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Best Movie Performances of 2007

Posted on March 3rd, 2008 filed in Movie Talk    |   

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Among the myriad of movies that marked 2007, a number of performances stand out as simply unforgettable. Every year has it share of great performances but 2007 has many that will actually mark movie history and are easily among the best movie performances ever, which in the recent past would include Phyllis Seymor Hoffman’s Capote and Jamie Foxx’s Ray.

Marillon Cotillard as Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose”: Marion Cotillard literally becomes Edith Piaf and renders a flawless performance that reincarnates the great french singer almost half a century after her death. We see Edith with her diminutive posture, her flaws and vice, her love and passion, her ups and downs, and her emotionally charged fading self. We observe Cotillad merge into a near crippled Piaf with her back hunched and barely able to walk and then marvel at her perfectly synching of Piaf’s performance at the Paris Olympia. We hear every cry of help, see every look of despair, and understand what Edith was going through various parts of her life.

Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” From the opening scene till the very end, Anton Chigurh, thanks to Javier Bardem, is way beyond terrifying. He is the ultimate villain, relentlessly freaky, haunting, and disturbing in his every breath, limp, and move. One can’t help but shudder at the thought that all it takes is a flip of a coin, a toss, for one’s time to be up, at the receiving end of a cattle gun. I would be extremely concerned for anyone dating Mr. Bardem. That performance was so convincing that one can’t help but wonder if it was all just a performance.

Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview in “There Will be Blood”: It is no secret that Daniel Day Lewis is a great actor with a rich portfolio of fabulous performances but his portrayal of the ruthless, cruel, infinitely ambitious, and extremely smart oil entrepreneur Daniel Plainview, is nothing short of legendary. Lewis skillfully delivers Plainview as a demonic cunning and vicious man that brilliantly treads on a very thin line between his hate and disdain for others and his need to make the exact opposite believed in order to achieve the success he yearns for. And in the process of reaching the top, he loses the point of his actual existence and degenerates in a demonic way to the brink of insanity.

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