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(Radar Magazine)   Jack Nicholson retires from acting   (radaronline.com) divider line 106
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2013-09-04 08:45:46 AM  
Weird, I was convinced he quit acting after Something's Gotta Give in 2003.
 
2013-09-04 09:00:28 AM  
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
 
2013-09-04 09:02:56 AM  
But he still gets to hang out at the Oscars and creep on young actresses, right?

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2013-09-04 09:07:53 AM  
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Seriously, most of what he's done in the last 20 years have been throwaway roles.  Even in The Bucket List and As Good As It Gets, he just played an exaggerated version of himself.
 
2013-09-04 09:14:08 AM  

Langston: Weird, I was convinced he quit acting after Something's Gotta Give in 2003.


I thought it was immediately before that.
 
2013-09-04 09:20:41 AM  
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Enjoy your retirement, good man & great actor!
 
2013-09-04 09:24:55 AM  
Was it because of Batman?
 
2013-09-04 09:33:21 AM  
The departed had some funny scenes with him at least
 
2013-09-04 09:36:07 AM  
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2013-09-04 09:36:54 AM  

FrancoFile: he just played an exaggerated version of himself.


As opposed to A Few Good Men and The Shining?

Mind, he's still one of my favorites, but, c'mon...a litle perspective.
 
2013-09-04 09:37:05 AM  
He's been playing that same "Jack Nicholson" character for 30 years now, I was sick of it in the 80s.
 
2013-09-04 09:41:52 AM  
About 30 years too late.
 
2013-09-04 09:42:29 AM  
Another great one whose last movie was a turd.

This phenomenon needs a name. I vote for "mooseporting" in honor of Gene Hackman.
 
2013-09-04 09:43:50 AM  
No work and all play make Jack a bored boy

/He'll be back
 
2013-09-04 09:44:56 AM  

Langston: Weird, I was convinced he quit acting after Something's Gotta Give in 2003.


Pretty much, man did he chew his way through the scenes in that one.
 
2013-09-04 09:45:27 AM  
He gave up on acting while filming the shining.  Deal with it.
 
2013-09-04 09:45:36 AM  
RIP JACK NICHOLSON
 
2013-09-04 09:46:28 AM  
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2013-09-04 09:47:23 AM  

PizzaJedi81: FrancoFile: he just played an exaggerated version of himself.

As opposed to A Few Good Men and The Shining?

Mind, he's still one of my favorites, but, c'mon...a litle perspective.


A Few Good Men was more than 20 years ago, and yeah - he chewed the scenery.  But he had an intensity to him in a lot of the scenes that's not "Jack the cool doesn't-give-a-fark dude".  That was probably his last good job - he actually *acted*.

Shining was more than 30 years ago.  That, and Easy Rider, were the roles that *created* that persona in the public's mind.
 
2013-09-04 09:47:41 AM  
The Departed sucked.  There, I said it.  It was horribly derivative in its filmmaking, it was a boring mess, and the rat on the balcony thing was maybe the worst ending shot I've ever seen.
 
2013-09-04 09:51:45 AM  
 
2013-09-04 09:52:16 AM  
"YOU THINK YOU'RE ALL BETTER THAN ME, BECAUSE I'M STUCK IN THIS WALL!
 
2013-09-04 09:54:35 AM  
I thought he only lapsed into JACK NICHOLSON once in About Schmidt.
 
2013-09-04 09:55:24 AM  

FrancoFile: PizzaJedi81: FrancoFile: he just played an exaggerated version of himself.

As opposed to A Few Good Men and The Shining?

Mind, he's still one of my favorites, but, c'mon...a litle perspective.

A Few Good Men was more than 20 years ago, and yeah - he chewed the scenery.  But he had an intensity to him in a lot of the scenes that's not "Jack the cool doesn't-give-a-fark dude".  That was probably his last good job - he actually *acted*.

Shining was more than 30 years ago.  That, and Easy Rider, were the roles that *created* that persona in the public's mind.


He was really great in Chinatown, he actually acted in Easy Rider, and his role in A Few Good Men was perfect for what it was, the same character he always plays.
 
2013-09-04 09:56:46 AM  
I should think that his retirement is fully funded. At that point you don't have to do anything you don't want to do, and even if it's something you've been doing most of your life you can stop doing it.
 
2013-09-04 09:57:08 AM  

jaytkay: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.

Yep.


Departed was an odd movie where you could pick any single scene, watch it and think it was going to be a great movie but yet when you string everything together it turns to shiat.

I'm gonna blame this on directing and editing and not script or acting.
 
2013-09-04 10:00:36 AM  
Ironweed was a good one, if only for the achievement of creating an Albany that was even more depressing than the real Albany. Bonuses: Tom Waits, Fred Gwynne, Nathan Lane, plus Noonan -and- Jame Gumb.
 
2013-09-04 10:00:43 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: I'm gonna blame this on directing and editing and not script or acting.


I would blame it on attempting to take a three part saga and condense it into one movie.
 
2013-09-04 10:01:35 AM  
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2013-09-04 10:04:20 AM  

PizzaJedi81: FrancoFile: he just played an exaggerated version of himself.

As opposed to A Few Good Men and The Shining?

Mind, he's still one of my favorites, but, c'mon...a litle perspective.


^ and Five Easy Pieces
 
2013-09-04 10:07:29 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: jaytkay: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.

Yep.

Departed was an odd movie where you could pick any single scene, watch it and think it was going to be a great movie but yet when you string everything together it turns to shiat.

I'm gonna blame this on directing and editing and not script or acting.


So much this! I watched that damn movie three times thinking I must have missed something only to realize is was just a really bad movie. How you can have all that talent in one film and have it be crap is beyond me.
 
