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So Stuck in the 90′s…


While ruffling through old…stuff I guess, Nathaniel R found issues of his old zine. He re-listed what he thought the greatest performances of that decade are.

Best Supporting Actor


- Joe Pesci, Goodfellas, (199o)
Hey look, it’s Joe Pesci with feelings!

- Ted Levine, Silence of the the Lambs, (1991)
You know what, this performance is a little bit campy, but scary and will offend generations to come.
- Anthony Hopkins, Dracula (1992)
Scarier here than as Hannibal Lecter.
- Leonardo di Caprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
He’s proven what he can do at such a young age.
- Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction (1994)
Put cool, hilarious and scary into one gunman.
- Vincent Cassel, La Haine (1995)
Great as the funny, deluded guy from the Paris ghetto.
- Steve Buscemi, Fargo (1996)
Makes the audience realize how crazy these kidnapping plans go.
- Timothy Spall, Secrets and Lies (1996)
This family man role puts him on different emotional fields.
- Robert Forster, Jackie Brown (1997)
You wouldn’t think of him as Pam Grier’s best leading man, but there he is.
- Brendan Fraser, Gods and Monsters (1998)
Remember when this guy did actual acting?

Best Supporting Actress

- ETA: Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas (1990)
Can’t believe I forgot about this innocent turned crazy-emotional performance
- Jessica Lange, Cape Fear (1991)
Smoldering sexuality comes easy with this lady.
- Angela Bassett, Malcolm X (1992)
The only woman who could play Malcolm X’s wife and in one or two incidents, his formidable opponent.
- Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence (1993)
As May Archer, a woman who sounds so nice saying the most manipulative things.
- Melanie Lynskey, Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Gotta give Ms. Lynskey a hand for how brave she tackled her sexually blossoming character.
- Sharon Stone, Casino (1995)
Goes all out as Ginger, the boss’ damaged wife.
- Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard III (1995)
The best in show in a film of great women, she gives her one speaking scene as Queen Anne great complexity.
- Bridget Fonda, Jackie Brown (1997)
Exudes confidence as the surfer girl, Melanie.
- Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights (1997)
That scene outside the courthouse.


Best Actor

- Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Slithers his way into Clarice Starling’s sympathies, and ours too.

- Denzel Washington, Malcolm X (1992)
Great range from anger to spiritual enlightenment.
- Colm Feore, Thirty-Three Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Feore helps us learn about this fascinating man.
- Bruce Willis, Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Out of the performances in this list, his is the most visceral.
- Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade (1996)
He makes interesting choices in this role.
- Samuel L. Jackson, One Eight Seven (1997)
Again, scarier than Jules when he teaches us about the ‘philanges.’
- Johnny Depp, Donnie Brasco (1997)
One of the greatest performances within the performance.
- Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski (1998)
Boring answer, but he plays a stoner awake.
- Dylan Baker, Happiness (1998)
Such a sympathetic portrayal that you won’t even believe the truth about him.
- Matt Damon, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Great as a love-to-hate shape shifter.

ETA: Italics represent Oscar winners.


But Melanie … Ralston … Is A Badass Too


I love how every stoner posits him or herself as a medical or legal expert, such as Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda) in Jackie Brown. You’ve had one of those in your social circle.

ph. Miramax/A Band Apart

Coughing’s good! It opens up the capillaries. You know, when you cough you’re pulling in air, or in this case – smoke, into parts of the lungs that don’t normally get used. So, coughing’s good, it gets you higher.

I mean, she’s white. She must have gone to college or something. And Fonda never hesitates nor clings on a word and just lets them fly out of her mouth with such certainty and security. While depicting drug addicts or questionables or damaged an actress can either go shrew or 33 variations of victim, and thankfully she’s neither.

For some reason, everybody watched Jackie Brown last Tuesday or Thursday nights when it was on at CBC at one in the morning. I only caught the last two hours of it, but I remember past viewings when Samuel L. Jackson shoots Chris Tucker. And by watching the rest, I guess I get the picture. I just love Bridget Fonda’s performance and character here so much. I’m not alone. She’s well-traveled, liberated, subversive. I had to blog her.

Quentin Tarantino is a great director in a technical side, deftly showing his audience the shot-counter shot relationship through Melanie, such as shot.

Counter shot.

Stop hating, Jackie.

Bechdel time!

Melanie?
Jackie?
Hey, girl, what’s up?
Hey, are you getting that suit?
Yeah. You like it?
It looks really good on you.
You got something for me?
You betcha.
I put a cherry on top. Booh-yah!

Good enough.

Melanie the character also has one of the greatest swan song in movies. Melanie started this precedent of women dying awesome in Tarantino’s oeuvre. O-Ren Ishii’s (Lucy Liu) decapitation, Elle Driver (Bo Derek) losing an eye, Bridget von Hammersmarck (Diane Kruger) getting strangled. For Melanie it all started with ‘Louisss…Lou-isss…’

And she gets shot. The end!


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