Monday, March 31, 2008

Somebody's gotta keep his eye on the ball.

Today is the 65th birthday of Christopher Walken (bio - quotes).

For many years he was an actor I found rather creepy, but he's REALLY grown on me.

To celebrate his day, I submit to you some of his best--his best movies and his best roles.

(You could make a case that he plays the same role in every movie, but they do at least give him a different name in each one.)

His best movies:

  1. The Dead Zone
  2. The Deer Hunter
  3. Batman Returns
  4. The Rundown
  5. Wedding Crashers

His best roles:

  1. The Bruce Dickinson, the needer of more cowbell
  2. Hatcher in The Rundown
  3. Caesar the exterminator in Mousehunt

Any other suggestions?

Here's Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," read by Christopher Walken.

17 Comments:

At 01 April, 2008 06:16, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

He was good in True Romance with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. That was a really good movie. You should check that one out. She was great in that one. I am yself am quite the Steve Buscheme fan.

I am so unfamiliar with cowbell.

 
At 01 April, 2008 13:47, Blogger GUNNY said...

I've never seen or heard of True Romance, but will check it out.

What?! You're not familiar with cowbell?!

That's perhaps the greatest SNL bit of all time and Walken & Will Ferrell at their best.

Me and some of the lads at church re-enacted the sketch for the Providence Church "talent" show last year. It was good fun, enjoyed especially by those familiar with the original.

I was, of course, Bruce Dickinson. Yes, THE Bruce Dickinson.

 
At 01 April, 2008 16:47, Anonymous Ray Fowler said...

Walken is a lot of fun to watch on the screen. Deer Hunter was a great picture and role. Don't forget his Bond villain in A View to a Kill. He had a great role as a gangster kidnapped by a bunch of twenty-somethings in Suicide Kings, with Denis Leary as his sidekick (strong language warning). On an entirely different note, I also enjoyed him as Jacob in the Hallmark production, Sarah, Plain and Tall (no warnings whatsoever!).

 
At 01 April, 2008 17:48, Blogger Reepicheep said...

ah...more cowbell. Tough to beat.

 
At 01 April, 2008 18:33, Blogger Rev. said...

Easy, guys... he puts his pants on just like the rest of us - one leg at a time. Except, once his pants are on... he gets Golden Globes.

 
At 01 April, 2008 19:49, Blogger GUNNY said...

Before Christopher Walken's acting career is over, we'll all be wearing gold-plated diapers!

 
At 01 April, 2008 20:51, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Suicide Kings, he was good in that.

 
At 01 April, 2008 21:11, Blogger GUNNY said...

My to see list:
1. "True Romance"
2. "Suicide Kings"

I'm also a fan of Steve Bushemi, Jesus Girl.

Ray
, now that you mention it, he was pretty good in "A View to a Kill." I think I missed that as I was pretty creeped out by Grace Jones in that one.

"Sarah, Plain & Tall" ... a pretty good movie as well.

So, Jesus Girl, what'd you think of the Cowbell action? That do a little something for ya?

 
At 01 April, 2008 23:16, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Loved it, I think Will Ferell was great. I loved the exposed belly bit. I thought it was real good. Is it Bushemi? Wasn't the one who didn't believe in tipping?

You'd like Wlaken in True Romance. He's a Sicilian mobster. Dennis Hopper is in it too. Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer. Oh yeah, it's a Quenitin Tarantino.

It's one of my favorites.

 
At 02 April, 2008 00:34, Blogger Reepicheep said...

Sicilian mobsters are always cool.

 
At 02 April, 2008 01:36, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Buscemi

Some of Christopher Walken's movies include:

A View to a Kill
All-American Murder
America's Sweethearts
Around the Bend
At Close Range
Balls of Fury
Biloxi Blues
Blast from the Past
Brainstorm
Catch Me If You Can
Click
Communion
Excess Baggage
Hairspray
Heaven's Gate
Illuminata
Julius Caesar
Kangaroo Jack
King of New York
Kiss Toledo Goodbye
Last Man Standing
Man of the Year
Man on Fire
New Rose Hotel
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Nick of Time
Pennies from Heaven
Puss in Boots
Scotland, PA
Suicide Kings
The Affair of the Necklace
The Comfort of Strangers
The Country Bears
The Dead Zone
The Deer Hunter
The Dogs of War
The Eternal
The Lonely Maiden
The Mind Snatchers
The Opportunists
The Prophecy
he Prophecy II
The Rundown
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Touch
True Romance
Undertaking Betty
Vendetta
Wayne's World 2
Wedding Crashers
Witness in the War Zone


I typed in Christopher Walken in the search on Blockbuster and these were most of the movies. There were others listed but his name wasn't in the cast.

Whenever I really like an actor I'll search them and check out the movies they have been in. I have seen most of Edward Norton's movies.

Anyway, that should be enough of the "Cowbell" himself for you to research.

 
At 02 April, 2008 01:38, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Did I mention

The Funeral
The Prophecy III

 
At 02 April, 2008 01:49, Blogger GUNNY said...

Amen, Reep.

Sicilian mobsters (redundant, really) ... always a good choice.

Christopher Walken ... always a good choice.

Christopher Walken as a Sicilian mobster?!

As Robin Williams would say, "WHHHOOOAAA!!!!"

That's a sweet list of Walken movies. Wasn't Walken in Pulp Fiction as well? I saw some of it and remember him as an Air Force guy or some such. I saw the TV version, which apparently explains why I found the movie hard to follow and underwhelming.

I also saw the TV version of American History X, but that it was really quite good, Norton in particular.

Wasn't he also in a heist-type movie with DeNiro? That was pretty good, if I remember correctly.

 
At 02 April, 2008 02:35, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

the score. De Niro, Brando, and Norton he was like a janitor and pretended to be handicapped I think. He's so good.

Norton is one of my favorite actors.

 
At 02 April, 2008 07:05, Anonymous Lance said...

I wanna see a movie with Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and Crispin Glover.

I think they might all be related.

 
At 02 April, 2008 22:28, Anonymous selahV said...

Gunny, pardon my ignorance, but what is a Rhetoric Phd.? I wanna be one of those. :)

Do you really want to take back your vote for me in the West Division? selahV

 
At 02 April, 2008 23:23, Blogger GUNNY said...

"Rhetoric? What is that?"

I get that a lot actually.

Rhetoric is pretty much the study of the effective use of language. This entails oratory (spoken word) and composition (written).

I'm most interested in preaching or homiletics, if we want to sound more impressive.

But rhetorical theory tends to take us all the way back to Socrates (sock-ra-teese, not so-crates), Plato, and Aristotle. Then, of course, we get into the great Augustine's teaching, De Doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine).

Rhetoric is also the 3rd phase of study in the Classical model. It's designed to teach the students how to convey, in an effective manner (perhaps persuasive), what they've learned in.


On the Sweet Sixteen:

Oh no ... my vote's still good. I just wanted to change my bet ... after your comment: "but also know that it is more than a safe bet (Gunny) that my competition days are quite numbered now."

You weren't giving me that "eye of the tiger" to convince me.

Stay hungry and give 'em Gehenna!

 

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