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Monday, July 6, 2009

New Highlight Reel™: Val Kilmer


Last week's polling is done, and the most popular 1970s sitcom theme is Suicide is Painless from M*A*S*H, followed by the themes from Sanford and Son, Barney Miller and The Muppet Show.

This week, let's go back to a Highlight Reel™, this time for Val Kilmer. Kilmer is one of those rare actors who is a star in his very first role, playing the Elvis like Nick Rivers in the Zucker and Abrahams spy spoof Top Secret! Recently, there have been photographs of Mr. Kilmer having put on weight, which in Hollywood is worse for your career than getting drunk, arrested and blaming everything on the Jews.

Leaving that aside, I've picked ten films from Mr. Kilmer's career spanning the past three decades that you can vote as your choice for his Highlight Reel™, or you can choose the default options of He's Always Good or He Always Sucks.

The ten films, in chronological order are:

Top Secret!
Real Genius
Top Gun
Willow
The Doors
Thunderheart
True Romance
Tombstone
Batman Forever
Spartan

The voting will be open until next Sunday evening.

9 comments:

Margaret Benbow said...

He's Always Good, always fearless, and is one of the few actors I'll watch in absolutely anything. But in your list, where's The Salton Sea? THAT was his boldest and best, and he didn't even have a fake silver nose to work with, like the villain in the movie...

Matty Boy said...

Hi, Margaret. I never saw The Salton Sea. I'd like to make a website where people get to add their favorites to a list like this, but that's not an option with the Google polls.

dguzman said...

I'm your huckleberry.

Matty Boy said...

I'm witch yew, Dguzman.

Margaret Benbow said...

Could watch the card-playing scene in Tombstone over and over. "How lewd," he comments gently to his girlfriend, who isn't wearing a bustle. Then he concentrates on tormenting his enemies in a soft Southern accent--"Why, Ed Bailey, are we cross?...I abhor ugliness. If you weren't mah friend anymore, I just don't think I could bear it." And so on.And at any minute, as he knows, he could be coughing a quart of blood up from his lungs.

Matty Boy said...

I agree with you as well, Margaret. For me, a movie needs a few good lines up front to bring me in, and that line "If we were not friends anymore, I just don't think I could bear it." while his fingers play gently on the handle of his gun, that was one of the scenes that put Tombstone on my good side, and there were a lot more scenes after that I enjoyed as well.

Maybe the best Western of the last thirty years, though Unforgiven deserves to be in the conversation as well.

Lockwood said...

This is a toughie... I'm really torn between Tombstone and The Doors. I thought he was perfect in the former, but here's the thing: I've never really appreciated The Door's music, and Jim Morrison always struck me as a pretentious bastard. Kilmer's portrayal of him riveted me, his singing was spot on, and left me, in the end with (at the very least) a little more empathy for Morrison, and a greater appreciation of his own special genius. Like MJ, I can respect the talent without necessarily appreciating its fruits.

Dr. Zaius said...

Top Secret, definately.

Matty Boy said...

Oh, sure, Doc, you say that, but there are still zero votes for Top Secret, so we get the feeling you were just funning us.