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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Most Unrealistic Action Scenes Of All-Time.

We may love it, but we are not naïve enough to believe it.

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle- Helicopter Scene
In this awesome action flick, the three ladies do some unreal stuff. But it was almost too unreal when these girls drove a huge flatbed off a bridge and while falling, jumped into a helicopter, started it up and flew away. This was somehow all done mid-air. I don’t believe physics would agree with the director.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of Crystal Skull: The Fridge Scene
Indiana Jones can get out of any pickle. Thought when he finds himself in a nuclear bomb testing zone, Jones jumps into an old refrigerator and manages to survive the blast as the nuke thankfully just throws the fridge beyond the blast radius, leaving Indy without a scratch.

Live Free Or Die Hard: The Fighter Jet Scene
While John McClane is the man, it was pretty ridiculous that he was able to defeat a high-tech fighter jet with nothing but a truck. Also, did they find the most horrible shot ever to fly this plane? He has target guided missiles yet can’t hit an 18 wheeler.

The A-Team- The Tank Scene
Though this entire film is unrealistic, it is quite enjoyable. They took many liberties with this film. But when they have the team plummet from a plane inside a military tank, they go too far. The Tank is held up only by a parachute. The A-Team then decides to fire the main cannon in order to adjust its descent.

Speed- Bus Jump Scene
In this gravity defying scene, a bus driving only 60 MPH makes a jump over a huge gap in the interstate. With no incline or ramp whatsoever, the bus seemingly is pulled up into mid-air as it miraculously makes the jump. Mythbusters disproved this as being physically possible; though I am pretty sure I could have told you that.

2 Fast 2 Furious- Boat Landing
This won’t be the first scene from this franchise. At the end of the film, the two stars are in pursuit of the villain who has run off in his yacht. To catch him, the two heroes jump their car into the boat. The jump is timed perfectly and instead of crashing into the boat, it simply crunches on top of the boat as the two  emerge without a scratch.

Die Another Day- Tidal Wave Surfing Scene
Even if you ignore the rocket car, gigantic ice hotel, and deadly space laser, this 'Die Another Day' scene is still ridiculous. James Bond finds himself dangling from the edge of a cliff and devises a unique means of escape. Using the rocket car's parachute and engine cover, he surfs away to safety on a gigantic tidal wave. If that wasn't bad enough, the entire scene is done with terrible CGI.

Mr. And Mrs. Smith- Tool Shed Scene
With an army of assassins around them, the two lover assassins hide in a tool shed. For some reason, the assassins didn’t shoot the crap out of a wood shed. Then as the couple emerges shooting, these trained assassins all miss horribly at a couple coming out of a 3 foot doorway. Wow!

Fast Five- The Safe Runaway
And we are back. In this awesome yet ridiculous scene. The  two heroes hook up a seemingly huge and heavy vault to the back of two reinforced Ford Mustangs and then proceed to drive the safe through the streets of Rio. This is not possible for anyone planning a heist. And the fact that these cars didn’t rip apart is laughable.

Cliffhanger- Plane Transfer
There's a major scene in 'Cliffhanger' where people transfer from one plane to another mid-flight. This scene was done by a real-life stuntman, so it's surprisingly realistic. However, things go wrong when a man fires a single machine gun and absolutely tears apart the second plane despite being hundreds of feet away in the air.

'Shoot 'Em Up' was solely created for the purpose of being over the top, but that doesn't excuse it from this list. There are a number of scenes that defy reality, but the sex scene is especially ridiculous. The main character is getting it on when the bad guys show up and start shooting at them. Rather than allowing their love-making session to get interrupted, he grabs his gun and starts firing back as they roll around the room.

Commando- Entire Film
Pity the fool-hardy faceless drones of Val Verde. They definitely didn't sign up for this, being butchered indiscriminately by John Matrix, who's turned up looking for his kidnapped daughter, "Chenny". After making a splash playing an indestructible robot who can single-handedly massacre a police force, Arnie opted for the crowd-pleasing option, playing an indestructible elite Special Forces type who can massacre an entire army. Still, given that he does a lot of this standing perfectly upright, without cover, just pumping out bullets, suggests that maybe the aim-retarded morons of Val Verde had it coming to them.

True Lies- Missile Shot
The film did overreach itself somewhat, though, in its final ten minutes, as Arnold Schwarzenegger took to the skies in a Harrier Jump Jet. Having snagged wild-eyed terrorist Aziz (Art Malik) on the pointier section of a Sidewinder missile, Arnie issues forth one of his stirring one-liners (“You’re fired!”) and launches both bad guy and missile through the side of a building and straight into a waiting helicopter.

