I have written a number of film reviews and articles about film for Life as a Human over the past couple of years. And in these articles I have often given my opinion about acting performances. For example, in my review of Twelve Angry Men I praised the performance of character actor Lee J. Cobb, I loved Max von Sydow in Pelle the Conqueror, and I marveled at the acting of Jessica Lange in Blue Sky. In addition, I penned a long article in praise of the great Meryl Streep.
Recently, Life As A Human President Gil Namur and yours truly have been talking, via e-mail and Skype, about our favourite acting performances in film. The conversation began when Gil suggested that I watch the 1993 western, Tombstone; Gil thought that I might be impressed with the performance of Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday – I was.
A 90-minute Skype session we had a few days ago was like film actor speed dating: in our conversation about actors we covered a huge number of performances from the past fifty years or so, performances that have stuck in our memories. Naturally we did not always agree on certain actors and certain performances (I, the snobby guy, tend to dismiss people like Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks out of hand while Gil is far more generous, always considering the type of film in which the actor appears and his own purpose for seeing the movie).
So now it’s your turn: We’d like you to share with Life As A Human readers your view of the quintessential acting performance in a movie. Is it Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man? Is it Helen Mirren in The Queen? Is it Ronald Reagan in Bedtime for Bonzo? Or is it Bonzo in Bedtime for Bonzo?
Comment on this post with your favourite acting performance (actor and film) and let’s get a conversation going. Maybe if there is a clear “winner” we can present him or her with the Life As A Human First Annual Best Acting Performance By Popular Opinion Award.
Here’s a little Val Kilmer for you …
I’m your Huckleberry!
Val Kilmer – Screen Capture From Video
Recent Ross Lonergan Articles:
- The Film-School Student Who Never Graduates: A Profile of Ang Lee, Part Four
- The Film-School Student Who Never Graduates: A Profile of Ang Lee, Part Three
- The Film-School Student Who Never Graduates: A Profile of Ang Lee, Part Two
- The Film-School Student Who Never Graduates: A Profile of Ang Lee, Part One
- Bullying, Fear, And The Full Moon (Part Four)