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12 June 2010 @ 10:18 pm
Actors and Favorite Movies Meme  
Saw this on onebrightmoment posted this in her journal, and it looked interesting so ...

Comment and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your Livejournal with your favorite films of theirs.


These are the actors she gave me. Alas, a few of them I'm not very fond of -- looking at you specifically, Winona Ryder -- or I've seen very few films of theirs, but I did the best I could. Here are my choices, with my reasons why I chose that particular film.

ETA: hiddeneloise decided that I should explain WHY I chose these films. So okay ...

Kate Beckinsale - Haunted ... I'm not a big fan of hers and so she's never stood out for me in any film. I've seen her in about six or seven, and of those movies, I only remembered not, well, not remembering them -- thus clearly not impressed, or actively disliking it. Haunted is the only film of hers I remember watching, liking and liking her in it. So Haunted.

Molly Ringwald - The Breakfast Club ... I'm a teenager of the 80's, so I ADORE this film. Always have, always will. I have seen most of her work, but nothing compares to this for me.

Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich ... I LOVE THIS MOVIE TO BITS! I watched it in the theater, loved it. Bought it when it came out on DVD, loved it. And it's one of the few movies, I have to pull out at least once a year just to watch because I love it so. (Although, I will say that this is the first one listed where I could easily have had a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. place.)

Katherine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story ... I love this movie. Simple as that. Jimmy Stewart was by far my favorite in the film though.

Julia Stiles - 10 Things I Hate About You ... It's the first thing I saw her in, and it's one of those movies I saw in my early 20's that just fit who I was at the time. Plus, Heath Ledger, Allison Janey, Stiles' hair. Loved it.

Julianne Moore - The End of the Affair ... I've seen almost everything she's done; she's one of my favorite actresses, but this one was easy because it not only starred her, but my favorite actor of all time, Ralph Fiennes, another favorite of mine, Stephen Rea, and was directed by my favorite director, Neil Jordan. Every moment of this is heartbreaking, poetic, poignant perfection.

Winona Ryder - Star Trek (2009) ... I've seen tons of her films, but I don't really like any of them, and Ryder's a big reason for that. She has the least impact on my appreciation of a film in this one.

Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain ... This is the only film I've seen her in. It was a good one.

Abigail Breslin - Definitely, Maybe ... I thought this was a lovely, better-than-average romantic comedy with a wonderful relationship between Breslin's character and her dad.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare in Love ... This is one of my all-time favorite movies, even if I'm not a huge Paltrow fan, I love this movie SO MUCH.

Tom Cruise - Jerry Maguire ... I'm rather anti-Tom Cruise, this is the ONLY movie he's done where his Tom Cruise-ness doesn't interfere with my enjoyment. Maybe because the film almost seems to tear down that image as Jerry is torn down. I don't know, I just know that I love this movie.

Paul Newman - Cars ... I've seen three movies of his. One of them starred Tom Cruise, I don't even remember the name of the other one and I just looked it up like an hour ago. So Cars it is. I know, I know, I gotta watch me some more Paul Newman movies!

Chris Eccleston - Perfect Parents ... This was just a brilliant, thought-provoking little film. I watched it while I was in the midst of my Doctor Who obsession, and was surprised at how good it was. I even wrote a review.

James McAvoy - Wanted ... This is one of those movies that just sticks in your brain and stays there. I don't know why, I can't explain it, but I just really, really, *really* liked it. (Plus, Keira Knightly was in Atonement -- automatic strike there.)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 10 Things I Hate About You ... This is the only film I've ever watched him in, so it wins by default. (Man, I've GOT to watch 500 Days of Summer!)

Jude Law - Cold Mountain ... So beautiful, so heartbreaking, such magnificent acting, writing, directing all-around. I loved this movie.

Dustin Hoffman - Wag the Dog ... Hilarious, and memorable. There were other films I considered, but bottom-line, this is the one I remembered the most and found him so stand-out in. It's such a clever, little film.

Morgan Freeman - Shawshank Redemption ... Beautiful movie, beautiful performance, what's not to love? (I could have listed quite a few others here, but this was the first one that came to mind, so I went with it.)

Matt Damon - Dogma ... HI-larious movie. One of my all-time favorite comedies, with a dose of thought-provocation. Fantastic. My favorite Kevin Smith film, bar-none.

