Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Top 3 Films: Robert Redford and Edward Norton


Happy 74th Birthday Robert!

The Natural (1984)

This film, directed by Barry Levinson, was about a fictional baseball player named Roy Hobbs, played by Redford.

It also starred Glen Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Michael Madson, Joe Don Baker and Robert Duvall.

Spy Game (2001)

This spy film which also stars Brad Pitt was directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, etc.). Redford plays CIA agent Nathan Muir who spends the entire movie detailing his past association with Pitt's character Tom Bishop, who was caught trying to break someone out of a Chinese prison.

The Last Castle (2001)

In this film, Redford plays an Army General, Eugene Irwin, who is sentenced to a military prison for violating a presidential order.

It is directed by Rod Lurie and also stars James Gondolfini (Tony Soprano) as the prison warden and Mark Ruffalo as a fellow inmate.

This is a great film and anyone that has not seen it should go rent it very soon.


Happy 41st Ed!

American History X (1998)

Norton stars as Derek Vinyard, a former neo-Nazi skinhead who is jailed for killing 2 black men and while there goes through a transformation.

The films also starts Edward Furlong as Derek's brother Danny who longs to be just like his brother, Beverly D'Angelo as Derek and Danny's mother, and Avery Brooks as Bob Sweeney, principal of Danny's school.

Edward was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role but lost to Roberto Benigni for his role in Life is Beautiful..............yeah, my reaction was the same? Who? What?

Fight Club (1999)

This movie was kind of freaky, but in a good way. It was based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk. I tried reading the novel but couldn't really follow what the hell was going on in there. It was even freakier than the damn movie.

Anyway, Norton plays this guy (they never give his name) that starts bouncing around different support groups and ends up meeting "another person" named Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Good movie. Really good movie. But the main reason that this movie is on this list is because of the AMAZING performance that Edward Norton did as Bruce Banner.

In my opinion, no body has ever played Banner as well as Norton did. Ever! Not Bill Bixby. Definitely not Eric Bana.

This movie is not a sequel to the 2003 movie Hulk in which Bana plays the character but it is a reboot of the franchise (mostly because the 2003 film sucked so bad that Marvel Studios bought the movie rights from Universal Pictures so they could re-do it).

So anyway, besides Norton this movie also stars Liv Tyler as Betty Ross (I actually liked Jennifer Connelly in the role better in the other Hulk movie), Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, who becomes Abomination, and William Hurt as General Ross (I liked Sam Elliott in the role better than Hurt). Lou Ferrigno does the voice of the Hulk and has a short cameo as a college security guard.

No awards on this one but the film did rank #1 at the box office its opening weekend.

1 comment:

  1. The Natural is one of the best sports related films ever.

    Emily and I went to see American History X in the theaters (it was only playing at Tinseltown, which is kind of ironic). Great film! There was of course the controversy over the use of the term “Hate Edge” on the finger/knuckle tattoos of the really fat skinhead. That has since been replaced with “skinhead” on the DVD.