Saturday, 25 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 7

There are now six polls for round 2 of the Essential Performances of the 90s Tournament open, so if you’ve not voted as yet go vote for them all HERE. The full bracket is HERE and if you’re new to the showdown, background on its genesis is HERE. If you’re interested enough and love any of the upcoming performances feel free to defend them on your own blogs and send me a link so (information HERE).

Now on with the next battle. This poll closes on Tuesday morning.

Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects (1995) as Roger “Verbal” Kint
If Spacey doesn’t work, if we don’t believe him then the twist that The Usual Suspect that the film hinges on, so desperately, wouldn’t work. And, neither would the film. In a well-acted film he is, indeed, the standout and Spacey has enough wisdom as a performer to never overplay the important beats which become later upon re-watch. Random: The twist has become such an inextricable part of pop culture it’s difficult to imagine not knowing what happens but even without the twist Spacey is so excellent at playing the child-like “innocence” of Verbal.

Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise (1991) as Thelma Dickinson
Thelma is maddening and she’s adorable and she gets terribly uninhibited at times and Geena is so good at straddling the fence between older, repressed Thelma and the newer adventurous one and it’s the same sort of endearing quality she put to good use in The Accidental Tourist but dialled back and more effective, even because Thelma’s entire development is rooted in so much realness that Geena forces us to understand and empathise with. Random: Her giddy reaction to J.D. during and after is so perfectly represented.

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