Gene Kelly - Singin' in the Rain ... There were a few others I could have listed (Brigadoon was one I went back and forth in choosing), but ultimately I went with this one, if only for that title number.
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hiddeneloise: Hmm/DorothyParkerhiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Skyroom gave me a list a long time ago, and I've been assembling pictures and explanations of "why" for a long time now. I see now I should have just gone this rout: list and that's it. lol.

Seriously, you have to explain why this is your favorite of theirs! Otherwise, what's the point? Like, I know you said you hadn't seen many, but Cars for Newman?! Does "not many" mean "the only one"? :)) But seriously, it's interesting to know why, say, Haunted for Beckinsale. She's done a lot of work. Why this? Etc. :)
Arabian: moviesarabian on June 13th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
You know, I didn't even think to do that because the person I got it from just listed it, but okay. I'll go and edit.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Yay! :)
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Done. I"m assuming since you are already doing one, you don't want names, or do you?
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh, you can give me names! I can do both lists. Especially give that Skyroom gave me a lot of oldies. I think she thinks I'm 50 or something. lol (Not that I mind the oldies, I love them, in fact. But still). :)
Arabianarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Cool. To start with ... GUYS

Ralph Fiennes
Jason Dohring
John Krasinski
Matthew Perry
Matt Damon
James McAvoy
Matt Dillon
Kevin Bacon
Steve Carrell
Martin Sheen

GALS

Kristen Bell (I AM EVIL! I KNOW!)
Allison Janney
Kate Winslet
Christine Baranski
Christina Ricci
Gene Tierney
Julie Andrews
Susan Sarandon
Halle Berry
Vivien Leigh

ETA: I edited it because it looked funky with the comment count making the box I certain size. Annoying, I know. I apologize.

Edited at 2010-06-13 03:36 am (UTC)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
OMG, Kristen Bell?! Are you trying to kill me?! Hahahaha!

But I love the lists otherwise! And I can envision this post of mine being the size of a Talmud, because I will also use pictures. (though Kristen Bell makes me rethink that!). :))

Btw, Vivien Leigh is on Skyroom's list! So, crossover! :) Likewise, Matt Damon! :)
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Replace Vivien with -- Marilyn Monroe, and Damon with Ben Affleck.

FYI: My icon is a lie. ;)
hiddeneloise: No!Michael/The Officehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Bwahaha! Can't I just replace Kristen Bell? :))

Duly noted. ;)
Arabian: Kate & Leo02arabian on June 13th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
No. :)

Okay, replace Kate Winslet with Cameron Diaz.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh, okay, fine. Be that way! lol.
Arabian: Allison Janneyarabian on June 13th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
I'm just being fair. Your fault for telling me. (And I do plan on responding to you so you can pull the same stuff on me, LOL!)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
I am sooo giving you someone you'll hate! lol.

Oh, and since everyone is recommending it, I'll throw my vote ... against. I absolutely hated "500 Days of Summer." Like, viscerally. The guy is an appalling wet blanket. The girl is unlikable. Just sayin' ;) All that with the fact that i like Zooey Deschanel a whole lot. Just not in this particular piece of ... something. lol.
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder04arabian on June 13th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Alrighty, then.

Hah, you'd be surprised, I can't think of one actor that I hate that I don't like at least ONE movie they've done. I know, I shock even myself sometimes.

Heck, wanna hear another shock? I love Ian Somerhalder so much ... I put Pulse on my Netflix and should get it next week. I KNOW!

Edited at 2010-06-13 06:09 am (UTC)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
Okay, now you are just scaring me. Back away from Netflix slowly! lol.

No, seriously... Pulse?! I am gravely concerned. :)
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder01arabian on June 13th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
I've been surprised to find that I actually really do enjoy him as an actor. (Which actually shouldn't surprise me, I did love his Boone on Lost). I've watched him in eight different things now and they've all been distinct, separate characters. Sure there are similarities, but that's the case with every actor, but overall, he creates different characters and does little, believable things with even bad scripts and direction. I really do enjoy his work.

Then there's the pretty too ...

