Thursday, October 06, 2011

Which is Better?

Tilda Swinton
10 sample films:

The Deep End
Michael Clayton
I Am Love
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Beach
Vanilla Sky
Burn After Reading
The Chronicles of Narina: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


Helena Bonham Carter
10 sample films:

The Wings of the Dove
Fight Club
The King’s Speech
Planet of the Apes
Howard’s End
Alice in Wonderland
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Margaret’s Museum
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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


  1. This is interesting for me because I've grown weary of the Tilda Swinton love from critics. However, I do feel like she's the better choice. Swinton is consistent and rarely turns in a bad performance, while Carter is drastically inconsistent. Swinton takes this one!

  2. I think HBC is a great actress...she's so good at the role that she is type casted as. yet, still she branches out with King's Speech.
    I love all of her movies.

  3. I pick Tilda because I think she has more versatility and her films emcompass a wider range both emotionally and artistically. Every time I think of Tilda Swinton I think of her as being very clearly associated with certain films. HBC on the other hand, doesn't really stand out for me in that kind of way, although, to pimp the Canadian content, I do love Maragret's Museum.

  4. Tilda, and that's the despite the fact that your top ten doesn't include Julia!
    Although I think HBC is a fine actress too, but Swinton's choices are so varied and so daring and she's always delivered.

  5. Tilda Swinton makes more interesting choices.

    That is all.

  6. Tilda Swinton because she does different types of films and works with different filmmakers from Derek Jarman to Lynne Ramsay.

  7. All Hail Helena!!! yum yum!

  8. I'm gonna add to the chorus and say Tilda for sure. Bonham Carter is great sometimes, but I've never seen Swinton give a bad performance

  9. Damn, very hard choice. I'm going to be a dissenting voice and go for Helena Bonham Carter. Tilda's great, but she's know. A very talented actress in that lofty sense of the phrase. I see Helena Bonham Carter and I instantly feel a jump start of energy into the scene. She's just someone you enjoy watching do her thing.

  10. I've never managed to feel the overwhelming love for Tilda which most cinephiles seem to feel, and it's possibly because I haven't seen as many of her films. Still, M. Hufstader said something which I've always loved about HBC is that I like the enthusiasm she brings to her acting. She's moved from corset princess to a short string of independents, to psycho incarnate but she's eclectic throughout.

    (And on of her forgotten performances is excellent in the TV movie Live From Baghdad which she got an Emmy nomination for.)

  11. HBC is a very interesting character, but pretty consistent with her choices when it comes to new parts! I am going to go with Tilda Swinton- I can't wait to see her in We need to talk about Kevin!

  12. Tilda, Hands down. I love HBC but I've really grown tired of her role choices, admittedly, The Kings Speech was a little different for her. I find myself going "Oh God, her again" when I see HBC in a movie; but I say "Ooh, Tilda" when I see her in a new film.

  13. Tilda Swinton is better.

    Bonham Carter had a better start to her career than Swinton, but her work with Tim Burton has mostly left a lot to be desired.

  14. @Dan – True, Swinton has been more consistent of late.

    @Phips – HBC is far more talented than a lot of the films she has been in. I also liked her work in The King’s Speech

    @Mike – Margaret’s Musem is a fantastic film. Not one of HBC’s more well known works outside of Canada sadly.

    @Amir – Julia is a film I still have yet to see. I do believe it is on Netflix Canada though, so I might give it a look there.

    @Movie Guy Steve – I think both actresses make interesting choices, though Swinton’s films have been more successful from a critical standpoint

    @thevoid – I think all the Tim Burton films HBC has starred in soured her with many bloggers.

    @Scarletsp1der – Nice to see Carter getting some love.

    @Tom – Carter was far more consistent in her early works. Swinton really started kicking it into gear in the last five years or so.

    @M.Hufstader – Really surprised to see the lack of love for HBC, it is nice to hear a dissenting voice in the crowd.

    @Andrew - I think a lot of people have forgotten how good HBC was at the beginning of her career. Heck, she is even good in weak films like Alice in Wonderland.

    @Aziza – We Need to Talk About Kevin is high on my to see list. Tried to get tickets at TIFF this year, but was unsuccessful.

    @Marc – Fair enough, I could see how people might get tired of HBC doing the same quirky roles over and over.

    @Chip Lary – It may be time for Carter to take a break from the Burton films. The King’s Speech really helped to remind people that she is a talented actress.

  15. I'm a fan of Carter, but I was a bigger fan pre-Burton. She just seems capable of much more than she's been doing for the last decade or so. Sure, she hams it up in Potter, but that's hardly a demanding role for her, just cackling every time she's on screen. I give props for Sweeney Todd, though - singing's a bitch, and she was charming in it, even though I didn't love the film.

    Swinton kills it every time out and appears in a wide array of films playing a wide variety of characters.

  16. @Dylan – I was not a fan of Sweeney Todd as well. I really did not think the film was that special, or that different from Burton’s other films. It felt like he was just recycling his old material, but this time with some rather dull musical numbers.


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