Oct 4, 2009

The best of Alec Baldwin: Glengarry Glen Ross

1. Glengarry Glen Ross
2. Malice
3. The Getaway.
4. Hunt for Red October
5. The Royal Tenenbaums
6. The Departed
Alec Baldwin fans, like the man himself, are a frustrated bunch. He hasn't ever really followed through on the promise of Glen Garry Glen Ross, although Baldwin is just as good sinking his teeth into the "I am God" speech in Malice — pure neo-Nietachan air guitar — as he is with the good stuff. Nobody can chew on red meat better than Baldwin (he rewrites a lot of his speeches himself), and even in crap like The Juror, he radiates menace like dry ice. No wonder Scorsese has used him twice, although quality may, ultimately, be beside the point. If anything, the shortfall between his talent and his career has given him an extra layer of pathos which Tina Fey has exploited beautifully in 30 Rock — he is the purring Rolls Royce at the centre of that series. I have high hopes for It's Complicated.

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