Sigh, I just wish that he'd do something that I love (like I found with Nina Dobrev and The American Mall). Obviously, I love The Vampire Diaries, and I really liked Wake, but I didn't love it. Everything else has been .. well, he's been the best thing in it by far. But I've got a bunch of more things still to watch. So we'll see.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh, and Kate Winslet, too, is on her list! Score!
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on June 13th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Replacement above. :)
Kellylavendergaia on June 13th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh, this looks fun. Can I play?
Arabian: Allison Janneyarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
It is fun! Just an FYI, I added reasons why I chose those films, feel free to do so yourself. :)


GUYS

Ralph Fiennes
Will Smith
Gary Oldman
Zac Efron
Cary Grant
Robert DeNiro
Ashton Kutcher
Brad Pitt
Hugh Dancy
Cillian Murphy

FEMALES

Angelina Jolie
Kate Winslet
Allison Janney
Drew Barrymore
Lindsay Lohan
Vivien Leigh
Anna Paquin
Helena Bonham-Carter
Meryl Streep
Amanda Seyfried
0penhearts: c abj whipped cream0penhearts on June 13th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh god I could waste HOURS on this . . . let's do it! :)
Arabian: moviesarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Hee!

GUYS

Greg Kinnear
Hugh Jackman (could be easy, could be tough for you, LOL!)
Jimmy Stewart
Ewan MacGregor
Jim Carrey
Robert Redford
Andrew McCarthy
Denzel Washington
Tom Cruise
Jake Gyllenhaal

FEMALES

Jennifer Lopez
Reese Witherspoon
Renee Zellwegger
Julia Roberts
Ellen Page
Sandra Bullock
Nicole Kidman
Judy Garland
Melanie Griffith
Amy Adams
hiddeneloise: AndyStarMug/The Officehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Aha! Better! :))

Katherine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story ... I love this movie. Simple as that. Jimmy Stewart was by far my favorite in the film though.

Indeed! :)

Plus, Heath Ledger, Allison Janey, Stiles' hair. Loved it.

Bwah! You gave her hair a star billing! :))

Julianne Moore - The End of the Affair ...

I freaking adore this movie. So painful and beautiful and haunting. Everything about it. Not the least bit Julianne's performance.

Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain ... This is the only film I've seen her in. It was a good one.

I really like her. Of all the Dawson kids (and admittedly that's not saying much) she is having the kind of a career that makes you sit up and notice. And it's because she can do so many things. She is a greatly understated and subtle actress. And she looks like a kid, but her acting is incredibly mature.

Abigail Breslin - Definitely, Maybe ... I thought this was a lovely, better-than-average romantic comedy with a wonderful relationship between Breslin's character and her dad.

I liked her since "Signs," and I that's a movie I like despite Mel Gibson (blergh). :)

Okay, seriously, dude! We have to get you educated on Paul Newman! Just ... no! Go back a few decades, will ya?! I suggest "Cool Hand Luke," "Hud," "Long Hot Summer," and, I cannot believe I have to even type this, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"! :)

James McAvoy - Wanted ...

The movie is easily taken apart and mockable, but something about it really does click. And a lot of it is due to McAvoy. He is just so on in it! :) (And yes, I'll admit right here that I have watched and liked (eek!) "Penelope"! Mock me if you dare!). :)

I really need to post my own list. I have had it from Skyroom for a long time. This is a good incentive. :) Sorry I made you work!

Arabian: moviesarabian on June 13th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Indeed! :)

It really is SUCH a fantastic movie. Cukor is such a brilliant director.

Bwah! You gave her hair a star billing! :))

Have you seen the movie? The scene where she's dancing on the table, her hair is so long and blonde, and flowing and GORGEOUS! It deserves its own billing, LOL!

I freaking adore this movie. So painful and beautiful and haunting. Everything about it. Not the least bit Julianne's performance.

I KNOW!!!!

Re; Michelle Williams. I agree, I need to watch Wendy and Lucy. And she really was brilliant in BM. My favorite scene was when the two see each other after a long time and kiss in the backyard and her character sees them through the window. Fabulous acting in that scene and the one that followed.

I will add those Paul Newman movies to my Netflix right now. DONE. Oh, and I remembered: Blaze and Hudsucker Proxy were the other *two* I'd seen him in.

The movie is easily taken apart and mockable, but something about it really does click. And a lot of it is due to McAvoy. He is just so on in it! :) (And yes, I'll admit right here that I have watched and liked (eek!) "Penelope"! Mock me if you dare!). :)

I agree on both counts. No mocking whatsoever. Dude, I just completely fell in love with a High School Musical-ish for the younger-MTV-crowd movie. I have no leg to stand upon.

Sorry I made you work!

