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#6576 Post by Polybius » Sun May 07, 2017 7:08 am

Someone I am always happy to see pop up on screen.

His Columbo outing is a little atypical. Instead of his usual tough guy, he's kind of a good natured dope who is used as a patsy by the Dick Van Dyke character (easily the most despicable role I can remember DVV playing. He's obviously having a ball.)

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#6577 Post by calculus entrophy » Sun May 07, 2017 8:54 am

I totally agree with you on that role in Columbo! It was great to see him so against his usual type and he does a very convincing job.

****One other amazing Columbo cameo against type is George C Scott playing a mild mannered, spectacled tv broadcast engineer showing him how the various controls work in an episode that starred GCS's wife. I had to actually re-wind and watch it a couple of times to believe it was him.

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#6578 Post by fdm » Tue May 09, 2017 3:34 pm

Mary Tsoni

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#6579 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue May 09, 2017 4:30 pm

fdm wrote:Mary Tsoni
Variety obit - this is just awful. Dogtooth is one of the best films of the last 10 years largely due to the convincing and empathic lead performances of Tsoni and Angeliki Papoulia.

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#6581 Post by swo17 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:34 am

Didn't realize this until now, but he played the same character in a number of Tarantino/Rodriguez films
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despite being killed the first time out!

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#6582 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:45 am

Also, two characters in Kill Bill itself! Despite Smith's seemingly very sincere love of Parks (and Tarantino's love of Red State), it's a shame he couldn't find a more talented director to write films for him to lead in these latter years than Smith.

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#6583 Post by domino harvey » Wed May 10, 2017 12:49 pm

"Good gravy Marie" is one of those stupid lines that has somehow worked its way into my everyday vocabulary-- I am pretty sure I can recite the entire church crime scene sequence by heart. Seemed like a cool guy

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#6584 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed May 10, 2017 1:36 pm

I've been cramming Twin Peaks as I've never watched the show before, and am just starting on his arc in season 2.


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#6586 Post by Polybius » Thu May 11, 2017 12:34 am

In re Michael Parks, please trust me that he was one of those guys (like Henry Darrow and Barry Newman) whose influence and place in pop culture was generally greater than most people who weren't around then remember.

He got the resurrection treatment from QT, which put him ahead of some of those others but I still think people sell him short, just as a matter of influence.

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#6587 Post by zedz » Thu May 11, 2017 4:51 pm

Experimental musician Joanna Brouk, recently celebrated with a retrospective collection from Numero Group.

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#6588 Post by beamish13 » Sun May 14, 2017 9:00 pm

William Hjortsberg. Author of numerous novels, including Falling Angel, which was adapted in Alan Parker's film
ANGEL HEART, and screenwriter of Ridley Scott's LEGEND

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#6589 Post by Ribs » Sun May 14, 2017 9:37 pm

Powers Boothe

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#6590 Post by bearcuborg » Mon May 15, 2017 1:00 am

His is one of many great performances in Nixon.

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#6591 Post by knives » Mon May 15, 2017 1:03 am

He's well earned his tough guy reputation, but I have to admit I absolutely loved him playing more dandyish characters like in Dead Wood. He was also an amazing Gorilla Grodd.

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#6592 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Mon May 15, 2017 1:39 am

I'm more familiar with Booth's work, but I feel like him and Parks were probably up for the same roles a lot. Very strong similarities between the two, in at least what I've seen of Parks' work.

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#6593 Post by Polybius » Mon May 15, 2017 3:29 am

I was just talking about him with someone yesterday (in the context of what a fabulous cast Tombstone had.)

Terrific foil for McShane on Deadwood, among many, many other good performances, dating back to his chilling portrayal of Jim Jones.

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#6594 Post by Caligula » Mon May 15, 2017 3:54 am

Really sad, especially with the script for the Deadwood movie having been completed, it would've been great to see him in the finale.

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#6596 Post by colinr0380 » Mon May 15, 2017 12:15 pm

For me the ultimate Powers Booth role was the starring one as the hydroelectric dam engineer who has his young son kidnapped by a tribe in a rain forest and then eventually finds him all grown up years later to have an awkward reconciliation (and to feel guilty about the environmental and cultural destruction wreaked on the indigenous tribespeople by the logging and the dam) in John Boorman's film The Emerald Forest. Its a film that sort of occupies the middle ground, splitting the difference between the more exploitative Italian cannibal films on one side and the eco-friendly, culturally sensitive Embrace of the Serpent on the other.

Oh and lowering the tone a little he also made for a deliciously over the top baddie threatening an ice hockey stadium final (?!?!) in Sudden Death with Jean Claude Van Damme! Its like White House Down but far better in that it knows how dumb and ridiculous its plot is, as well as how low key all the stakes are, and glories in going as far over the top with as little patriotic preachiness as possible, at least after the national anthem stuff to kick off the match! No film can include this fight scene and not be aware of how gloriously silly it is being, and yet still make the scene work in action terms too! (Still for my money Van Damme's best film!)

I've not had the chance to see Guyana Tragedy as yet, but it looks interesting. At the very least its got an amazing cast! (including Meg Foster five years before she teamed up with Powers Booth again, playing his wife in The Emerald Forest!)

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#6598 Post by John Shade » Mon May 15, 2017 1:15 pm

Caligula wrote:Really sad, especially with the script for the Deadwood movie having been completed, it would've been great to see him in the finale.
Sad to hear about Powers Boothe--I like Deadwood and the other parts mentioned, but have to put a word in for his role in the heavily maligned but blissfully dumb (and personally loved) Macgruber.

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#6599 Post by bearcuborg » Mon May 15, 2017 3:46 pm

Damn, Brad Grey...having done a very small job on a promotional shoot for The Sopranos, and what I know from other sources, I know he had a big role in the look and development of that show.

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