I can’t take credit for this list. After all, I do take requests, people. This one here is from an old friend of mine from high school… Oriana McGee. She thought Ribisi would be a great candidate for the old Top 5 Movies list. I couldn’t agree more.
I have this feeling that everyone kind of loves Giovanni Ribisi. He’s a pretty cool cat with an ability to do excellent character work and make every movie he’s in just a little bit better. So, I thought we’d take a look at some of his better films. Here’s my Top 5 (in order):
So, I’m not an Avatard… or whatever the Fanboy nickname for Avatar fans is. I admit it was one hell of a theatrical experience. One that has yet to even be rivaled by the onslaught of 3-D films that have followed in it’s wake. Ultimately though, I thought the film was a bit long and the story was just okay. Still good enough to earn a spot on here though.
4. BOILER ROOM.
Boiler Room over Avatar? Hell yes! I can’t explain it but I have always liked this film and I can’t tell you why because it really isn’t a good film. After all, it’s a film that features Vin Diesel as a stock broker… yeah… I know! Can’t help it though. I watch this flick every time it comes on cable… unless Step Up 2 the Streets is on. That is, sadly, not a joke.
3. LOST IN TRANSLATION.
Way underrated film. It’s also a very polarizing film and I completely understand why some people don’t like it. I’m one of the people that just connected with the film. Which is weird because I’m not a huge ScarJo fan. She broke Ryan Reynolds heart… unforgivable. He’s a Canadian treasure. Where was I? OH! Bill Murray turns in probably the best performance of his career and I like the idiosyncratic nature to Coppola’s filmmaking that typically drives me nuts in her other films.
2. THAT THING YOU DO!
I have to be honest. I’ve seen this film 10 times but it’s been a while. I can’t, for the life of me, remember Ribisi being in this film but it’s on his IMDB page so I’m counting it. Tom Hanks turns in a solid directorial debut about the rise and fall of a group, aptly called the One-ders, who rises from obscurity with a hit single called, well, you know!
1. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
Boy, Ribisi and Vin Diesel should work together more often. Though, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg certainly helped with this one’s popularity, I’m sure. What can you say about this film that hasn’t been said all ready? It’s a damn good film that is arguably one of the best war films ever made… and Ribisi is great in it.
That’s it! Now I’ve got two questions for you:
1. What are some of your favs?
2. Am I the only one that thinks Ribisi should play Billy Joe Armstrong in the Green Day movie?