No, it was more fun this way. :)
sourisvho: Lurvesourisvho on June 14th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
If she would've given me James McAvoy, I would've said "Penelope" too! I thought it was a touching movie.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 15th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
It really was! Sweet, and unexpectedly intelligent. :)
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on June 15th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Agreed; it was adorable and Catherine O'Hara was HYSTERICAL.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 15th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I love her! She always brings so much to every part. And this so easily could have been a cartoon performance. But it wasn't. She made her human and even very understandable in all her hyper-drive, over-the-top mother instincts. :)
zellie: film | kiss kiss bang bang : collapseleucocrystal on June 13th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I don't tend to like Julia Roberts much at all, but even I can't deny that Erin Brockovich is a great film (and she's great in it), good choice. As to Winona... I actually quite liked her when she was younger. Have you seen the version of Little Women she was in? I grew up with that book/film, and she just perfectly encapsulated the character of Jo for me. Also, I adore Edward Scissorhands, and she's in that one as well.

Oh man, watch anything you can with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it (better yet, jump right on Inception when it comes out soon, it looks amazing). He's a brilliant young actor, I just love him. He recreated Gene Kelly's "Make 'Em Laugh" number when he hosted SNL recently, which just made me love him even more.
Arabian: Mulder and Scullyarabian on June 13th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Erin Brockovich is just awesome. I have seen most Winona Ryder films, including all of her younger ones. And she just rubs me the wrong way, I pretty much don't like her in anything. Ever. And I'm not a Tim Burton, Johnny Depp (or obviously Winona Ryder) fan, so I'm one of the few who actually didn't like Edward Scissorshands. I did LOVE Alice in Wonderland, much to my surprise. Even wrote a post up about it.

The thing with JGL, I do know that he's a brilliant actor, I've just never seen him anything other than 10 Things, 3rd Rock from the Sun and clips here and there.

Okay, for you ...

GUYS

David Duchovny (of course)
Ben Stiller
Gerard Butler
Matthew McConaughey
James Marsden
Hugh Jackman
Cary Grant
Al Pacino
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes

GALS

Gillian Anderson (continue the trend)
Cate Blanchett
Vivien Leigh
Jane Fonda
Amanda Seyfried
Sigourney Weaver
Kirsten Dunst
Anne Hathaway
Isla Fisher
Rachel McAdams
zellie: actors | david : eyesleucocrystal on June 13th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. I'm not the biggest Johnny Depp fan either (especially in recent years, talk about overload), nor for Tim Burton (I loved ES, Beetlejuice and Big Fish, but that's pretty much it).

As to JGL... I'd recommend Brick (and not just for him), (500) Days of Summer (I can't stand Zooey Deschanel, but the movie is worth seeing purely for JGL, in my opinion), Brothers Bloom and Mysterious Skin. And if that SNL skit is still online, it's totally worth seeing, really well done. Plus, I follow him on Tumblr, and he's very passionate about the work he does with Sundance and is very vocal and educated about his hopes for the future of "remix culture" and creative commons rights. What's not to love? ;)

Thanks for those! I'll have to think about it...
Arabian: David Duchovnyarabian on June 13th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Brick's been recommended to me already. I have it on my Netflix. And I do like Zooey Deschanel, so I'm really hoping I'll love that movie. And I DID see him on SNL. I really need to check out his stuff, gah!
sourisvhosourisvho on June 13th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
I second the rec for Brick! That would be my pick for him. Though I enjoyed 500 Days of Summer, too.

I'll bite on a list!
Arabian: ThorneField01arabian on June 13th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
Okay, you make number #3. I really need to watch this movie.

GUYS

Michael Vartan (of course)
Ben Affleck
Ralph Fiennes
Matthew Perry
Ewan Macgregor
Cillian Murphy
Christian Bale
Cary Grant
Mel Gibson
Hugh Grant

GALS

Julia Roberts
Kate Winslet
Nicole Kidman
Marilyn Monroe
Amy Adams
Katherine Heigl
Meryl Streep
Anne Hathaway
Sandra Bullock
Melanie Griffith
sourisvho: MV heesourisvho on June 14th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
See my blog for answers! :-)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 13th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
He recreated Gene Kelly's "Make 'Em Laugh" number when he hosted SNL recently, which just made me love him even more.

