Lin-Manuel Miranda Top Five

Lin-Manuel Miranda Top Five

Lin-Manuel Miranda Top Five

Lin-Manuel Miranda Top FiveLin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is an American actor, singer, rapper, composer, producer, and playwright. He created and starred in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018.

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights. The stage musical has been made into a film, also titled In the Heights, which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. His work won the Tony Award for Best Original Score, the show’s cast album won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Miranda was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his lead role.

He gained wider recognition for writing the script, music and lyrics for Hamilton, which has been acclaimed as a pop culture phenomenon since its Broadway premiere in 2015. The show earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book. For portraying the titular role, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks atop Billboards Top Rap Albums chart in 2015; Billboard subsequently listed it as the eleventh-biggest album of the 2010s. The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number one on the Billboard 200.

Miranda’s television work includes recurring roles on The Electric Company (2009–2010) and Do No Harm (2013). He hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 2016 and earned his first Emmy award nomination for acting. As a collaborator of The Walt Disney Company, Miranda contributed music for a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), wrote music and songs in the animated musical Moana (2016), which gained him nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “How Far I’ll Go”, and starred as Jack in the musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns (2018), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Miranda has been politically active, most notably on behalf of Puerto Rico’s privatization and deregulation. He met with politicians in 2016 to speak out in favor of debt relief for Puerto Rico and raised funds for corporations’ rescue efforts and disaster relief after Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017. – Thanks Wikipedia!

Here is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Top 5 from This Geeks World. Included this time is a predictive result for a movie that has not hit yet but trust me it is going to be incredible. 

#5 The Odd Life of Timothy Green – A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.Miranda plays Reggie. It is a small role in a great film but you can see him shine. 

#4 We are Freestyle Love Supreme – This documentary follows the 15-year journey of the founding members of the improv hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme, as they reflect upon why this show remains such an important piece of their personal, creative, and professional history–from the basement of the Drama Bookshop in NYC to the Broadway stage.

#3 In the Heights – This one is supposed to drop in 2021. I have seen the trailer over nad over and over. The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

#2 Mary Poppins Returns – In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

#1 Hamilton – An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will see this live!

Lloyd Bridges Top Five

Lloyd Bridges Top Five

Lloyd Bridges Top Five

Lloyd Bridges Top FiveLloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. (January 15, 1913  March 10, 1998) was an American film, stage, and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of four children, including the actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

He started his career as a contract performer for Columbia Pictures, appearing in films such as Sahara (1943), A Walk in the Sun (1945), Little Big Horn (1951) and High Noon (1952). On television, he starred in Sea Hunt from 1958 to 1961. By the end of his career, he had re-invented himself and demonstrated a comedic talent in such parody films as Airplane! (1980), Hot Shots! (1991), and Jane Austen’s Mafia! (1998).

Among other honors, Bridges was a two-time Emmy Award nominee. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 1, 1994.

Let’s take a look at Lloyd Bridges Top Five fro This Geeks World!

#5 The Fifth Musketeer – Lloyd Bridges, his son Beau Bridges, Ursula Andress, Olivia de Haviland, Ian McShane, Rex Harrison… holy crap! This is Hollywood gold. It is not an amazing great movie but it is a lot of fun to watch just for the Hollywood Royalty that is on the screen. 1979 didn’t do another Musketeer based movie this good. 

#4 Hot Shots – Another parody movie that took potshots at pop culture like mad. Potentially this is one of Charlie Sheen’s best movies ever. Lloyd Bridges is Admiral Benson and his straight n-sell delivery provides some of the best humor in the movie.

#3 Honey I Blew up the Kids – Let’s through in a kids movie because Bridges really has done it all. Giant baby and a Holywood legend like Lloyd Bridges trying to stop the baby as it runs rampant through the town. 

#2 High Noon – One of the best westerns of ALL time. 1052 High Noon stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lon Chaney Jr, Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, and of course Lloyd Bridges. This film helped set the stereotype for the western genre as much as any other movie in film history.

#1 Airplane! – here is my pick for number one. Airplane is one of those movies from my childhood that ha snot lost a step. It is not very ‘woke’ but it is very funny and full of cameos from all of the pop culture icons of the day. Add to that the fact that this is a Zucker movie and you have something that is worth watching every time you get a chance. 

Jason Bateman Top Five

Jason Bateman Top Five

Jason Bateman Top Five

Jason Bateman Top FiveJason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American actor, director, and producer. He began acting on television in the early 1980s on Little House on the Prairie, Silver Spoons, and The Hogan Family. In the 2000s, he became known for his role of Michael Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award. He has also starred in the films Teen Wolf Too (1987), The Break-Up (2006), Juno (2007), Hancock (2008), Up in the AirCouples RetreatExtract (all 2009), The Switch (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011) and its sequel (2014), The Gift (2015), Office Christmas PartyZootopia (both 2016), and Game Night (2018).

Bateman made his directorial debut with the black comedy Bad Words (2013), in which he also starred. He has since directed and starred in The Family Fang (2015) and the Netflix crime drama series Ozark (2017–present). Bateman was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2019 for his directing of Ozark and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. In 2020, he directed and had a recurring role in the HBO miniseries The Outsider. – Thanks, Wikipedia!

