And, occasionally, I love Dustin Hoffman.
I'm with you on Caruso, Bortz.
TexasWill ... have you seen Out of Sight? Directed well, Lopez is really quite good. But when she's bad, she's horrid.
Matt Page, have you seen The Quiet American? Caine's excellent there. But he too has made some real stinkers.
Oooh, them's fightin' words. When I think of the word "cool," I think of Val Kilmer in that film.
Jennifer Jason Leigh was brilliant ... BRILLIANT ... in The Hudsucker Proxy. I also liked her in eXistenZ and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.
I like Cruise, but only when he's playing a jerk or a villain. He acts those roles like he knows the territory. In the other films, he's playing a jerk or a villain too, but the storyteller mistakes him for the hero. His best performances are Collateral, Magnolia, and ... until the redemption at the end ... Jerry Maguire. I just don't buy the redemption, but I buy the shallowness.
I agree with the mark against Matthew McConaughey. Name one good performance of his. Okay, besides Lone Star (and that role didn't ask much of him). Okay, and besides Reign of Fire, where he was rather wonderfully insane, in an over-the-top, Dennis-Hopper-in-Waterworld sorta way.
Bill Pullman is great when he's got a good director. He's perfect in Lost Highway. He's well-cast in Spaceballs. And he's perfect in The Last Seduction. He's not bad in Wenders' The End of Violence either.
Here's one I don't get: Jason Schwartzman. He annoys the heck out of me in Rushmore with his obstinance. (He's the ONLY thing in that film I don't like ... but, well, he's a pretty whopping big piece of the puzzle.)
And since then, he just looks like a guy that a lot of Hollywood people enjoy because he's a Coppola, but having friends put you in movies doesn't make you a good actor, and I haven't seen much evidence of range or talent yet. If someone else had played his part in Huckabees, I might have like the film a whole lot more.
I'm tempted to say Ashley Judd, but then I remember Ruby in Paradise and Smoke, two films which put her at the top of my Most Exciting New Talents list. And then what happened? Who killed the Ashley I loved and replaced her with this redundant, one-note imposter? WHO DID IT?!!
I reserve the right to change my mind about anyone. I wondered why anybody would cast Amanda Peet until I saw Changing Lanes and she pulled off the best scene in the film.