Thursday, February 23, 2012

Which is Better?

John Malkovich
10 sample films:

Being John Malkovich
Dangerous Liaisons
Shadow of the Vampire
Burn After Reading
In the Line of Fire
The Killing Fields
Empire of the Sun
Of Mice and Men
Con Air


Gary Oldman
10 sample films:

Sid and Nancy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Book of Eli
Léon: The Profession
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Contender
Romeo is Bleeding
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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


  1. Malkovich is great but Oldman is better. Damn fine match-up there again though!

  2. Too easy. Gary Oldman.

  3. Oldman. Always Oldman.

  4. I have to go with Gary Oldman. They both play crazy really well but Oldman can tone it down and be normal much better, Malkovich is always sort of terrifying no matter the role.

  5. Phips3:37 pm

    For me, Oldman hands down. He's one of the best actors around and thank god he finally got nominated for an Oscar...He needs to win before he quits acting.

  6. Gary Oldman. I like Malkovich but Gary Oldman is just hella-awesome.

    Who would you expect from the guy who gave us great villains and played Dracula while being a good guy like James Gordon in the Batman movies and Sirius Black?

  7. Oldman's going to win this one easily because of all the "quirky, cool, unhinged" roles. Malkovich only really let his hair down with Being John Malkovich and Red.

  8. It's not quite fair to say that Oldman is going to win because he has more quirky stuff, but because he has a far more diverse resume of roles he has completely disappeared into.

    Malkovich's roles slowly became so ubiquitous into his more popular onscreen personalities he stopped being as diverse or interesting an actor. Even films where he doesn't start off unhinged he slowly becomes that (Burn After Reading for example).

    Oldman is just so consistently solid and diverse it's hard to pin any other actor on him. He's the ultimate chameleon, and while that doesn't give him an automatic edge, it's better than someone whose career has become as homogenized as Malkovich's.

    Of Mice and Men is the exception, everything about that film is nearly damn perfect.

  9. Honestly, on this one I could go either way but I just rewatched Burn After Reading, so I'll give it to Malkovich.

  10. Oldman. Surprised when he did not win the BAFTA.

  11. I guess I go with Oldman as an actor but I like more of the Malkovich films listed than the Oldman ones

  12. I like Oldman, and put them both in an empty room and he might be the better actor but Malkovich has consistently given better performances, I think. Perhaps, because he's gotten better roles, but ....I don't know.

  13. Damn this is tough. Gotta go with Oldman, though, for Drexl Spivey and Shelly Runyon alone.

  14. Oldman! Malkovich has become too much of a caricature of himself over the past decade...though frankly, I would have probably chosen Gary 10 years ago as well.


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