All posts tagged: Actors

My 5 Favorite De Niro Performances

If you asked me who my favorite actor is I’d proudly proclaim ROBERT DE NIRO, along with thousands upon thousands of other fans across the world. In each role he fills, De Niro engages, scares, surprises, and connects. He is a bonafide legend, and the depth, tone, subtlety, and intensity he is able to create within each of his characters is nothing short of awe-inspiring. In honor of his 72nd birthday, here are my five favorite Robert De Niro performances, in no particular order. What are yours? Jake La Motta – Raging Bull (1980) Raging Bull is one of my favorite films for numerous reasons, including Robert De Niro’s mesmerizing performance (for which he won the Academy Award), the stunning cinematography, and the truly moving soundtrack. In Raging Bull we see the destruction of a man’s world, as his anger and jealousy corrodes the relationships in his life. It’s one of those films and performances that one can never do justice to when discussing – it simply must be watched and enjoyed. Michael – The Deer Hunter (1978) The Deer Hunter provides an examination of the Vietnam war and its impact on American …

Charming and Thoughtful, “Young Like Us” Explores Female Friendships Amidst the Complications of Post-College Life

Oh the trials and tribulations of post-college life. We’re led to believe that once we graduate everything will fall perfectly into place, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Life becomes exponentially more complicated, and the friends who were like family during college are now drifting in opposite directions. At times, it’s a struggle even knowing who you are or where you’re going. How do you continue on your own down the path you’ve foraged? And how do you keep your friendships together in the process? “Young Like Us” – a charming and thoughtful eight-episode web series on YouTube – asks these questions and more. The series features three ex-roommates, Mia, Ava, and Charlie, who start a fake band in order to sustain their bond after they’ve graduated and moved out of their Brooklyn apartment. Their band-practice room becomes a place of refuge, where they can escape together and share the tales of their daily struggles and triumphs. Through their music, the characters are able to explore feelings about relationships, sexuality, identity, and what the future may hold. In each …

Standout Performances of the Year

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite performances of the year based on what films and television shows I watched in 2014. What performances stood out to you this year? Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) → Although Get on Up had its flaws, Chadwick Boseman’s performance as James Brown was practically flawless. I believe he deserves an Oscar nomination, but unfortunately that’s not likely to happen. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) → Ralph Fiennes is delightful as Mr. Gustave H. I could watch The Grand Budapest Hotel an infinite amount of times and never get tired of his dapper and charming character. Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) → Kevin Spacey is Kevin Spacey, so he’s basically amazing in anything and everything, but there’s something special about his role as Frank Underwood. When he breaks the fourth wall and talks to you in that smooth southern accent, it’s awfully scary and spectacular. Reese Witherspoon (Wild) → Reese Witherspoon is a great actress and truly takes the audience somewhere deep and personal in Wild. Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”) → Rust Cohle is possibly the most dark …

My Top 5 Favorite Ryan Gosling Performances

5. Crazy, Stupid, Love Though Ryan Gosling is most well-known for his dramatic roles, he proves to be a great comedic actor in Crazy, Stupid, Love. As Jacob Palmer, Gosling perfectly portrays a shallow hunk who re-discovers his heart after falling in love with someone other than himself. His razor sharp attitude and quick-witted remarks make for a hilarious performance. And have you seen how good he looks in dress clothes? Wow. 4. Lars and the Real Girl Lars and the Real Girl is about a shy and depressed young man who develops an emotional relationship with a blow up doll. As Lars, Gosling is gentle and serene, keenly playing a hurt soul who finds acceptance in a doll who can neither judge nor desert him. Lars and the Real Girl is both heart warming and distinctly unique. 3. Half Nelson In Half Nelson Gosling plays Dan Dunne, a school teacher who’s hiding his crack addiction. Though he lights up in front of his class, behind closed doors Dan is troubled and lonely. Through a relationship he forms with one of his students (Drey played by Shareeka Epps) we …

20 Fun Facts on Seinfeld’s 25th Anniversary

Seinfeld, which debuted on July 5, 1989, turns 25 years old today. In honor of the series’ anniversary, here are 20 fun facts about the show about nothing: 1. The majority of the series was shot at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. 2. Jerry’s address is mentioned in the show as 129 W. 81st St., though in an error, his apartment building exterior says 757. 3. The character of George Costanza was based off of co-creator/producer, Larry David. 4. There was only one episode without George (season 3, episode 3, “The Pen”). 5. Larry David’s former neighbor Kenny Kramer was initially paid $1,000 to allow the use of his name. After the series ended, he began touring as the host of Kramer’s Reality Tour and Kramer’s Reality Road Show. 6. The name Costanza comes from Jerry’s former friend Mike Costanza, who sued Jerry, Larry David, and NBC for $100 million, citing defamation and invasion of privacy. Costanza lost the case, but has since written a book entitled “The Real Constanza” in which he claims that the character is based …

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ – Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto Deliver Spectacular Performances

Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a Texan who begins smuggling prescription drugs into the US when he is diagnosed with HIV and finds that the medication he is receiving is not helping. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Woodroof, Jared Leto as his saucy business partner Rayon, and Jennifer Garner Dr. Eve Saks, his compassionate doctor. It’s 1985. Ron Woodroof is an electrician and bull rider in Dallas, TX. He’s a homophobe, a drug addict, and a man who’s eager to sleep with any woman who’s willing. After living recklessly for quite some time, Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV and told he only has 30 days to live. Soon he becomes aware of his day to day existence – transforming his intense energy into something positive and powerful. When he discovers that AZT, the first HIV medication approved by the FDA, is actually hurting his body rather than helping, Ron establishes the Dallas Buyers Club, selling memberships in …