MONDAY MOVIE MEME
Molly looked around for a weekly meme about movies and did not have any luck. So therefore she decided to start her own! Andy will play along as well - hopefully you will too. Go to your blog and create your own post on the topic, linking back to us in your post, then come back and leave a link to your post here in our Comments section. If you don’t have a blog, just share your response in the Comments section.
This week's movie topic is all about Future Legends...
Last week on the Monday Movie Meme, The Gal Herself of One Gal's Musing left a topic suggestion in her comment that we thought would be fun to explore. The Gal Herself is a fan of the classics (and the Cubs) and so of course she was drawn to AFI's list of top screen legends. She wanted to know who we thought could be screen legends of the future. Well, slam dunks as far as the Bumbles are concerned are Denzel and Meryl. But who among the under 50 crowd might reach legend status in the next 25 years or so? This was a toughie, but here are my selections. Share on your blog actors and actresses under 50 whose careers you think will become legendary, linking back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!
- Sean Penn (Age 49) - This is the first actor I thought of. And he just sneaks in under the Age 50 requirement since his birthday isn't for another week and a half. I have never witnessed a poor performance by Sean Penn since I have never seen Shanghai Surprise with his ex-wife Madonna. But I have seen most all of his other performances and the variety, quality and outside the box roles put him in a higher level. Carlito's Way, Sweet And Lowdown, Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, The Falcon And The Snowman, Bad Boys, The Thin Red Line, Casualties Of War, Mystic River. I haven't seen Milk yet but know I won't be disappointed. He's just starting to get his feet wet behind the camera now too (Into The Wild) so I have a feeling he'll be adding impressive directorial displays to his body of work for a long time to come.
- Michael Cera (Age 22) - I must confess, I first saw Michael Cera on television and not film. His role on the incredibly funny and vastly underrated TV show Arrested Development was stellar. He is young, funny and talented. He may trend towards nerdy and sweet, but his talent will keep him from being pigeon holed. I loved him in Superbad - a movie I otherwise thought was appropriately titled. He gets more attention from his role in Juno. He was in the film adaption of the popular book Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist which I haven't yet seen. He was in his ex-girlfriend's documentary about love in Paper Heart which sounds incredibly interesting. At the same time he was doing standard silliness in Year One with Jack Black. And now he's got a new movie out called Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Comedy is harder than dramatic roles. And he does comedy on a higher level - straight man, sarcasm, wit. I can't wait to watch his star rise to join the ranks of legendary comedic forces.
- Jodie Foster (Age 47) - I first remember Jodie from the Disney classic Freaky Friday. In the same year, she was starring as a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro, earning an Oscar nomination. Talk about versatility at a young age. Jodie always makes me feel her characters. The Accused was masterful and earned her an Oscar. My favorite of all her roles. I was so angry for her character, Sarah. I was so scared and proud for her as Starling in The Silence of the Lambs - another Oscar winner. Nell was another one to capture Oscar attention. Maverick showed me a whole different side entirely which was quite fun and rollicking. She has carried films and also enhanced or shined above the performances of legendary actors. She ventured into directing with Little Man Tate - pulling double duty in front of and behind the camera. She's doing it again with a new movie called The Beaver - though with the troubled Mel Gibson as her co-star it could be doomed before it has a chance. No matter. She's legendary in my book.
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