Thursday, May 10, 2012

Which is Better?


Michelle Pfeiffer
10 sample films:

Dark Shadows
What Lies Beneath
Stardust
Dangerous Liaisons
Batman Returns
Scarface
Hairspray
The Fabulous Baker Boys
White Oleander
The Witches of Eastwick

or




Annette Bening
10 sample films:

The Kids Are All Right
The Grifters
Bugsy
Valmont
Running with Scissors
The Siege
Mars Attacks
The American President
American Beauty
Richard III

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

18 comments:

  1. Wow, this is really tough. I guess I'll go with Bening here... her work in American Beauty is iconic. I also just rewatched all of The Sopranos, and her brief cameo in that (as herself) was priceless.

    Great match up.

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    1. Bening was great in American Beauty but I also really liked her work in Valmont as well. Though Valmont is a solid film, it often gets upstaged by Pfeiffer's Dangerous Liaisons in regards to the film people remember the most.

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  2. Michelle Pfeiffer. No contest. She's much more versatile and fun. She can do musicals, she can do comedy, she can do drama, and she was a great Catwoman.

    Annette Benning is OK but when she's required to go over the top. She is just unbearable to watch. I'm sorry but she was one of the reasons why I think Amerian Beauty is overrated. She was one the reasons why I loathed Running with Scissors.

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    1. Pfeiffer has definitely showed more range by taken roles in various genres. I am glad that her career seems to be on the upswing again, I thought she was the best thing in Stardust.

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    2. I agree with Void, Michelle wins by a mile. I've never been annoyed by her and same cannot be said about Annette.

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    3. Throw me in here as well. I can't say that I've ever been all that big a fan of either. I don't dislike them, but they're nothing more to me than capable, talented actresses with not many hallmark films between them, or at least memorable roles.

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    4. I can see your point about not many hallmark films. It is tough to think of a film where Bening dominated the performance. Most of her best work is in ensemble pieces.

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  3. Bening, fairly easily. Her work in American Beauty, Running with Scissors and The Kids Are All Right alone tops anything I've seen from Pfeiffer - who is still a very good actress, mind you.

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    1. While I agree with you on American Beauty and The Kids Are All Right, I still lean slightly more towards Pfeiffer. I loved her work in films like Married to the Mob, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and White Oleander (though I was not too fond of the film as a whole).

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  4. Anette Bening wins.

    Between Running with Scissors, American Beauty and The Kids are All Right I don't know how this can be a competition.

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    1. I do not understand the love people have for Running with Scissors. I thought the film's script was average at best, plus I did not find the characters all that interesting.

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    1. Any Bening film in particular that you are especially fond of?

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  6. Although I think Bening is a better actress I'm gonna go with Pfeiffer because I love Scarface that much.

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    1. Scarface is a film that really seems to divide people. You either love its over-the-top execution, like I do, or you hate it. There is very little middle ground.

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  7. I'm going with Pfeiffer. I just like her overall work better than Benning's.

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    1. Both actress have some great films under their belt, but Pfeiffer manages to surprise me more often.

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  8. Anonymous9:54 am

    Arguably Pfeiffer. Imagine that Bening, who was Burton's first choice, would have played Catwoman in "Batman Returns."
    I doubt that the Catwoman would have become the iconic figure that Pfeiffer created. Pfeiffer fully displayed her remarkable acting range between Selina Kyle and Catwoman.

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