Friday, September 02, 2011

Which is Better?

David Strathairn
10 sample films:

Good Night, Good Luck
L.A. Confidential
Passion Fish
Home for the Holidays
The Tempest
A League of Their Own
Lost in Yonkers
Blue Car
The Bourne Ultimatum


David Morse
10 sample films:

The Hurt Locker
The Green Mile
The Crossing Guard
Proof of Life
Dancer in the Dark
The Indian Runner
The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Rock

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


  1. Johnny B!11:37 am

    Strathairn, his movies are quality. Both are good though, it was a tough decision, as I think I've seen every movie in both lists.

  2. I used to have an irrational dislike of Straithairn (god, I hate typing his name...I'm sure I spell it wrong 80% of the time). Then, something clicked and I liked the guy quite a bit. Same thing happened with William S. Peterson once upon a time - I think I liked him after seeing Fear. :D

    Anyway, much as I like Straight Hair, I'm a huge fan of Morse. He's the uncle I never had. Or something like that. I love the fact that he can play nurturing just as well as he can play menacing. If he could add a bit more comedy to that mix, he might be a John Lithgow clone.

  3. I'm going to go with Strathairn since he too, was in better films. Nothing against Morse who is very good, notably in Dancer in the Dark.

  4. Big fan of both actors! Limbo is an amazing movie.

    Hard to choose the Morse one. Will probably say The Long Kiss Goodnight.

  5. dEmon9:50 pm

    Argh! This is a tough one. They're both extremely versatile actors. I lean toward Strathairn though - I like his choices as far movies and characters go and, pure and simple, he's one of my favourite actors of all time.

    David Morse is a poor man's David Strathairn, if you will. ;-p I do love his character on Treme.

  6. @Johnny B! - Of the film listed, I still have not seen The Tempest and The Indian Runner

    @Dylan - Straithairn's name kills me as well. I always end up leaving out a letter or two when typing it. I actually released that I had missed spelled it in my original review of The Brother from Another Planet. Drives me crazy I tell ya.

    @thevoid - I had forgotten that Morse was in Dancer in the Dark. It has been so long since I last watched it. He was good in it though, I also like his work in Disturbia and The Crossing Guard

    @Ty - Limbo was very enjoyable indeed. Thought I think Passion Fish is the best Straithairn/Sayles film.

    @dEmon - I was sure you were going to say Straithairn by a mile. You have been a fan of his for a long time. Did not realize you were a fan of Morse also.

  7. motown missile6:21 am

    Straithairn is usually in better, higher visibility movies. So, I choose him.

  8. @Motown Missile – I always viewed Morse to be the one in the higher visibility movies. Many of his films have played in major multiplexes worldwide, while a fair number of Straithairn’s films have played in limited release.


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