Jason Bateman here is your This Geeks World Top 5. Please keep in mind that these are his movie roles and certainly do not touch what he has done in dramatic series like Ozark.

#5 Necessary Roughness – This is an oldie but a goodie. It is also one of my favorite football movies, being right up there with Varsity Blues. Batemen plays a walk-on college student who just wants to play and make his family proud. He does get to run the ball in and get a touchdown, one of the many feel-good moments of the movie. 

#4 Smokin’ Aces – Bateman has the briefest of cameos. He is a drunken lawyer that helps Afflecks crew with information on their target. He is hysterical, it is almost as good as Tom Cruise playing the oversized agent in Tropic Thunder.

#3 Game Night – Bateman and Rachel McAdams hoist a game night with tier friends. Being very competitive they attempt to take it up a notch and the evening gets more than a little out of control. Such a fun movie. 

#2 Horrible Bosses – Another great comedy from Jason Bateman. He and Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis have such great chemistry in this movie. And their interactions with each other is only surpassed by the three antagonists in the film played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and of course Jennifer Aniston. This is one of those flicks that rolls through your mind every once in a while when you just want to watch an almost perfect comedy.

#1 Identity Thief – Saw this one in the theater. Made a fool of myself laughing so loud that my sides hurt. Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are epic and play so well together. Just a great movie all the way around. If you want an absurdist comedy to watch, this is it.

Orlando Bloom Top 5

Orlando Bloom Top 5

Orlando Bloom Top 5

Orlando Bloom Top 5Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series, a role he reprised in The Hobbit film series. He gained further acclaim by appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Bloom subsequently established himself as a leading man in Hollywood films, with roles such as Paris in Troy (2004) and Balian de Ibelin in Kingdom of Heaven (2005). He currently stars in the Amazon Prime Video series Carnival Row (2019 to present).

He made his professional stage debut in In Celebration at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End in 2007 and starred in a Broadway adaption of Romeo and Juliet in 2013. In 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015 he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award. – thank you Wikipedia

Here is the This Geeks World Orlando Bloom Top 5

#5 Troy – Bloom plays Paris in this telling of Homer’s epic tale. This is a wide, sweeping, epic of a movie with great casting truly wonderful action. While bloom is certainly not the lead in this he brings his ‘a’ game and shines through in every scene.

#4 Elizabethtown – A little dark. A lot quirky. Bloom is home to say goodbye to his father who has passed away. In the midst, he meets and falls for Kirsten Dunst a stewardess who has ended up in the same place. This is a very solid darker rom-com with a great script and a lot of heart. it is high on the list of my all-time, romantic comedies.

#3 Lord of the Rings Trilogy – The relationship between Gimili and Legolas are the buddy cops of the LotR trilogy. Their humor and passion and bravery put a little more glow on the series and help to lighten some very grim scenes and dire circumstances.

#1 & #2 Pirates of the Caribbean Series – I know, I am cheating, but I am counting the first three PotC movies as one and two. While Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow is the heart of the movies, they might not have been as good without Orlando Bloom as the straight guy to Depp’s deranged pirate.

Happy Birthday, Orlando Bloom!

Oliver Platt Top 5

Oliver Platt Top 5

Oliver Platt Top 5

Oliver Platt Top 5Today is Oliver Platt’s birthday. In honor of one of our treasured movie stars let’s take a look at the Top 5 Oliver Platt movies as of right now. These are obviously my opinion, feel free to disagree and let us know what your favorites are or which one I missed. 

#5 X-men: First Class – This is certainly my least favorite, or at least one of my least favorite X-Men moves. That being said I like Oliver Platt in this movie. He doesn’t have a huge role and in fact, he isn’t named. He is simply called “Man in Black Suit.” He is a government agent. It would have been much better had he simply been one of the Men in Black – then he could have used the neuralizer and erased my memory of the movie – except for the part with Oliver Platt in it. 

#4 A Time to Kill – McConaughey, Bullock, Jackson, Spacey, Sutherland, and… Oliver Platt. A Time to Kill is the best adaptation of a John Grisham movie and it is the best acted as well. The whole cast rocks this script. Touching, heart-breaking, and all-around thought-provoking. 

#3 Three Musketeers – Please feel free to hate on this choice. I am not saying this si the best adaptation ever of this novel. But I am saying that it is one of the most fun. Porthos the Pirate is one of the most fun versions of a Musketeer ever. The whole cast is a blast but if you have to aim the best actor in this movie at one person it is Tim Curry.

#2 Lake Placid – Betty White is the best thing in this movie, hands down. Now, the rest of the cast is awesome but she is the reason to watch Lake Placid. Oliver Platt plays Hector Cur. He is some kind of weird millionaire adventurer. It is completely random but man, does it move the plot along. 

#1 Flatliners – Here is number one. They have made a remake, which I have not seen yet, but this is one of those flicks that I love and have watched a lot over the years. Julia Roberts, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Oliver Platt are four doctors trying to figure out what happens after we die. This is a creepy thriller with a lot of heart and a great ending. 

Happy Birthday Oliver Platt!