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2011-08-09 07:41:18 PM

Rent Party: DaGenius: I'm more interested in seeing what happens when good movies happen to bad actors.
Godfather Part III comes to mind for me. Sofia Coppola pretty much dragged down the entire movie, which is impressive considering the rest of the cast.

I have a theory that every actor has at least one moment of brilliance in them.

Rutger Hauer: Blade Runner
Sly Stalone: Rocky. (Copland or First Blood, if that's your thing)
Cuba Gooding: Boyz n the Hood
Jim Carey: The Truman Show Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Adam Sandler: Punch Drunk Love
Keanu Reeves: My Own Private Idaho

And then after that, it's gone.

 
2011-08-09 07:45:20 PM
I actually liked "Envy"... Should I be ashamed?
 
2011-08-09 07:46:13 PM
While I can't really disagree with the rest, I like Dreamcatcher and Riddick. I also have to mention Jeremy Irons in "Dungeons & Dragons". Eeesh!
 
2011-08-09 07:48:02 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Rutger Hauer: Blade Runner


Umm, "Hobo With A Shotgun"?! I mean, c'mon! Brilliance!
 
2011-08-09 07:52:10 PM
I haven't seen Spawn since I was a kid but I remember it being one of my faves. I haven't seen it on cable ever. An adult viewing might be different.
 
2011-08-09 07:56:17 PM

kanesays: Free Radical: Every actor who has made at least 4 films, has made at least one bad film.

Yes, even Daniel Day Lewis.

John Cazale. Discuss.


Cazale had good connections, specifically being one of Pacino's best friends during his hot streak. He didn't act much in movies, but when he did, he didn't stray far from Pacino and Coppola.

He was also Meryl Streep's boyfriend, so I'm sure that guided him towards Deer Hunter, the only non-Coppola, non-Pacino movie he ever did.

I'm sure had he not died, he may have been in a bad movie, but while he was alive, he was just smart enough to listen to some very talented people in their primes.
 
2011-08-09 08:22:56 PM

Mugato: rickythepenguin: he's good at playing george clooney, i'll say that much.

How many actors, even Oscar winners just pretty much play one character? Nicholson, Eastwood, DeNiro, Pacino, most comedy actors...I could do this all day.


They call them 'leading men' they are all like that. they do nothing but react to the situations which are created by the (real) character actors. Think about it,

Also Ben Kingsly is anawsome actor. He gets a pass from me for 'House of Sand and Fog' alone. Awesome movie.
 
2011-08-09 08:25:30 PM
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro haven't been in good movies for the most part since the 70s
 
2011-08-09 08:27:49 PM
Also I have to say this is the worst layout for a website ever. I'm not going to hover over 50 movie posters with my mouse.
 
2011-08-09 08:29:38 PM

stoli n coke: I'm sure had he not died, he may have been in a bad movie


Dog Day Afternoon was bad enough for me. What a stupid movie.
 
2011-08-09 08:31:29 PM
Ummm...Sean Connery in Highlander 2, anyone?

Or was that film just a horrible figment of my overactive imagination?
 
2011-08-09 08:31:48 PM

rickythepenguin: timujin: Impasse: George Clooney is a good actor?

Yes


he's good at playing george clooney, i'll say that much.


I dont want fop goddammit, I'm a dapper dan man
 
2011-08-09 08:41:14 PM

MythRender: Ummm...Sean Connery in Highlander 2, anyone?

Or was that film just a horrible figment of my overactive imagination?


Pretty sure you have to be imagining that one, never heard of Highlander 2. How are they going to have a sequel when Connor defeated all the other Immortals in Highlander?
 
2011-08-09 08:48:28 PM
Seems a lot of you don't understand the phrase "working actor".
 
2011-08-09 08:51:31 PM
Jim Carrey: Truman Show Eternal Sunshine

Well, Tyrone, I see my work was done.
 
2011-08-09 08:55:21 PM

walrusonion: [www.infamouskidd.com image 509x755]
I like this movie, but it's awful.


I love Mars Attacks because I thought it was hilarious and my dad thought it was hilarious and we could feel everybody in the theater silently staring at the two us laughing at completely random moments. fark all of them!
 
