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Greetings Film Fiends and welcome to John Doe's Film Blog. 30 years of dedicated celluloid obsession has meant that I have seen a few films. Drawing attention to some of the lesser discussed gems that I love. Cult classics, obscure curios and quality genre pictures. This blogs purpose is to translate some of my passion for these films and with luck, inspire you the reader to go check em out.

John Doe’s 15 favourite Sam Rockwell Films.

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Sam Rockwell is does it his way.

“I have a constant sort of melancholy approach to acting that fuels me. I want to do everything.”Sam Rockwell


When John Doe thinks of intuitive character actors, charismatic star showman and fearless performers Sam Rockwell’s name reveals itself swiftly as a true craftsman. Popping with charisma when demanded and painfully internalizing the next, Rockwell is hilarious in comedy, happy to embrace the farcical theatrics. Excelling when bringing naturalism to the most exploratory drama, the man has range and is resilient.

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“I just see myself as a character actor. I'd like to be a star in the same way as Gary Oldman or John Malkovich are famous, who get to do character pieces and not act like movie stars.”Sam Rockwell


The upcoming release of Iron Man 2 co-starring the one and only opposite Don Cheadle, combined with the trapped in distribution limbo Betty Anne Waters (Starring Hillary Swank and Juliette Lewis) serves to highlight how adept the man is at juggling Blockbuster comic books and complex drama.

“I feel a little strange all the time, a little bit off-center. I never feel that people are as nutty as me.” Sam Rockwell

Truth be told this post is John Doe's tiny protest against the Academy for not nominating his full scope performance in Moon as the years best. JD just has so much admiration for Mr Rockwell that he had to do a Top 15 films list. In some the one time Guy Fleegman is the leading man, others a discreet costar stealing scenes without chewing scenery, but all are entertaining films that resonate from his presence.

“When I took acting classes and being drunk was the assigned impediment of the day, a lot of people would go out the night before and get drunk. That's not research! Research is going to bar... and drinking coffee.”Sam Rockwell

1. Moon (2009)
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Sam goes to the Moon


2. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
want to know why JD is awed by Rockwell's talent? As an added treat, a piece of footage that John Doe has watched obsessively since discovering it in the Special Features for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Behold Sam Rockwell the boogie King in this audition for the Chuck Barris exaggeration of the truth – with Clooney in the audience.



3. Lawn Dogs (1997)
Trailer for Lawn Dogs, that doesn't really do the film justice


4. The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
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Sam grabs his guns for Jesse James


5. Safe Men (1998)
One of the many hilarious scenes from Safe Men co-starring Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Zhan

"Safe Men was exhausting, although I had a great time on it. I have a special place in my heart for Safe Men. That was a true independent film, in a budget sense. There were no trailers. Steve [Steve Zahn] and I were hanging out. It was guerrilla filmmaking. But we had a blast. And such good actors. For such a low budget, we had top rate actors, Michael Lerner, Harvey Fierstein. Steve Zahn, by far, one of the best actors I have ever worked with...”Sam Rockwell

6. Galaxy Quest (1999)
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“That part is kind of an homage to Bill Paxton in Aliens (1986). I definitely stole some moves from my buddy [actor] Steve Zahn and Bill Murray's lounge singer character from "Saturday Night Live" (1975) is in there somewhere. Plus a little Michael Keaton in Night Shift (1982) and definitely some Richard Pryor. I get a lot from Richard Pryor actually. How agile he is, vulnerable.”Sam Rockwell

7. Jerry and Tom (1998)
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Sam goes from inept thief in Safe Men to incapable Hitman in Jerry and Tom


8. Heist (2001)
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Standing beside Gene Hackman in David Mamet's Heist


9. Matchstick Men (2003)
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Ridley Scott makes sam look good as a Matchstick Man


10. Choke (2008)
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Sam chokes up for the camera but never in his career


11. Snow Angels (2007)
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Sam brings out the best in Kate for Snow Angels


12. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
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Sam in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


13. Frost/Nixon (2008)
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The Rockwell as James Reston Jnr


14. Box of Moonlight (1996)
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Tom Dicillo Directs sam Rockwell, John Tuturro, Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney in Box of Moonlight


15. Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
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Opposite William H Macy, Patricia Clacrkson, Luiz Guzman and Michael Jeter in Welcome to Collinwood



Disclaimer; Though admittedly he was the best thing about them, the movies The Green Mile and Charlie’s Angels were not included in this list because they are inferior works that no one should have to endure.


