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Secrets of a Cinephile: #2


Secret #2: I enjoy Bill Paxton’s work….a lot

The other day I found myself watching Frailty for about the 20th time as part of my horror movie marathon that takes place every year between the first day of Fall and Halloween.  It’s tradition, and I actually blogged during it last year, which can be found here http://ballflop.blogspot.com/2010/09/horror-movie-day-thon.html if you want to check it out.  So I’m watching the flick and suddenly realize, “Man, I just flat-out like Bill Paxton.”  I can’t be certain if I’m the only person to ever have this epiphany, but it was definitely unexpected.  But then I started to think about the films he’s been in and I realized why I like the man: Aliens, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Frailty, Club Dread (the last one is personal preference, I just love his goofiness in that role).  The man has range.  Ok, maybe a stretch, but he’s been nothing if not likable in just about every role I’ve ever seen him in.  I think I need to make a point to see A Simple Plan, I feel like Bill and Billy Bob Thornton would be pretty good together, and I haven’t heard any bad things about that flick.

I’d mention him being the star of Twister, but I doubt even Bill Paxton likes to talk about that awful mess.  He has a pretty unique career going for him.  There isn’t really a pattern to his filmography, except to say he pretty much got his start in action films, but he never got typecast in any particular genre.  He did action, comedy, drama, and horror.  I don’t think there’s too many actors with all of the major genres under their belt.  So, whether you agree or not, I think Bill Paxton rules.

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