Actor of the Week – Val Kilmer

This is the weekly feature where I feature an actor and discuss three of my favourite performances by him/her.  Feel free to make suggestions for upcoming weeks in the comments for actors for me to feature here.  This week I will feature Val Kilmer.

Val Kilmer is an actor who’s seemed to be a part of every kind of cinema that you can imagine.  He’s done the horrible 80s teen movies (Real Genius), he’s done the amazing role that should’ve landed him a Golden Globe nomination (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and he’s been the teen heartthrob that all you younger ladies want (Top Gun), but for some reason he’s never gotten a Golden Globe or an Oscar nomination.  What makes him even better in my eyes is that he never seems beneath poking fun at himself by doing a completely over the top ridiculous role, like in Bad Lieutenant: Pot of Call – New Orleans.  So he’s this week’s Actor of the Week:

Here are three of my favourite performances from Val Kilmer: Continue reading

Actor of the Week – Cameron Diaz

This is the weekly feature where I feature an actor and discuss three of my favourite performances by him/her.  Feel free to make suggestions for upcoming weeks in the comments for actors for me to feature here.  This week I will feature 4 time Golden Globe Nominated actress Cameron Diaz.

Cameron Diaz strikes me as one of these actresses who was told all her life that she’s pretty because she’s blond rather than anything else.  However, I like her now and then because she’s not afraid to be silly.  Every once in a while she surprises me and gives a great dramatic performance.  Now I definitely don’t see her as a possible Oscar winner, but definitely an actress that is loved and for good reason. Continue reading

Actor of the Week – Nathan Lane

This is the weekly feature where I feature an actor and discuss three of my favourite performances by him/her.  Feel free to make suggestions for upcoming weeks in the comments for actors for me to feature here.  This week I will feature 2 time Golden Globe Nominated actor Nathan Lane.

Nathan Lane isn’t really the top level actor that everyone knows by name, but he’s definitely one of my favourites because he’s one of these really charismatic and musically inclined whenever he’s on screen.  I actually found it funny how easy it was to pick my favourite performances from Nathan Lane‘s filmography since most of his roles are minor/second-lead roles.  I do hope he gets more roles in some upcoming musicals because he needs to keep singing.

Here are my three favourite performances from Nathan Lane: Continue reading

Actor of the Week – Scarlett Johansson

This is the weekly feature where I feature an actor and discuss three of my favourite performances by him/her.  Feel free to make suggestions for upcoming weeks in the comments for actors for me to feature here.  This week I will feature 4 time Golden Globe Nominated actress Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson is one of these new wave actresses who have created a niche character for herself.  She’s played numerous roles thusfar in her career, amassing thrity feature length films to her filmography already after only debuting in 1994, sixteen years ago.  She seems best in these youthful slightly roles which seem to lack emotional variation.  One performance that personifies this idea is her BAFTA winning performance from Lost in Translation where she just seems lost for the entire film and just decides to follow Bill Murray‘s character around Japan.

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Actor of the Week – Al Pacino

Here is another new weekly feature for gmanReviews.  Make sure to comment and let me know what you think of it.

This is the weekly feature where I feature an actor and discuss three of my favourite performances by him/her.  Feel free to make suggestions for upcoming weeks in the comments for actors for me to feature here.  This week I will feature 8 time Academy Award Nominee, he finally won the honour in 1993 for his role as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman.

I will admit before we continue that as much as I love Al Pacino’s films, I’m yet to see a lot of the supposed ‘great’ ones.  Some of those that I’ve still missing from my ‘seen’ column are: Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Donnie Brasco and The Insider.  I’ve seen most of the others.  So this is my short preface for the list I’m about to subject you all to: Continue reading