Sunday, July 10, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 10: A Film With Your Favorite Actor

Day 10: A Film With Your Favorite Actor: 
Ed Wood / Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
While my favorite actress was a sort of hands down situation (Tilda just wins, that's how it is.  Sorry Cate and Kate.), I find my favorite actor is not quite as concrete.  This past year I've been quite impressed with Michael Fassbender, as you already know, but his career is as yet too green for me to consider him a true favorite.  Cary Grant is an icon, of course, and while I adore him part of that love is for his persona instead of merely his acting chops.  Same goes for George Clooney.  Ewan McGregor is pretty fabulous, but he's done his share of films I haven't bothered to watch, which seems to be a negative.  Thus, logically, I have to choose the two men whose films I've really sought out over the years: Johnny Depp and Peter Sellers.   Depp is a remarkable character actor, and while his last few outings (with the exception of Rango) have been slightly less than spectacular, he's almost always fun to watch.  Ed Wood is one of his brightest performances, and one of Tim Burton's best as well.  Really though, all that needs to be written about Depp has already been said.  I don't have to explain.
Peter Sellers, of course, was something of a comedic genius.  He's also, unfortunately, been partly tainted in my mind as I'm now forced to associate him with a rather irritatingly obsessive human being encountered IRL.  I'll stand strong, however, and try not to allow that individual to destroy a perfectly good thing.  I quite like Peter Sellers. I quite like the movies Peter Sellers made.  Whether I own them or not, if I run across a Casino Royale or The Bobo on TCM, I have to automatically drop whatever I'm watching and change channels.  Sellers was a talent, and in possession of an undeniable charisma and emotional depth that comes through in his smallest and smarmiest roles. Part of my appreciation for Peter Sellers stems from my fascination with the mod side of the 60's and his involvement in a number of brightly colored, trippy, superfluous confections.  I throw on films like I Love You, Alice B. Toklas  and What's New Pussycat? when I write, because that's the kind of girl I am.  Though I love this fluff, however, it's true that Dr. Strangelove is the best showcase for the actor's brilliance.  Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers may try, but when Kubrick put Sellers in three roles, he made it classy.


2 comments:

  1. Ed Wood is definitely my favourite Burton/Depp collaboration, no matter how much I love Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride.

    It's definitely the underrated film out of their films together, and it's great to know someone else loves it as much as I do, too!

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  2. @Cherokee - Definitely, it's pitch perfect. I have to say, though, I also really love him as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (and I'm totally an advocate for his reinvention of Willy Wonka).

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