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« Reply #40 on: October 27, 2004, 11:05:10 AM »

Traffic is my pick. It had an all round great cast, but I particularly enjoyed the performances by Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, and (especially) Benicio Del Toro.


Also, Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire coems to mind. The movie itself wasn't all it could have been, imo, but at no fault of the actors.

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Brad Pitt ....  Louis de Pointe du Lac
Kirsten Dunst ....  Claudia
Stephen Rea ....  Santiago
Antonio Banderas ....  Armand
Christian Slater ....  Daniel Malloy
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« Reply #41 on: October 27, 2004, 11:45:43 AM »

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Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.
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« Reply #42 on: October 27, 2004, 11:56:51 AM »

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« Reply #43 on: October 27, 2004, 02:08:25 PM »

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Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.


There are few movies I have genuinely wanted to walk out of, and this one is among them. I actually stood up to leave about 3/4 of the way through because I couldn't take it anymore, and Fireball pulled me back down saying, "If there's something cool at the end, then we'll miss it and have to watch it again!" Even though he was of the same opinion as me. Awful movie, and my review in the TCU newspaper that week ripped it asunder. What was even funnier was getting hate mail from some professors who felt it was a work of art and I just didn't appreciate all the subtlety and subtext.

I understood it just fine: War is bad, we should never go to war, nature is pretty, we should never destroy nature. Hell, I get as much from watching PBS and their documentaries are infinitely more interesting. smile
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« Reply #44 on: October 27, 2004, 02:30:30 PM »

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Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.

Honestly I'm the same way with this one.  In the theater I was expecting Saving Private Ryan in the pacific and was hugely disappointed, but watching it a few times at home... it's quite good.

Definitely not a movie for everyone though, but it had a lot of texture and was interesting.

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« Reply #45 on: October 27, 2004, 04:23:42 PM »

Dazed and Confused

Pretty much the whole cast nailed this one. Even Ben Affleck's character was well done, since all he had to do was be himself.

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« Reply #46 on: October 28, 2004, 04:24:27 AM »

I don't think I saw this mention...

The Outsiders. Christ I think everyone and there mom was in that friggen movie. Sure some of these guys don't do much now but almost half the cast was top notch talent at one point.

C. Thomas Howell    ....    Ponyboy Curtis
Matt Dillon   ....    Dallas 'Dally' Winston
Ralph Macchio   ....    Johnny Cade
Patrick Swayze   ....    Darrel 'Darry' Curtis
Rob Lowe   ....    Sodapop Curtis
Emilio Estevez   ....    Keith 'Two-Bit' Mathews
Tom Cruise   ....    Steve Randle

If you look at this list in the early 90's you would wonder how the hell they casted all these mofos in one movie.
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« Reply #47 on: October 28, 2004, 05:39:21 AM »

Forgot to mention that Pixar kicks all kinds of ass in the casting department:

Toy Story
Monsters Inc.
Finding Nemo

and I'll edit in a shout to Defending Your Life and Murder by Death
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« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2004, 05:35:11 PM »

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Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.


There are few movies I have genuinely wanted to walk out of, and this one is among them. I actually stood up to leave about 3/4 of the way through because I couldn't take it anymore, and Fireball pulled me back down saying, "If there's something cool at the end, then we'll miss it and have to watch it again!" Even though he was of the same opinion as me. Awful movie, and my review in the TCU newspaper that week ripped it asunder. What was even funnier was getting hate mail from some professors who felt it was a work of art and I just didn't appreciate all the subtlety and subtext.

I understood it just fine: War is bad, we should never go to war, nature is pretty, we should never destroy nature. Hell, I get as much from watching PBS and their documentaries are infinitely more interesting. smile


So you're telling me the part of the movie from the time they first stepped foot on the island until the massacre at the Japanese camp did NOTHING for you?  I can understand the opening and closing being a bit off.  But that part of the movie was absolutely astonishing.  John Toll's cinematography was vastly superior to Janusz Kaminski's in SPR, making it a much better movie to look at and watch.  Plus, how could you not be captivated by, for example, John Cusak's attack on the bunker at the top of the hill?  Hell, the music's better, too, and that's saying something, considering John Williams wrote SPR.

Methinks you need to watch it again.

