Friday, February 16, 2018
It's generally accepted that the best variety of acting is the kind that feels true. With that being said, Danny Trejo is one of the truest actors who has ever lived, a real-life ex-criminal who wears every bad decision and violent act on his grizzled face that has clearly seen (and done) more than his fair share of...let's say disreputable acts. Often cast as badasses, criminals, etc. Trejo feels like a stunt casting choice that somehow bled into more and more projects until he eventually became a real actor. And I'm so glad he did. He's a rare breed of actor who can say more by just existing than most others can with a script full of dialogue.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
With easily the least number of movies I've seen from a modern year, 2017 (based on my limited sample size) was also the most mediocre for me in terms of the greatest and the worst that I saw. Most everything fell into the 6/10 to 7/10 range, which is possibly the worst kind of movie to see in great excess. Without a ton of garbage to complain about or brilliant art to praise, a good chunk of my moviegoing experiences from 2017 were pretty forgettable and barely worth the effort. That being said, I still have a dozen or so films I plan on watching before I start doing any top 10s, but that isn't going to keep me from working on this little retrospective. So buckle in, this is going to be a pretty lengthy post, methinks -- Iwas lying when I used the word "little" just a moment ago. HOWEVER, I will include this alphabetized list of all the movies included here, where you can click on the titles you're interested in and go straight to my segment on that particular film. Easy peasy, lemon febreezy. Here's the list:
Sunday, February 11, 2018
An uncommonly versatile actor, Clancy Brown is one of relatively few who has managed to be both a successful (and prolific) voice actor as well as a familiar face to people who generally avoid animation/video games. With key roles in movies like The Shawshank Redemption, he's not the kind of guy most people will recognize by name but are more than familiar with: par for the course for a character actor. He's got good comedic timing, dramatic whatchamacallit, and the ability to be as over-the-top or reserved as the material he's given calls for without being a distraction. You don't always have to be the lead actor to stand out, and Brown is proof of that.