2011-08-09 08:58:56 PM

Nem Wan: I love Mars Attacks because I thought it was hilarious and my dad thought it was hilarious and we could feel everybody in the theater silently staring at the two us laughing at completely random moments. fark all of them!


The last scene where Tom Jones is dancing with all the woodland creatures is gold.
 
2011-08-09 08:59:40 PM

alwaysjaded: my favorite character that Oldman ever played.

Zorg.jpg



really? not Dr. Smith in Lost In Space? blaspheme!

all joking aside, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is probably my favorite. Dracula is a runner up.
 
2011-08-09 09:01:35 PM

scottydoesntknow: Yea and almost nobody saw The Weather Man or Matchstick Men but I liked 'em so I added it. He's done some good movies, he's just leans a lot more toward miss than hit these days.


Got Matchstick Men from Netflix a month or two ago. I wasn't a big fan of the ending, but I really liked the rest of the movie. Nic Cage actually pulled off the OCD (or whatever his character had) well.

Tyrone Slothrop: Rocky and Bullwinkle was watchable as long as the girl wasn't on. She was terrible.


You're telling me the star of Coyote Ugly can't act? BLASPHEMY.
 
2011-08-09 09:14:55 PM

DaGenius: [i238.photobucket.com image 350x490]
Poor Bob Hoskins.


I'd also say poor John Leguizamo, but then he turned around and did The Pest.
 
2011-08-09 09:24:10 PM

Zmog: Gone to Plaid: scottydoesntknow: Gone to Plaid: While not a great actor, Nic Cage has done his fair share of bad movies

You can count his good movies using just your fingers:

Raisin Arizona
Lord of War
Kick Ass (supporting)
The Rock
Face/Off
National Treasure
Weather Man
Matchstick Men

That's out of 67 he's credited with. He may be able to break double digits if you have any others.

Call me sappy, but I am actually quite fond of The Family Man. Other than that I can only think to add Leaving Las Vegas.

That's 10!

Adaptation


Yes!

I can't believe I missed that one.
 
2011-08-09 09:26:40 PM
This list is fail... these actors have been whoring themselves out for ages.

NONE of the actors on that list had only "one bad film" in their careers - they've all had LOTS of them.

Good films are rare, as they should be.
 
2011-08-09 09:27:24 PM
media.jinni.com

"My Nuts!"
 
2011-08-09 09:35:10 PM

zato_ichi: What is the stuff they cut out? I'll admit that movie is a guilty pleasure of mine, I watch it every time it is on cable.


Basically, the Director's Cut explains the background of the Furian race, what makes them unique, and how Riddick had met the Lord Marshall before. It makes a TON more sense and the characters are actually more developed (especially the Purifier). I think it's an additional 20 minutes or so. IMHO, the theatrical release doesn't make sense. It's disjointed without the scenes that develop key characters.

I love the Riddick character (I don't hate on Vin Diesel, I wish he and the Rock...er..Dewayne Johnson would stick to doing action movies). It was a fun character to watch.

Is it Citizen Kane? No, but the Director's Cut is 100 times better than the theatrical release...which makes it a good sci-fi action movie.
 
2011-08-09 09:35:18 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: bmfderek: Flappyhead: donnielove: How did they narrow it down to just one Paul Giamatti movie?

Fred Claus
Big Fat Loser
Paycheck
The Nanny Diaries
Shoot 'Em Up
Planet of the Apes
Dr. Doolittle

In fact, why was he on the list to start with?

The hell you talking about? It had guns, crazy shootout sequences, endless Bugs Bunny allusions, a great soundtrack and Monica Bellucci. What else do you want?

It was not a masterpiece, but it was a damn fun movie.

The "Ace of Spades" scene was worth it on its own. The fight where he's farking Belluci was a bonus.


I think my favorite was the parachuting scene. So damn ridiculous!
 
2011-08-09 09:43:43 PM

moothemagiccow: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro haven't been in good movies for the most part since the 70s


They might've had some bad streaks in the '80s, save for a few hits for DeNiro (Raging Bull, Midnight Run, The Untouchables), but they did very well in the '90s, especially Pacino, and a few watchable things in the '00s. Enough trolling, you.
 