Transporter 2- Bomb Scene
There are some movie sequences that steam straight through implausibility and straight into the realms of chuckle-inducing madness. Jason Statham’s Transporter and Crank movies are jam packed full of them, but if we had to choose just one, it has to be the moment in Transporter 2, where Statham manages to do a spot of bomb disposal while driving at what appears to be 600 miles per hour.
Hurtling along in a glistening Audi A8, Statham has mere seconds before the evil Lola (Kate Nauta) detonates a bomb strapped to the car’s undercarriage. Statham, extraordinarily skilled as he is, drives up a conveniently placed ramp, flicking the car upside-down, and manages to snag the bomb on a waiting crane hook. The Audi then continues on its 360-degree barrel roll, before landing neatly back on its wheels like a gymnast dismounting a pommel horse.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Best Hoaxes in Sports History.

 Rosie Ruiz
Appearing to win the Boston Marathon in world record time, Rosie Ruiz would have become a legend. Unfortunately, after many runners claimed they hadn’t seen her during the race, it came to light that Ruiz had actually skipped more than half the race and jumped onto the course with half a mile to go.

Stella Walsh
This multi-Olympic Gold winning female track and field star dominated the track for years before entering the Hall Of Fame. Sadly, upon her shocking death in hold-up, the autopsy revealed that in fact Stella was a man with male genitalia. According to doctors she possessed both male and female chromosomes.

The Turk
In 1769, a Hungarian nobleman named Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen constructed a chess playing machine for the Austrian Queen Maria Theresia. Supposedly a completely mechanical device, the automaton consisted of a box filled with levers and gears supporting an animatronic figure dressed in a turban and known as the "Turk." Kempelen took the device on a tour of the finest courts in Europe and it defeated many of the finest chess players in the game. After years and years of touring and defeating some of the best chess players in the world, it was finally revealed that expert chess players, recruited during stops on each tour, were hiding within the gears.

David Robertson
After 14 holes in a qualifying tournament for the 1985 British Open, several players summoned a tournament official to discuss the play of David Robertson. Their complaint: Robertson wasn't placing his ball in the correct position on the green.  Robertson was actually racing to the green ahead of his playing partners, where he would pretend to mark his ball. In reality, however, he was simply picking it up, then placing the marker on his putter -- carrying it across the green to a more favorable lie closer to the hole. Robertson was fined the equivalent of more than $30,000 and banned from the pro tour for 30 years. About seven years later, he reapplied for amateur status and played in several events near Lothian, Great Britain.

Fred Lorz
In the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, before Rosie Ruiz was even born, New York native Fred Lorz cruised to the marathon finish line in three hours, 13 minutes -- far ahead of his nearest competitor. Lorz had already broken the tape, posed for photographs with then-first daughter Alice Roosevelt and made ready to receive his gold medal when organizers figured out how he'd established such a lead: by flagging down a passing car and riding 11 miles as a passenger. Lorz claimed his own short cut was a practical joke but still received a lifetime ban from the sport, though track officials later allowed him to run again. He celebrated his reinstatement by winning the Boston Marathon the next year.

Ali Dia
Like American pro sports teams, soccer clubs in the United Kingdom are constantly looking out for unknown talent. So Southampton manager Graeme Souness was grateful when he received a call in 1996 from a man who identified himself as World Footballer of the Year George Weah and extolled the skills of his "cousin," a 30-year-old nobody named Ali Dia who, the caller said, had played in 13 international tournaments for Senegal.
Impressed by the recommendation, Souness signed Dia, sight unseen, to a 30-day contract and put him on the bench for Southampton's next game, against Leeds. What Souness didn't know was that the man he'd spoken to on the phone wasn't actually George Weah -- it was Dia's agent. Unfortunately for Souness, he didn't learn this fact until after he'd sent Dia into the game as a substitute, where the striker played 14 minutes of embarrassingly bad soccer before Souness figured out the con.

Dora Ratjen
Unlike Stella Walsh, who possessed both male and female chromosomes, there was nothing at all feminine about Dora Ratjen, who competed in the high jump at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Least of all "her" real name. Dora was, in fact, actually Hermann Ratjen, a detail not discovered until after the Second World War, when he was found working as a waiter -- not a waitress -- in Hamburg.
Ratjen claimed that leaders of the Hitler Youth had coerced him into binding his genitals and competing as a woman. But in the end, the joke was on them and their theories of Aryan superiority: Ratjen finished fourth, behind three actual women.

