Q Screenboy Jesse Wente tells is like it is. Great performances in mediocre movies. Did he miss any? Will you defend any of the movies Jesse has condemned to mediocrity?
JESSE WENTE'S TOP FIVE GREAT PERFORMANCES IN MEDIOCRE MOVIES
1/ Marlon Brando in "The Night of the Following Day" - Brando wears a blonde wig, and is in perfect shape, physically and performance wise for this completely odd kidnap caper film from 1968.
2/ Paul Newman in "The Hudsucker Proxy" - one of the Coen Brothers rare missteps, their first big budget satire looks amazing, but falls flat, except for Newman's brilliant villain.
3/ Charlize Theron in "Monster" - Theron is the reason to watch this serial killer thriller, which won her an Oscar and elevated her to the A-list. She's also quite excellent in a small role in "The Road" this year.
4/ Harvey Keitel in "The Bad Lieutenant" - Kietel is riveting in Abel Ferrara's dark and demented neo-noir that's a really a complete mess from start to finish, outside Keitel's zeal and over the top wonderfulness. See below for the remake.
5/ Paul Giamatti in everything - Giamatti is one of our best actors, constantly the best thing about the movie's he's in, from "The Illuisionist" to "Sideways" and "American Splendor".
IF THIS LIST WAS JUST ABOUT 2009: Meryl Streep in "Julie and Julia", Nicolas Cage in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans", Christoph Waltz in "Inglorious Basterds", Tobey Maguire in "Brothers", Johnny Depp in "Public Enemies"