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30 June 2010 @ 12:32 am
20 Actors/Favorite Movie Meme  
corpsebride05 gave me the '20 actors, pick your favorite movie' meme, so here I go again. I already did this one with: 'Reply and I'll give you a list of actors,' but I think anyone who was going to reply already did, so I'll just answer her list here. She gave me a mix of Classic and Now Hollywood. I am disappointed in myself to say that a few of the classic folks, I'd never seen any films by them. :sniffsniff:

Vivien Leigh - Embarassingly easy. Look at my default icon, and the name of my LJ. Yup, Gone with the Wind. That and Aliens are my two favorite movies of all time. So totally: GWTW FTW!

Clark Gable - As much as I adore It Happened One Night, yuppers, look at the answer to Vivien Leigh. Gone with the Wind all the way, baby.

Veronica Lake - I've never seen a Veronica Lake film; I know who she is, but I've never seen a movie with her.

Gary Cooper - I do like a few of his other movies, but this one is easily Ball of Fire. Charming, adorable, little film.

Jimmy Stewart - Yada, yada, yada, It's a Wonderful Life, great movie and all that, but hands down I've got to go with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Like many films of that era, the romance was rushed and we didn't really see the whole falling in love, but the heart of the story, the characters, the drama, passion and just sheer brilliance of Stewart ... ah, I love this movie.

Lauren Bacall - I've never seen her classic stuff. Major fail on my part, I've got to rectify that. I have seen Dogville though, so, I guess that.

Marilyn Monroe - Ah, I've seen most of her movies and liked plenty, but this one is easy also: Bus Stop. She was so heartbreakingly vulnerable and so darn likable in this. I just adore her in it, and I loved the movie.

James Dean - Ugh, not the overrated Giant, which I just watched. Rebel with a Cause, definitely.

Natalie Wood - The Great Race with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. This is one of THE most hysterical movies I've ever seen, and Wood -- like everyone else in it -- was utterly brilliant.

Vincent Price - I was wrong, I actually have seen about five Price movies, so I'm going with Leave Her to Heaven.

Johnny Depp - I'm not a Depp fan, but I absolutely adored Alice in Wonderland. So that. (With What's Eating Gilbert Grape second, but that has nothing to do with him; he was utterly forgettable in it.)

Helena Bonham-Carter - ADORE HER! I'm going with the splendiferous A Room with a View. Charming, witty, breezy, lushly romantic, beautifully written, directed, the superlatives can go on.

Salma Hayek - Another actress I love, I'm gonna cheat here and go with a tie because one of the films she has a big role, and another she's basically got a bit role so it shouldn't fully count, I don't think. Glorified bit role - From Dusk Till Dawn. I freaking adore this movie. It's AWESOME! And Fools Rush In, I thought that she and Matthew Perry had wonderful chemistry, I loved the acting, the story, the pacing, everything. One of my favorite romantic comedies ever.

Penelope Cruz - Ugh, do not like her. Do I have to? *sigh* I've only seen her in two films because I pretty much avoid her stuff, so I'll go with the one I disliked the least: Captain Corelli's Mandolin. And that was pretty lame, but come on? Sahara? Just no. I forgot she was in Belle Epoque, which I saw and that movie was cute, so that.

Daniel Day-Lewis - Like with HBC, gotta go with one of my all-time favorite movies: A Room with a View. And his Cecil was such a hilarious prig.

Jim Parsons - Hee! Other than a few scenes in films, he hasn't really done much film work, but of those he's done, I'd go with Garden State. It's the only one of his films that I watched and liked separately from him.

Kayley Cuoco - The only movie of hers that I know of that wasn't a tv movie, and she had significant air time in was Killer Movie, which, gosh darn't!, I actually enjoyed. So, Killer Movie.

Halle Berry - Not her greatest role, but it's the movie and I'm a HUGE fan of the first X-Men movie. Love it to bits, so that.

Zoe Saldana - I've only seen her in Star Trek -- which I adored, so yeah, that.

Nicole Kidman - Okay, this is tough because not only is Nicole Kidman one of my all-time favorite actresses, there are several movies with her that I really, really love. Lemme think. There's Australia, To Die For and Cold Mountain at the top of the list. I loved all of them, thought she was utterly brilliant in each, but I have got to go with the thrilling, enthralling, amazing ... Moulin Rouge.
Sarahpie_is_good on June 30th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
I LOVE THE GREAT RACE!! We quote that movie in my house all the time.

Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies of all time. So good. Nicole Kidman is probably better in other movies, but Moulin Rouge is just...so perfect. Love it. :)
Arabian: moviesarabian on June 30th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
The sparkle of Tony Curtis' teeth whenever he smiles gets me EVERY TIME!

Nicole Kidman is probably better in other movies, but Moulin Rouge is just...so perfect.

This. Absolutely.
leosgreens: pamleosgreens on June 30th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Ok woman! Your classical education was lacking when we lived on Guam but I had hoped that I had helped set you on the right path! You've never seen To Have and Have Not? The Big Sleep? How to Marry a Millionaire? How have you never seen a Vincent Price movie?! Never mind Laura, The Song of Bernadette, Leave Her to Heaven, and The Fly, you've never seen Edward Scissorhands? (I know you don't like Depp and Burton, but even back then? You never saw it?)

I am very shocked. Shocked and appalled!

(I have never seen a Veronica Lake movie either, but she's hardly on the same level as Bacall and Price.)
irlandesakirlandesak on June 30th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Wow. Ha. TY for your post because I was nodding along with Jennifer when she was talking about never having seen a VP movie but after reading your reply, I realize now I've seen several.

Laura is a must see. I adore that movie.

And Lauren is fab in TH&HN as well as The Big Sleep.
Arabianarabian on June 30th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I was wrong, I've seen Laura, Leave her to Heaven, the Fly and Edward Scissorhands, so my answer is LHtoH.

I will rent some LB movies, I will.
Arabian: Penny02 - Face Palmarabian on June 30th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, I didn't even look at Vincent Price's list. I've seen Laura, Leave her to Heaven, the Fly and Edward Scissorhands. I'll go change that answer then, LOL! But yeah, no to the Lauren Bacall movies.
irlandesakirlandesak on June 30th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)

Penelope Cruz - Ugh, do not like her. Do I have to? *sigh* I've only seen her in two films because I pretty much avoid her stuff, so I'll go with the one I disliked the least: Captain Corelli's Mandolin. And that was pretty lame, but come on? Sahara? Just no.

Have you seen any of her Spanish stuff? I don't dislike PC but I do find her more interesting in her native language than her English stuff. She has done some Almodovar where she has had some supporting roles. And I first saw her in a movie called Belle Epoque which was a fun movie.

Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on June 30th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did see Belle Epoque, and I liked that better than CCM, so I'll change my answer to that.
Cindy: up all nightcorpsebride05 on June 30th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, I enjoyed reading this!

Vincent Price Rocks! He's one of my all-time favorites! I just Love him! When you get time, you should check him out , in addition to the other films others mentioned, these favorites of mine: Edward Scissorhands, The House of Wax, The Comedy of Terrors, The Tomb of Ligeia, Theatre of Blood, and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine!

I've only seen two Veronica Lake films: I Married a Witch, and Sullivan's Travels. In both films she is beautiful and brilliant. I Married a Witch was the inspiration for the classic tv show Bewitched; only this film has a delightfully wicked edge! You will Love it!

As for Lauren Bacall, she was in two films with Nicole Kidman: Birth and Dogville. These Bacall films I recommend: all four Bogart and Bacall films: To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep (Awesome!), Dark Passage, and Key Largo: and the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express. The beginning of that film haunts me to this day!

I also adore Nicole Kidman. My favorites of hers are, of course, Moulin Rouge and The Others. I think I'm most impressed with her acting in The Others. She really goes over the edge in that one!
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Dinerarabian on June 30th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have seen some VP -- I didn't even look at the movie list I was just so sure I hadn't. I've changed my answer on him. Hmm, I did see Dogville, but not Birth, but I definitely have to add those Bogie & Bacall movies to my list.

Nicole Kidman is AWESOME!
Cindy: pic#101814281corpsebride05 on June 30th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

Don't forget about Veronica Lake! She's brilliant in this brilliant comedy classic:


Sullivan's Travels clip
leosgreens: sooricleosgreens on July 1st, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
I have now been inspired to make a list of classic actors that I shamefully have not seen anything in yet. Should be up tomorrow, and if there's any you've seen that I haven't, you can chide me! :) LOL
Arabianarabian on July 1st, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Will do. :)