102 Greatest Performances of All Time

Well this took me a couple of weeks to decide who to put on this list and where. Believe me; I know there are a TON of great, great, great performances that I had to leave out of this list. There are many great actors who appear on this list, and not on this list. Look, homeboy had to make some concessions. There are a few blatant omissions on this list. Some of the omissions are made up for by that actor’s performance in a different film, that I found was a similar performance to said left out performance, but I deemed the including performance superior. Also, some performances that were left out of this list, which show up on every other acting list, I don’t find as remarkable as most do. Sorry and enjoy.

102. Peter Weller, “Robocop”

“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.”

101. Nick Nolte, “The Thin Red Line”

“The closer you are to Caesar, the greater the fear.”

100. David Strathairn, “Good Night, and Good Luck”

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. Good night, and good luck.”

99. Albert Brooks, “Drive”

“My partner is a belligerent asshole with his back against the wall, and now – so am I.”

98. Christopher Plummer, “The Insider”

“What the hell do you think I am? A 78 year-old assassin? You think I’m gonna karate him to death with this notepad?”

97. Ray Liotta, “Goodfellas”

“As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.”

96. Eric Bogosian, “Talk Radio”

“You’re fascinated by the gory details! You’re mesmerized by your own fear. You revel in floods, car accidents, unstoppable diseases, you’re happiest when others are in pain. That’s where I come in isn’t it? I’m here to lead you by the hand through the dark forest of your own hatred and anger and humiliation.”

95. Dianne Ladd, “Wild at Heart”

“Don’t turn away from love, Sailor.”

94. Brad Pitt, “12 Monkey’s”

“You know what crazy is? Crazy is majority rules. Take germs, for example.”

93. Bill Murray, “Lost in Translation”

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

92. Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises”

“Anger is dangerous. It makes people do stupid things.”

91. Brian Cox, “Manhunter”

“Don’t think you can persuade me with appeals to my intellectual vanity.”

90. Bruce Dern, “Coming Home”

“What I’m saying is – I do not belong in this house!”

89. Michael Douglas, “Wall Street”

“Every battle is won, before it is fought.”

88. Thomas Jane, “Boogie Nights”

“He’s got coke and he’s got cash, in that safe, in that bedroom and if we leave here without it, man we’re fuckin’ idiots, man! We came here to motherfuckin’ do something and we can fucking do it, alright? Are you with me?”

87. Michael Rooker, “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”

“If you shoot someone in the head with a .45 every time you kill somebody, it becomes like your fingerprint, see? But if you strangle one, stab another, and one you cut up, and one you don’t, then the police don’t know what to do. They think you’re four different people. What they really want, what makes their job so much easier, is pattern. What they call a modus operandi. That’s Latin. Bet you didn’t know any Latin, did you kid?”

86. Gene Hackman, “The Conversation”

“I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder.”

85. Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

“We are not so very different, you and I. We’ve both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another.”

84. Paul Newman, “Hud”

“I’ll remember you, honey. You’re the one that got away.”

83. Robert Duvall, “Apocalypse Now”

“Charlie don’t surf!”

82. Tom Cruise, “Magnolia”

“In this life, it’s not what you hope for, it’s not what you deserve – it’s what you take.”

81. Warren Oates, “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”

“Nobody loses all the time.”

80. Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”

“You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don’t have time to think about how many’s with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that’s about to set down on him.”

79. Robert De Niro, “Cape Fear”

“You learn about loss.”

78. Russell Crowe, “The Insider”

“I’m just a commodity to you, aren’t I? I could be anything. Right? Anything worth putting on between commercials.”

77. Helen Mirren, “The Long Good Friday”

“Don’t treat me like one of your thugs!”

76. Mickey Rourke, “Barfly”

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

75. Dennis Hopper, “Blue Velvet”

“In dreams, I walk with you. In dreams, I talk with you.”

74. Jodie Foster, “The Accused”

“You don’t understand how I feel! I’m standing there with my pants down and my crotch hung out for the world to see and three guys are sticking it to me, a bunch of other guys are yelling and clapping and you’re standing there telling me that that’s the best you can do. Well, if that’s the best you could do, then your best sucks! Now, I don’t know what you got for selling me out, but I sure as shit hope it was worth it!”

73. Anthony Hopkins, “Silence of the Lambs”

“You use Evian skin cream, and sometimes you wear L’Air du Temps, but not today.”

72. Willem Dafoe, “The Last Temptation of Christ”

“It is, accomplished!”

71. Uma Thurman, “Pulp Fiction”


70. Rock Hudson, “All That Heaven Allows”

“I can’t shoot straight anymore.”

69. William Hurt, “The Big Chill”

“A long time ago we knew each other for a short period of time; you don’t know anything about me. It was easy back then. No one had a cushier berth than we did. It’s not surprising our friendship could survive that. It’s only out there in the real world that it gets tough.”

68. Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

“Because I bloody well stammer!”

67. Harvey Keitel, “Mean Streets”

“You know what the Queen said? If I had balls, I’d be King.”

66. Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

“Come on, I want you to do it, I want you to do it. Come on, hit me. HIT ME!”

65. Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men”

“Anywhere not in your pocket. Where it’ll get mixed in with the others and become just a coin. Which it is.”

64. Nicolas Cage, “The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans”

“Do you have any coke? I accidentally snorted heroine.”

63. Liam Neeson, “Schindler’s List”

“What are you doing? These are mine. These are my workers. They should be on my train. They’re skilled ammunition workers. They’re essential. Essential girls!”

62. Johnny Depp, “Ed Wood”

“Boy, Mr. Lugosi, you must lead such an exciting life! When is your next picture coming out?”

61. Morgan Freeman, “Million Dollar Baby”

“Frankie likes to say that boxing is an unnatural act, that everything in boxing is backwards: sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back… But step back too far and you ain’t fighting at all.”

60. Christian Bale, “American Psycho”

“My mask of sanity is about to slip.”

59. Don Cheadle, “Hotel Rwanda”

“They told me I was one of them, and I… the wine, chocolates, cigars, style… I swallowed it. I swallowed it, I swallowed all of it. And they handed me their shit. I have no… no history. I have no memory. I’m a fool.”

58. Robert Mitchum, “Night of the Hunter”

“Children? Ohhhhh children!”

57. Jack Nicholson, “Chinatown”

“Have you ever head of the expression: let sleeping dogs lie?”

56. Hillary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry”

“Dear Lana, by the time you read this I’ll be back home in Lincoln. I’m scared of what’s ahead, but when I think of you I know I’ll be able to go on. You were right, Memphis isn’t that far off. I’ll be taking that trip down the highway before too long. I’ll be waiting for you. Love always and forever, Brandon.”

55. John Malkovich, “Being John Malkovich”

“I have seen a world that NO man should see!”

54. Tom Berenger, “Platoon”

“Shut up! Shut up and take the pain! Take the pain!”

53. Marlon Brando, “The Godfather”

“I said that I would see you because I had heard that you were a serious man, to be treated with respect. But I must say no to you and let me give you my reasons. It’s true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn’t be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that’s a dirty business.”

52. Dustin Hoffman, “Tootsie”

“I don’t believe in hell. I believe in unemployment, but not hell.”

51. Kevin Spacey, “American Beauty”

“I feel like I’ve been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.”

50. Benicio Del Toro, “Che”

“Executions? Yes, we have executed. We execute, and we’ll continue to execute.”

49. Gena Rowlands, “A Woman Under the Influence”

“All of a sudden, I miss everyone…”

48. Colin Firth, “A Single Man”

“It takes time in the morning for me to become George, time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave. By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I’m supposed to play.”

47. Kevin Kline, “Sophie’s Choice”

“This toast is in honor of my disassociation of you two creeps. Disassociation from you, coony captive cunt of king’s county. And you, the dreary dregs of dixie.”

46. Jack Lemmon, “Save the Tiger”

“The government has a word for survival. It’s called fraud.”

45. Al Pacino, “Godfather Part 2”

“Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand?”

44. Michael Fassbender, “Shame”


43. Denzel Washington, “Malcolm X”

“Cats that hung out together trying to find a solution found nothing. Cats that might have probed space or cured cancer, West Indian Archie might haved been a mathematical genius… but we were all victims of the American social order.”

42. Dustin Hoffman, “Lenny”

“Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt gave Lou Gehrig the clap?”

41. Jimmy Stewart, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

40. Tommy Lee Jones, “Natural Born Killers”


39. Min-sik Choi, “Oldboy”

“Even though I’m no more than a monster – don’t I, too, have the right to live?”

38. Gary Oldman, “The Contender”

“What I say the American people will believe. And do you know why? Because I will have a very big microphone in front of me.”

37. Henry Fonda, “12 Angry Men”

“It’s always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this.”

36. Christoph Waltz, “Inglorious Basterds”

“What a tremendously hostile world that a rat must endure. Yet not only does he survive, he thrives. Because our little foe has an instinct for survival and preservation second to none… And that Monsieur is what a Jew shares with a rat.”

35. Tie – Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”

“You’re a wicked, wicked woman – Martha.”

34. Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Antichrist”

“Nature is Satin’s church.”

33. Daniel Day-Lewis, “In the Name of the Father”

“Was I always bad, was I?”

32. Nick Nolte, “Affliction”

“Love? What the fuck do you know about love?”

31. Humphrey Bogart, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”

“Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.”

30. Katharine Hepburn, “Bringing Up Baby”

“Your golf ball, your running board, your car? Is there anything in the world that doesn’t belong to you?”

