Friday, February 12, 2016

Top 10 Underrated/Overlooked Performances of the '90s

The '90s brought us a lot of great movies filled with great performances by great actors shot by great cinematographers written by great writers and directed by great directors. To put it simply, the '90s were alright. But seriously, this was a good decade for movies, and there were a crapload of great performances to be found in them. And sometimes they were even in extremely popular movies surrounded by acclaimed performances. The Silence of the Lambs, for example, won Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster Oscars, while Ted Levine walked away totally empty-handed, despite possibly giving the best performance in the film. So, instead of focusing on the "best" performances of the decade, I would rather take a look at the ones that never seemed to get enough attention. No, this isn't just a list dedicated to the poor "other guys" in movies that people love, but just focusing on performances that stand out to me, despite not quite earning the attention or acclaim I feel they deserve. So here they are, my picks for the most underrated and overlooked performances of the 1990s. Oh, and I have decided to leave Ted Levine off this list, because spoilers. Sorry dude, you aren't allowed to win anything. EVER.

10. Nicolas Cage - Deadfall

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jeff SC Podcast Episode 1 - Top 10 Performances by Gary Oldman

Just because I am doing podcasts does NOT mean I won't be writing anymore. This is just my attempt at diversification and integration of audio, so that one day (when I'm less camera shy) I can start doing more video reviews and criticisms. But, for the time being, we will have these. Hopefully I will be releasing a new "episode" every week or two, and to start they will largely just be made up of top 10 performances lists of actors. I will also be setting up conversations/interview with fellow critics and amateur filmmakers via Skype, and these podcasts will also be posted on my Soundcloud. So stay tuned for that.

But because I am no longer an HTML coding genius (well, I never was, but still), I have just linked my first podcast here. So, if you click on the MASSIVE link below, you will be sent to my shiny new Soundcloud account. My first list, as the title would indicate, is on Gary Oldman. To those of you with 30 free minutes and even a mild interest in what I might have to say on the actor, I hope you enjoy.

EPISODE 1 - Top 10 Performances: Gary Oldman

Someone please help me. I have been kidnapped and held against my will, forced to write and record podcast episodes for the entertainment of a Buffalo Bill-esque villain with really bad hygiene. If you can't send help, please at least listen to my podcast, so he will keep me alive for longer.