Actors worth following, part 1

I’ve already talked about my favourite actor, Harrison Ford. Here are some other actors who are mesmerizing, and have a tendency to pick brilliant movies. I’m not going to include movies where the actor’s part is tiny.

Amy Adams

I probably first saw Adams in Enchanted in which she played a Disney princess come to life. She can be very funny, she can sing, and she can demand you watch her whether her part is large or small.

  • Masterpieces
    • American Hustle
    • Enchanted
    • Her
  • Great movies
    • Big Eyes
    • Junebug
    • Man of Steel
    • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
    • The Muppets
    • Sunshine Cleaning
    • Trouble with the Curve
  • Good movie
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Mediocre movie
    • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Halle Berry

Berry burst on the scene in Warren Beatty’s Bulworth, played Storm in 4 X-Men movies, and played several roles in the intriguing Cloud Atlas.

  • Masterpieces
    • Bulworth
    • The Call
    • Things We Lost in the Fire
  • Great movies
    • Cloud Atlas
    • X2: X-Men United
  • Good movies
    • Die Another Day
    • X-Men
  • Bad movie
    • X-Men: The Last Stand

Emily Blunt

Blunt fights aliens in Edge of Tomorrow, sings in Into the Woods, and is almost unrecognizable in Looper.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Adjustment Bureau
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Looper
  • Great movies
    • Dan in Real Life
    • The Devil Wears Prada
    • The Great Buck Howard
    • The Jane Austen Book Club
    • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    • Sunshine Cleaning
    • Your Sister’s Sister
  • Good movie
    • Into the Woods

Abigail Breslin

Breslin was terrific as a child actor, notably in Signs and Little Miss Sunshine. I have no doubt she will successfully transition to adult roles, if she hasn’t already.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Call
    • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Great movies
    • Definitely, Maybe
    • Ender’s Game
    • Janie Jones
    • No Reservations
    • Signs

Jeff Bridges

Bridges starred in 2 Terry Gilliam movies and 2 Coen Brothers movies. His father Lloyd (Airplane!) and brother Beau (Stargate SG-1) also had/has a long career in acting.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Big Lebowski
    • The Fisher King
    • Tideland
  • Great movies
    • Arlington Road
    • The Contender
    • Crazy Heart
    • Iron Man
    • K-PAX
    • True Grit (2010)
  • Used to be better
    • Starman
  • Bad movie
    • Tron

Pierce Brosnan

Brosnan starred in the TV show Remington Steele and the producers of that show pulled him back to film more episodes when he was asked to play James Bond. Years later he was able to become Bond when the position became vacant again. I’m not as fond of the Bond movies as I once was, but Brosnan — like Sean Connery before him — has been able to find many interesting parts to play after Bond.

  • Masterpiece
    • Seraphim Falls
  • Great movies
    • The Ghost Writer
    • GoldenEye
    • The Greatest
    • A Long Way Down
    • Love is All You Need
    • Mamma Mia!
    • The Matador
    • The November Man
  • Good movies
    • Die Another Day
    • The Tailor of Panama
    • Tomorrow Never Dies
    • The World is Not Enough
  • Worth watching once
    • Mars Attacks!
  • Bad movie
    • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Sandra Bullock

Although Bullock has made a fair number of romantic comedies, she has branched out to action (Speed) and science fiction (Gravity).

  • Masterpiece
    • Gravity
    • Speed
  • Great movies
    • Infamous
    • The Lake House
    • While You Were Sleeping
  • Funny the first time
    • Miss Congeniality

Jim Carrey

Carrey started out on the TV show In Living Color where he honed his comedic talents. His first movies were wacky comedies but he proved he could do drama with The Truman Show.

  • Masterpieces
    • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    • Liar Liar
    • The Truman Show
  • Great movies
    • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    • Bruce Almighty
    • I Love You Phillip Morris
    • The Majestic
    • Man on the Moon
    • Yes Man
  • Good movies
    • Batman Forever
    • The Cable Guy
    • The Mask
  • Unfortunately not as good as it should have been
    • A Series of Unfortunate Events

Sean Connery

Connery wasn’t perfect at picking movies — he said no to The Lord of the Rings and yes to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But his presence in a movie usually means it’s worth a look, and he gave many outstanding performances in his post-James Bond career.

  • Masterpieces
    • Finding Forrester
    • The Hunt for Red October
    • The Rock
  • Great movies
    • A Bridge Too Far
    • The Great Train Robbery
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • Playing by Heart
    • The Name of the Rose
    • Time Bandits
    • The Untouchables
  • Good movies
    • Dr. No
    • From Russia with Love
    • Goldfinger
    • Medicine Man
    • Outland
    • You Only Live Twice
  • Mediocre movies
    • Diamonds Are Forever
    • First Knight
    • Never Say Never Again
    • Thunderball
  • Bad movies
    • The Avengers (1998)
    • Entrapment
    • Highlander
    • Zardoz

Tom Cruise

Cruise has made more masterpieces than anyone else on this part of the list. His Mission: Impossible series is one of the best action series ever, and his ability to do his own stunts is always impressive. He often plays an ultra-competent character but showed he could still play a different kind of character in Edge of Tomorrow.

  • Masterpieces
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Interview with the Vampire
    • Jerry Maguire
    • Mission: Impossible III
    • Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
    • Rain Man
    • Tropic Thunder
  • Great movies
    • Collateral
    • The Firm
    • Jack Reacher
    • Knight and Day
    • The Last Samurai
    • Minority Report
    • Mission: Impossible
    • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
    • Oblivion
  • Good movies
    • Eyes Wide Shut
    • Mission: Impossible II
  • Mediocre movie
    • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • Not-so-great movie
    • Legend

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 9:53 pm and is filed under My thoughts. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply