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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Celebrating the Incredible Ensemble Cast of ‘Chan is Missing’

Every performance is a great performance in Wayne Wang’s indie noir-comedy classic. Read More

Sheryl Lee Always Knew Laura Palmer Was More Than a MacGuffin

At the center of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s timeless mystery Twin Peaks, Lee surfaced the nuances of a character… Read More

Green Goblin is Willem Dafoe’s Tragic Movie Monster

In the dual roles of Norman Osborn and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin, Dafoe pulled from classic horror to… Read More

Anne Hathaway Nails the Nuances of Sobriety in ‘Colossal’

As a woman in recovery caught between inner demons and gigantic monsters, Hathaway captures the unique struggles of staying on… Read More

‘Frailty’ is Bill Paxton’s Most Underrated Performance

Part devoted dad, part contract killer for God, everyone’s favorite character actor found the perfect balance of heart and horror… Read More

Mahershala Ali Only Needed 20 Minutes to Win an Oscar for ‘Moonlight’

Some actors need a whole movie to prove themselves Oscar worthy, but Ali did it in a fraction of the… Read More

Toni Collette Deserved an Oscar Nomination for ‘Hereditary’

She may have been snubbed by the Academy, but Collette made a profound impact on audiences with her captivating performance… Read More

Why Daniel Kaluuya is So Effective in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s hit film was destined to become a new horror classic, but it's narrative backbone is carried by Kaluuya’s… Read More

The Impact Liza Minnelli and ‘Cabaret’ Had on Movie Musicals

As chanteuse Sally Bowles, Minnelli conveys the soul of her character through song, dance, and dramatic specificity. Read More