2011-08-09 09:53:49 PM
Peter O'Toole in "King Ralph"
 
2011-08-09 10:01:26 PM

moothemagiccow: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro haven't been in good movies for the most part since the 70s


Heat.
 
2011-08-09 10:17:55 PM

pjlawrence81: but they did very well in the '90s, especially Pacino


They both were in Heat in 1995.

/that may have came out wrong
 
2011-08-09 10:53:10 PM
Heat sucked. 3 hours and both of the scenes they spend together are contrived as hell.
 
2011-08-09 11:05:01 PM
No working actor I can name has been as consistently good in as many sub-par (to be civil) films as Bruce Davison.
 
2011-08-09 11:14:16 PM

IlGreven: DaGenius: [i238.photobucket.com image 350x490]
Poor Bob Hoskins.

I'd also say poor John Leguizamo, but then he turned around and did The Pest.


I liked The Pest
 
2011-08-09 11:19:55 PM
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2011-08-10 12:20:41 AM
My Blueberry Nights and Pay it Forward were both movies with promise as they had a pretty good cast. The first was barely watchable and the second was just disappointing.
 
2011-08-10 12:30:49 AM

donnielove: Shoot 'Em Up


You missed the entire point of that movie. If you walked out of the theater going "That'd never happen, that's a terrible movie." You missed the point.

If you walked out going "Guns did lots of things and there was lots of entertaining movement and boobs too" you got the point of the movie.

walrusonion: [www.infamouskidd.com image 509x755]
I like this movie, but it's awful.


That's the point. It was a big spoof of a B-movie. The reason the they had all the big names.
 
2011-08-10 12:36:08 AM

Rent Party: DaGenius: I'm more interested in seeing what happens when good movies happen to bad actors.
Godfather Part III comes to mind for me. Sofia Coppola pretty much dragged down the entire movie, which is impressive considering the rest of the cast.

I have a theory that every actor has at least one moment of brilliance in them.

Rutger Hauer: Blade Runner
Sly Stalone: Rocky. (Copland or First Blood, if that's your thing)
Cuba Gooding: Boyz n the Hood
Jim Carey: The Truman Show
Adam Sandler: Punch Drunk Love
Keanu Reeves: My Own Private Idaho

And then after that, it's gone.


I dunno, I thought the last Rocky Stallone did, Rocky Balboa, was fantastic. And also Men of Honor for Cuba Gooding. Though maybe not quite up to the brilliance of the ones you listed
 
2011-08-10 01:45:59 AM

Time Traveling Bunnies: PizzaJedi81: Am I a bad person for liking The Haunting?

Nope. I love Mr. Neeson though. I still see that idiot losing his head in the fireplace.


Surnamed Wilson. Owen, was it not?

There are things I liked about that movie. Like the actress who played the crazy chick.
 
2011-08-10 02:02:00 AM
Will Smith is a good actor. Seven Pouns was a bad movie.
 
2011-08-10 02:28:22 AM
I would also like to add my name to the Riddick White Knighting going on in here.

/yeah yeah Pitch Black was excellent and the kind of sci-fi you could show to non-sci-fi fans who would like it and think you were less of a loser geek
//with all the Uberfail coming out of Hollywood, at least they're making another one of these
 
2011-08-10 02:33:19 AM
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2011-08-10 02:50:15 AM

Schlock: Rent Party: DaGenius: I'm more interested in seeing what happens when good movies happen to bad actors.
Godfather Part III comes to mind for me. Sofia Coppola pretty much dragged down the entire movie, which is impressive considering the rest of the cast.

I have a theory that every actor has at least one moment of brilliance in them.

Rutger Hauer: Blade Runner
Sly Stalone: Rocky. (Copland or First Blood, if that's your thing)
Cuba Gooding: Boyz n the Hood
Jim Carey: The Truman Show
Adam Sandler: Punch Drunk Love
Keanu Reeves: My Own Private Idaho

And then after that, it's gone.

I dunno, I thought the last Rocky Stallone did, Rocky Balboa, was fantastic. And also Men of Honor for Cuba Gooding. Though maybe not quite up to the brilliance of the ones you listed


I have heard that about the last Rocky movie, but I haven't seen it.

I have seen Men of Honor, and it was so embarrassingly bad for both Gooding and De Niro I had to divert my eyes.
 