Sidd Finch
He was an unknown rookie pitcher, invited to camp by the Mets, who could throw a 168 mph fastball. He had pinpoint control. According to an article by George Plimpton in the April 1 edition of Sports Illustrated, Sidd Finch was one of the strangest ballplayers ever -- an orphan raised by anthropologists who grew up into a yogi, a virtuoso on the French Horn and a Harvard alum. Players said it wasn't humanly possible to hit his pitches.
That's because they didn't exist. Finch was an elaborate joke cooked up by Plimpton, author of the sports classic "Paper Lion." The magazine received more than 2,000 letters seeking additional information before admitting on April 15 that the story was a joke.

Carl Power
Shortly after Manchester United published its team photograph in 2001, fans began asking for the identity of the extra player appearing with the otherwise well-known lineup. Included in the picture was a slightly overweight man, dressed in uniform, whom no one had ever seen play.
After the BBC launched a nationwide manhunt, the non-player was identified as Carl Power, a 36-year-old Manchester resident and practical joker nicknamed "Fat Neck." Power had managed to get into the picture by waiting in the stadium for three hours until the team arrived, then wandering over. None of the real players noticed him joining them. It wasn't Power's final exploit. Shortly thereafter, he dressed in a batsman's helmet during one of the English cricket team's matches and almost made it into the game. He played a few serves with a friend on Centre Court at Wimbledon before a Tim Henman match. And he even dressed in a driver's uniform and leapt onto the winner's podium ahead of Michael Schumacher during a Formula One awards ceremony.

Sylvester Carmouche
A heavy ground fog had settled across Louisiana's Delta Downs racetrack in December 1990 when jockey Sylvester Carmouche pulled off a surprise upset by finishing first on the 23-1 long shot Landing Officer. But even more surprising was the magnitude of his victory. Landing Officer won by 24 lengths, finishing just 1.2 seconds shy of the track record for a one-mile course.
It wasn't that Landing Officer had discovered an inner reserve of strength somewhere in the backstretch. As it turned out, the jockey had steered the horse out of the race while lost from view in the fog, cut across the course and rejoined the field again as the other horses came around. Other jockeys admitted they'd never even seen him. Carmouche received a 10-year ban but was reinstated after serving eight.

Donald Crowhurst
The 36-year-old sailor set out from England in a plywood trimaran as a competitor in the 1968 Golden Globe round-the-world yacht race. Though he had little prior experience and his boat, the Teignmouth Electron, was frighteningly under-built, Crowhurst managed to convince a wealthy backer, race judges and the media that he was a serious contender.
He wasn't. After several weeks fighting leaks and making slow progress, Crowhurst began sending bogus radio reports indicating amazing success. At one point, he claimed to have covered 391 kilometers in a single day -- a world record, at the time. In reality, however, Crowhurst had sailed off the route to the coast of South America, where he decided to lie low and wait for the other competitors to come back around. He spent 111 days in radio silence, then called in and reported another bogus position behind the race leader. But when a competitor sank trying to "beat" the Teignmouth Electron for second place, Crowhurst was overcome with guilt. He confessed all in his logbook, then stepped over the side and vanished into the Atlantic.

When competition ended in the pair skating event at the Salt Lake City Olympics, fans in the audience and around the world thought they knew who'd won. Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier circled the ice triumphantly, while fans chanted "Six! Six!" demanding a perfect score for the team's performance. Those fans were silenced, however, by scores that handed the gold medal to the Russian team of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, even though Sikharulidze had failed to appropriately land one of his double-axels.
The results spurred immediate accusations of cheating -- which proved justified when French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne said she had been pressured to vote for the Russian skaters by the French skating federation. After four days of argument, the IOC awarded Sale and Pelletier an unprecedented extra gold medal. Later that summer, Italian authorities arrested a Russian mobster named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov after the FBI accused him of masterminding the fix. An Italian judge, though, overturned a previous order to extradite him to the United States.

Boris Onischenko
An Army officer from the Ukraine, Boris Onischenko was a respected pentathlete with a silver medal from the 1972 Munich Games. But in the 1976 Olympics, competitors noticed something strange about his fencing style. Jim Fox, of the British team, found that his Soviet opponent was scoring points even when his épée missed Fox by a considerable distance.
Fox and the other Brits convinced Olympic officials to examine Onischenko's sword, which turned out to be wired with a clever system that allowed him to score points at will by means of a hidden trigger. The Soviet was disqualified and the rules changed to ban grips that could conceal wires or switches.

