Missed or Forgotten: Barely Brad Pitt

I know, I know. This Good Film Hunting category is usually reserved for those filmmakers that are either looking back at former glory (Glory…good movie, check it out) or are reinventing themselves so often, it’s nice to be reminded of what they’ve accomplished. Brad, well, he doesn’t really fit in either category. He’s got a new mobster movie out, Killing Them Softly, that apparently he’s not really in that much. So, in light of that, I thought I’d suggest a few good movies that dear Brad has been memorable in, but only in a supporting role.

River Runs Through It (1992) – Pitt had only done one or two movies and mostly TV before he was handpicked to do this Robert Redford story. Besides a memorable cameo in Thelma and Louise, this was the flick that got him noticed. He’s the “pain in the ass” one of two brothers, who’s rebelling against his father while fly-fishing. It’s complicated.

Twelve Monkeys (1995) – He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a nutjob – who is either certifiably crazy, leading a cult of mass destruction or both…or not. Plus, Bruce Willis and time travel, courtesy of Terry Gilliam. A movie you really get more out of with repeat viewings but you’ll love Pitt after just one.

Snatch (2000) – a Gypsy, a con man and a boxer…and a crazy accent. In Guy Ritchie’s follow up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, we meet Mickey. He’s the kind of guy you’d pay to get your stolen wallet back. And not really understand why you’re doing it.

True Romance (1993) – Where would this list be without Floyd. A lazy-ass, ambivalent stoner whose biggest love affair is with his couch…and he steals every scene he’s in. With drug dealing, guns blazing, and Elvis loving happening all around him, Floyd just wants to smoke a bowl. Great Tony Scott-directed, Quentin Tarantino-written movie and one hell of a Floyd.

With his pretty looks, Brad Pitt went to the front of the class pretty quickly as a leading man. Hey, he’s done fairly well for himself. But it’s good to remember and check out a few flicks where he’s allowed to be an actor, rather than a movie star.

What’s your favourite Brad Pitt flick?

Oh, and here’s the trailer for his new movie:

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  1. […] KILLING THEM SOFTLY Rating: 3 stars – good movie, take a friend.  For a mob flick, there’s a lot of talking rather than doing. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the build up to the action and better understanding of the characters, but overall it wasn’t that impactful or memorable. If you like Brad Pitt more as an actor than a leading man, check out this recent blog. […]

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