Donald O'Connor. Pleasee, I love Gene Kelly as much as the next guy, but let's give credit where credit is due! Donald was a genius in his own right.
zellie: tv | chuck : uniformleucocrystal on June 13th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Haha sorry, my bad! I know that, but (a) it's been a very long day, and (b) the name Gene Kelly was in my brain from reading the post above. *headdesk*
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on June 13th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh, right, blame me! Hah!
she was a work in progress.: Televisiondreamer_98 on June 13th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
I do recommend that you see 500 Days of Summer if you can. It's really sweet and cute, but also sad and depressing at the same time. And it's pretty funny too. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are adorable.
Arabian: moviesarabian on June 13th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
It is on my Netflix list. You responded, so I'm giving you actors!

GUYS

Hugh Jackman
Ted Raimi
David Duchovny
Clark Gable
Zac Efron
Anthony Hopkins
Tom Cruise
Antonio Banderas
Ewan MacGregor
Tom Hanks

GALS

Kate Winslet
Drew Barrymore
Emma Thompson
Isla Fisher
Judy Garland
Julie Andrews
Rachel McAdams
Amanda Seyfried
Julia Roberts
Halle Berry
leosgreensleosgreens on June 14th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I wanna play!
Arabian: Eric & Sookie 01arabian on June 14th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
GUYS

Gary Oldman
James Dean
Ralph Fiennes
Antonio Banderas
Tom Cruise (hehehe)
Will Smith
Sean Penn
Christian Bale
Cary Grant
Clark Gable

GALS

Vivien Leigh
Michelle Pfeiffer
Sherilyn Fenn
Marilyn Monroe
Amy Adams
Sandra Bullock
Julia Roberts
Rachel McAdams
Meryl Streep
Julie Andrews
eolivet on June 13th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I am not commenting to get actors, because I would end up listing "Third Rock from the Sun" for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and "UK State of Play mini-series" for James McAvoy (that's how few movies I watch, hee! :p )

Have you seen "The Sting?" That's what I immediately thought of when I saw Paul Newman (one of the few "classic" movies," or at least it was in my house ;p )

(And I had no idea Gene Kelly was in the movie version of "Brigadoon!" I've never actually seen the show, musical or movie, and have always been curious about it. I know it has a couple of famous songs [which are escaping me at the moment] :p )
Maddie--Intelligent Pornkalaidascopeeye on June 13th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Girrrrl, definitely need to get some Paul Newman movies on your queue! My top two are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, both with the equally awesome Robert Redford :]

And also for JGL. I saw people downthread recommend Brick, which is a definite, and Mysterious Skin is good too, but very very heavy. Read the description beforehand definitely. And do see (500) Days. I really didn't like it but he is great in it.

I want to play, though I don't know if you know me well enough to pick actors for me, but let's see :]
Arabian: moviesarabian on June 14th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, no worries. I'm just picking out random actors out of my brain for the most part. Only a few are specifically matched to posters. :)

GUYS

Sean Penn
Andrew McCarthy
Brad Pitt
Jimmy Stewart
Val Kilmer
Ewan MacGregor
Harrison Ford
Will Smith
Matthew Perry
Denzel Washington

GALS

Kate Winslet
Cameron Diaz
Julia Roberts
Kyra Sedgwick
Julia Stiles
Joan Allen
Reese Witherspoon
Gwyneth Paltrow
JennifeR Lopez
Laura Linney
Cindy: imagingcorpsebride05 on June 15th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)

I'd like to play!
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper01arabian on June 15th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
GUYS

Christian Bale
Kiefer Sutherland
Zac Efron
Shia LeBeauf
Harrison Ford
Sean Connery
Matthew Perry
Michael Keaton
Michael J. Fox
Brad Pitt

GALS

Julia Stiles
Kate Winslet
Amy Adams
Isla Fisher
Michelle Pfieffer
Judy Garland
Drew Barrymore
Katherine Heigl
Jodie Foster
Katie Holmes
faith5by5_1013faith5by5_1013 on June 15th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I'd like to play!

I like a few Winona Rider movies, but I can't think of any I like her in. At least she's better than Tom Cruise, who ruins pretty much every movie he's in.
Arabian: Kate & Leo02arabian on June 15th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Okay, I won't give you Winona or Tom. :)

GUYS

Clark Gable
Robert DeNiro
Will Smith
Hugh Dancy
Ewan MacGregor
Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale
Andrew McCarthy
Sean Penn
Ralph Fiennes

GALS

Kate Winslet
Joan Allen
Halle Berry
Amy Adams
Emily Blunt
Anne Hathaway
Vivien Leigh
Kate Hudson
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Sigourney Weaver