Movie Superlatives

You may have heard the descriptor, “can dance like Fred Astaire.” He is our go-to for dancing perfection, which says a lot when you consider all the unforgettable dancing scenes in movies over the past 100+ years. Now if someone was to pick a female go-to, they would have a wide array of actresses to choose from, though my feeling is that the number one answer would probably be Ginger Rogers. And this got me to thinking… What are some other go-to’s? Like who is the movie singer? In comedic acting, who would we would hold up as the bar?

I’ve decided to try and tackle this. The following categories all have a male and female winner and I have tried to consider the most logical choice, not simply the ones I would choose myself.

They can sing like… Barbra Streisand and Hugh Jackman 

They are witty like… Tina Fey and Billy Crystal

They can do physical comedy like… Jim Carrey and Kate McKinnon

They can act dramatically like… Daniel Day Lewis and Meryl Streep

They are as loveable as… Tom Hanks and Reese Witherspoon

They are as hateable as… Tilda Swinton and Tim Curry (If you’re not sure who either one of these are, do a google image search of their name and I am positive you’ll agree. The perfect villain actors.)

They are as scary as… Anthony Hopkins and Kathy Bates 

They have action movie star power like… Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sigourney Weaver

They can direct like… Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow

They’ve got movie screen presence like… Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

They’re badass like… Clint Eastwood and Charlize Theron

Some of these were difficult; like the physical acting category. That could also have been easily given to Charlie Chaplin and Melissa McCarthy. But I would welcome any challenges one picks. I mean, how could I possibly be wrong?

Congratulations Swing Time. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Emma Stone as Mia in La La Land.

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling as Seb in La La Land.

Best Quote: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” — Patrick Swayze as Johnny in Dirty Dancing.


My latest top 10 last 10:

  1. Studio 54 (2018) ✫ — Interesting, but could easily have been made into a 20-minute documentary short.
  2. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018) ✫✫½ — This one is definitely better. Interesting enough to watch, but not one I’d say one should hurry up and go check out.
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) ✫ — Rewatch. I love the music, the visuals, and Butler as the Phantom. But too much sing-talking for me and I find some of the characters a little flat.
  4. The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019) ✫✫½ — another documentary, and it was much better. Glad I watched it.
  5. The Favourite (2018) ✫✫✫½ — Well made, but not one of my favourites of 2018, no pun intended.
  6. Blindspotting (2018) ✫ — Very relevant for us today and a great story.
  7. Christopher Robin (2018) — Charming. I really enjoyed it.
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbour? (2018) — Of course, my loyalties lie with Mr. Dressup, but I have to say that Mr. Rogers is the man!
  9. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) ✫½ — So infuriating to watch, but so good. And he doesn’t just dwell on Trump. In fact, the first time I’d ever been disappointed in Obama was when watching something he’d done that’s shown in this film. Moore can be surprisingly level-headed and informative in his documentaries.
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (2018)  — It’s official. I have a new selection that competes with Dumbo (1941) and Fastastic Mr. Fox (2009) for my favourite animated movie of all time!

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