finally being released into cinemas, yes I know the critically acclaimed toy turned movie, I thought how best to ease you all into that movie by talking about nameless characters that are actually awesome. Because, what else can we expect from Battleship
other than characters with names and faces that we'll forget the instant that the credits role.
10. Antichrist (2009) (Willem Dafoe & Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Quite possibly one of the most insane films you'll ever watch, if you decide to sit down with it, but the fact that the film can have only three on screen actors -- one of which is their baby which is only in the film for moments in the opening scene -- and we never end up knowing their names or even caring that we don't is a testament to how solid the story and script of this movie is.
9. Layer Cake (2004) (Daniel Craig)
A middling film I admit, but it did give us who would become the next -- and probably most exciting -- James Bond actor since the franchise's inception.
8. Hero (2002) (Jet Li)
I remember a lot of people being mixed about this film at the time it was released, or maybe my brain is now warped, but honestly I loved the artistry of this movie. It might've been the first film that I walked in looking for a kung-fu film and walked out knowing I had seen something so much more. My introduction to Far East cinema in a way that came off as art rather than an excuse to believe that all Asian people know martial arts.
7. Shoot Em Up (2007) (Clive Owen)
This list, and niche sub-genre of cinema, is plagued with action/revenge films mainly because those are the one type of movies that once we get going into high gear we never really want it to stop because it's just too good in all it's other elements (action usually) for us to care about heavy plotting. This is a perfect example of that.
6. Desperado (1995) (Banderas)
As stated just above, add in a great running gag about "have I thanked you yet?". I love this movie, it was my introduction to Robert Rodriguez
and I still think of it as possibly his best film.
5. Fight Club (1999) (Edward Norton)
Given how long this movie spends talking about Tyler Durden, the co-founder of Fight Club, we almost never realize that Norton
's character never gets a name. It's one of Fincher
's more stylized works and while I would rank it low in his cannon I do love me some soap producing terrorism.
4. Once (2006) (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova)
This is a movie that I fell in love with instantly, from the music to the charming story of guy and girl who fall in love but not really. I remember when the film was over all I wanted to read was that the stars were the actually singers of the music and being elated that they were only to find out that I had no clue who they were... "TO THE INTERNET" and I've been enjoying The Swell Season ever since. If you don't like this movie you have no soul.
3. 12 Angry Men (1957) (Everyone)
It's a film that's been talked about and remade to death but no matter what it's still a classic for a reason. In a room of twelve jurors, a procedure which is supposed to remain somewhat anonymous, we spend almost a hundred minutes watching these twelve men argue about the life of a youngster accused of murder and all throughout we never hear one name other than evidence and testimony. Thank you Henry Fonda
and Lee J. Cobb
for making this movie more awesome than I believed it could be.
2. A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (Clint Eastwood)
I guess this is just the awesome cool factor for me but nothing truly beats Eastwood
in a poncho apologizing to the coffin maker and saying that he'll need one more. So you better apologize to his mule.
1. Drive (2011) (Ryan Gosling)
Ditto to the above comment and add in my love for Nicolas Winding Refn
's fetishistic tone to moviemaking. This, in my mind, is the modern retelling of Yojimbo
and A Fistful of Dollars
and it's so right.
What characters did I miss?