Stalker's Top Ten 2012: Carmen's Top Ten Performances
The first of the Stalker's Top Ten's for 2012 has arrived, well I actually have three from two different people so far, but this is the first getting posted and it's from Carmen who loves watching films, reading books, and writing about them on her site.
Carmen has two lists for us this year and I'm starting off with her very interesting Top Ten Performances, five male and five female, and it's a damn fine list.
Before we head to the first list covering the film world of 2012 here's a quick reminder of how to submit your own list.
It can be about anything you want, film related of course, and it doesn't have to be exactly ten, just make the list under a common theme and write something about each entry, it doesn't have to be much but it does have to be something more than a list, something a little about why you chose it.
Once written just submit your list through the following email link which sends it through to me and helpfully gets filtered into the right folder! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh and remember to include how you'd like to be known in the article along with a link to a site or an online profile for yourself, if you have one.
For some inspiration you can look at the other Stalker's Top Lists from this and previous years.
Right, where were we, oh yes,the opening list for 2012. Carmen has her own site called CPA Books and Movies Reviews and she's produced a couple of lists for us, the first being the Top Ten performances from actors and actresses for 2012. Over to Carmen:
Top Five Female Performances
Sally Field: Sally Field's is the best female performance of the year in my opinion. As Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln, she was vibrant, in a role marked by the loss of a child and the desperation to save another from the claws of war. The Mary Lincoln portrayed in the film was a steady supporter of her husband's cause and, as many other politicians' wives, an adviser and confidante.
Jennifer Lawrence: with two films among the best of the year, namely The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, she is one young talent to watch as she grows more and more comfortable in her roles. The Hunger Games franchise proved that she has the dramatic power to carry a lead role that will cement her as a superstar among young fans.
Anne Hathaway: with two great movies under her belt and among the best of the year, this was possibly Anne Hathaway's year. She almost stole the show as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and sang the most spirited, well-known anthem of hope in Les Misérables (2012) "I Dreamed a Dream". As Catwoman she showed grit and kicked more evil butt than it was femininely possible.
Emily Blunt: with several films in theaters this year, Emily Blunt showed that she is a versatile actress capable of taking on assorted roles. In 2012 we saw her in The Five-Year Engagement, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Looper and Your Sister's Sister, of which Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Looper challenged her acting chops the most.
Charlize Theron: she stole the show as Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman, the best performance of the movie as a young queen obsessed with beauty, power and immortality.
Top Five Male Performances
Daniel Day-Lewis: The resemblance of Daniel Day-Lewis to Lincoln is uncanny. Day-Lewis physical resemblance and demeanor make it appear as if he were possessed by Lincoln himself. His performance is nothing short of brilliant, Day-Lewis actually became Abraham Lincoln.
Denzel Washington: In my opinion, most of his performances are top-notch, award winning really, but honestly Flight takes the cake; this movie is a sundae with a cherry on top. Denzel's performance as an alcoholic is so nuanced that the audience gets to watch a man who has gone to the Gates of Hell and has come back by sheer willpower and bad luck with a positive spin.
Ben Affleck: Ben Affleck's performance in Argo is one for the ages: subdued emotions but bubbling lava under the surface as only he has been able to master. In another film, it would be considered a passive performance, but one can see reflected in his demeanor that he is as tense as a violin's chords.
Bradley Cooper: in his second most serious role to date after Limitless, Bradley Cooper excels in the leading role as Patrick in Silver Linings Playbook, a man who is caring but must learn to cope with the bipolar disorder that has been afflicting him for years.
Hugh Jackman: delivered a very convincing, full of suffering Jean Valjean in the epic musical Les Misérables. His performance may be eclipsed by other male performances this year but is no doubt among the best.
Well those are great lists and I love the way Carmen has written her explanations of each, far better than the usual lists you see out there and something I think separates the Filmstalker's Readers Top Tens from so many others, not to mention the readers themselves, that's you lot you know. Many thanks Carmen.
However I'm not completely in agreement with the lists and here's where the beauty of individuality lies, I have some different opinions and that's neither good or bad, right or wrong, it's just different. Of course there are some wrong choices and I don't think any of Carmen's list are wrong, I just have a different idea now that I've seen hers, and you probably do too so make your way to the comments!
In the female list I'm not sure that Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron belong at the top for this year, Theron hasn't been up to the standard of her past career and Hathaway's Catwoman portrayal doesn't really deserve huge praise in my eyes. It was a good performance in a great film but I don't feel it's a top five performance.
The rest of the list I can't really argue with and wouldn't want to. Emily Blunt is a personal favourite of mine (actress wise before Mrs Filmstalker reads this!) and I really hope she gets better and better roles and is reworded for her natural and believable performances.
You know I love the way that Carmen has credited Ben Affleck for his performance in Argo and not just the direction. He directed a cracking film and he delivered a really strong performance, but I'd always tend towards his newer film-maker role more than his acting. He delivered a great performance because of his direction and without that I think we would have glossed over it.
Bradley Cooper is someone who is fast rising in his acting status, it's something I thought about back with Limitless where I suddenly saw something very different in him, and it's coming out in film after film but he's not totally ignoring the more light hearted side of his career, in fact he's actively pursuing it as well.
I've yet to see Les Misérables so I can't really comment on Hugh Jackman's performance there but was it a top five?
So that's Carmen's list of the top ten performances from actors and actresses for 2012, what do you think? Are you with me on some of the choices? Get your thoughts in the comments and let us both know.
Alternatively if you want to create your own Top Ten list of anything at all then it's damned easy, you have the template right there and the instructions at the start of the article. Get writing!