Monday, 27 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 11

The first poll of the second round of the Essential Performances of the 90s closes in a bit (Jodie Foster heading to the third round), the second poll which sees Julianne Moore facing off against Nicolas Cage HERE closes later in the day. If you haven't voted, go do so. It's a close one.

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).

All polls are HERE if you're still to cast your votes.

This poll closes on the 1st of September, Saturday.

Tom Cruise in Magnolia (1999) as Frank T.J. Mackey
"Cruise expresses every one of Frank’s manipulative actions with oily hubris." - Craig
Even though this is only third in my line of favourite Cruise performances, it's the quintessential Cruise performance in the way that with this performance he makes great use of the image of Tom Cruise then subverts it to carve this fascinating portrayal of a man so sad, so intricate, so fascinating on so devastating. Random: How much of the performance is the direction, how much is the character and how much is Cruise? It seems gauche, I think, to criticise a good performance for having been tailor made for goodness. It's impossible to ignore Cruise's focus

Rich (Wide Screen World) makes a case for Cruise's work.
Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) also supports Cruise's work here.

Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise (1991) as Louise Sawyer
"...We can feel that determinism, whether she’s so up close to the camera that we can see her eyes or when her back is to the audience. It’s almost electric." - Paolo
Confession, I like Sarandon's performance (and Louise) more than Davis (and Thelma). Is it because I generally just prefer Sarandon's work? Possibly. Admittedly, it's a millimetre more because the performances are so beautifully in tandem with the other. Susan has this ability to make quiet steeliness not only work on the camera, but disarm the audience. Random: Susan was on a roll of greatness in the nineties, and I flipflop between this and her work in Dead Man Walking when deciding on a favourite. Both films, though, depend on Sarandon's ability to carve such excellent rapport with her costars. She's one of the most giving actresses and whether opposite Penn, Roberts, Harris, Hawn gives as much as she gets.


Maurice Mitchell said...

Gotta go with Sarandon

Amir said...

Wow I'm actually really surprised at this. I thought Cruise was one of the candidates to win the whole thing.

Colin Biggs said...

Cruise totally gave up his movie-star aura for this performance. Tis a shame he did not claim Oscar for it.

Paolo said...

Tom Cruise was so good that year, Michael Caine be damned.

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