Danny Almonte
The left-handed pitcher became a media darling and an overnight sensation when he pitched a perfect game on national television while leading his team of Bronx youths to a third-place finish at the Little League World Series in the summer of 2001.
But the star of the Baby Bronx Bombers wasn't quite as preternaturally talented as he seemed. Though Almonte could, in fact, throw a 70 mph fastball -- an impressive feat for a 12-year-old -- officials in the Dominican Republic later confirmed that records showed Almonte was actually 14. The age advantage gave him a considerable edge over his mostly pre-pubescent competition. Almonte's father and coach, who forged the boy's registration form, was banned from Little League for life.

Spanish Paralympians
It was a heartwarming story -- a group of mentally challenged basketball players pulling together and producing an outstanding performance that won the 2000 Paralympic gold medal for Spain, beating the Russian team 87-63 in the finals of the intellectual disability tournament. The only problem with the tale: It was fiction.
Shortly after the team returned to Spain, Carlos Ribagorda, a player on the team and a working journalist, wrote an article in the Spanish magazine Capital, in which he said that 10 of 12 players on the team suffered from no intellectual disability whatsoever. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why Jennifer Lawrence Should Win The Oscar Over Jessica Chastain.

I would like to start off by saying how much I loved both Silver Lining Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. These were both excellent films with some fantastic acting. The upcoming Academy Awards will feature a very close battle for the best actress Oscar. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver) will go up against Jessica Chastain (ZD30).  While both are garnering votes as we speak but based on what I have heard, Jessica holds a small lead as Oscar night approaches. While Jessica Chastain was awesome, I feel that Jennifer Lawrence should be taking home the award. Let me explain why.
In my opinion there is a difference between good and great acting performances; that being expectations. In other words, when I am watching a great acting performance, I ask myself, can I predict what this character will do next. If I can answer yes, then I consider the performance to be very good. If however, the performance literally leaves me guessing what I will see next, then it becomes an amazing performance. Jessica Chastain was very good in this film about the hunt for Bin Laden. She delivers a ‘Carrie from Homeland’ performance. She becomes this direct, aggressive and determined FBI agent who will stop at nothing in her pursuit of the 9/11 mastermind.  Her passion and determination come through in her performance. While she is great at conveying her desire, nay need, to catch Bin Laden, I never found myself questioning what I should expect from her. I knew she wanted Bin Laden and knew what she would do to get him. Though she did surprise me with the occasional, “I’m the F*#$%er who found him.”
Jennifer Lawrence on the other hand truly shocked me with her performance. Her bi-polar damaged character is constantly surprising the audience with her funny quips and emotional outbursts. Silver Lining Playbook is a clinic in fine acting and could be shown in acting school. Lawrence plays a truly damaged woman who has never recovered from the death of her husband. She acts out, sleeps around, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. But as I pointed out, she keeps me guessing. Her character is confusing in all the best ways, I don’t know when she will be cute and friendly and when she will explode and start yelling at people.
Her performance reminded me of Daniel Day Lewis’ performance in Gangs of New York.  In that film, DDL left me guessing. I was never knew if he was going to give a speech about America or chop someone’s head off. Again, these are just the opinions of a fan.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The 30 Best Actors In Hollywood!