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« Reply #49 on: October 28, 2004, 05:38:22 PM »

By the way, one of my choices, in addition to the already mentioned The Thin Red Line, is Heat.

Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Jon Voight
Tom Sizemore
Diane Venora
Amy Brenneman
Ashley Judd
Mykelti Williamson
Wes Studi
Dennis Haysbert
William Fichtner
Natalie Portman

Hell, even Danny Trejo, Hank Azaria, and Jeremy Piven are in it.

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« Reply #50 on: October 28, 2004, 05:46:10 PM »

The three leads in 21 Grams were amazing.  I normally avoid Sean Penn but this movie is so damn good it is worth it IMHO.  

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« Reply #51 on: October 28, 2004, 05:53:27 PM »

I was flipping through the channels the other night and landed on A Time To Kill.  While not one of the top all-star casts, it is still pretty impressive.  And this was in 1996, before some of these people became big stars.

Here's the cast list:

Matthew McConaughey
Sandra Bullock
Samuel L. Jackson
Kevin Spacey
Oliver Platt
Donald Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
Ashley Judd
Chris Cooper
Kurtwood Smith
Charles Dutton
Nicky Katt

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« Reply #52 on: October 28, 2004, 06:14:21 PM »

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Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.


There are few movies I have genuinely wanted to walk out of, and this one is among them. I actually stood up to leave about 3/4 of the way through because I couldn't take it anymore, and Fireball pulled me back down saying, "If there's something cool at the end, then we'll miss it and have to watch it again!" Even though he was of the same opinion as me. Awful movie, and my review in the TCU newspaper that week ripped it asunder. What was even funnier was getting hate mail from some professors who felt it was a work of art and I just didn't appreciate all the subtlety and subtext.

I understood it just fine: War is bad, we should never go to war, nature is pretty, we should never destroy nature. Hell, I get as much from watching PBS and their documentaries are infinitely more interesting. smile


So you're telling me the part of the movie from the time they first stepped foot on the island until the massacre at the Japanese camp did NOTHING for you?  I can understand the opening and closing being a bit off.  But that part of the movie was absolutely astonishing.  John Toll's cinematography was vastly superior to Janusz Kaminski's in SPR, making it a much better movie to look at and watch.  Plus, how could you not be captivated by, for example, John Cusak's attack on the bunker at the top of the hill?  Hell, the music's better, too, and that's saying something, considering John Williams wrote SPR.

Methinks you need to watch it again.

Mike


Methinks I'd rather punch myself in the face. smile This was a case of cameos spoiling a movie, as well as the movie generally sucking ass. I can get attached to characters if I see them for, you know, longer than 5 seconds at a time. I think it was Jared Leto who sticks his head up and you've got just enough time to say, "Hey that's Jared Leto!" before he gets said head blown off. Oh well. Sean Penn did a good acting job, but Jim Caviezel was just sleep walking. Nick Nolte must have taken the job strictly for the scenery as there was plenty for him to chew on. slywink That's not to say the few action scenes weren't well done, I've just seen them done better in other, better, movies.

Guns blaze, grass and trees sway in the breeze, three dozen Hollywood cameos, more grass and trees sway in the breeze, big action scene at the end, trees sway in the breeze, George Clooney shows up and pontificates. Boy, sign me up for that one again. smile
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« Reply #53 on: October 28, 2004, 06:16:39 PM »

I don't think anyone could top the Addams Family cast.
Anjelica Huston   Morticia Addams
Raul Julia Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd Uncle Fester/Gordon Craven
Christina Ricci   Wednesday Addams
Judith Malina    Grandma
Carel Struycken   Lurch
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« Reply #54 on: October 28, 2004, 06:40:52 PM »

Part of the problem of The Thin Red Line is that Malick's original cut of the film came in at just under 6 hours  Some of the "cameo" roles turned out to be cameos because of the editing; some people, like Bill Pullman, Mickey Rourke, and Viggo Mortensen had their roles entirely cut from the final picture.  All of the narration, at one point, was done by Billy Bob Thornton before Malick scrapped the idea and went with character narration.  Adrien Brody's character was supposed to be one of the central characters according to the script; this obviously was changed to Caviezel's character.  Therefore, some of the actors you see pop up in cameos probably had much larger roles in the original cut, and Malick chose to eliminate them from the final picture.  This is one movie where a director's cut would probably make certain things make a lot more sense, but the chance of that happening is probably none.

