Bill Paxton. Paxton is going to be remembered for his comedic performances in James Cameron films (even near dark (bigelow) was produced by Cameron). He’s absolutely essential in these blockbusters. Paxton also directed frailty and gave a great performance there. He gets a chance to shine as lead in a simple man and I absolutely love his small comedic role in true lies.

best film: aliens

Best lead film : a simple plan

most overrated:  he’s never been nominated for an Oscar, and I haven’t seen his tv work so it’s hard for me to say he’s overrated in anything. I cringe a little when people bring him up first in titanic (or worse twister) I guess but that’s natural given the size and popularity of that movie

most underrated: I would’ve loved to see a supporting nom for aliens or lead for a simple plan.

stylistic innovations/traits: talented comedic actor working in big budget action movies. He’s wild, approachable and certainly likeable.

directors work with: clearly Cameron is who you’ve got to think about first with is work in the terminator, aliens, titanic, and true lies

Top 5 Performances

  1. a simple plan 
  2. aliens
  3. frailty
  4. near dark
  5. true lies

Archiveable films

1984- The Terminator
1986- Aliens
1987- Near Dark
1992- One False Move
1993- Tombstone
1994- True Lies
1995- Apollo 13
1997- Titanic
1998- A Simple Plan
2001- Frailty
2014- Nightcrawler