29. Paul Newman, “The Verdict”

“You couldn’t hack it as a lawyer. You were a bag man for the boys downtown and you still are, I know about you.”

28. William Hurt, “A History of Violence”

“When you dream, are you still Joey?”

27. Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain”

“You don’t know nothin’ about that.”

26. Bob Hoskins, “Mona Lisa”

“She was trapped. From the first time he met her. She was trapped. Like a bird in a cage. But he couldn’t see it.”

25. Marlon Brando, “On the Waterfront”

“I coulda been somebody.”

24. Ellen Burstyn, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

“If you ask me that one more time, I’m gonna beat you to death. Just sit back there and relax and enjoy life, huh?”

23. Al Pacino, “Dog Day Afternoon”

“I don’t wanna talk to some flunky pig trying to calm me man.”

22. Gregory Peck, “The Boys from Brazil”

“Do you know what I saw on the television in my motel room at one o’clock this morning? Films of Hitler! They are showing films about the war! The movement! People are fascinated! The time is ripe! Adolf Hitler is alive!”

21. Robert De Niro, “Taxi Driver”

“You’re only as healthy as you feel.”

20. Jeff Bridges, “The Door in the Floor”

“Don’t you ever, never ever, open the door in the floor.”

19. Sean Penn, “21 Grams”

“The earth turned to bring us closer. It turned on itself and in us, until it finally brought us together in this dream.”

18. Ben Kinsley, “Gandhi”

“Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.”

17. Peter Sellers, “Dr. Strangelove”

“I can – WALK!”

16. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia”

“I’m ready.”

15. Jack Lemmon, “Glengarry Glen Ross”

“What does that mean? Why would it not… Oh, fuck you. You do not know your job. That’s what I’m saying. You do not know your job. That’s what I’m saying. A man IS his job and you are fucked at yours.”

14. Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.”

13. Roy Scheider, “All That Jazz”

“To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting.”

12. Harvey Keitel, “Bad Lieutenant”

“I’m sorry Lord, I’ve done so many bad things.”

11. Daniel Day-Lewis, “Gangs of New York”

“I die, a true American.”

10. Ralph Fiennes, “Schindler’s List”

“I pardon you.”

9. Jack Nicholson, “Five Easy Pieces”

“I move around a lot, not because I’m looking for anything really, but ’cause I’m getting away from things that get bad if I stay.”

8. Marlon Brando, “A Streetcar Named Desire”

“I never met a dame yet that didn’t know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and there’s some of them that give themselves credit for more than they’ve got.”

7. Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull”

“That’s entertainment.”

6. Peter O’Toole, “Lawrence of Arabia”

“I pray that I may never see the desert again. Hear me, God.”

5. Jimmy Stewart, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

“Either I’m dead right, or I’m crazy!”

4. William Hurt, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

“The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you’ll never be unhappy again.”

3. Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”


2. Meryl Streep, “Sophie’s Choice”

“No! No! Don’t make me choose! Please!”

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis, “My Left Foot”

    “Fuck all love that is not 100 percent commitment!”


Drive, He Said.

I just recently re-installed Photoshop, and I’ve been tooling around with it. I’ve always enjoyed making my own one sheets. After about four hours, and a pack of cigarettes, I put together a 17 x 11 inch poster for one of my favorite films last year, “Drive”. Enjoy.

I am somebody (again)!

Well let me just say this friends, I received a lot of hits on my blog today, I thought it was a little unusual that a shit ton of them came from Twitter. Considering that I don’t have a Twitter, I thought this was a little suspect. When I put my skills to good use on the Google machine I discovered that Ted Hope the producer of many wonderful independent films such as “Happiness”, “21 Grams”, “In the Bedroom”, and my favorite film, “The Door in the Floor” tweeted my review for “Life During Wartime”, the sequel to “Happiness” my jaw dropped and I got a halfie (a semi-erect penis).

Thank you Mr. Hope.

Follow his Twitter at www.twitter.com/TedHope

Has anyone seen this?!

So has anyone seen this? It’s an HBO show that is in its third season. What this show is, is a five night series of half hour episode. Gabriel Byrne plays a psychiatrist who meets with a patient each night of the week. Each night he meets with a separate patient. So on Mondays he meets with patient 1, Tuesday meets with patient 2, and by the time we get to Friday night, Byrne meets with his therapist and talks about all the disgust and contempt he has for his patients.

This is a very interesting show that deals with the human character. This is the slowest burn of a character study I have ever seen, but when the show starts rolling, it’s amazingly beautiful. We don’t see much of Gabriel Byrne’s wife, because most of his screen time he is listening to his patients and we’re just waiting for his anticipation. When he meets with his therapist on Friday, he’s like a new person. He’s not calm and in control; he’s unleashed and on fire.

This is my new obsession.

