The Guest List: Committed to Celluloid

Wow, It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry into The Guest List. Nonetheless, I can think of no one better to bring it back with than Fernando of Committed to Celluloid! If you haven’t already subscribed/followed his site, I highly suggest you do so. He’s got terrific content over there and an insightful, intelligent mind that tackles the films he watches with a unique perspective. A BIG thanks to him for always supporting my site and contributing his top 10 to the segment.

If you want to submit your own list to the segment, here’s how!

All you need to do is shoot me an e mail (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) with your name, website info (if you have one), and the topic you have chosen for your top 10. If I like what I see, I’ll give you the all clear and you can begin composing your entry. Make sure to include a descriptive, yet brief introduction and a picture or clip for every entry in your top 10. Use my own top 10s and other Guest List entries as references. Then, send it back to me and we will discuss a date of publish.

I’m going to turn things over to Fernando now. Enjoy!

Top 10 Underrated Actors Working Today: by Fernando

This is not, in any way, a definitive top 10. Heck, I might have another 10 actors deserving of the spot, but these are the first that sprung to mind when I think about thespians that should be better appreciated and racking up all the awards. So, without further ado, here’s my Top 10 underrated actors working today.

10: Frances McDormand

She’s a one time Oscar winner and multiple nominee, but most of the mainstream movie-going public has no idea who she is. Why the hell is that? Frances McDormand is a terrific actress, equally adept at drama and comedy, who should be at the level of fame of Meryl Streep. And she’s married to one half of the Coen brothers. Why is she not a star?

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9: Andrew Garfield

The fact that he was snubbed by the Oscars, where he should have won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his riveting turn as Eduardo Saverin in “The Social Network” (and wasn’t even nominated), still hurts. He also revitalized the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, which had become a joke, in the unnecessary but still pretty solid “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ssh0Zyf9XY

8: Sam Rockwell

He gives great performance after great performance and, amazingly, has 0.00% Oscar nominations and is not a household name. Nobody saw his best performance (in Conviction). There’s hope that he can become more famous and appreciated if he manages to get nods for his work in The Way, Way Back (fingers crossed).

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7: Tom Hiddleston

He was pretty much the only good thing in “Thor” and “The Avengers” and “War Horse,” and I’m pretty sure he’ll kick ass again in “Thor: The Dark World.” Oh, and he was great in “Midnight in Paris.” He’s garnered a cult following but hasn’t achieved the level of stardom he deserves. Give us a solo Loki movie now! (https://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-marvel-studios-to-produce-a-film-based-on-the-character-loki-portrayed-by-tom-hiddleston)

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6: Anna Kendrick

She’s got excellent comedic timing, she’s very cute and can sing well; Kendrick is a highlight of “Up in the Air” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” And I bet her widest seen role is the one she has in the “Twilight” franchise. That needs to change.

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5: Carey Mulligan

Classic beauty, glowing smile and a very understated style of acting that’s been displayed in movies like “Drive” and “Shame,” Carey is probably the most underrated actress working in the most talked-about movies.

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4: Sharlto Copley

An incredible breakthrough in 2009’s “District 9,” a fun performance in “The A-Team” and a scene-stealing turn in “Elysium” haven’t made him a household name. Let’s hope “Oldboy” or “Chappie” will.

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3: Logan Lerman

He first impressed me at the tender age of 15 years in “3:10 to Yuma.” He’s a decent action/fantasy leading man in “Percy Jackson” but his performance in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is not only one of the best of 2012, but one of the best I’ve ever seen. Pure, raw talent.

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2: Casey Affleck

While everybody is busy with his brother Ben, Casey is off giving great performances in movies like “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Stop crying over the Batman casting and see his baby brother in action. Maybe “Out of The Furnace” or “Interstellar” will give him the exposure he deserves.

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1: Ben Foster

Maybe it’s his weird voice, but I don’t know why Foster is not more of a household name. He absolutely shone in “The Messenger” but his best performance is the one he gave in “3:10 to Yuma” (there’s that movie again). Not only is he unknown to the masses, he hasn’t ever been nominated for an Oscar. Just sad.

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Okay, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Guest list. Another big thank you to Fernando (go and follow his site) for contributing! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

About Joseph@thecinemamonster

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Posted on November 8, 2013, in The Guest List and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Great list, Fernando! I love McDormand and Rockwell to no end. I hope to submit a list very soon, Joseph! Good post, guys! :)

  2. That is a very good list. I cannot disagree with any of the names. Great work!

  3. Great list! 3:10 to Yuma is a fantastic movie – it rarely gets the love it deserves…

  4. I agree with you 100% on Carey Mulligan. She is a breath of fresh air and I have loved her in everything I’ve seen her in. I hope she continues to shine and starts getting the props she very much deserves.

  5. Fine, fine list Fernando. Great to see Rockwell in there.

    I’ll have a little think on a list and get back to you Joseph.

  6. Thanks for having me and for the kind words, Joseph. Love being a part of The Cinema Monster with this list :)

  7. Great list. :-) I loved Logan Lerman in Wallflower!

  8. Great list of actors! It’s funny that I don’t remember Ben Foster even though I’ve watched Yuma.

  9. Superb list Fernando, I knew Rockwell would make it on here! Some other fantastic names too such as Carey Mulligan and Tom Hiddleston too, all fantastic actors.

  10. Great list, Fernando! Casey Affleck is such a good actor and I have often wondered why he hasn’t made more impact as a leading man!

  11. Fantastic list here!

  12. Excellent choices Fernando!! The only one I’m just ok with is Andrew Garfield as he’s got the Spider-man franchise so I wouldn’t call him underrated. But Sharlto Copley, Ben Foster, Tom Hiddleston, Casey Affleck all deserve better and bigger roles! YES on Loki movie, I’m sure it’ll be a success given everyone seems to love Hiddleston!

  13. Great list, Fernando. I would not include Carry Mulligan though. She’s been very hit and miss with me lately and I think any time you play opposite Leo, you’re no long “underrated”. In fact, I’d substitute her for another actor from Gatsby with Joel Edgerton. And of course, you know I’m happy to see Rockwell on any list that’s positive. It’s funny, season 3 of the As You Watch podcast, we’re doing this same discussion every week. We pick an actor we fill is underrated or under the radar and do a whole episode around them. First up was Sam Rockwell and this newest episode is about Paul Giamatti.

    Always a fun conversation!

  14. Great list, agree on a lot of these.

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