Thursday, August 6, 2009

Movie "Stars" I love Part 1

Forget about the big names, "A-List" talent or whatever that means. I'll take a Character Actor or someone beaming with a real charisma over those manufactured Hollywood clones any day. I give special props to those actors who were unafraid to tackle on genre projects. I present you with a list of some of my favorite actors, who within good or bad films, totally won my heart... Let the idol worship begin! JOE DON BAKER of WALKING TALL, WACKO and CHARLEY VARRICK LINDA BLAIR of ROLLER BOOGIE, THE EXORCIST and SAVAGE STREETS ROBERT FORSTER of MEDIUM COOL, ALLIGATOR and JACKIE BROWN ANGIE DICKINSON of POLICEWOMAN, PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW and DRESSED TO KILL HAL HOLBROOK of RITUALS, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and THE FOG PAM GRIER of JACKIE BROWN, COFFY and BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA SCOTT JACOBY of BAD RONALD, THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE and DEADLY RIVALS BARBARA STEELE of BLACK SUNDAY, CAGED HEAT and PIRANHA KEN FOREE of DAWN OF THE DEAD, LEATHERFACE and FROM BEYOND DAPHNE ZUNIGA of MODERN GIRLS, THE SURE THING and MELROSE PLACE TONY ROBERTS of PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, ANNIE HALL and AMITYVILLE 3-D MICHELLE MEYRINK of VALLEY GIRL, REVENGE OF THE NERDS and REAL GENIUS CHRISTOPHER GEORGE of PIECES, GRADUATION DAY and MORTUARY PAMELA FRANKLIN of THE INNOCENTS, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE and SATAN'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS JOHN GLOVER of THE CHOCOLATE WAR, GREMLINS 2 and 52 PICK-UP DEBORAH FOREMAN of VALLEY GIRL, MY CHAUFFEUR and APRIL FOOL'S DAY GEORGE KENNEDY of COOL HAND LUKE, AIRPORT '75 and JUST BEFORE DAWN A lot of these folk may not be acting anymore, but may their performances in each of their films live on forever. Part 2: The Revenge to air at a later date, to be determined.


Kevin J. Olson said...

Great list. I loved Joe Don Baker in the wonderfully awful Mitchell and Final Justice...both which were taken to task (lovingly I'm sure, hehe) by the crew at MST3K.

Also, I love that you mention Rituals when talking about Hal Holbrook. It's been a looong time since I've seen that.

J.D. said...

Joe Don was also awesome in the little seen crime film THE OUTFIT with Robert Duvall and featuring Robert Ryan's last performance.

Racicot said...

Sweet. I wanna play to.

Strother Martin - Slap Shot, The Wild Bunch.

And Michael Parks - Kill Bill, From Dusk 'Till Dawn 3.

Hope to meet Ms. Steele at Toronto's Festival of Fear the end of the month.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Ooh, I love me some Strother Martin. Excellent choices.

laura linger said...

These are fantastic choices. And Valley Girl is a seriously great movie, completely overlooked most of the time and not given any respect. It features another great character actress in it: Colleen Camp.

The two leads in Jackie Brown (Forrester and Grier) were completely ignored by the Academy, which, given their predisposition toward giving awards for crap, I am not too surprised.

Teri Garr would be high up on my list here.

wiec? said...

really cool list!

Holbrook was great in so many things. Magnum Force and Fletch 2 among many others. he can play such a nice old guy one minute and a total creep the next. sad to say i saw him doing insurance infomercials on late night TV.

never saw Rituals but i think i'll check it out soon.

Baker's Bufford Pusser is one of my favorites. good call. can't wait for more of these posts.

Cinema Du Meep said...

wiec-- I hope he was being compensated well. I really liked his turn on the Sopranos from the last season. And he was great in Into The Wild. He still has it. Now that's a long-lasting career.

Anonymous said...

Great list, but you forgot the great Nicholas Worth(Don't Answer The Phone, Swamp Thing, Armed 7 Dangerous).


Watch Movies said...

Thank You for reviews ! I heard lot about this movie from my friends but never seen. Let me make plan..I will surely go for this movie.

Ty said...

Killer List! Love all the actors & actresses mentioned!

Joe Don Baker, Pam Grier and Robert Forster are so great!

Grier: Jackie Brown, Coffy, and Foxy Brown are excellent.

Forster has made some hidden gems like American Perfekt, Magic Of Marciano, and Diamond Men.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Forster has so many films under his belt, and so many of them choice performances. He rules.

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