As mentioned in my Leading Performances of the 2000’s post, the 2000’s was a massive decade in my movie life. Some of these performances sit right in the top handful of my favourites of all time list, and many more amazing ones didn’t quite make the cut. My preferences do tend to lean towards male performances but I have made a conscious decision to somewhat even up the gender imbalance for this one. So I have taken plenty of time to have a think about female performances I may have previously overlooked but unfortunately it is still male heavy.
My August started with the brilliance and excitement of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which was followed by two more new viewings, giving false hope for a month of hardcore film watching. But alas, life and laziness get in the way and the rest of the month was spent either watching nothing, watching Curb Your Enthusiasm or showing my girlfriend movies she somehow hasn’t seen. So once again, here’s a fairly brief recap of my movie watching month:
So far, 2018 has been a steady year for film with some excellent Marvel films, an almost perfect action blockbuster, another top Pixar outing and one of the more interesting sci-fi’s of recent years. The best though, I hope is yet to come. Below are the trailers for what I feel are some of the second half of 2018’s more intriguing films.
Since his breakout in 1991’s Thelma and Louise, Brad Pitt has been one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. Much of his fame has been attributed to his good looks, charisma and much focused relationships. Behind all of that though, is one of the most natural and talented actors of the past thirty years. While his acting has its limits, very few actors have been able to match Pitt’s rare combination of easy charm and brooding intensity. With regular hits since the early 90’s, he’s also one of the more successful actors and his ability to pick his roles has ensured his place in history.
Following on from my series last year where I looked at the best leading and supporting performances in the films of the 2010s to date, this time I’m going to put forward my best performances from the last completed decades. The decade in which I fell in love with film, sentimental value means I would have roughly a quarter of my top 50 film list occupied by films from the 2000’s. Starting with a bang with the likes of Requiem for a Dream, Gladiator and American Psycho producing amazing acting efforts, the decade would be a strong one right through to the Oscar winning work of Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique to end the decade. But this article is just for the leading roles, so we’ll get back to those two later on!
This franchise, the brainchild of Tom Cruise, began 22 years ago with Brian de Palma’s Mission: Impossible (1996), and has seen a new film released roughly every four years since. Aside from John Woo’s misfire with Mission: Impossible II (2000), the films have basically gone from strength to strength. de Palma’s original still holds up incredibly well and is expanded on and modernised by J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III (2006). Abrams then shuffled back into a producer’s chair and let Brad Bird take the reins for the relentlessly exhilarating Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). Most recently, noted screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie gave us Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015). With just as many brilliant set pieces and some added depth to the story-telling, it was my favourite MI film to that point.
With the World Cup finishing and The Sopranos all wrapped up (look out for an article!), July was a hotbed of film watching activity. In total I watched fifteen films with nine of these being first time viewings. Not quite the halcyon days of my late teens and early twenties but I’ll take it. It should also be noted that I watched a season and a half of The Handmaid’s Tale during this period!