And of course Caviezel was sleepwalking.  His character was sleepwalking through the whole film.  How else would you portray that?

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« Reply #55 on: October 28, 2004, 06:57:04 PM »

Um... by having some sense of motivation other than he was just in a fun? smile Hell, Keanu had more personality as Neo and that's saying a lot.

Elias Koteas had the only meaty role, I thought, and the flashes to his wife leaving him for someone ELSE in the military rang hollow, and did so very loudly.

If the original cut was ever restored and shown in a miniseries format, that I would check out. As it stand though, the flick wound up being The Long Red Bore instead. If I see a war movie, I want to see characters that I follow who can live and die in an instant. If it's a war movie about people who don't care and don't want to be there, then I'll watch M.A.S.H. as it struck me as not only a vastly superior movie, but also more relevant to anti-war sentiment.
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« Reply #56 on: October 28, 2004, 09:53:26 PM »

Dangerous Liasons.  Not just a great cast, but great casting as well...

John Malkovich, Glenn Close - perfect in their roles.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman (early in her career) were great as innocents, as was Keanu Reeves.  Hell, even Swoosie Kurtz fit her role absolutely perfectly.

Also, I have no idea who the guy was that played Motzart in "Amadeus" but he was stellar.
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« Reply #57 on: October 28, 2004, 10:31:48 PM »

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Dangerous Liasons.  Not just a great cast, but great casting as well...

John Malkovich, Glenn Close - perfect in their roles.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman (early in her career) were great as innocents, as was Keanu Reeves.  Hell, even Swoosie Kurtz fit her role absolutely perfectly.

Also, I have no idea who the guy was that played Motzart in "Amadeus" but he was stellar.

Dangerous Liasons, that was one I was thinking about mentioning.  Very good historical piece.  Also says a lot about John Malkovich that a freaky looking dude like him could pull off a role as a womanizer. I mean, he's a great actor and all, but he is a little freaky looking. smile

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« Reply #58 on: October 28, 2004, 11:06:40 PM »

Yes I think Bridge Too Far was pretty surefire with quantity of talent and quality of performance.  Others I second - Jeff toss a 2 on the end of that godfather and you get DiNero but lose Caan - Id just consider 1 - 2 halves of the same movie 'cause I dont want to go w/o either of those smile  Snatch I second very good movie.  Also, have to throw out Royal Tenanbalms (spelling?).  This is a bit of a love hate one with people but I couldnt get enough of it.  Also - Traffic.  This ones impressive for performance and camera work.  Great line up, fun thread
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« Reply #59 on: October 29, 2004, 02:51:37 AM »

As soon as I saw the topic, I thought "A Bridge Too Far". Since that's been covered, here would be my second place vote:

Murder on the Orient Express

Albert Finney
Lauren Bacall
Martin Balsam
Ingrid Bergman
Jacqueline Bisset
Jean-Pierre Cassel  
Sean Connery
John Gielgud  
Wendy Hiller
Anthony Perkins
Vanessa Redgrave  
Rachel Roberts  
Richard Widmark
Michael York
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« Reply #60 on: October 29, 2004, 02:41:24 PM »

Holy Crap, how has no one mentioned The Princess Bride?

Mandy *was* Inigo.  There is (was  frown  ) no one in the world who could have done Fezzik like Andre the giant.  Vizzini (I forget who did him) was classic.

As for the villians, Christopher guest *made* Count Rugen the perfect target of Inigos revenge.  That he went on to do Spinal Tap only makes me love him more.  The little roles like the senile old King, Miracle Max (billie crystal) and the awful priest were pure gold.

The wierdest thing is that if you read the book (written before the movie, and damn, *damn*  good) it is  astonishing how true the movie is to the book.  In looks and mannerisms the actors were so perfectly matched to their roles one gets the impression that once they were all signed on the movie must have directed itself.  Bloody Fantastic.
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« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2004, 03:30:44 PM »

How did people miss Mystic River that was a great movie.
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« Reply #62 on: October 29, 2004, 03:36:22 PM »

anything staring "Carrot Top" is the best cast movie
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