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Oct092017

Beauty vs Beast: Original Sinners

Jason from MNPP here. It is October when a young man's fancy will turn to cable-knit cardigans and exquisitely plotted murder schemes, but it's more specific this week than the usual - tomorrow night the New York Film Festival is screening the premiere episode of David Fincher's Mindhunter series (which stars Jonathan Groff as an early FBI profiler) and then on Friday The Snowman (Tomas Alfredson's film starring Michael Fassbender as Detective Harry Hole - yes really - on the trail of a Frosty-fixated killer) comes out. And so what better time to transport "Beauty vs Beast" back to the wet streets of an anonymous city on the brink in Fincher's film Se7en...

PREVIOUSLY I assume some of y'all saw Blade Runner 2049 this weekend (fewer than anticipated though!) and have opinions, but last week you shared your opinion on the original film, and while it bounced back and forth over the course of the week it was Daryl Hannah's Pris who finally squeezed the life out of Deckard with those glorious calves once and for all, taking just under 55% of the vote. Said kermit_the_frog:

"Daryl Hannah showed such promise (I'd argue that she has, unfortunately, never bettered this performance - admittedly, a high bar was set)..."

 

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Based on results so far you could say John Doe does NOT have the upper hand.

October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Fanboy in 1995-1996: “A bald, menacing Kevin Spacey. Imagine what kind of Lex Luthor he would make, especially if his director from The Usual Suspects were to make a Superman movie.”

Fanboy in 2006: “Oh.”

October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrevity

Whats in the boooooxxxxx

October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I'm voting for Spacey. He had only a few mintues of screen time and is on of the most remembered villians from the 90's.

October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Team Mills, because the studio wanted to change the ending and Brad Pitt refused to do the film any other way.

October 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

It breaks my heart to remember how great an actor Spacey was and how his career went downhill since Anerican Beauty.

Every line of this performance is iconic. Every look is masterful. Every nuance is flawless.

That "oh, you didn't know" line is one of the greatest acting moments of all time.

I am sorry, Brad Pitt, your performance is great, but what Spacey does here is the reason why the word "genius" was invented.

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Jakey- Do you know what ending they wanted to change it to?

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Mills all the way. Kevin Spacey is pretty much the same character in every single movie he's ever been in, that, "I know more than you in a smarmy way that you'll still find occasionally interesting." I find very little difference in this performance vs. Glengarry Glen Ross vs. The Usual Suspects vs. American Beauty even. It's always someone you kind of hate that ends up sort of outsmarting you by the end that makes you hate them more but maybe respect them slightly but not really. And I don't know if that's just typecasting by this point for him, but it's the same.

Or maybe it's that I saw K-Pax in the theater and never forgave Spacey for that piece of garbage.

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrow-bin

Spacey gets a lot of hate nowadays but anyone who thinks Brad’s performance here is better and adds more to the film than Spacey’s is nuts.

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

Brad can give me a Missouri whooping if he wants to.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Huh - Very true.

If you saw K-Pax in the theater, it's all on you! (I still can't get over the fact that the title sounds like Ex-Lax.)

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

All three of the main players (including Spacey as the protagonist even though we only see him in the final minutes) are masterful in this movie. I'm trying to think of a greater cameo performance than Spacey's as John Doe. I'm still thinking.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Sawyer: Not a freaking Cameo. He's on screen for at least 10 minutes. Cameos are SHORTER than this. Cat fraud is SO heartbreaking.

October 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

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