Monday, 27 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 12

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.

Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) as Arnie Grape
"It is hard to see a young Leo in there. We just see this extraordinary character." - Andrew B.
I've said it before and elsewhere but I become so focused on the work that DiCaprio does here that I keep thinking he's so much younger than he actually is here. There's an impressive ininhibitedness in his performance devoid of any actorly tics and the performance floors you just because of how earnest he is. Random: it's a toss-up between this, The Aviator and Revolutionary Road for my favourite Leo but his scenes with Depp are some of the finest acted ones of his career.

Stevee (Cinematic Paradox) writes a send-up to DiCaprio's performance here.

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction (1994) as Mia Wallace
"Uma channels her inner Anjelica Huston; a hawk-eyed seductress whose powers lie precisely in her mystery." - Jose
Jose pointed to it in his initial write-up - Uma is such a unique performer (aesthetically and in her talents) and her performance here works so well because Tarantino's script and camera make for such good use of that individuality. Uma had been performing for half a decade before, but this was the first specific use of her cadence. Random: 90s Travolta for me was only as good as his costars and between Jackson and Thurman his performance her becomes that much better.

3 comments:

alleyandthemovies said...

Why Leo did not win an Oscar for WEGG is beyond me. Well, for any performance of his for that matter. I try to decipher his career in this article: http://randomfilmbuff.com/2012/04/01/why-hasnt-leonardo-dicaprio-won-an-oscar-yet-20/

Nick Prigge said...

If Uma loses, I don't think my heart can go on.

Paolo said...

Leo has his share of haters and I'm not his best backer career wise but yes, they should have given him the Oscar no matter how much of a gamble that would have been at the time to invest an accolade on such a young and unpredictable actor.