Thursday, June 14, 2012

Which is Better?


Alec Baldwin
10 sample films:

Rock of Ages
Glengarry Glen Ross
Ghosts of Mississippi
The Departed
The Cooler
Beetlejuice
It’s Complicated
The Good Shepherd
The Hunt for Red October
State and Main

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Tim Robbins
10 sample films:

Green Lantern
The Shawshank Redemption
Bull Durham
High Fidelity
I.Q.
The Player
Bob Roberts
The Hudsucker Proxy
Catch a Fire
Mystic River

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

17 comments:

  1. Wow. This is tough. I'm giving the slight edge to Baldwin due to his overall career, but both would get my preference against a lot of actors.

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    1. I would actually give the slight edge to Robbins, but I agree that I would take either over several other actors.

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  2. Alec Baldwin for me.

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    1. Any Baldwin film in particular that you love?

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  3. Tough but I'm going to swing comfotably towards Robbins, mostly for The Player and Shawshank. I don't think people would like to hear how much I enjoyed Baldwin in Along Came Polly.

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    1. Along Came Polly was not a memorable film for me. I had forgotten that Baldwin was even in that film. I will say that Baldwin has appeared in some great films and some horrendous ones (e.g. Cat in the Hat).

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  4. Tim Robbins....

    both love to have great and very campy roles. When you put the good roles vs. the good roles they cancel out, but I think Robbins does campy better most times, or maybe the films surrounding his campy performance is better (remember the film where he was a super hero against car alarms?)

    Also loved his part in the Tenacious D film, even though that movie sucked completely.

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    1. Robbins campy performances are fun, but I prefer is more subdued work in films like Code 46, Mystic River and Bob Roberts (to a certain extent).

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  5. Phips1:26 pm

    Cant decide...all I know is that Shawshank Redemption is far and away better than any film on Baldwin's list.

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    1. While I agree Shawshank Redemption is the best film on either list, I do think Glengarry Glen Ross comes close to that film for me out of Baldwin’s films. Granted his moments in that film are brief, but the film on a whole is outstanding.

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  6. This is tough as I like both actors. They can do drama and comedy. I'm probably going to go with Baldwin because he's able to maintain a balance between both though I do give Robbins some credit for being able to do a few art house films and directing some of his own films as well.

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    1. I actually wish Robbins directed more films, I have really enjoyed the ones he has directed so far.

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  7. This is a tough one but because of Glengarry Glen Ross, I'll go with Baldwin.

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    1. In any other competition Glengarry Glen Ross would be enough for me to pick Baldwin, but Robbins just had too many great films under his belt.

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  8. Although I think "Beetlejuice" is a great early Baldwin film, I have to go with Robbins here largely due to Shawshank, which is a superb film and "Bull Durham" where he was fantastic as the young dolt pitcher who finds his groove while wearing women's lingerie. And he was so fun to hate in "High Fidelity."

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    1. I think it is easy to forget how good Robbins is in Bull Durham. Costner and Sarandon get most of the praises for that film, but Robbins was my favourite performance in the picture.

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  9. My knee-jerk response was "Tim Robbins, duh". Teriffic actor who doesn't fear picking some unorthodox parts. But then I paused and considered some of Baldwin's great performances. Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler... The man has done some great work in his time. Still, Robbins it is. He feels more consistent to me.

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