The Great Performances

Acting is an art form, and behind every iconic character is an artist expressing themselves. The Great Performances is a recurring column in which Jacob Trussell explores the art behind some of cinema’s best roles.

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Remember When Jeffrey Combs Played Edgar Allan Poe?

We look back at one of Combs' most underrated performances bringing the master of the macabre to life. Read More

How Mia Goth’s Pearl Stole the (Horror) Show in 2022

Between X and Pearl, Goth delivered some of the best performances we’ve ever seen in a single year of horror. Read More

Who Gave the Best Ebenezer Scrooge Performance?

We sketch out what goes into an effective Scrooge performance and which actors best conveyed the spirit of Charles Dickens… Read More

3 Scenes Showcasing the Incredible Cast of ‘No Country for Old Men’

The film is filled with knockout performances from every member of its cast, but these three sequences specifically highlight the… Read More

How Does the Cast of ‘The Addams Family’ Compare to the Original New Yorker Cartoons?

Charles Addams’ famous family have been pop culture icons for over 80 years, but just how similar were his original… Read More

Brendan Fraser is So Much More Than An Indiana Jones Clone in ‘The Mummy’

His character may be cut from the same cloth as Harrison Ford's most celebrated role, but Fraser brings key elements… Read More

Jamie Lee Curtis and the Fractured Arc of Laurie Strode in ‘Halloween’

We’re diving into Curtis’ accomplished performances as one of the most famous final girls in horror film history across the… Read More

The Graceful Masculinity of Patrick Swayze in ‘Dirty Dancing’

As Johnny Castle, Swayze was able to demonstrate his natural strengths as a dancer and an actor interested in deconstructing… Read More

The Powerful Performance(s) of Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Us’

Marrying tenets of avant-garde theater and natural acting methods, Nyong’o delivered a masterclass in playing opposite sides of the same… Read More