Sunday, October 09, 2005

Streep. Potente. Portman. Zellweger. Ziyi

"Actresses of the Aughts" continues with #25 through #21 as Franka Potente, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, and Ziyi Zhang arrive on the countdown. Read and discuss. Next up? My Top 20 Most Valued Players of the Aughts.


Anonymous said...

So amazing to see Franka Potente up there. I ADORE her and want her to settle in the international film community for good.

Also love Portman and (to a lesser degree) Zhang Ziyi.

Streep is Streep.

Zellweger is crap.


well i agree that Z is crap but i'm trying to look at all five years (shrug)

Anonymous said...

wow...great Julianne and Nicole are in the top 20!!!!! WOOHOO!

Anonymous said...

I hope Michelle Pfeiffer is Top 5. I think she is really great in White Oleander, What Lies Beneath and I am Sam... oh and there's also voiceover in Sinbad.

adam k. said...

What happened to Z, really? It's like she became a different person. I'm blaming the fame, the recognition, and Miramax. It must have been hard, in her position, to not let it all go to your head. But I suppose it was all meant to be. Still, I really liked Renee before... but each time she won a new award for Cold Mountain and gave the same "nothing" speech, it was like a knife in my heart getting twisted around... again and again, until oscar night, when it was officially too much, and I just gave up.

And it was a given that Julianne and Nicole would be in the top 20 at LEAST... though I'm wondering how high Julianne can really be, when you look at the decade objectively... Streep was lower than I'd expected.

par3182 said...

franka potente - i just love saying her name out loud.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you there par3182. She's got a great ACTRESS name. It's like Sophia Loren!


I'm still loving the list. Zhang is definitely a fave of mine I must admit. And I'm glad that you have viewed Zellweger objectively because I thought basically everything she did up until Cold Mountain was great (although Chicago was a tad iffy).

The one thing that is troubling me?

Off the people to have in your Top 20 I am absolutely godsmacked that you will have Angelina Jolie! She hasn't appeared yet and there's an image of the intro page.

I'm looking forward to your explanation of that one Nathaniel!

(still loving the list)


Anonymous said...

Angelina Jolie is the star of the aughts, an actress who's like a pure jolt of charisma and sexuality. She's a good actress, but she's an awesome movie star.

Anonymous said...

Angelina Jolie fascinates me. She may have been in some (only SOME?!) stinkers, and she may have stank in some of those stinkers... but by God I haven't been able to tear my eyes away from what she's doing. She's a live wire, and as an audience member, it's healthy to live on the edge.


Anonymous said...

Streep is definitely lower than I expected but then again she hasn't done so much work compared to other actresses. Still, we all know she's awesome, right? Just look at the poll.

Franka Potente, along with Annabella Sciorra, is one of the most fun names to say aloud that I can think of off the top of my head.

This list is great! Keep it up. If you weren't overworked already I'd say to do more lists.

~Alex H.