Thursday, June 21, 2012

Which is Better?


Emma Thompson
10 sample films:

Brave
Dead Again
Sense and Sensibility
Henry V
Stranger than Fiction
Nanny McPhee
An Education
Primary Colors
The Remains of the Day
Men in Black 3

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Helen Mirren
10 sample films:

Arthur
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
The Tempest
Excalibur
The Queen
Calendar Girls
Shadowboxer
Red
Gosford Park
National Treasure: Book of Secrets

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

24 comments:

  1. Both excellent, but I choose Thompson. She has this delicate quality about her, which is something very rare. Loved her in Sense and Sensibility the most.

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    1. Sense and Sensibility is up there for me as well, but my favourite of hers is still Dead Again.

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  2. Wow, this is a tough choice. I'm going to pick Emma Thompson due to the number of films that I've enjoyed that included her, particularly in the '90s. It's very close.

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    1. I have to agree that Thompson did have a much stronger run of memorable films in the '90s

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  3. I'm going with Helen Mirren because I found her acting to be believable as The Queen as well as an assassin. Hard to pull both roles off unless you have extreme talent.

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    1. I think I am one of the few people who actually likes Shadowboxer. I thought Mirren was great and the film grows on me more each time I see it

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  4. While I haven't seen more than a handful of films of each actress here, I'd have to say Thompson. She was devastatingly good in Wit, and her snarky comedic performance in Stranger Than Fiction is one deserving of more love than it tends to get.

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    1. Absolutely loved Thompson’s work in Wit, such a wonderful performance.

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  5. I'm going to say Emma Thompson because I'm more familiar with her work than Helen Mirren's.

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    1. I need to catch up on several of Mirren’s pre-80’s work, I have seen about 90% of Thompson’s works to date.

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  6. Mirren's body of work far exceeds Thompson's, and as a prior commenter noted, the range of her work exceeds Thompson's, too. While Thompson won an Oscar for adapting a screenplay, Mirren's acting work still makes this an easy choice for me. It's Mirren.

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    1. I am still surprised Thompson has yet to receive an acting Oscar. She has delivered so many great performances over the years.

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    2. Emma DOES have an Oscar for acting. She won an acting Oscar for Merchant Ivory's HOWARDS END in 92 and then won the writing Oscar for Ang Lee's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY in 95.

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    3. You are right! I completely forgot that she won in 1992. For some reason all of the best actress nominees vanished from my mind for that year. Granted, I was pulling for Mary McDonnell that year as I loved her work in Passion Fish.

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  7. I gotta go with Thompson, though I do love Mirren.

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    1. Personally I could argue in favour of both, each has had a rather fascinating career.

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  8. Gotta go with Mirren. Awesome in The Queen. She does good genre work as well like Red and 2010.

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    1. I was not a fan of Red, but I thought Mirren and Cox where the best things in the film.

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  9. OH MY GOODNESS!!! This couldn't be any tougher for me to pick as I adore both of them. It's like Sophie's Choice, man! But in the end I'd have to go with Emma as I LOVE Sense & Sensibility, my all time favorite film. I also love Stranger with Fiction.

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    1. This is a tough one indeed. Maybe I will throw up an easier one next week...maybe. LOL

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  10. I like them both, but for some reason I've never been fully wowed by Emma Thompson. Maybe because she's such a natural? I'll have to go with Helen Mirren. She has great range.

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    1. I think both actresses are naturally talented but I can see why you would go with Mirren.

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  11. You don't have Emma's three finest moments for me on here (HOWARDS END, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, WIT) but she still wins even though I don't think of her and Helen as being of the same type. Helen is excellent of course, but I find Emma to be a more sensitive performer and less likely to depend on shtick for effect (sometimes Helen is guilty of on occasion, as in RED).

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    1. Since The Remains of the Day was already on the list, I figured that was enough representation of her Merchant Ivory years.

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