|a||My take on the underrated performers: (1) Some of
these people are or were already big stars. Dennis Leary
co-starred in a blockbuster movie with Pierce Brosnan
last summer. Based on that Bullock movie, he's obviously
not the romantic lead type despite his good looks, and
he's not the versatile type of actor who will portray
Latvian dwarves, so I think he's gone as high as anyone
can possibly go within his career path. How can he be
underrated? Sure he's good, but what do you expect him to
do bigger than that? Do you see him in Brosnan's role?
Tom Berenger had plenty of leads in big-budget movies
when he was one of the best looking guys in the world
(The Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me, Platoon). He
just got old. But the guy has done 40 something movies.
I'm not sure I see that he has such massive talent that
he should have done better.Harry Dean Stanton is probably
considered on of the five best character actors in
Hollywood. He never got a super-breakthrough like Richard
Farnsworth but, again, what do you expect him to do? I
don't think he'll be taking any parts away from Tom
Cruise or Hugh Grant or Rupert Everett. He seems to be at
the top of the food chain for his kind of work.
Don't get me wrong. All three of those guys are terrific, but I just don't see them too much more sucessful, the exception being Leary who could possibly end up in the funny-tough-guy roles once totally dominated by Bruce Willis. In the case of Stanton, he'd need one of those particular types of movies where the character actor plays the lead. Farnsworth got two in his career, so maybe Stanton will pick one up soon.
(2) Some of these people chose obscurity. Every time Mandy Patinkin gets on the verge of superstardom, he goes off to play Hamlet in Belgium or to sing obscure 9th century madrigals in a dead language. He's just a case of a guy with a lot of interests and a strong aesthetic sense, and he just doesn't care if he's a mass-market success or not. I do agree, however, that he has been absolutely tremendous at everything he's done. We should have a poll sometime for the most talented person in the world. This guy has to be a contender. Sumbitch sings like an angel.
I voted for Leguizamo. Great talent for both drama and comedy, and his comedic talents are equally adept at stand up or in movies, but the average person doesn't even recognize his name. I also thought about Cheadle, who has stolen every movie he's ever been in, but nobody knows who the hell he is.
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Gold is Tracy Kirby. 26 August 1987.
|+||Ever wonder what the Playboy, Page Three, and other softcore models do when not modeling for Playboy or the British tabs? Fred does. Fred, or as he is known in the ancient Elventongue, "Frodo", specializes in "outing" the harder action from these ostensibly wholesome girls. Frodo's comments:|
Reese Witherspoon in "Best Laid Plans". Sex scene, but no nudity. Stylish noir, and a near-miss, but I don't recommend it. An artificial overacted performance from Josh Brolin really destroys the mood and rhythm of a movie which requires mood and rhythm to work. One of those multiple doublecross things, told out of sequence with plenty of saxophone music and despair. I didn't figure out all the tricks from the beginning, so I guess that's a decent reason to see it if you enjoy the genre. Witherspoon and her boyfriend plot a complicated heist to get out of the world's most dead-end town. Things go very wrong. I very much enjoyed the town they lived in and the plant he worked at. People from there go to Gotham City for the airy, cheery atmosphere. Nice to see Witherspoon take some chances on some offbeat stuff in parallel with her mainstream stardom.
Lisa Wolf in "Watch Me". Cheapozoid softcore flick. I've done the other stars earlier. Wolf would have a beautiful body of not for those damn implants. Lisa Wolf in "Watch Me". Lisa Wolf in "Watch Me". Lisa Wolf in "Watch Me". "Watch Me". Assorted babes. "Watch Me". Assorted babes. "Watch Me". Assorted babes.
"Vroom". Weird short film about a magical motorcycle which comes to life and becomes a sex partner. Doofy movie, but these minimalist symbolic scenes in the desert are quite well photographed. I don't know the woman's name. "Vroom". More of the same.
Alexandra Paul in "Millions". Kind of a film version of "Dynasty" about sleazy relatives scrambling to fill a power vacuum caused by an accident to the head of a rich and powerful family. Actually a "spaghetti drama" filmed in Italy in multiple languages, and apparently shot on video tape rather than film. Features yet another silly over-the-top performance from Billy Zane as ... a younger version of Gordon Gecko! Deplorable.
Lorraine Bracco in "Someone to Watch Over Me". This movie would be great fun if Bracco and Mimi Rogers had gotten naked a lot. They didn't get naked at all, dammit! Mimi is a rich babe who has witnessed a murder, Tom Berenger is the cop assigned as her night bodyguard, Bracco is Berenger's wife. Berenger and Mimi initiate a relationship, but realize it can't ever work out. Very stylish direction from the genius of Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise) serves to make the film watchable, even though the script is virtually non-existent. Scott does a great job at portraying the disparity between haves and have-nots, and finding humanity in both worlds. The scene in the Guggenheim Museaum is very impressive. As I said, with a bunch of nudity I would have loved it, but such was not to be. Given the lack of nudity, I wouldn't rent it now, if I were you, because it seems really dated, even though it's only about a dozen years old.
Hetty Baynes in The Insatiable Mrs Kirsch". At one time Ken Russell used to be an interesting director who could at least shock and entertain. This little film, however, made just a couple years ago, is a complete waste of the 5 minutes it takes to watch it in fast forward, except for this fleeting glimpse of a nipple from the obscure Hetty Baynes, once Russell's wife. At least the images are clear!
"My Tutor", from Tuna
I discussed this at some length last week. Tuna really covered the picture from beginning to end.
Caren Kaye (nudity in every one except the first two; many different scenes) (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13) Graem McGavin (nudity in all but the first one, but it's all one long scene continued from collage to collage) (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10) Amber Denyse Austin (She didn't get naked) (#1, #2) Jewel Shepard (nudity in #2) (#1, #2, #3) Kitten Natividad (nudity in every one) (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7)
|FR||Great find from FR. Britt Ekland, girlfriend to the stars, in 1971's "Percy"|