Thursday, June 28, 2012

Which is Better?

Matthew McConaughey
10 sample films:

Magic Mike
A Time to Kill
Dazed and Confused
Lone Star
Ghost of Girlfriends Past
The Lincoln Lawyer
Reign of Fire


Edward Norton
10 sample films:

Moonrise Kingdom
Everyone Says I Love You
Primal Fear
The Illusionist
The People vs. Larry Flynt
American History X
25th Hour
The Incredible Hulk
Fight Club

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


  1. No contest. Norton always and forever.

  2. Agree. I don't even have to think about it. Norton.

  3. Yeah, this one is easier than most prior pairings in the series. Norton for sure. No offense to McConaughey, who was fun in Tropic Thunder and pretty impressive in The Lincoln Lawyer, but Norton is way above him. Primal Fear, American History X, 25th Hour, Fight Club... All great performances.

  4. Oh Norton, definetly. Though McConaughey has some great roles like in Lincoln Lawyer and Time to Kill and Norton has some serious embarassments in his career - Italian Job for example.

  5. Norton. There is no other answer.

    @Sati--is there anything more embarrassing than Death to Smoochy?

  6. Edward Norton for sure. Didn't even need to think.

  7. I agree no contest on this one. Norton. I didn't even think McConaughey could act until I saw Lincoln Lawyer.

  8. Gotta go with Norton

  9. Norton wins with just Fight Club and American History X, though I think McConaughey is a solid actor.

    Maybe we should all see Magic Mike before we rush to judgement, huh?

  10. Sorry CS, but this is a joke right?

    Norton in American History X shits ALL OVER Matt McConaughey. That film alone vs. every film Matt has done or will do and Norton would still win.
    (Btw, its my fav. movie of all time and has my fav. scene of all time = Cali. Smiley Face)

  11. While I think McConaughey is much less of a jerk, this one has to go to Norton. Seeing Moonrise Kingdom reminded me of how good he can be, and the role was unconventional for him too.

  12. While I knew this pairing would be far easier than previous weeks (i.e. landslide for Norton), I do think that people’s views on McConaughey will start to change by the end of 2012. The reviews for his work in Bernie have been great and the buzz about his upcoming film, Killer Joe, has been nothing but fantastic. Once you get past the bad romantic comedies, McConaughey is actually a fairly capable actor.

    Granted, Norton is the better actor overall but his career has been very frontloaded in regards to memorable performances. Since 2000, his choices have been very spotty. Though I did love his work in The Illusionist and Keeping the Faith.

  13. I'm going to go against the grain a bit. I think Edward Norton is fantastic but I am going to go with McConaughey on this one based on his charisma. I totally get why people would dislike him, but I get a kick out of the guy. He was fantastic in Magic Mike.

  14. I'm with Jess on this one. I think McConaughey just edges it. He gets a pass for being in my favourite movie ever (Dazed and Confused) and I really enjoyed both Reign Of Fire and A Time To Kill. I haven't seen Magic Mike yet, but the double header of Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe blew me away.
    Saying all that, Norton was in my 3rd favourite of all time (Rounders) so he does get points for that. It's like CS said though: his career was totally front-loaded. I have to ask, what has he done for me lately?

  15. Edward Norton... the dude is truly an intense actor but also can be quite funny and can easily fit into anything.

  16. Yup, gotta go with Norton here. I must admit that I am warming up to McConaughey though. He seems to be having a bit of a resurgence, which is good to see.


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