2011-08-10 03:42:38 AM

Red Shirt Blues:

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"When bad movies happen to good actors"


LOL Wut?
 
2011-08-10 04:19:02 AM
I'm about to rewatch Exorcist 2, for the nostalgia, for yummy Linda Blair, for the floor of nails scene and for your friend and mine, Pazuzu. Yay!
 
2011-08-10 06:34:27 AM

rickythepenguin: Mugato: How many actors, even Oscar winners just pretty much play one character? Nicholson, Eastwood, DeNiro, Pacino, most comedy actors...I could do this all day.


and that makes them shiatty actors. i mean, jack nicholson was a hell of an actor. he could play crazy (the shining), more or less straight drama (china syndrome), endearingly isolated (five easy pieces), antihero (cuckoo's nest), etc. he only became a caricature of himself in the last 20 years or so.

or deniro is the better example. awakenings? king of comedy?

i don't think actors should get points for constatnly playing yourself well. i mean, if you're saying "clooney plays clooney pretty well, because that's what the eastwoods/jacks/deniros did", well then I guess that makes David Spade, KEvin that Fat Guy In the Kiddie movies, and Adam Sandler good actors too. or larry the cable guy.


Wrong Jack. Jack Lemmon was in The China Syndrome, not Jack Nicholson. Methinks you mean Chinatown, which is a totally different film.

SamFlagg:
But.... Jack Nicholson wasn't in The China Syndrome.........


This. It took over 50 some posts before a single Farker pointed that out? I am disaapoint.

ZMugg: Red Shirt Blues:

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"When bad movies happen to good actors"

LOL Wut?


Easily the worst thing John Wayne has done. It's so bad it's good though.

moothemagiccow: stoli n coke: I'm sure had he not died, he may have been in a bad movie

Dog Day Afternoon was bad enough for me. What a stupid movie.


You shut your whore mouth, that film was awesome. It's based on a true story too.

MythRender: Ummm...Sean Connery in Highlander 2, anyone?

Or was that film just a horrible figment of my overactive imagination?


Zardoz was worse. The guy that directed it went on to direct The Tailor of Panama, which several farkers have said was an awesome Pierce Brosnan film.

List is missing Caligula. You had Malcolm McDowell as Caligula, John Gielgud as Nerva, Peter O'Toole as Tiberius, and Helen Mirren as Caesonia in that humungous, horrific, pile of fail. Roger Ebert gave it no stars and walked out apparently, describing it as "sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash." One of the few times I wholeheartily agree with him. The film made me physically ill.

Also, I would have picked Mommie Dearest over Dunstan Checks In for Faye Dunaway, as that film essentially killed her career, as humourous as it is today.

/Tina! Fetch me the axe!
 
2011-08-10 07:20:41 AM
i'm surprised that list left out Halle Berry in Catwoman and Don Cheadle in Swordfish, After the Sunset, and Mission to Mars

and no Black Dhalia?
 
2011-08-10 07:40:13 AM

dumbobruni: i'm surprised that list left out Halle Berry in Catwoman


Except Halle berry isn't a good actor. Yeah she won an Oscar. So did the guys who wrote Batman and Robin. Anyway she won it on "let's give it to all the black people because Spike Lee's pissed" night.
 
2011-08-10 07:49:57 AM
nicole kidman should have made the list twice...bewitched
 
2011-08-10 08:06:46 AM
The maker of that list never saw this movie:

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/late to the party, as usual
//borderline 11!
 
2011-08-10 08:11:52 AM

fruitloop: The maker of that list never saw this movie:

[i171.photobucket.com image 200x286]

/late to the party, as usual
//borderline 11!


That movie farking ROCKS.

/really.
//I thought it was very funny.
 
2011-08-10 08:14:34 AM

Mugato: dumbobruni: i'm surprised that list left out Halle Berry in Catwoman

Except Halle berry isn't a good actor. Yeah she won an Oscar. So did the guys who wrote Batman and Robin. Anyway she won it on "let's give it to all the black people because Spike Lee's pissed" night.


She as good an actor as anyone else (except maybe Christina Bale or Deneiro, or DDLewis). Acting is farking easy. Being a movie star is a result of being connected or winning the farking lottery.
 
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