Leonardo DiCaprio
In my humble opinion there is no actor breathing better than King Leo. Leo has been amazing in all his films and his acting is second to none. His performances in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, Catch me If You Can, Titanic  The Beach, Inception and Blood Diamond are all simply fabulous. Please someone try and name me a better actor in Hollywood.
Tom Hanks
Forrest Gump
With back-to-back Oscar wins for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Hanks is one of the few true kings of Hollywood. With classics like Splash, Big, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan and Cast away under his belt, Hanks can make a strong claim for the #1 spot. He will forever charm us with that boy-next-door appeal.
Robert De Niro
The Godfather II
Goodfellas, Meet the Parents, The Godfather(Oscar), Casino, Raging Bull (Oscar), Analyze This, Taxi Driver, Once Upon A Time In America, Deer Hunter, Heat, The Fan, and Silver Lining Playbook. Enough said.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
While I have put Leo and Tom ahead of him, I can easily say that DDL is the best actor in all of Hollywood. No one emerses himself in roles more than DDL. His performances in Last Of The Mohicans, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New york and Lincoln are some of the greatest performances ever seen on film. He is on his way to a 3rd Oscar Win, (never accomplished before). DDL is simply awe-inspiring to watch.
Denzel Washington
Training Day
With 2 Oscars and five nominations, Denzel is one of the most proven actors today. He brings a sense of calm to all his roles, even when he plays ruthless killers and drug kingpins. Still a dominant force today, Denzel has the acting chops to take on almost any role. His 5 nominations were for Glory, Training day, The Hurricane, Malcom X and Cry Freedom.
Morgan  Freeman
The Shawshank Redemption
You hear Freeman's voice and you feel safe at home. Freeman is the actor you see everywhere and never disappoints. His perfomances in Se7en, Shawshank, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Driving Miss Daisy, Invictus, Glory and Gone Baby Gone are some of the most classic performances of all-time. Freeman is truly a Hollywood legend and an amazing talent.
Jim Carrey
Truman Show
Though known for his comedic prowess (Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, Liar-Liar, Bruce Almighty), Carrey is a very very underrated actor. His serious performances in The Cable Guy, The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind prove what a talent Carrey really is.
Brad Pitt
Though known has a pretty boy, Brad Pitt is an awesome actor. His recent roles in Killing Them Softly and Moneyball earned him wide praise and deservingly so. His other fabulous performances include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Assasination of Jesse James, Se7en, Spy Game, Snatch, Sleepers and  12 Monkeys. Oh and of course, who could forget his stint as Tyler Durton in Fight Club, pure magic.
Al Pacino
The Godfather 
Along with having the greatest pump up speech ever (Any Given Sunday), Pacino is one of the best actors ever. The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, Dog Day Afternoon, Scent of a Woman (Oscar), Serpico, Carlito's Way, and City Hall are all on his resume. Pacino can handle any role and does it like a champ.
Sean Penn
Mystic River
There are few actors who have two Oscars for best actor, Penn is one of them. Sean Penn is one of the most versitle actors ever. His ability to truly adapt a character has earned him 5 total Best Actor nods. His roles as a Gay Activist in Milk, greiving father in Mystic River and a mentally challenged father in I Am Sam, are all amazing.
Russell Crowe
With an awsome accent and strong presence on screen, Crowe has won over audiences throughout the years. He has won an Oscar for Gladiator while also being nominated for The Insider and A Beautiful Mind. Very few in Hollywood have the commanding presence of this New Zealander.
Johnny Depp
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Thank god John Christopher Depp dropepd out of school at 15. Johnny Depp is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. His ability to create awesome characters has earned him a reputation. From roles like Edward Scissorhands to Ed Wood, Depp has shined over the last two decades. His crowning jewel is the amazingly drunkard Captain Jack Sparrow.
Will Smith
Men In Black
The Prince of Bel-Air has become the highest paid actor in all of Hollywood. Since Independence Day, Smith has become a box office staple with huge hits like Men in Black, The Pursuit of Happiness, 7 Pounds, and Ali (which he was nominated for an Oscar). In addition to the goofy lovable guy  in Hitch, Smith can really act. Go watch 7 Pounds and The Pursuit of Happiness and you will see what an awesome actor Smith really is.
Christian Bale
American Psycho
It is hard for people to think of Bale as anything other than Batman or the Newsies but the reality is that he is an excellent actor. While he was very very good as Batman in Nolan's trilogy, Bale truly shined in American Psycho and The Machinist. The latter two films show how deverse Bale could be. From being a high powered serial killer to an ematiated factory worker, Bale shows us why he is one of the most talented people in Hollywood.
Health Ledger
The Dark Knight
In his short life, Ledger became of the greatest young actors to ever live. From Hearthrob (10 Things I Hate About You) to Gay Cowboy his performances in Brokeback Mountain, Monsters Ball and the Dark Knight are pieces of art. His role as the Joker prior to his untimely death is the greatest character transformation in the past few decades, possibly ever.
