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"And The Winner Isn't" ... My Top 10 Overlooked Performances

G. Bowden "genejezkova"
 
Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD]
Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD]
"Isabella Rossellini's tragic young mother provides the ravaged heart of David Lynch's suburban nightmare with shocking reticence."
Leon [DVD] [1995]
Leon [DVD] [1995]
"Jean Reno is spellbinding as the simple hitman whose heart unravels for pre-teen Natalie Portman in Luc Besson's thriller-with-heart."
Head On [2000] [DVD]
Head On [2000] [DVD]
"Alex Dimitriades should be a star by now after this swaggeringly sexy turn which is as symapathetic as it often monstrous."
Fight Club - 2 Disc Edition
Fight Club - 2 Disc Edition
"In a film full of men, Helena Bonham Carter's caustic performance is as funny, moving and anti-Merchant Ivory as you can get."
Nurse Betty [DVD] [2000]
Nurse Betty [DVD] [2000]
"Forget "Bridget Jones", Renee Zellweger's finest work comes in this dark comedy, eliciting sweetness and empathy even when she's totally bonkers."
Amores Perros [DVD] [2001]
Amores Perros [DVD] [2001]
"In a film bursting with wrenching performances, Emilio Echevarria's is the standout mixing malignance, wisdom and naked pain in a riveting tour-de-force."
Amelie [DVD] [2001]
Amelie [DVD] [2001]
"Mixing Audrey Hepburn and Lady Diana in a Warner Bros. Cartoon mixing bowl, Audrey Tautou's loveable rogue is the epitomy of feelgood triumph."
The Deep End [DVD] [2001]
The Deep End [DVD] [2001]
"Every gay teen should have a mother like Tilda Swinton, as her exasperatingly loving performance in this crime thriller demonstrates all too well."
Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
"A tough-as-boots revenge thriller complemented by a stellar performance from Paddy Considine, an accomplished study of obssessive malevolence."
Hard Candy [DVD]
Hard Candy [DVD]
"Ellen Page's critic-baiting powerhouse got richly-deserved praise, but Patrick Wilson's equally effective role is as sympathetic as it is creepy and alarming."