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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The Shining

Jack Nicholson Originated the Nicolas Cage Freakout In ‘The Shining’

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Yes, we know, Stanley Kubrick’s film isn’t like Stephen King’s novel, but we’re just here for Nicholson’s raging Jack Torrance!

Zoolander

When ‘Zoolander’ Lifted Our Spirits Amidst a National Emergency

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Released just two weeks after 9/11, Ben Stiller’s dopey male model movie made us laugh, even when we thought we couldn’t.

Adjani Possession

Isabelle Adjani is Not an Internet Meme

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We take a closer look at the most famous scene from Andrzej Żuławski’s ode to divorce, depression, and H.P. Lovecraft: ‘Possession’.

Jackie Brown

The Powerful Presence of Pam Grier in ‘Jackie Brown’

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Absolute authenticity has always been the Blaxploitation legend’s greatest strength.

Bong Joon-ho's Mother

Kim Hye-ja and The Multitudes Behind Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Mother’

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Kim Hye-ja’s titular character was decades in the making.

anticipated films 2008 The Dark Knight

The Original Oscar Winning Clown Prince of Crime

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We look back at what made Heath Ledger’s Joker so remarkable.