All Sam Rockwell Quotes courtesy of Imdb.com


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1. March 30th 2010 @ 00:16. Daishin Says:
Mmmm all sound like fantastic movies. I still need to see Choke after having read the book. Matchstick Men is one of my favorite movies and Frost/Nixon was good even though Rockwell wasn't a main character. Wanna see the assassination of jesse james. Moon really was just an amazingly well done movie. I feel the same way that he definitely should have been thought of more for a best actor award for Moon. Glad people notice these terrific actors who aren't as well known.
2. March 30th 2010 @ 00:22. Catherine Stebbins Says:
Fantastic list! Sam Rockwell is one of my all time favorites. His performance in Snow Angels impressed me the most out of everything I've seen him in although I still have to see Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I just rewatched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a couple of days ago and I had forgotten how good he is in it. The last couple of scenes with him are just incredible.
3. March 30th 2010 @ 03:21. Matt Shea Says:
Ya, timely JD - after Moon, you get the impression Rockwell is making the move up to the next level. Never seen Matchstick Men, something I need to correct sharpish before anybody else berates me about it.
4. March 30th 2010 @ 04:48. Journeywoman Says:
Quite a few there that I haven't seen... but yes he was great in Moon and Matchstick Men. I saw Charlie's Angels ages ago and can't remember his character in that..? Fair enough if you don't want to talk about it, that movie was definitely at the shallow end of the Hollywood pool!
5. March 30th 2010 @ 07:37. Kirstine Dieckmann Says:
I have only ever watched A Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy. I should look more of these up, many of them are movies I have wanted to watch, but just never gotten around to do it.
I like this post, I always like to learn about new actors, and this one seems like someone definitely worth taking a look at.
6. March 30th 2010 @ 11:16. David O'Connell Says:
Love the man JD, great choice for a feature post. Moon is nearly flawless and Rockwell's performance will surely go down as one of the most unjustly neglected of all time.
Seen nearly all of these and what is glaringly obvious is how many little gems he's been involved with - the kind of great little films that regularly fly under the radar. Especially like his work in Lawn Dogs, Choke, Matchstick Men and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
7. April 1st 2010 @ 00:44. David Jobling Says:
Sam R is a great actor - my favourite is Galaxy Quest - he livens up what is already a wonderful cast and excellent satire for those of a certain age, and cool comedy for the youngsters who don't remember the original Star Trek.
8. April 1st 2010 @ 16:14. JohnDoe Says:
Hi Daishin,

There was an online petition going for Rockwell to get nominated at the time of the awards. The petition received a fair bit of press, so Sam does have some loyal fans.

See The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ASAP. Not just for Rockwell, the entire cast are convincing in the era and the cinematography is flawless.

9. April 1st 2010 @ 16:20. JohnDoe Says:
Fantastic list! Sam Rockwell is one of my all time favorites. His performance in Snow Angels impressed me the most out of everything I've seen him in although I still have to see Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I just rewatched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a couple of days ago and I had forgotten how good he is in it. The last couple of scenes with him are just incredible.


Thanks Catherine,

Sam really unleashes in Confessions with some high energy rewards, but its the softer more vulnerable moments that his character experiences that really make it a full bodied performance.

Assassination fo Jesse James is to be devoured and appreciated.

Always great to have you comment.

10. April 1st 2010 @ 16:24. JohnDoe Says:
Ya, timely JD - after Moon, you get the impression Rockwell is making the move up to the next level. Never seen Matchstick Men, something I need to correct sharpish before anybody else berates me about it.


Hi Matt,

I have been waiting for the Rockwell respect to go intergalactic ever since Lawn Dogs. Thankfully the right people seem to notice him and cast him in great roles.

I really need to review "Moon" around here soon too....Matchstick Men was better than many give it credit for, a very different Ridley Scott excursion.
11. April 1st 2010 @ 16:31. JohnDoe Says:
Quite a few there that I haven't seen... but yes he was great in Moon and Matchstick Men. I saw Charlie's Angels ages ago and can't remember his character in that..? Fair enough if you don't want to talk about it, that movie was definitely at the shallow end of the Hollywood pool!

Hi Journeywoman,

Glad you liked him in Moon and Matchstick Men, you may like Lawn Dogs too.

Rockwell was an eccentric millionaire villain called Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels, who had a panache for boogie. I only saw it once myself and though it is painful to discuss Rockwell was good in it......Crispin Glover was also memorable.

12. April 1st 2010 @ 16:34. JohnDoe Says:
I have only ever watched A Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy. I should look more of these up, many of them are movies I have wanted to watch, but just never gotten around to do it.
I like this post, I always like to learn about new actors, and this one seems like someone definitely worth taking a look at.

