Harry Dean Stanton is a student of the Never-Met-a-Paid-Gig-I-Didn’t-Like School of Acting. The oh-so-authoritative IMDB.com says he is “most famous for” Alien, The Green Mile, Paris, Texas, and Repo Man. But I think people are just afraid to admit that the movie they really know him from is Pretty in Pink. (You know who’s not in the century club? Molly Ringwald. Bummer.)
Sadly, Mr. Stanton’s 100th film wasn’t something cool like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Instead, it was the extremely forgettable Luke and Owen Wilson dud, The Wendell Baker Story. (Never heard of that one? Yep, that’s about right.)
Who doesn’t love Michael Caine? In addition to his adorable cockney accent, the man has been in some excellent films over the years. For example: Alfie, The Italian Job, Sleuth, The Cider House Rules, Quills (#100) The Dark Knight and, most recently, Inception. Two of these films (Alfie and Sleuth) were so good, in fact, that Hollywood decided they were worthy of lackluster remakes starring the always-insipid Jude Law.
This makes you wonder: if Jude Law took good Michael Caine films and made them bad, could he take bad Michael Caine films and make them good? I say redo Jaws: The Revenge with Jude Law and find out.
Over his 55-year film career (which spanned from 1955 to 2010, the year he died), the superlative Dennis Hopper appeared in 129 films. Among these 129 are classics like Rebel Without a Cause, Gunfight at the O.K. Coral, Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers. Oh, and if you really want to test the elasticity of the term “classic,” I guess you could throw Speed in this list, too. Of course, also among these 129 are such wastes of celluloid as Super Mario Brothers, Waterworld, and Swing Vote. So, you win some, you lose some.
Unfortunately, Hopper’s 100th film—the made-for-TV Jason and the Argonauts—was also one of his losses.