Great Performances

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Bill Murray in KINGPIN (1996)

By Nick Maylor Bill Murray is a comedic legend that has firmly cemented himself as a great dramatic actor. With his appearance in Lost in Translation (2003), Murray showed that he had serious skill for the dramatic in addition to his omnipresent, unrivaled mastery of being one of the funniest people in the world. I…

Al Pacino’s 10 Greatest Performances

By John H. Foote There was a time he was the most electrifying actor in movies, his performances earning raves from film critics around the world, legions of fans following his work, his peers celebrating his artistry, from film audiences around the globe. In the seventies his work was astounding, seeing him nominated for four…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Alec Baldwin in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)

By Nick Maylor Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) has left quite a legacy since its release. Referred to (affectionately) by the cast during filming as “Death of a fucking salesman” (due to the prevalent profanity) Glengarry Glenn Ross is responsible for a long-running character on The Simpsons. Gil Gunderson Is a constantly down on his luck,…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Al Pacino in DONNIE BRASCO (1997)

By Nick Maylor Two of Al Pacino’s most famous characters are icons of organized crime. Pacino’s fame exploded after the release of The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) cemented Michael Corleone as America’s quintessential cinematic crime-lord, the ultimate representation of the dark side of the American dream, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely.…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Charlie Chaplin in THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)

By Nick Maylor Charles Chaplin was a Master of Physical comedy. Countless hours of footage of him in character as “The Tramp” serve as testimony to the notion that he was perhaps the greatest slapstick performer in history. Chaplin was also a writer, director, producer and composer for much of his famous works. In his first…

GREAT PERFORMANCES — SEAN PENN IN DEAD MAN WALKING (1995)

By John H. Foote When he comes into view there is unmistakable swagger in his walk, an arrogance, a huge chip on his shoulders, hair perfectly teased into a pompadour, his eyes blaze with seething anger. It is as though he challenges anyone he encounters, as though he has something to prove. Yet once seated,…