Ladies & Men who Light Up the Silver Screen

I just felt like listing the actresses I love.  When they are featured on the poster, I am keen to watch the movie.  The actresses I adore have a etheral beauty about them.  They are intelligent, quirky and lovely to watch on screen.  Or they just happen to be the most talented actress ever – aka Meryl Streep. Who are your favourites?

{via Digital Spy}

1. Kate Hudson
2. Zoey Deschanel
3. Liv Tyler
4. Diane Lane
5. Renee Zellweger (especially in Bridget Jones)
6. Scarlett Johansson
7. Meryl Streep
8. Angelina Jolie
9. Audrey Tautou
10. Elle Fanning
11. Jessica Alba
12. Megan Fox (she has a stunning face)

I might definitely be missing out many more, but these are the actresses that first came to mind.

And here are my favourite actors. I go for nice guys with a nice smile, geek element or laid back vibe. Or just incredibly great actors.

1. Robin Williams
2. Tom Cruise
3. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
4. Jeremy Irons
5. Adrien Brody
6. Zach Galifanakis
7. Owen Wilson
8. Justin Long
9. Ewan McGregor
10. Tom Hanks
11. Colin Firth
12. Hugh Grant

Darjeeling Limited a one movie I would love to watch again. Very few movies are this beautifully and lovingly shot. But it just has to be on a big screen. Otherwise it loses it’s magic, as most movies do.


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13 Responses to Ladies & Men who Light Up the Silver Screen

  1. My list would also have to include the “king of cool” Will Smith His portrayal of Muhammad Ali was brilliant.

  2. conrad says:

    for a self-confessed primitive, your list of fave actors/actresses seem pretty fashionably modern.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Glad to hear it although I am unable to appreciate young shows like Gossip Girl, True Blood and such, and have no interest to try after watching one episode of each.

  3. kirsten says:

    There is something really magic about watching a really good actor do his/her thing. There are somewho just attract me to a film just by being in it. I think my favourite actor list ends up longer, though… I don’t know why but it’s harder for me to think of my favourite actresses than actors. I wonder if it has anything to do with the differences between roles for men and roles for women.

    – Keira Knightley : I don’t know why but there is something about her that I just like, and I cannot explain it! I have never found her to be as bad an actress as some people say she is. Granted, not all her films are winners, but I do generally enjoy them enough. My current favourite Keira Knightley performance was her role in Last Night.
    – Carey Mulligan
    – Marion Cotillard : So beautiful. And the fact that she is in a relationship with Guillaume Canet (see below) just makes me happy.
    – Audrey Tautou
    – Zooey Deschanel : Although in all the things I have seen her in she does seem kind of the same…
    – Judi Dench & Maggie Smith : Everything they touch turns into diamonds!

    – Damian Lewis : I swear I would watch this guy do anything, even if he were doing a monologue of the phone book.
    – Gerard Butler : I have been disappointed with his recent stuff, though. I found that his films get worst and worst the more time he spends in America. Please go back to the UK and be Scottish again! Dear Frankie was beautiful.
    – Guillaume Canet : He was in Last Night opposite Keira Knightley and was amazing. I also loved him in Jeux d’Enfants. I would love to see the stuff he’s directed but they’re all in French and hard to get!
    – Ewan McGregor
    – Adrien Brody
    – Robert Downey Jr. : Something about him is Just Cool.
    – James McAvoy
    – David Tennant
    – Rufus Sewell
    – Stephen Campbell Moore : Bright Young Things is crammed full of really good performers and needs more attention!
    – Romain Duris : I once heard him described as Sex On Legs. And haven’t been able to find a better description since.

    Yes, most of the actors I like are Brits/from Europe. I don’t know why, I just find them better. Hehe.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Thanks for sharing your list 🙂

      Loved Keira in Atonement and Robert Downey Jr is always charming, off and on screen. James McAvoy is a young actor whom I think is a cut above the rest of his generation as well.

      • kirsten says:

        For Robert Downey Jr and James McAvoy I really respected their ability to make comic book hero movies not look silly. I mean, it’s still popcorn entertainment, but they managed to give the characters something more than “I AM A HERO RAH RAH RAH *explosion*” which I think is great. Incidentally, Iron Man and X-Men: First Class are kind of the only comic book hero movies I take seriously.

  4. conrad says:

    i’m inclined to believe that we all go through different phases, or perhaps simply crave spice and variety.

    walking down memory lane, i shock myself with my own tastes at different stages of growing up. nostalgic no doubt, but i do wonder, “did i actually enjoy this?”

    right now, i’m at a point where i’m a sucker for anything alternative, or even old school. explains the lurking around your delightful blog. perhaps, it’s just a sign of my vintage.

  5. Crystal says:

    Hmm…this one is tough..

    1-Johnny Depp
    2-Keanu Reeves (even though he hasn’t done anything in ages, I’m always going to love some of his 90’s stuff like Walk in the Clouds)
    3-Christian Slater (again, 80’s and 90’s…love love love his older movies like pump up the volume and bed of roses)
    4-Ian McKellan–tremendous actor
    5-Robin Williams-funny, sympathetic and “good morning vietnam” is still haunting to me

    I find a lot of the newer actors interchangeable, which probably just means I’m getting old and curmudgeonly 😉

    1-Emily Blunt
    2-Meryl Streep (really, is there anything she’s can’t be awesome in?)
    3-Maggie Smith (I aspire to be like her in my older years)
    4-Emma Thompson (amazing in almost everything, but heart-wrenchingly good in “wit”)
    5-Ellen Page

    • bookjunkie says:

      I feel like I grew up on Robin Williams starting with the lovable Mork from Mork and Mindy. I cried buckets watching Dead Poets Society. I thought he was brilliant in One Hour Photo as well. He can do comedy, the good guy and the bad guy – just wow! I just want to re-watch all his movies. I loved ‘The World According to Garp’ as well.

      You just reminded me that I need to watch Remains of the Day again.

  6. kirsten says:

    Actually, if you keep your eye on British TV series and indie films and (if you’re in the UK) plays, it’s easy to see the the UK is bursting at the seams with really good actors who might not ever make it – or want to go to – Hollywood. Which is a pity because they are so talented but might never get the attention they deserve!

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