Sunday, August 17, 2008

Charlize x 4

I enjoyed whipping up my favorite Winona Ryder memories the other day, so here's another tossed off quadruple your pleasure "best of". Herewith my favorite Charlize Theron turns.


  1. Monstrous Aileen Wuornos. I know I recently spoke about this not necessarily being her 'peak'. But I meant that in the futuristic way. For now, it definitely is.
  2. Joleen 'Joleen Joleen Jolee---ee---een. I'm begging of you please don't leave this movie' Sleepwalking (2008) is lost without her. (my review)
  3. Mrs. Lomax in The Devil's Advocate (1997). She's the only thing in the movie that can be taken seriously... despite the overall watchability of its shouty folly.
  4. Supermodel in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) --I could just as easily have referenced her work in Woody Allen's The Curse of Jade of the Scorpion. But here's the thing: I'm always trying to forget that the latter film exists at all. Best not to mention it. I apologize.

Charlize is great fun in Woody's often annoying black & white comedy:
I'm polymorphously perverse --it's not a flaw, it's just a weakness --meaning every part of my body gives me sensual pleasure.
If you ask me this "weakness" is exactly what Theron's career needs more of. Polymorphous perversity and sensual pleasure. Bring it on. Quit the frumping around to prove yourself (already done, don'cha know) and bring it on. Too bad Woody didn't stick with Theron seeing as how his recent films have dived uncharacteristically into sexy time.

17 comments:

John T said...

Yeah, Theron needs to do some ultra-glam role. With the musical making a comeback, it's time for another genre to start coming back-the film noir. Theron would make a fantastic femme fatale.

Anonymous said...

i never understand the goodness of charlize theron

Chris Na Taraja said...

I fell in love with Charlize in "The Legend of Bagger Vance" Say what you wan about the film, but don't talk shit about my girl.

The second flick I saw her in was "The Yards", not a great film, but her portrayal of a long Island heroin addict convinced me, before her Monster days, that she is a great actress.

Emma said...

I really liked her in The Cider House Rules, and thought she was underrated in The Italian Job.

mrripley said...

NAT I AM STILL SHOCKED AT THIS NEW THERON LOVE YOU WERE ALL OVER KEATION IN 2003.

MY TOP 4 CHARLIZE ROLES

1 - monster
2 - devil's advoacte
3 - north country
4 - the astronaut's wife

mrripley said...

oh yes swap the astronaut's wife for the yards forgot that 1.

NATHANIEL R said...

i love Keaton way more in general yes. Charlize has just been on me brain lately.

I do think her career could go either way still... when she plays it strictly for drama (the deglam) she can read a little dull onscreen. Give her some humorous elements (her earlier work) and she's more interesting. my opinion.

vinci said...

More Charlize, please.

Charlie said...

if you're looking for a charlize theron comedy, i'd recommend "trial and error" , not the best movie ever but definitely has some laughs and shes very appealing in it.

mrripley said...

nat are you saying you stand by your 2003 keaton win or are you succumbing to ms therons legendary groundbreaking work over keaton schtick.

Brodie said...

Pretty sure Uma Thurman had Nat's 2003 win/

Brodie said...

Pretty sure Uma Thurman had Nat's 2003 win/

NATHANIEL R said...

my awards in 2003 were as such:

GOLD -UMA THURMAN kill bill vol. 1
SILVER -EVAN RACHEL WOOD thirteen
BRONZE -JAMIE LEE CURTIS -freaky friday

Cluster Funk said...

Now that you mention JLC, what are your top 3 or 4 of her career.

I miss that girl!

alex Cypher said...

She was already a good actress before long before Monster.

Just watch The Yards (underrated film) and The Cider House Rules.

She made the most of her glorified cameo in Celebrity and stole the show in The Devil's Advocate.

Now she's making films based on great material (The Road) or based on real-life events (Battle In Seattle, In the valley of Elah) and keeps working with auteurs (The Burning Plain).

Hancock will allow her to continue to chose small but interesting films in the near future

Go Charlize !

Anonymous said...

Hey I'll rent "2 Days in the Valley" again just to see Charlize's catfight with Teri Hatcher.

pomme said...

i want charlize theron in Catwoman!