Three Decades of Brad Pitt

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:27 am by Danny King in the Editorials category

I was glancing through some of the early TIFF reactions to Bennett Miller’s Moneyball — most of which were positive, by the way — and it really got me thinking about how interesting Brad Pitt’s choices as an actor tend to be. As I was mulling through his filmography, I ended up discovering a pretty astounding fact — that Pitt has been featured in favorites of mine for the past three decades: David Fincher’s Seven, Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. In reality, it’s far too early for me to make such a statement about Malick’s film, but it’s also close to impossible for me to imagine a future for myself in which The Tree of Life doesn’t remain a wholly enduring piece of work.

Anyway, the point here is that Pitt has been doing exceptional work for many years with a consistency that’s all-too-rare in the business of making movies — and, to be honest, he seems to be entering a creative zone in which his work is just going to keep getting better and better. I’d be curious to know if there are any actors, directors, or screenwriters whose accomplishments have impacted you personally over such an extended period of time. I’m talking decade-favorites here. Let’s set the bar at two or three ten-year periods. Fire away.

There have been 4 responses to “Three Decades of Brad Pitt”

  1. Doug Fry
    on September 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Pitt is one of my all time favorites of our generation. Fincher/Paul Thomas Anderson immediately come to mind in terms of current directors, with Seven/Fight Club/Benjamin Button/Social Network and Boogie Nights/Punch Drunk Love/There Will be Blood already being considered masterpieces less than two decades later.

  2. Fitz
    on September 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I’m still aggravated that ‘Assassination’ didn’t receive any love except for its cinematography nod.

    I like the predictions in the sidebar, by the way. The site looks better each time I come here.

  3. Danny King
    on September 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Fitz: It never got its complete due during its year of release, but I have a feeling that it’s the kind of film that will age particularly well. And thanks for pointing out the sidebar — it’s something I’ve been wanting to add in for the longest time. I could still do more with the left side, so we’ll see if anything pans out there. I don’t like the blank space, but I only want to add something if I think it’s worthwhile.

  4. Ya Digg?
    on September 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Edward Norton, the best actor to grace the wonderful world he helped god make. Primal Fear, American History X, Fight Club, 25th Hour

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