2013-09-04 10:07:56 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.  There, I said it.  It was horribly derivative in its filmmaking, it was a boring mess, and the rat on the balcony thing was maybe the worst ending shot I've ever seen.


Did it insist upon itself?
 
2013-09-04 10:09:42 AM  
I'm sure that he's Joking
 
2013-09-04 10:14:12 AM  

FrancoFile: [grumpy_cat_good.jpg]

Seriously, most of what he's done in the last 20 years have been throwaway roles.  Even in The Bucket List and As Good As It Gets, he just played an exaggerated version of himself.


He was pretty brilliant in  About Schmidt and perfectly cast for it. You kept waiting and wanting the character to have classic Jack Nicholson "tell it like it is" moments, but he just lacked the courage to do it.
 
2013-09-04 10:15:53 AM  

Sybarite: But he still gets to hang out at the Oscars and creep on young actresses, right?

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2013-09-04 10:19:28 AM  
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2013-09-04 10:20:31 AM  
Oh well, we will always have Christian Slater.
 
2013-09-04 10:25:23 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.  There, I said it.  It was horribly derivative in its filmmaking, it was a boring mess, and the rat on the balcony thing was maybe the worst ending shot I've ever seen.

Did it insist upon itself?



Nah. It was a remake of a Japanese movie, so you have to pretend that the Japanese version was some kind of cinematic masterpiece and the Departed was just pablum for American audiences who just don't get it. If you do that, you're edgy and cool,
 
2013-09-04 10:30:29 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: jaytkay: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.

Yep.

Departed was an odd movie where you could pick any single scene, watch it and think it was going to be a great movie but yet when you string everything together it turns to shiat.

I'm gonna blame this on directing and editing and not script or acting.


It's a damn shame Scorsese won Best Director for it.  Of course he'd been robbed at least twice before, but The Departed, he just mailed it in.  What really got me was how he just ripped off other, better movies.  And, again, I'm not talking about it being an adaptation of another movie.  That's fine.

The two most egregious:

1. Nicholson's character dies in the loading basin of the bulldozer -- such a rip of Orson Welles' death scene on a heap of rubbish in Touch of Evil.

2. The girlfriend brushing by Damon/DiCapprio (don't remember which) at the funeral, walking toward the camera.  Such a rip on Alida Valli brushing by Joseph Cotton at the end of The Third Man, one of the best ending shots in cinema.

It's just so obvious, if you know those movies, how much Scorsese wasn't even trying.
 
2013-09-04 10:31:25 AM  

FrancoFile: A Few Good Men was more than 20 years ago, and yeah - he chewed the scenery.  But he had an intensity to him in a lot of the scenes that's not "Jack the cool doesn't-give-a-fark dude".  That was probably his last good job - he actually *acted*.


He was seated almost every second he was on screen in A Few Good Men, which limited his prowling around and vamping it up. That's what made it such a good performance. In most of his other roles he mainly played himself, which is good if the role calls for it but doesn't seem like great acting to me.
 
2013-09-04 10:35:34 AM  
Time for the Big Chief to get the pillow?
 
2013-09-04 10:38:38 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: It's just so obvious, if you know those movies, how much Scorsese wasn't even trying.


Exactly, the entire time it felt like he was just going through the motions like a sad magician at a kids birthday party
 
2013-09-04 10:40:30 AM  

Wellon Dowd: FrancoFile: A Few Good Men was more than 20 years ago, and yeah - he chewed the scenery.  But he had an intensity to him in a lot of the scenes that's not "Jack the cool doesn't-give-a-fark dude".  That was probably his last good job - he actually *acted*.

He was seated almost every second he was on screen in A Few Good Men, which limited his prowling around and vamping it up. That's what made it such a good performance. In most of his other roles he mainly played himself, which is good if the role calls for it but doesn't seem like great acting to me.



THIS.

The Departed had great performances from the entire cast, except the one guy who was proud that he hadn't done any research into the character..
 
2013-09-04 10:45:54 AM  
He hasn't been right since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  I don't think the ECT was faked.

/besides he still has more majors than Tiger
 
2013-09-04 10:52:03 AM  
The rumor has been for quite a while that JN has the Alzheimer's.  I don't think he's worked for a while on account of that, it must be now that he's gotten bad enough that they don't even want him to make public appearances anymore.

Sad way to go for anyone.
 
2013-09-04 10:52:42 AM  
Aww and here I was hoping he would reprise his role as the Joker. It was so sad to see such an iconic character ruined by that hack Heath Ledger, who was the worst Joker ever.
 
2013-09-04 10:56:24 AM  

stoli n coke: Primitive Screwhead: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Departed sucked.  There, I said it.  It was horribly derivative in its filmmaking, it was a boring mess, and the rat on the balcony thing was maybe the worst ending shot I've ever seen.

Did it insist upon itself?


Nah. It was a remake of a Japanese movie, so you have to pretend that the Japanese version was some kind of cinematic masterpiece and the Departed was just pablum for American audiences who just don't get it. If you do that, you're edgy and cool,


Ahh yes I do remember the "Ringu was so much better than The Ring" crowd back in the day.
 
2013-09-04 11:04:13 AM  
Sad news. He was great in The Little Shop of Horrors.
 
2013-09-04 11:05:33 AM  
Meanwhile, Robert DeNiro is mailing in performances of check-cashing roles in dreck like "The Big Wedding".

He's working so much that I have to wonder who he owes money to.
 
2013-09-04 11:07:37 AM  

FrancoFile: [grumpy_cat_good.jpg]

Seriously, most of what he's done in the last 20 years have been throwaway roles.  Even in The Bucket List and As Good As It Gets, he just played an exaggerated version of himself.


The Departed is an exception.
 
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