Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 13

Thanks for voting all, there are still more than half a dozen open polls (all HERE) so help me find the finest performance of the 90s.

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).

This poll closes in five days.

Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights (1997) as Amber Waves
"...for her presence on the screen is so radiant, so lively, that I can only see the others as they relate to her; and in her absence she’s constantly lingering in my mind" - Amir
If Safe is indicative of Moore's tendency to play housewives suffering ennui then Boogie Nights would point to he trend of her playing questionable mothers. Amber Waves, though, overflows with a light and candour that's unlike, say, Laura Brown. Red hair, striking features, significant feistiness Moore wrests the film from her able costars and ensures that we're looking at her, and when she's not on-screen we're waiting for her. Random: Julianne doesn't necessarily play de-glam, but it's so good that Anderson utilised her beauty while concurrently giving her such a plum role to play. (Don't count the coke-scene as her at her most beautiful, though.)

Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) makes a case for Julianne's Amber.

Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) as Helen Sinclair
"...but Dianne Weist, that old pro, makes her out to be less deranged, more cagey, convincingly romancing a younger man through sheer force of personality..." - Nick
I feel like Helen Sinclair is too often forgotten in Woody's oeuvre of memorable character which makes little sense because she's sharply written and hilariously realised by Wiest, one of Woody's best female collaborators. As Nick mentioned in his initial write-up the glorious broad humour of Helen needs to be adroitly by a performer capable to emoting subtly and Wiest brings the comedy while not avoiding the slivers of pathos dwelling beneath. Also, Don't Speak. Random: Moreover, Wiest convincingly makes me think she could be in a throwdown with the best of the theatre's Grand Dames - Margo Channing, and those of her ilk.

Alex (Alex in Movieland) loves Wiest's work in Bullets Over Broadway


Amir said...

I hadn't even noticed the bracket would put this two head to head.
My top two :(

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I know :( We're losing one great performance either way. But, the bracket gods (i.e. me) are crazy.

Squasher88 said...

Yeh, I think you seeded Dianne Wiest way too low (I haven't even seen the film, but I know it's a well-loved performance).

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

shane people around these parts almost never mention wiest or this film when they remember woody's golden moments. and i think amir and i were the only ones who initially cited her on our ballots.

still i guess someone had to go :(