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.