Sunday, March 14, 2010

Daniel Day-Lewis

As I was compiling a list of Irish movies to enjoy (you know, St. Patrick's Day and all), it became increasingly evident (thanks to my colleague Heather) that what I should really do is compile a list of Daniel Day-Lewis' movies. After all, he is one of the greatest living actors, Irish or not, and there are some not-to-be-missed DDL performances to prove it. Er, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

There Will Be Blood (2007)
He won a well-deserved Oscar for his role as Daniel Plainview, an obsessive oil man. I think that this might be the best performance by an actor I have ever seen-- you only need to watch the first fifteen minutes or so to see why. But watch the whole thing anyway and if you only watch one movie from this list, make it this one.
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

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Gangs of New York
(2002)
A look at resentment building against Irish immigrants in mid-1800's New York. If the title wasn't indication enough of the probable violence, know that Martin Scorsese directed and DDL plays Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. Also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz.
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The Boxer (1997)
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The Crucible (1996)
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The Age of Innocence (1993)
Forbidden romance in 18th century society between DDL and Michelle Pfeiffer's characters. Based on the book by Edith Wharton.
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In the Name of the Father (1993)
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
DDL provides a very intense performance as a Mohican reluctant to get invovled in the British and French battle for control of the American colonies. Not only does he become involved with the war, but also with a British Colonel's daughter (Madeleine Stowe).
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My Left Foot (1989)
Biopic of Christy Brown (DDL) who was born with cerebral palsy and learns to write and paint with his left foot. DDL and Brenda Fricker both won Oscars for their performances.
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A Room With a View (1985)
Based on the book by E.M. Forster, DDL plays a supporting and not the most like-able of characters, but this is a beautifully shot film.
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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1 comment:

  1. My favorite actor. "In The Name of the Father" was the first film I saw with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead - absolutely blown away by his performance. I want back through his earlier films and have been consistently impressed with his ability to inhabit disparate characters. His role in "My Left Foot" is far removed from that of Bill The Butcher in "Gangs of New York," and yet each is intensely alive and fully realized. An amazing actor; a craftsman.

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