Thanks Kirstine,

Glad to make you aware of Rockwell's skills, he really is one of the best out there. Drop back and tell me if you enjoy some of his films.
13. April 1st 2010 @ 16:38. JohnDoe Says:
Love the man JD, great choice for a feature post. Moon is nearly flawless and Rockwell's performance will surely go down as one of the most unjustly neglected of all time.
Seen nearly all of these and what is glaringly obvious is how many little gems he's been involved with - the kind of great little films that regularly fly under the radar. Especially like his work in Lawn Dogs, Choke, Matchstick Men and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.


Hi David,

Had a feeling you would already be converted to Rockwell.

It's amazing how low key his success is considering how daring and outside the status quo his characters usually are.

Jerry and Tom was another under the radar delight I enjoyed...but Safe Men is hidden comedy gold.
14. April 1st 2010 @ 16:43. JohnDoe Says:
Sam R is a great actor - my favourite is Galaxy Quest - he livens up what is already a wonderful cast and excellent satire for those of a certain age, and cool comedy for the youngsters who don't remember the original Star Trek.


Hi David Jobling

Galaxy Quest is regularly docking in the DVD bay of this house, so quotable.....Rockwell is so unfettered by ego in his part that you cant help but remember him when the closing credits come.


Have you seen Free Enterprise
? It's a fun sci-fi comedy without the FX, more like a Swingers for Trekkies.

No Rockwell, but if your interested you can read my review by clicking HERE



Thanks for reading!
15. April 4th 2010 @ 14:16. Mountain Fog Says:
YAY JaaaaDeeeeee!!!

Excellent choice; a brilliant, brilliant actor, a craftsman without false pretensions who, sure as eggs, deserved an Oscar!

cheers and well done, there are a few I have not seen there too, thanks.

fog
16. April 6th 2010 @ 00:28. Bryn Says:
Moon (travesty that he was snubbed by the Academy)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (superb)
Galaxy Quest (hilarious)
17. April 7th 2010 @ 19:32. JohnDoe Says:
Make me laugh MountainFog,


Your ability to recognize talent was never in question but you may be even more excited about the guy than me....he has two strong allies here

Which ones are your favourites?
18. April 7th 2010 @ 19:36. JohnDoe Says:
Hi Bryn

Good choices!

Galaxy Quest has been watched to many times to count around here...though that footage of sam poppin and lockin is a contender too.
19. April 8th 2010 @ 06:46. Anonymous Says:
Moon comes out tops for me, especially since I just saw it last week.
Frost Nixon, and Hitchhikers was fabbo. and Matchstick men.

All great, Galaxy Quest was fun, but for humour I preferred Hitchhikers.

It surprises me, looking at his work listed, how he managed to slip under my conscious radar, I loved all those films, but didn't think of him as a star, I was wrong he most definitely is a star and one whom deserves all the accolades.

cheers

fog
P.S> Oh yes, and he IS rather fetching in his own way....hehe!
20. April 8th 2010 @ 06:48. Mountain Fog Says:
ooops! forgot to log in....above comment..

cheers

fog
21. May 21st 2010 @ 02:34. ShaunK Says:
Jd - why did I not read this sooner? Alot of these here that I havn't seen - the ones that I have seen were awesome - I must say though - I thoroughly enjoyed him in Iron Man 2. The only one on this list that I didnt like as a film was choke which was extremely bad

Awesome bloody post my man
22. May 21st 2010 @ 03:05. JohnDoe Says:
Hi Shaun,

Don't know how you missed it. the man is a legend.

I haven't seen Iron man 2 yet, but he is the draw along with Mickey.

I will have to review Choke and express why i enjoyed it...but in a nutshell i found it hilarious at times, touching at others, challenging and most of all superbly acted. There were some pacing issues but i was enjoying the on screen performances so much that those lulls were still filled with fabulous character moments and satire.
23. May 21st 2010 @ 03:08. JohnDoe Says:
Moon comes out tops for me, especially since I just saw it last week.
Frost Nixon, and Hitchhikers was fabbo. and Matchstick men.

All great, Galaxy Quest was fun, but for humour I preferred Hitchhikers.

It surprises me, looking at his work listed, how he managed to slip under my conscious radar, I loved all those films, but didn't think of him as a star, I was wrong he most definitely is a star and one whom deserves all the accolades.

cheers

fog
P.S> Oh yes, and he IS rather fetching in his own way....hehe!

Happy to accommodate an expansion of the Sam Rockwell much watch library./..look forward to hearing what you think of his other appearances.

Lawn Dogs is particularly good, Directed by John Duigan who did "The Year My Voice Broke"

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