Category Archives: Actors

Spotlight – Peter Stormare

Rolf Peter Ingvar Strom has certainly made a name for himself, but rarely ever secures the big roles that he deserves unless it’s in some dark Swedish tv show…

01.Fargo (1996)

The Coens have that magical touch that doesn’t come around very often, if they were chefs they would put together the most bizarre ingredients and while you would turn your nose up at it, you would probably like it and wouldn’t know why. There is nothing remarkable about the drama in their movies but the characters are so unique and magnified that they hypnotise the audience. They manage to bring out the best in a lot of actors that I had lost hope of, including George Clooney, one of their marvelous creations was the icy blond hitman in Fargo, and was my introduction to Stormare. The stony faced and emotionless thug, Gaear Grimsrud is coolly played by Stormare who’s more interested in pancakes than sex. Driving around with his inferior and lippy partner Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) they manage to get entangled in one of the most bizarre kidnappings on film. I can find no fault with the movie or any of the cast. Continue reading Spotlight – Peter Stormare

Spotlight – Jeffrey Combs Vol 1

Jeffrey Combs is one of my horror hero’s and I’ll save the long story about his brilliant career and obsession with H P Lovecraft for another article but I’m sure hes no stranger to anyone reading my blog so I’ll dive right in.

Re Animator (1985)

Whenever I think of Jeffery Combs the first movie that comes to mind is Stuart Gordons, Re-Animator. It’s one of those Cult Classics that never gets old and is a staple for any horror fan, even if you don’t like it, it’s cemented its place on the path to horror enlightenment. Combs plays Dr Herbert West a slightly deranged and very determined scientist who may have found a way of bringing the dead back to life he’s energy in this role is outstanding, as he experiments on anything that crosses his path, no man or beast is safe. Things get out of hand in this horror comedy with hellish overtones, but Comb’s love for everything Lovecraft really shines in this role alongside the infamous Barbara Crampton. Continue reading Spotlight – Jeffrey Combs Vol 1

Spotlight – C Thomas Howell

Here is a collection of 5 of my favourite C Thomas Howell films, if you enjoy this list then check out my other actor lists here.

 

The Outsiders (1983)

An american coming of age movie by Frankic Ford Coppola turned out to kickstart a new brat pack into 80’s cinema history. This dream team included C Thomas Howell, who won the Young Artist Award for his performance. following the turbulent lives of teen gangs in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers and Socials, regularly meet up to fight, but during one of these altercations that results in the death of one of the Socials the stakes are raised and the boys are forced to go into hiding but their rivalry carries on.Howell plays a pivotal role and really acts his heart out, bright eyed and energetic he adds a rough edge to some of the otherwise wooden characters in this hard but thrilling drama. Continue reading Spotlight – C Thomas Howell

Spotlight – Pete Postlethwaite (RIP)

There will be spoilers ahead…

Peter William Postlethwaite (07.02.1946 – 02.01.2011) An incredible actor who never really got billed as the star of any movie but stole the show whenever he was involved.

After years of bit parts in TV productions, his talent was spotted, while getting longer roles he then began getting posted into movies and his career bloomed from there, his international reputation was solidified when he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for In the Name of the Father.

I’m the first to say that I don’t get all fan girl crazy over actors but there are a handful that I find interesting. It’s easy to assume that someone has a certain manner or temperament until the news gets out that they beat their wife or are a sexual predator (not that Pete has ever had any accusations) then the perception changes and everyone gets bummed out. After all we don’t know these people who act for us everyday, and assumptions are the mother of all fuck ups, but when the do wonderful things with us, like marching for Climate Change as Postelthwaite did in London on several occasions and even offering to return his OBE if dodgy power options were sought by a coalition government, and he marched and spoke out against the Iraq War, there’s a brilliant testament that his heart was in the right place. Continue reading Spotlight – Pete Postlethwaite (RIP)

Spotlight – Sly Stallone

Here is a selection of 5 stand out Sylvester Stallone movies, I’ve still not really worked out what these 5 Selected lists are all about, sometimes the top 5 best movies from an actor/director sometimes their worst, or just a select sample of their acting abilities if they have any, for this I’ve chosen my favourite Stallone movies and this time they are in order..

