Shirley McClaine – Postcards From the Edge
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where there was a clear front runner during the awards season where a comedic actress was able to show that she had the ability and talent to play a very powerful (and funny) role.
5. Diane Ladd
4. Annette Bening
3. Lorraine Bracco
2. Mary McDonnell
1. Whoopi Goldberg
5. Wild at Heart – Another crazy Lynch film that is much too abstract for my taste. Things are just really weird and the characters fail to find an anchor that would make them worthwhile to care about. Talented cast that are mostly use to being a part of crazy films like this even if things remain too esoteric and existential for the viewer to really care about what happens to these characters along the way. Ladd was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work on this film yet failed to win.
4. The Grifters – Very dark thriller that doesn’t work as well as it could since the characters aren’t as likeable as one would expect from con artists. The cast is great and Cusack, Bening and Huston all do nice jobs with these characters as we learn to be as suspicious as they are about everything around them. The story moves in some very strange directions and doesn’t manage to thrill as much as this kind of story possibly has the potential to do. The twists and turns are interesting even if they probably don’t work as well upon repeated viewings.
3. Ghost – Probably Swayze best film because he fits so well as the male lead here. Moore is amazing as the grieving girlfriend who doesn’t know what to really believe. Goldberg was amazingly cast as the charlatan turned real clairvoyant who adds a mix of humor to the very tense and dramatic situations shown here. Truly a love story that spans the dimensions of time and space and shows how deep a love can really be.
2. Goodfellas – Excellent look at the life of mobsters in New York in the 70’s. Scorsese does an amazing job getting us to love these characters despite everything they do. In some ways, its easy to see that this is a continuation of Coppola’s Godfather series to show the ‘modern’ effects of the mob on society. Works really well as a biopic despite the fact that we’ll never really know how much is true. Amazing cast led by little known Liotta. One of Scorsese’s best films to date because of the realism and strong characters.
1. Dances with Wolves – Excellent movie. Worthy of all it’s awards. By far, Costner’s best movie.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! WG is superb in her role in Ghost and was extremely deserving of winning for this role since she was clearly much better than any of the other nominees
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!