Saturday, June 18, 2011

Which is Better?

Ryan Gosling
10 sample films:

Blue Valentine
Lars and the Real Girl
Half Nelson
The Notebook
The Believer
Remember the Titans
The United States of Leland
All Good Things
Murder by Numbers


Heath Ledger
10 sample films:

Brokeback Mountain
The Dark Knight
10 Things I Hate About You
Monster’s Ball
The Four Feathers
A Knights Tale
The Patriot
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section


  1. This is a close one. I would give Gosling a very slight edge. I loved Ledger in Brokeback and The Dark Knight. A great character actor.

    Gosling was outstanding in Blue Valentine, Lars and Half Nelson. Such natural, "lived-in" performances.

    Shame we couldn't get to see Heath develop even more. :(

  2. Heath Ledger because of his screen presence, I agree it would have been good to have seen him mature on screen.

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  3. Oh difficult one! I would go with Gosling just because I have always had more of a liking for him ;) Heath truly mesmerized me only in The Dark Knight.

  4. This is a great match-up. There are some real gems on both lists. 10 Things I Hate About You is a smart teen flick and Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles have great chemistry in the film.

    I watched the Dark Knight again recently and still found Ledger's performance absolutely mesmerizing.

    Ryan Gosling has provided some great performances, and among my faves are The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl.

  5. Wow, this is very close. I love both but I have to with Ledger with a very slight edge as well. I also enjoyed his performance in 10 Things I Hate About You which is a guilty pleasure.

  6. I agree with Squasher, in that this is probably the closest of the matchups and it really does come down to personal preference making me choose Heath. I find both of them to be good actors, but I like Heath because he generally seems like a much warmer and natural actor (except for TDK) and Ryan always seems overly wound-up, even when he's doing comedy. I like them both, though and Ryan was great in BLUE VALENTINE last year.

  7. Heath Ledger simply because he made more *good* films than Gosling. Not to mention "Monster's Ball" ... what a brilliant performance.

  8. i'm from Perth so i'm gonna choose the hometown boy if only for that reason.

    But that aside his performance in TDK has left a huge footprint on modern acting to the extent where it's influencing a lot of choices that actors are making. Rafe Spall in The Shadow Line (is incredible by the way) most likely wouldn't have made the choices he's made if it hadn't been informed by Heath Ledger as The Joker.

  9. @Squasher88 – I went Gosling as well, though technically I really liked 4 of his films compared to 5 of Ledgers.

    @Chris – Ledger screen presence in Brokeback and TDK was unbelievable. He really showed a lot of growth from his earlier works.

    @Castor – I would but Brokeback Mountain up there with TDK in regard to mesmerizing performances. Ledger really dominated that film for me.

    @JBT - 10 Things I Hate About You is a gem. One of the few teen romantic comedies that still holds up after multiple viewings.

    I still have not seen The Notebook and, to be honest, I am quite alright with that fact. :)

    @thevoid99 – 10 Things I Hate About You is no longer a guilty pleasure for me, I now consider it a solid film. The more I watched it the more I realized that there is no shame at all in liking the film.

    @Andrew – Though I sided with Gosling in this match up, I agree that he could really loosen up more. I think after his stint on the television show Breaker High, Gosling really strived to be taken seriously as an actor. The problem is that sometimes he forgets to allow himself to be silly on screen.

    @Duke – Monster’s Ball is a great film, but I found that Ledger only edged out Gosling in regards to the "better" films by one flick. Gosling’s performance in The Believer easily rivals, if not surpasses, Ledgers in Monster’s Ball.

    @Blah Toby – I felt the slight need to support the homegrown product as well.

    I have not seen The Shadow Line yet so I will have to check it out. I am a fan of Spall’s father, Timothy, though. His father is a fantastic actor.

  10. RG all the way.

    Is it too early to say that Ledger got more respect just because he died, I mean despite a few great great roles, he did quite a few very very mediocre ones.

  11. @5plitreel - True, Ledger was in some fairly mediocre films. The Brothers Grimm, The Four Feathers, and A Knight's Tale are all examples of this.

  12. Basically what Castor said. I think overall he's made some bad choices, but I dig Gosling.

    Gotta say, I think a better "Which is Better" would have been Gosling vs. Ben Foster. I think people get them confused as it is.

  13. Hey, I love A KNIGHT'S TALE. I love Ledger in that.

  14. @Dylan – Funny enough I had considered Ben Foster as a possible match up but his list of films were not strong enough to compete with Gosling. I decided to save Foster for another match up in the future.

    @Andrew – You and a whole lot of other people love that film. I have not met too many people who do not like it. Still, I am happy to be in the minority on this one as I cannot stand the film. I have watched it several times and I still cannot get into the way A Knight’s Tale uses classic rock music or the films “comedic” moments. Again, I know I am in the minority on this one.


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