The Vulgar Thespians, by David Bax

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3 Responses

  1. Seth H. says:

    Hear, hear!

    You know who my guy is? Kurt Russell. Have you ever seen Paul W.S. Anderson’s Soldier? It’s maybe a three-star movie on its own, but Russell elevates to a five for me just by the sheer weight of his almost wordless performance. So great.

    And I’m right there with you on Sandra Bullock. I’ve loved her since While You Were Sleeping, and I still do, even if I’m not always keen to see movies like The Proposal. Although maybe I should see The Proposal. She’s probably great in it.

  2. Scott M says:

    These “vulgar thespians” tend to be my favorite actors. Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford would certainly be in my top 5 favorite actors, and I remain a fan of Shia LaBeouf. I think he has really elevated the material in movies like Eagle Eye, Disturbia, and even Indy 4 (which is terrible but not because of him). Colin Farrell has lost most of his big budget cred these days but I really enjoyed him in Phone Booth and The Recruit.

    And Sean Connery was great in everything.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      And, even though he often shows up in stuff like FLIGHT, Denzel Washington does just as solid of work in stuff like CRIMSON TIDE and DEJA VU (which I only watched all of as a function of Scott) as in any of his “prestige” roles.

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