I’ve liked watching films from a young age. Pure for entertainment values, though I did like to believe I had a chance of being in a film once myself.
Of course, that didn’t happen.
Instead, I always rented films when I felt like it. Especially after I moved out of the house, it was such a deeply satisfying business! It took me a while to notice, however, there were actors and actresses that guaranteed a film to be a joy to watch. And those who offered quite the opposite. Note that I’m an avid film watcher but NOT, I repeat NOT a theatre visitor. I watch films in my own home, on the couch, with access to my own opinions and foods and distractions and so on.
So here, my opinion on a few of my favorites and my non-favorites. This list could be added to due to watching more films or realising I’ve forgotten someone 🙂
Jack Nicholson, the actor in the first film I bought (‘As Good As It Gets’). He has been known to be a successful addition to a film. I did used to buy any film that had him in it. Pleasure to watch and usually good acting.
Helen Hunt: good actress in usually good films. She is pleasant to look at and doesn’t just take any role, as far as I can see. Ofcourse, What Women Want wasn’t the best film, but she made it work.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: lovely to look at, unfortunately not reliable on her own. She did pick several shit films. If she’s surrounded by other good actors who I know will be good, I’ll watch it.
Kirsten Dunst: hardly ever plays a pleasant person and is even less reliable. Lots of others surrounding her (like in ‘Mona Lisa Smile’) do tend to make her better. I don’t mean to say she is not a good actress, but as she hardly ever plays a pleasant person, I at least need someone to have that vibe to be able to watch anything she plays in.
Maggie Gyllenhaal: excellent choice of characters, usually picks her films with care and acts her ass off. For a film, that’s quite pleasureable 🙂 For her, I’ll buy a film.
Jennifer Aniston: though I liked her performance in Friends quite a lot, she never seems to play a different role than that of Rachel. Only ‘The Good Girl’ is a bit different. And there it’s still mostly Jake Gyllenhaal making her fun. Jennifer Aniston is anything but a reason to buy a film. She usually picks very shitty ones. The moody, Rachel-like type. It gets old after ‘Friends’. If you don’t even like that series, don’t watch a film with her in it.
Tyne Daly: this actress has marvellous principles and somehow this reflects bloody well in her work. I’ll watch anything with her. She does mostly tv-work. I very much loved her power of acting in Judging Amy. If not more people became social workers after seeing her in action, I don’t know. She was the best commercial for it on her own.
Helen Mirren: fantastic actress. Has made some unfortunate choices filmwise (‘Arthur’, WTF??) but I loved her in RED. I’ve also seen several interviews with her and she is just so funny and feminine. Really picks the bull at the balls if necessary. Love that.
Mel Gibson: until ‘What Women Want’ he was messfree. Then it started and it never really healed. Unfortunate. Films made during the 90s or before tend to be good, after that: not so much.
Whoopi Goldberg: I loved her in ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘The Color Purple’. She doesn’t always necessarily choose the best films, but for her I’ll buy a film.
Meryl Streep: is such a perfectionist that a film with her is nearly always good. You even forgive her for a weird choice as ‘Mamma Mia’ or a dreadfully dull one as ‘The Iron Lady’.
Angelina Jolie: great actress, not always the best films, but she acts great in them. I won’t necessarily buy a film with her though. If other actors that I know are good are in it too, then yes. Angelina has a name of being quite active in a film which makes it nice, but if there’s basically no story-line, well…what’s the joy of watching it then, eh?
Jim Carrey: aside from the few OKish films he made, he’s just not the actor I wanna see. He doesn’t really act, is just a wild monkey. He has his moments in films, but if you’re already potty-trained, it gets old quite quickly.
Melissa McCarthy: I totally loved her in Gilmore Girls. She is just such a spontaneous and happy character, no matter what she plays. She has attitude, but it’s a sweet one too I loved her most in ‘Bridesmaids’.
Lauren Graham: also from the Gilmore Girls. Hasn’t had the best picks in scripts, I think. I do like her, but somehow she always ends up in religious crappy films. Which I don’t understand, as she had such a delightful free of mind character in Gilmore Girls.
Richard Gere: was good in 90s films, but kind of lost his hotness after that.
Hugh Grant: I’m sorry he doesn’t like to act, but the guy bloody well knows how to deliver a line. I will buy a film with him in it. The guy is just such a natural. Except for that one film that I can’t even remember the title of, yes. He was very bad in that, but thankfully he noticed and he never did such a stupid thing again. So woohoo!
Emma Thompson: because of various other British actresses, she popped out for me a bit later, to be honest. I do love her distinct voice of humour, the character she brings along whenever playing a role. She can be anything. Dramatic, funny, weird. I haven’t seen her sexy. I think? But after this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJF22bluCRE and her ‘clash’ with Stephen Fry on QI, I can’t say that I don’t love and adore this lady. It’s impossible.
Cameron Diaz: a flirty actress. Flirty with live, I mean. She doesn’t really pick her films with care as far as I can see. Which means not all of them are necessarily good or entertaining. I did like Charlies Angels and In Her Shoes, but I hated The Sweetest Thing. I can’t call that acting. She has a very slender figure and knows how to dance, which seems to get her most of the parts she’s going for. And it has to be said: it’s nearly impossible to stay still if she starts moving her bum around.