Kevin Spacey
American Beauty
Jeff Bridges
The Big Lebowski
With True Grit, Iron Man, Crazy Heart, and Arlington Road under his belt, Bridges is a proven fantastic actor. But his role as the Dude is one of the greatest and most amusing characters of all-time.
Geoge Clooney
The Descendants
Clooney has risen from the ashes of TV and become a bonafied awsome actor. Thoughe he is well known for his boyish charm, Clooney is a very good actor. His roles in Up In The Air, Ocean's Eleven, and The American are all great acting jobs. But his crown jewels are The Descendants and Syriana (which he won an Oscar for supporting role). In my opinion, Clooney's role in The Descendants was one of the best performances in the past 20 years.
Ed Norton
Fight Club
Edward Norton is one of my perosnal favorites in Hollywood. I have never watched a film of his and not been impressed. Specifically, 4 performances of his have earned him this spot on the list. Fight Club, American History X, Primal Fear and Rounders. These are all top top notch performances. He also has some greats like The Illusionist, Death to Smoochy, The Score, The Italian Job, and 25th Hour under his belt.
Samuel L. Jackson
Pulp Fiction
Samuel L is Hollywood. One of the more well known actors around the world, SLJ has played every role and them some. From Pulp Fiction, to Jackie Brown to Unbreakable and Snakes on a Plane, Jackson has quite the resume. Even though I always know what I am getting from him, Samuel is a pleasure to watch.
Nicholas Cage
For all the horrible movies he makes, Nick Cage throws in some gems as well. His performances in Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, matchstick Men, National Treasure, Face Off, The Rock, Conair, and Raising Arizona all prove that he is better than most people think. Cage has an Oscar under his belt and though he makes every bad movie, we know those acting skills are in there somewhere.
Javiar Bar Diem
No Country For Old Men
Bar Diem is an engaging actor. He has the rare ability to suck you in and make you love/hate his characters. From his oscar nominated performance in Buitiful to his horrifying villian in Skyfall, Bar Diem knows how to truly create a character. But nothing he has done compares to the awesome villian he played in No Country For Old Men. He made that film and made a herd gun famous again.
Joseph Gordan Levitt
JGL has taken Hollywood by storm. The actor got his start on 3rd Rock From the Sun but has become quite the Hollywood star. With some great acting performances as a youngster in Mysterious Skin and The Lookout, JGL has proven he can act. More recently, his Hesher, 500 Days of Summer, and 50/50 have earned him wide praise for his acting. He has also become quite the action star with great roles in films such as Premium Rush, Looper, Inception and The Dark Knight.
Tom Cruise
Top Gun
Bruce Willis aside, Cruise has owned the title of top Action hero in Hollywood. His transition from superstar to action hero reflects his filmography. From Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men, to Mission Impossible, Minority Report and Top Gun, Cruise is a bonafide star with some serious acting chops.
Tom Hardy
A little boy when he got his first role in Black Hawk Down, Hardy has become quite an amazing actor. Over the last few years he has had some great performances including Inception and Lawless. But three performances really stick out. 1) In Warrior, Hardy does an amazing job playing a troubled fromer Marine who becomes a cage fighter. 2) In The Dark Knight Rises, he is mesmarizing as the villian Bane. 3) In his best role ever Bronson, Hardy plays infamous criminal Charles Bronson, a truly amazing performance.
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is the new Bond and he does it beautifuly. Aside from his awesome Bond performances, Craig has been great in other films such as Girl with A Dragon Tatoo, Munich, Definace, and Road To Perdition.
Michael Caine
The Cider House Rules
Michael Caine is everyone favorite wise old man. A persnoal favorite of Christopher Nolan's, Caine is excellent in everything he does. From The Quiet American (oscar nom) to the Cider House Rules (oscar win) to Alfie (nom) to The Dark Knight Rises, to Inception to the Prestige, to Flawless, to Children of Men, to Harry Brown, Caine has been impressing viewers for over 50 years and the scary thing is that he continues to get better.
Philip Seymore Hoffman
Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead
PSH is an amazing actor. I personally love him everytime he is on screen. From more serious roles like Capote (Oscar)  to hillarious roles like The Big Lebowski and Along Came Polly, Hoffman is always good. He was esspecially amazing in The Master (nom), Doubt(nom), The Savages and Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead. Trust me watch the latter film.
Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man
RDJ was always a talented actor but he has truly shined as of late. His Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes characters are truly fantastic. They are both characters we love and hate yet cant stop watching. He was nominated for his performances in Chaplin and Tropic Thunder, both of which are two of my favorite performances in my lifetime.
Gary Oldman
Tailor Tinker Soldier Spy
Commisioner Gordon has been a great actor for a long time. From a evil cop in The Professional to a spy in Tailor Tinker Soldier Spy (nominated), to a wizard in Harry Potter Oldman is a great and classic Hollywood actor who never gives a bad performance despite how bad a movie can be.