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Archive for January 28, 2016

My Favorite Male Lead Performances of 2015

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the male lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite male lead performances of 2015: (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “I can’t fuckin’ believe you had tickets to that fuckin’ game!” “Yeah!” “Did you rush the field?” “No, I didn’t rush the fuckin’ field; I wasn’t there.” “What?” “No. I was in a bar havin’ a drink with my future wife.” “You missed Pudge Fisk’s home run?” “Oh, yeah.” “To have a fuckin’ drink with some lady you never met?” “Yeah, but you shoulda seen her; she was a stunner.” “I don’t care if Helen of Troy walks in the room, that’s Game 6!” “Oh, Helen of Troy…” “Oh my God; and who are these fuckin’ friends of yours, they let you get away with that?” “Oh… they had to.” “What’d you say to them?” “I just slid my ticket across the table, and I said, ‘Sorry, guys; I gotta see about a girl.’”

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