Sunday, June 18, 2006

Oh Daddy! Best Cinematic Fathers (00-05)

Surrogate Fathers
05 Tom Wilkinson as "Dr. Howard Mierzwiak" in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
04 "Sulley" in Monsters, Inc (2001)
03 Hugh Grant as "Will" in About a Boy (2002)
02 Patrick Stewart as "Professor X" in X-Men (2000,2003)
01 Jim Broadbent as "Zidler" in Moulin Rouge (2001)

Highly Flawed Dads. Performances Without Flaws.
05. Jack Nicholson as "Warren Schmidt" in About Schmidt (2002)
04. Jeff Bridges as "Ted Cole" in Door in the Floor
03. Viggo Mortenson as "Tom Stall" in A History of Violence (2005)
02. Gene Hackman as "Royal" in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
01. Jeff Daniels as "Bernard Berkman" in The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Great Dads. Great Performances
05 Paddy Considine as "Johnny" in In America (2003)
04 Donald Sutherland as "Mr. Bennett" in Pride & Prejudice(2005)
03 "Mr. Incredible" in The Incredibles (2004)
02 Tom Wilkinson as "Matt Fowler" in In the Bedroom (2001)
01 Naserrudin Shah as "Lalit" in Monsoon Wedding (2002)


StinkyLulu said...

What a great collection of "great dads" -- most especially, Shah's performance in Monsoon Wedding is one of the truly greater recent performances...

Anonymous said...

yes, well done. i think you hit all the key ones.

DL said...

Highly Flawed Dads. Performances Without Flaws: I would've had Dennis Quaid in Far From Heaven somewhere near the top.

NicksFlickPicks said...

Can I cast a vote for Harry Dean Stanton in Pretty in Pink? Depressed though he is, I love how he plays his scenes with Molly Ringwald.

Stanton also makes me think of The Straight Story which makes me think of Richard Farnsworth and his great bond with Sissy Spacek. Just thinking about The Straight Story gives me goose pimples.

NicksFlickPicks said...

Meanwhile, I'm stupid. I just noticed the '00-'05 thing. I feel like I just spilled a drink on myself at a party.

Carry on.


i wanted to do a longer list but I knew I'd forget people. I seem to have misplaced my lists of "everything i saw" from various years... oops.

Anonymous said...

I too like Naseer's performance in Monsoon wedding. By the way, did you check out trailer of Mira Nair's latest, The Namesake, based on Pulitzer winner Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, at ?

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