Hello all! To introduce myself into the community I thought I’d start by discussing five of my favorite people in film/tv right now:

1. Quentin Tarantino

This man is one of the most brilliant film makers out there. He writes stories that take characters with ginormous moral flaws and make you care about what happens to them. You feel bad over the betrayal of Mr. White. You’re sad when Vincent dies on the toilet. You get satisfaction from The Bride’s revenge. And, you delight in Lt. Aldo’s way of dealing with Nazis he doesn’t kill. Beyond his ability to write these stories, he manages to direct actors to bring them to life. He leads the actors to his vision, which unfortunately many writers cannot. Sorry M. Night Shyamalan, let someone else direct your stories. My favorite thing about his movies—the music. I want him to pick music for every movie. He chooses songs for scenes you don’t instinctively put together. Once you experience them, you don’t ever separate them.

2. Jason Statham

The new Bruce Lee! Not only is he a great acrobat and martial artist, he is also a great actor. Whether it’s a supporting role like in Italian Job, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and the Expendables, or a leading role as in the Transporter movies, the Mechanic, and the Bank Job; Statham makes every movie he’s in better.

3. Simon Pegg

This guy makes movies better. His comedic timing is perfect. He brings levity to movies like Mission Impossible and Star Trek without adding the Jar Jar Binks effect. You know, that feeling of I need this character to die. He can do comedies like Paul, and be villainous like in Doctor Who. When he, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright get together on a project, it defines movie magic. This team brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Their next project will be just as amazing. And, I don’t care what anyone says; I liked Run, Fatboy, Run.

4. Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell is the most underrated actor in Hollywood. Trapped in campy roles (that he pulls off amazingly, I might add) like Brisco County Jr., Autolycus, and of course Ash. He can bring so much more to a role. Watch him as Sam Axe and tell me I’m wrong!

5. Will Ferrell

The best comedic actor of our day. Only he can go from the brazen raunchiness of Frank the Tank to the naïve innocence of Buddy the Elf. He plays his silly characters like Ricky Bobby, Chaz Michael Michaels, and Ron Burgundy. He also has the ability to pull off a normal guy and make him humorous. If you say you don’t like Will Ferrell, my challenge to you is to watch Stranger than Fiction. That movie truly shows what he is capable of as an actor.

Those are some of my favorites. Who are some of yours? Please post in the comments.

1 Comment »

  1. I gotta go with Bill Murray, David Fincher, Michael Shannon, Jeff Nichols and Jessica Chastain, for now. More will come later. Well stated, my friend. I am off to watch The Bank Job now.

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