zaterdag 29 januari 2011

Best of... Edward Norton

Yesterday I watched "Fight Club" and that reminded me again of how good an actor Edward Norton actually is. And how many great films he made. I think he's kind of underrated. Here are my favorite Norton movies.

"Primal Fear"
The star of the movie was Richard Gere, but Edward Norton was by far the best performer in this film. He even got a Oscar nomination. I haven't seen this film in a long time, but I really do like it.

"The People Vs. Larry Flint"
A very controversial film about a pornography publisher, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, who launched Hustler magazine. Edward plays his lawyer and does a good job. The reason I liked this movie is because the 'hero' isn't perfect but you still kinda root for him.

"American History X"
I was completely overwhelmed when I saw it for the first time. I think this is my favorite Norton movie. He plays Derek Vinyard, an ex-con who used to be a neo-nazi. Now his younger brother is going down the same wrong path as he did and Derek is trying to stop him. Great acting, a fantastic film. I only look away during the scene where the guy has to put his mouth on the curb.

"Fight Club"
I think this is the overall favorite for most people, but a good second for me. This film is brilliant. The way the story is told, the extravagant characters and the plot twist at the end. Nice work!

"The Score"
It's a pretty standard story, but I always liked this film. Three generations of good actors in it: Brando, De Niro and Norton. I think Norton does the best job here, especially when he pretends to be a mentally challenged man.

"Red Dragon"
This film takes place before the events that happened in "The Silence of the Lambs". Off course it's not as good, but I enjoyed this movie very much.

"25th Hour"
The last 24 hours of a guy who will face a seven-year jail term. Not a very well known film, but definitely worth watching. And Nortons acting performance is again great.

"The Painted Veil"
Not a typical Norton film, but one of my favorites as well. Together with Naomi Watts he forms a great couple and they are very believable in their performances. Truly amazing film, beautifully shot.

"The Incredible Hulk"
I hated "Hulk", so I wasn't really thrilled about this at first. But my brother talked me into seeing it. And thank God I did. It was so much better and I actually kinda loved it. The special effects where better, the casting and acting was good and it was a good comic book adaptation.

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