Thursday, October 28, 2010

Top 3 Films: Julia Roberts and Joaquin Phoenix

Today's is a double birthday edition.

JULIA ROBERTS - Happy 43rd!

I am sure that most of you are going to disagree with my choices here but that is why this is MY list and not yours.

The Pelican Brief (1993)

This film is based on a John Grisham novel and stars Roberts as Darby Shaw, a student in Law School. It also stars Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, William Atherton and Tony Goldwyn.

Julia was nominated for a MTV Move Award for Best Female Performance but lost to Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice. Personally, Julia's acting was fathoms better, as was the movie itself.

Michael Collins (1996)

This is probably my favorite biographical film. It is about the founder of the Irish Republican Army and is directed by Neil Jorddan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, In Dreams...).

It stars Liam Neeson in the title role, Aidan Quinn, Alak Rickman as future Irish President Eamon de Valera and Roberts as Kitty Kiernan, the fiancee of Collins.

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Julia plays Alice Sutton alongside Mel Gibson as conspiracy theorist (and taxi driver) Jerry Fletcher.

It was directed by Richard Donner and also stars Patrick Stewart.

On another note, I just watched a film with Julia Roberts in it last night called Charlie Wilson's War, also starring Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was a great film and darn near made the cut in this Top 3 list. Mostly, it didn't make it because she did not spend much time in the film itself.


JOAQUIN PHOENIX - Happy 36th!

Ladder 49 (2004)

Also starring John Travolta and Robert Patrick, Phoenix stars as a firefighter in Baltimore.

Walk the Line (2005)

This is another really great biographical film about Johnny Cash. Phoenix plays the main role and got a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

It also stars Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, Robert Patrick as Ray Cash (Johnny's father), and Dallas Roberts as Sun Studio owner Sam Phillips.

We Own the Night (2007)

This film is about two brothers, one played by Mark Wahlberg, who is a police captain, and the other played by Phoenix who works with gangsters.

It also stars Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes.

Phoenix got a People's Choice Award for Favorite Leading Man.

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