Yuma" "The Hangover" Give me something good with Kevin Spacey or Edward Norton. Something that doesn't take itself to seriously but is unapologetically enjoyable. And why is it so bloody hard to find?
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