Sunday, August 8, 2010

ON MOVIES ~ The Stuff Of Legends...

Feature Presentation...
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.
  
Do you have a topic to suggest to the Monday Movie Meme? Or would you like to guest host? Let us know in the Comments section or send us an e-mail.

21 comments:

Noelle said...

Mine's up!

http://justnoelle.blogspot.com/2010/08/monday-movie-meme-future-legends.html

Lulu said...

Sean Penn is good!

Here's mine: http://lulu-bitz-and-pieces.blogspot.com/2010/08/monday-movie-meme-future-legends.html

David said...

My entry is up! Have a great Monday everyone!

The Gal Herself said...

I love your first two choices. At first I thought you couldn't have chosen two actors more different, and then I remembered Spiccoli.

My list is up.

Gnoe (@ Graasland) said...

I totally agree with you on Sean Penn! (Jodie Foster..? Maybe.)

Although I have refused to watch Titanic up until today -- and will continue to do so as long as I live -- I will bet my life (eeks!) that Leonardo DiCaprio will be a Future Legend. My eyes were opened when I watched What's Eating Gilbert Grape even though I found the movie as a whole quite boring! ;)

Being Martin Scorsese's muse is a help of course ;)

And I'm also guessing James McAvoy might be on the list. His star has been rising quickly the last few years!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I limited myself to two men and two women. There are so many really great actors, but I'm not sure all of those great actors have what it takes to be a legend. Tough topic, and alot of fun Gal! Mine are up.

Anne said...

Great topic! I agree with Michael Cera though I didn't include him in my list.

Here's my meme.

Amy said...

This is a great topic! Good job by The Gal herself!

Sean Penn is an awesome choice, Molly. I love so many of his movies and, in fact, Mystic River was on TV this weekend so I watched it for the umpteenth time! Jodie Foster is one of my personal favorite actresses and directors etc. I think she's awesome. Michael Cerra is a very good actor but I'm not sure I think he'll be a screen legend..hmmmm...must ponder! lol Definitely an interesting choice!

Ok, I'm off to think!
~ Amy

Penny said...

Leonardo DiCaprio. He's so under rated. He's brilliant!

Emille Hirsch.

Elijah Wood :) haha

April said...

Johnny Depp! I swear, he's the Marlon Brando of our generation.

Amy said...

Here's my list. I apologize for my "lazy" version! I'm still thinking about my choices too!

Monday's Movies

~ Amy

kaye said...

I agree on Denzel--that man never gives a bad performance. I would also include Harrison Ford. Meryl Streep is a great choice and I absolutely love Jody Foster. You made some excellent choices with great reasons to back them up.

stacybuckeye said...

Hey we didn't overlap for once! Your choice of Michael Cera is interesting. I don't see it, but now you'll have me looking extra hard next time I see him in a movie :) Sean Penn and Jodie Foster are both choices I can get behind. Here are mine...
http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/monday-movie-meme-future-legends/

Susan said...

I love Michael Cera and I loved Arrested Development which my son turned me on to (Jason Bateman being another very under-rated comedy actor). I was just reading a review of Cera's new movie and it sounds like my cup of tea.

I think Jodie Foster is already a legend!

Noelle said...

May I suggest a topic of "Best and worst movies based on a true story"?

Lindsey said...

I'm late, but better late than never. I'm UP.

Lindsey said...

I'm late, but better late than never. I'm UP.

Lindsey said...

I'm late, but better than never :) Mine's UP.

Forgetfulone said...

Jodie Foster! Of course! My list is late, but posted nonetheless.
http://www.forgetfulone.com/2010/08/monday-movie-meme_09.html

ds said...

I'm with you re Jodie Foster. This household is dedicated to the career of Johnny Depp. Alas, I have never heard of Mr. Cera...

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I don't see anyone mentioning Julia Roberts. I know she usually plays Julia Roberts but I still love to watch her. (I'm looking forward to Eat, Pray, Love on Friday.) I agree with you on Jodie Foster and everyone else on Johnny Depp.