Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Whatever Happened To...?

Fairuza Balk

Today’s selection was suggested by Mike, of You Talking To Me?, in last week’s comment section. Naturally I jumped at the chance to highlight Ms. Balk as she always had a Gina Gershon-type vibe for me. That is to say I could see her playing the tough chick, as easily as I can see her pouring her heart out in a romantic lead. Fairuza is often remembered for her role in The Craft, yet she has been in far better films than that. While she has been stuck doing a lot of voice over work lately, as well as bit parts here and there, one can only hope that someone (I am looking at you Rebecca Miller) writes a script that will truly highlight Fariuza Balk’s talent.




Career Highlights: Valmont (1989); American History X (1998); Personal Velocity (2002); Gas, Food, Lodging (1992); The Craft (1996); Almost Famous (2000); The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Low Points: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996); American Perfekt (1997); Return to Oz (1985); The Waterboy (1998); Deuces Wild (2002)

Last Seen On The Big Screen: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Where You Will See Her Next?: In Thicker which also stars Guy Pearce and John Goodman

6 comments:

  1. I liked Return to Oz.

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  2. @Simon - The film just did not do it for me. Heck I even liked The Wiz more than Retun to Oz

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  3. One of the things I've always liked about Fairuza Balk is that she has such a unique look, and style, to herself that makes her both typical, and atypical, Hollywood at the same time. Very similar to Debi Mazar (who could probably also use a Whatever Happened to...).

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  4. totally agree. always liked her and would love to see her more often, doing quality work. the last performance that i remember seeing (and liking) was in "don‘t come knocking". great film.

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  5. Just watched The Wiz last night, weird. She had my favourite story from Personal Velocity not least because it was the least literary of the three if you know what I mean. The first two segments felt like they were being read to me, which is the risk of a writer adapting her own work, but the third one was where Miller actually got cinematic and Balk was great in it.

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  6. @Univarn – I could easily see Fairuza having a career like Zooey Deschanel. Fairuza has the look that can be appealing for both mainstream audiences and the indie crowd. Also good call on Debi Mazar, I will surely add her to the” Whatever Happened To” list.

    @Miss Topanga – Never saw "Don’t Come Knocking", what was that film about?

    @Mike – I agree Balk’s segment was the standout. I thought the others were good but I see where you are coming from. Some writer/directors invest too much time ensuring the audience understands the importance of every single word that they write.

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