MY MOVIE JOURNAL
1.The Breakfast Club
4.The Grand Budapest Hotel
5.The Grand Budapest Hotel
10.The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Some movies that will help put you in a good mood especially if you're feeling down:
• the kings of summer
• the grand budapest hotel
• the breakfast club
• soul surfer
• silver linings playbook
• the best exotic marigold hotel
• we’re the millers
• the internship
• we bought a zoo
• the spectacular now
• the perks of being a wallflower
Favorite actor series | Edward Norton: [On his first hand on encounter with acting] “Acting? It’s a longstanding compulsion I’ve had since I was about five or six years old. I can literally identify the moment it struck me. I went to see a play [If I Were a Princess] in which a babysitter of mine [Betsy True, who later acted on Broadway] was performing. I was completely shell-shocked by the magic of this little community-theater play; it just riveted me.” - Edward Norton
Every now and then, I fall in love with an actor. Not literally, of course, but I fall in love with their acting style, their personality etc. This happens all too often with me, probably due to still being a teenager and in that phase of becoming easily obsessed with things.
I’m new to a lot of things, so it probably won’t surprise you to know that I’ve only just seen Fight Club (1999). I was hooked, by the way. I love the narrative, I love how the big twist is revealed, and I love how it ends, with Marla and The Narrator holding hands, watching buildings go down around them in some sort of pseudo-romantic way while the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” plays in the background. Norton’s portrayal of an insomnia-ridden office yuppie with a charismatic, soap salesman of an alter ego is wonderfully convincing, and considering this was pretty much near to the beginning of his acting career, it’s easy to see why Edward has become well known in pop culture.
It was this that started my appreciation for Edward Norton. In my opinion, Edward is an extremely underrated actor, and even though his filmography isn’t exactly extensive, in every film I’ve seen him in since, he really delivers.
After watching Fight Club, I strayed from the action-thriller genre and moved to a Norton role which is small, but by no means insignificant; The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
There he is, portraying the studious Inspector Henckels. Nice moustache, Ed.
While the character didn’t feature much in the film, there was another major selling point that drew me into watching The Grand Budapest Hotel; it’s a Wes Anderson film. Being the wannabe Tennenbaum I am meant it was no contest, I simply had to watch this film. And yes, of course, Edward was brilliant as always. His line delivery, his costume, his dedication…that moustache…
From one film to the next, and this time I went backwards into Norton’s filmography, to something which shares three mutual actors with The Grand Budapest Hotel; of course, I’m talking about Red Dragon (2002). A supposed prequel to Silence Of The Lambs (1991), Red Dragon follows Norton’s FBI Agent, Will Graham, in his search for the serial killer known as ‘The Tooth Fairy’. The manhunt puts his family at risk, and after being wounded years earlier by Hannibal Lecter, he is again injured by the killer in his own home.
This was so exciting, to see Norton as a pure good guy/action hero, and I think he works best beside Harvey Keitel and Ralph Fiennes.
Finally, the fourth film I indulged myself in was The Illusionist (2006), which follows the same vein of turn of the century magic-based drama’s that were released that year. In the film, Norton portrays the titular illusionist, a man known as Eisenheim.
Eisenheim grieves extensively when the love of his life, Sofie, is supposedly murdered by her abusive fiance, the crown Prince of Vienna. Eisenheim’s tale is one of sorrow, love, and of course, magic. The big reveal comes at the end when it is discovered that Sofie faked her death and frames the Prince in order to escape with her childhood darling. Quite magical, and I love a man who can pull off a good early 20th Century beard.
This is only the beginning. I have so many more films of his to watch.
But why else do I love the man known as Edward Harrison Norton?
Well, OBVIOUSLY, he’s gorgeous. Look at that face…a stunner. And that smile too…
He’s got a sense of humour, he cares for the world, he sings, he dances, and he’s generally quite charming.
So, to conclude, Edward Norton is a perfect actor, a perfect man, and damn, he deserves an Oscar!