05. Death Race 2000 (1975)

This American Sci Fi sports movie produced by Roger Corman was a cracker in its day, something so influential that it sparked a range of remakes and copy cats over the years. Sylvester Stallone plays Joe Machine Gun Viterbi, who takes part in the Transcontinental Road Race which is televised as a form of morbid entertainment in a dystopian future. It’s not his crowning glory but definitely a role I always remember him, in a bizarre live action wacky race. Continue reading Spotlight – Sly Stallone

Spotlight – Dee Wallace

Dee Wallace is one of my favourite ladies of horror, while a shrinking violet of a character she’s often overlooked for her contributions to horror. Often starring with her husband Christopher Stone (RIP), she has thrilled audiences with her great acting and made several cameos usually playing a sweet wife or mother. Personally I’d have preferred to see her as the mother in Lost Boys (1987) as she plays the perfect horror mother so well.

05.The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Playing a small part in this cult classic horror, Dee appears as the sensible elder daughter Lynne and mother to a young baby in Wes Craven’s ultimate family trip into hell. She manages to really pull out all the stops in this horrific mutated horror set in a desolate part of the American Desert.There is an epic scene which sees a lot of violence and Dee is one of the pivotal actors. She emotive in his role, and very convincing, Craven really managed to get the most out of all of his cast in this groundbreaking new wave of horror.

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Spotlight – Mel Gibson

In the early days I was a big believer that Mr Gibson might just be a brilliant actor given time, but while he took over Hollywood with his quirkness his personal life definitely lost him some fans, but it’s pretty easy for me to set that all aside and focus on his acting and he does constantly reinvent himself and returns with something fresh and new.. Here are 5 Selected Mel Gibson films, probably Volume 1..

Mad Max (1979)

Doing something his epic while starting your movie career will cement you in the history books no matter what crap you produce later on, strangely the charismatic lead went onto some pretty awesome movies while also showing himself up to be a douchebag on so many social occasions, but he remains well loved on the screen.. In Mad Max he plays the quiet loner, a family man who seems to take on a different persona while on the roads running down (quite literally at times) bikers and crooks galore. Max Rockastansky is both brilliant and when pushed, highly dangerous and sadistic, and the man is really pushed to his limits by a brutal biker gang headed by a deranged and brilliant stage actor Hugh Keays Byrne. Going head to head the battle hits new lows as the men target each other and everyone around them slowly picking off by standers until he’s mano et mano. A thrilling indie apocalyptic movie which really brought out the best acting for Mel, although we were never to see this particular persona again. Continue reading Spotlight – Mel Gibson

Spotlight – Stephen Lang

05.Monkey’s Paw (2013)

This modern reboot of a 116+ year old story is sensitively approached, it’s hard to add a twist to a story which everyone knows and that has been retold in many ways over the years, it has some interesting qualities, but falls a bit flat, this is despite an excellent performance from Lang who isn’t cast as a lead but is the main character which catalysts the movie on in dark and gruesome ways, he’s on screen presence is certainly a bonus. 6/10

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Spotlight – Lance Henriksen

Aliens (1986)

The sequel to the groundbreaking sci fi movie Alien (1979) introduced another face to the world of androids, instead of the killer bot in the original film, instead James Cameron created a more likable synthetic human names Bishop and sensitivly acted by Henriksen. Previously the android has been devious and acted purely on the greedy actions of the Company but in order to win over audiences and the main character Ripley, a whole new approach had to be taken. Henriksen applied his smaller frame and softer nature to the role and I think it worked really well, he walked on eggshells around those who feared and distrusted him and at no point did he really give an indication of selling out, he briefly appears in follow up films and I think is one of the solid characters from the Alien franchise, and one of a few films with co star Bill Paxton. Continue reading Spotlight – Lance Henriksen

My Favourite Scene – Manhunter

 

Manhunter is definitely one of my all time favorite movies, and there are many scenes which spark many different emotions but this one, the introduction of Hannibal played by the multi talented Brian Box is one which stand out. Brian’s portrayal of the criminal cannibal is very different from the charm emitted by Anthony Hopkins later on in the series, instead there is a sharp coldness and more cunning with his more animated character, the sexy factor is off and the game is on.. Continue reading My Favourite Scene – Manhunter