Here’s another of deadra’s suggestions. I don’t think I will surprise anybody with my choices, but let’s revel in the acting glory for a bit. Next week, I’ll do the follow-up with actors.
I think the title is self-explanatory about the topic of this list, so let’s get right to it. Here are the Top 10 Actresses whose names in the credits of any movie makes me buy tickets.
[Btw, I apologise in advance for not including anybody of colour in this list. There are a hundred thousand reasons for this, most of which are not especially good. I know that. And I'm sorry.]
10. Anjelica Huston
From playing Morticia Addams to the Grand High Witch, from the Prizzis to the Tennenbaums, Anjelica Huston manages to add style, flair and just a dollop of goth to every role. She’s got a cool sense of humour and she’s interesting. Plus, she’s got one hell of an expressive face. Who wouldn’t want to watch her for two hours?
9. Kate Winslet
She’s intelligent, beautiful, down to earth and has a very good hunch for movies. But even if that hunch suddenly left her one day, I’d still watch every bad movie she made, because she’s that good.
But let’s hope that her taste won’t leave and we continue to get double treats in the form of good actress in good movie.
It helps, of course, that Helena Bonham-Carter has the Tim Burton connection. But even when she’s burtonless, she’s brilliant, talented, great. And she’s not afraid to go for roles that are a bit out there. I love that about her.
Emma Thompson can do anything – from deep social commentary to brainless RomCom. But with all her versatility comes charm and just that bit of herself that makes her recognisable. She’s great.
6. Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz is a bit sneaky. You tend to forget how great she is until you see the next movie she made. Then she comes from behind and hits you over the head with her awesomeness. Hard.
5. Maggie Smith
The first of the English Dame Trifecta.
Maggie Smith usually does the uptight English woman thing nowadays, but just go back a little bit in her film history, and you’d be surprised. But even if she only ever did uptight English woman, it wouldn’t matter. Because she’s the Queen of Uptightness, with a very wicked sense of humour. You just got to love her.
4. Judi Dench
The second of the English Dame Trifecta.
Judi Dench sometimes seems the uptight English woman, but she never is completely – her Queen walks through puddles, her M smirks about Bond’s escapades, and her high school teacher is the villain of the movie. She must have played every possible character and she was good in all of them.
3. Helen Mirren
The third of the English Dame Trifecta.
It’s always good to see Helen Mirren act. No matter what she does, she’s awesome.
Tilda Swinton is one of the most interesting people around. She always chooses insane roles and gives them her own personal spin. Plus, take her and two times Rachel Weisz and you completely neutralise Keanu Reeves, which is an amazing feat.
I have a huge crush on Cate Blanchett. She is beautiful, intelligent and talented, but she seems also really nice. And she’s really cool.
No matter what role, she pulls it off, entirely credible. You believe her Galadriel as much as her Bob Dylan. That’s why I will see any movie with her that I can.