Advertisement
Oscar History
Welcome

The Film Experience™ was created by Nathaniel R. Gemini, Cinephile, Actressexual. All material herein is written and copyrighted by Nathaniel or a member of our team as noted.

Powered by Squarespace
Don't Miss This!

Just back from Mystic CT
Our first restaurant review... (still movie related!)

 

 

Comment Fun

Comments Du Jour
Mad Men turns 10 - how much do you miss it? 

"I started re-watching a few weeks ago. I loved Breaking Bad, but I tell everyone that Mad Men was the better show." - Nikki

"the crown jewel of the series will always be The Other Woman.." -Andrew

"Joan Harris is my spirit animal - from the pen around my neck to the accordion in my closet." -Mike

 

What'cha Looking For?
Interviews

Emmanuelle Devos (Retrospective)
Nicholas Galitzine (Handsome Devil)
James Ivory (Maurice 4K Restoraton)
Betty Buckley (Split)

Keep TFE Strong

We're looking for 500 Patron Saints!

IF YOU READ THE SITE DAILY, PLEASE BE ONE BY DONATING. 
Your suscription dimes make an enormous difference to The Film Experience in terms of stability and budget to dream bigger. Consider...

I ♥ The Film Experience

THANKS IN ADVANCE

Subscribe
« Happy Birthday Ann-Margret! | Main | Dark Comedy or Sick Nihilism? "The Mother" and "High-Rise" »
Wednesday
Apr272016

New Actor Obsession: Dominic Rains

Confession: I normally remember actresses names with their faces straightaway even if they've only had a bit role that impressed me. Sometimes actors take a few roles to reel me in as if I'm face blind. And so it was at Tribeca where Dominic Rains took the Best Actor prize for his strong sympathetic work as Osman, an Afghani journalist transplanted to rural California in Ian Old's The Fixer (2016). All throughout the picture I was like "who is this guy?" like I'd never seen him before only to discover thereafter that I'd already seen him AND loved him in two other movies. In my defense the Iranian-American actor, born in Tehran and raised in Texas, looks different in each of his key roles. But still! I'd never let this talent slip by me with an actress no matter what they did with their hair and costumes.

Rains was the mohawked punk rocker in the little-seen but high-energy Taqwacores (2010) and the sleazy drug-addled pimp in the stunning Iranian vampire picture A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014).

More after the jump...

Of those three pictures the only one that he wasn't the single best part of was A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) but that's surely because he had a ridiculous amount of competition in that altogether striking award winner. And now I've discovered that he's also somehow in my favorite Marvel movie (Captain America: Winter Soldier) albeit in a bit role and I heretofore pledge to never lose sight of him and hope he gets cast in everything. (I'm only now aware that he logged time in American soaps, too, but they are a highly distinct and isolated wing of entertainment that doesn't generally cross over into primetime TV and the cinema)

Dominic Rains & James Franco in "The Fixer"Though he's strong in The Fixer, willing to push his character's initially endearing curiousity into aggressive and stubborn places and show real emotional confusion in a foreign land, the picture is otherwise a mixed bag. Melissa Leo plays an earthy no-nonsense cop who's also acting as his host mother. Her biological son is still in Afghanistan and she's putting his overseas friend up as both a favor and, one suspects, as a proxy for her son who doesn't seem to want to return from the mad rush of war journalism. But the showiest role in the picture belongs to town troublemaker Lindsay played by James Franco. I amend: All sorts of people in this picture are troublemakers but James Franco is the only one of them getting all the closeups with his "look, I'm doing A CHARACTER!" wigs and dirty teeth. Franco is entirely distracting and the plot frankly strains credulity (what's with hippie actors intermingling with drug dealing rednecks out of Deliverance?) but Rains keeps it interesting throughout, ably carrying this somewhat awkward load.

Grade: The Fixer: C+; Dominic Rains, though: A every time.

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (5)

::Googles Dominic Rains:: OH DANG.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Also he's handsome as all get-out

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBRB

It happened to me with Haaz Sleiman.

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I have only seen CA:WS so I can't assess him as an actor. He surely is a handsome man. Funnily enough, I would never have guessed this guy is originally from Teheran. People in Iran were far more fair skinned (on average), at least based on my limited experience (I only spent two weeks in the country).

Honestly, though, here in Lebanon guys like him are like a dime a dozen. A stroll along the Beirut Corniche and you'll easily get more than a handful of better looking dudes sun bathing. So, if that's your type and you don't mind taking a few risks, check your country's travel advice and book a ticket.

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

I thought he was great in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, glad to see he's getting more work. Shame the film was disappointing.

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>