Yes, I am a sinner.

I can’t believe I did this.  I broke two cardinal rules today.  I can’t even believe I did this.  This all started because my TV/DVD combo shit out in my room.  I went to Best Buy today and was going to purchase a TV, I found a decent one for around $300.  It’s a 24 inch Dynex.  It was a DVD combo as well, I checked out and it rang up at $250 – what a steal!  I get home, set the bitch up.  I break out Nine, I was gonna watch it.  I couldn’t find the DVD player, I bought the wrong model.  Next move, take my X-Box 360 from the family room and use that as a DVD player, it’s been on the fritz lately and red ringed me to death.  Back to best buy.  I’m going to get a cheap DVD player.

Here’s where a broke my first cardinal rule:  I bought a Blu Ray DVD player.  I’ve been against Blu-Ray from the beginning.  I like the way film looks.  I’m a traditionalist.  Hey, the Blu Ray player is WiFi and has Netflix, Pandora, You Tube and a slew of other nice features – and it was on sale $150.  I then bought Sin City and Boogie Nights, I don’t own those on DVD and I refuse to start over – that is until I broke the second cardinal rule – I saw Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut.
I spent around $600 dollars today.

I wanted to buy 2001 on Blu Ray, but Kubrick would have rolled over in his grave.

I’m going to buy the Criterion Antichrist and A Single Man on Blu Ray.  fml
UPDATE:  Blu Ray players do not come with HDMI cables.  Classy.

50 Greatest Movie Villains!

After a weekends worth of thoughts, here it is…the top 50 villains in cinema history!

50. Wayne Newton, “National Lampoons Vegas Vacation”

“Would you like some pasta? It’s Steve Martin’s recipe.”

Nothing says homewrecker like Wayne Newton in National Lampoons Vegas Vacation. Nothing.

49. The Great Danton (Hugh Jackman), “The Prestige”

“You always were the better magician. We both known that. Whatever your secret was – mine is better.”

48. Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”.

“Leland, Leland, you’ve been a good vehicle and I’ve enjoyed the ride. But now he’s weak and full of holes. It’s almost time to shuffle off to Buffalo!”

47. Richard Nixon, “The Watchmen”

46. Eric Qualen (John Lithgow), “Cliffhanger”

45. Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson), “Lone Star”

44. Aaron (Edward Norton), “Primal Fear”

43. Colin (Matt Damon), “The Departed”

42. Drill Sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), “Full Metal Jacket”

41. Jack Forrester (Jeff Bridges), “The Jagged Edge”

40. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford), “What Lies Beneath”

39. Noah Cross (John Huston), “Chinatown”

38. Alex Frost (Glenn Close), “Fatal Attraction”

37. Private Detective (M. Emmet Walsh), “Blood Simple”

36. Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), “The Graduate”

35. Barbra Covett (Judi Dench), “Notes on a Scandal”

34. Senator Shelly Runyon, R – IL (Gary Oldman), “The Contender”

33. Richie Cussak (William Hurt), “A History of Violence”

32. Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway), “Network”

31. Vic Vega (Michael Madsen), “Reservoir Dogs”

30. The Overlook Hotel, “The Shining”

29. The Man with No Eyes (Morgan Woodward), “Cool Hand Luke”

28. Max Cady (Robert DeNiro & Robert Mitchum), “Cape Fear”

27. Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), the Star Wars films

26. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), “Godfather Part II”

25. John Doe (Kevin Spacey), “Se7en”

24. Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), “Body Heat”

23. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), “The Wizard of Oz”

22. Scar (Jeremy Irons), “The Lion King”

21. Sport (Harvey Keitel), “Taxi Driver”

20. Frank Black (Henry Fonda), “Once Upon a Time in the West”

“Is it safe?”

19. Szell (Laurence Olivier), “Marathon Man”

18. Glen Whitehouse (James Coburn), “Affliction”

17. Jack Wilson (Jack Palance), “Shane”

16. Minnie Casavet (Ruth Gordon), “Rosemary’s Baby”

15. Dr. Hannibal Lector (Brian Cox), “Manhunter”

14. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), “Wall Street”

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”

13. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), “Die Hard”

12. Ernst Stavro Blofed (Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Grey) The James Bond films

11. Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), “Gangs of New York”

10. The Joker (Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger), “Batman”, “The Dark Knight”

9. Little Bill Daget (Gene Hackman), “Unforgiven”

8. Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), “Platoon”

7. Keyser Soze (Kevin Spacey), “The Usual Suspects”

6. Anton Chigurn (Javier Bardem), “No Country for Old Men”

5. Captain Dudley Smithe (James Cromwell), “L.A. Confidential”

4. Frank Boothe (Dennis Hopper – RIP), “Blue Velvet”

3. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

2. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), “Night of the Hunter”

1. Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), “Schindler’s List”