Sunday, April 24, 2011


Sunday, April 24, 2011
Movie characters range from flat and round; to dynamic and static. Similarly to novels and stories, either villain or protagonist; characters give color and life to a film.

Performances, on the other hand, depend on the actors’ interpretation and technique to gain sympathy or to stir up hatred to every audience.

Here are some of the powerful and moving performances, alongside remarkable characters, that should not be missed:

George Bailey [James Stewart, It's a Wonderful life (1946)]
He is a prime example of Everyman. He brilliantly depicted the human nature from resentments, regrets, imperfections, disappointments to realization of life's beauty.

Scarlett O' Hara [Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind (1939)]
"As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." This Southern heroine surpassed the turbulent Civil War as her beauty didn't fade. An archetype of rags - to - riches - to - rags - to - riches and round character.

Forrest Gump [Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994)]
"Life is like a box of chocolate you'll never know what you're going to get." This larger than life character albeit suffers from his disability brings hope and inspiration to every people he meets.

Andrew "Andy" Dufresne [Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)]
The indomitable prisoner - banker convicted of a murder he didn't commit. He proved that he's more than a blessing in a hopeless jail. A living testimony to all that justice prevails in an impossible situation.

Oskar Schindler [Liam Neeson, Schindler's List (1993)]
The wise businessman who finds unexpected humanity within himself during a desperate effort to save thousands of Jews and so wins the heart of every people he had helped.

Andrew Beckett [Tom Hanks, Philadelphia (1993)]
Gay lawyer who got infected with AIDS and fired from his job due to his sexual preference and disease. He fought back with the help of a homophobic - emergency - lawyer through a historical lawsuit.

Don Vito Corleone [Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)]
"I'm going to make him an offer that he can't refuse." The godfather - of - all - godfather. He willingly reassures that he can help if you're in trouble.

Johnny "Joe" Miller [Denzel Washington, Philadelphia (1993)]
The homophobic lawyer who accepts his gay client case and come to victorious turn for himself as he and his client fights back a major law firm.

Travis Bickle [Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976)]
"You talkin' to me" speech surely was improvised well by this misunderstood cool guy. A sociopath, unexpectedly sensitive man and quiet observer of a putrid society.

Holly Golightly [Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tifanny's (1961)]
She promises herself that she will only marry a rich man but falls in love deeply to a writer. This world weary call girl owns a nameless cat and serenades audience with her rendition of "Moon River" and became iconic for her little black dress.

Richard "Rick" Blaine [Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1943)]
Emotional, classic man of the 40's and uttered unforgettable lines such as "of all the gin joints, of all the towns in the world, she walks into mine", "Louis, I think this is the beginning of our beautiful friendship", "We always have Paris" and "Here's looking at you kid".

Clarice Starling [Jodie Foster, Silence of the Lambs (1991)]
Beautiful, strong woman that hides her innermost weaknesses until she meets Hannibal Lecter as an assignment. The latter develops a sort of mad fascination towards her after brief conversations.

Elle Woods [Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde (2001)]
If blondes were stereotyped as bimbo, this lady will change your mind.

Hannibal Lecter [Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs (1991)]
"A census taker once tried and tested me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and nice chianti". A warning he made to Clarice Starling that not only terrorized her but also the moviegoers even at his short appearance on screen.

Tootsie/Michael Dorsey [Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie (1982)]
When a difficult - to - work - with - actor desperately needs a job after he got fired, all he needs to do is to cross dress and pretends to be a loveable woman.

Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003-2011)]
Multi - faceted swashbuckler captivated audience through his comic antics and weird get - up.

Edward Scissorhands [Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands (1990)]
In the tradition of Frankenstein, this extraordinary teenage invented machine tries to make a connection to other people despite his scissor hands.

William Wallace [Mel Gibson, Braveheart (1995)] - Warrior, leader and lover. Eccentric hero who definitely fights for his glory, honor, love and country.

Sam Dawson [Sean Penn, I am Sam (2001)]
Love is all you need. Even though suffering from mental inadequacy, he guarantees paternal responsibility and loyal fanaticism for The Beatles.

Mary Hatch Bailey [Donna Reed, It's A Wonderful Life (1946)]
An adorable woman exemplar of unquestioning love to an unsatisfied husband. She never gives up her faith; hope and love as her husband soon realize how wonderful life is.

Benjamin Braddock [Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate (1967)]
"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you". This naive and innocent middle class young man portrayed frustrations and inexperience that led him to an adulterous affair. Later on, he's not aware that having a liaison with a cougar have serious consequences.

Mrs. Robinson [Anne Bancroft, The Graduate (1967)]
Iconic suburban middle - aged housewife discontented to show her sexual prowess to her husband and absolutely bored with her middle - class life. She found a prey to Dustin Hoffman's curiosity and led them both to a classic representation of May - December affair.

Josh Baskins [Tom Hanks, Big (1988)] - Never wish to grow older because it might lead to disaster and funny moments.

Margo Channing [Bette Davis, All About Eve (1950)]
"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night". Vain, paranoid, aging diva who didn't expect her number one fan could be a threat for her career.

Rhett Butler [Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind (1939)]
Dashing man with a reckless reputation who bravely enough to say, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Oda Mae Brown [Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost (1990)]
Fake fortune teller visited by Patrick Swayze's ghost to warn his wife (Demi Moore) about a possible danger.

Ellen Ripley [Sigourney Weaver, Alien series (1979 - 1997)]
The sexiest creature ever invented in cinema. If the guys failed with their mission, don't worry, she can fight the monstrous alien daringly enough.

Atticus Finch [Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)]
The father figure every father should be considered as a role model. He's a widower, doting father and dutiful attorney. In the town he resides in, defending an accused African American for an allegedly rape case is not an easy task.

Sister Luke/Gabrielle [Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story (1959)]
This radiant, charming lady dreams to become a nurse. She decided to enter the convent as her first step to serve others. She later finds out the unspeakable desolation of her duty.

C. S. Lewis [Anthony Hopkins, Shadowlands (1993)]
Many of us didn't know that the life of the bestselling author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series had a wonderful story to tell.

Joy Gresham [Debra Winger, Shadowlands (1993)]
After the demise of her character in tearjerker "Terms of Endearment" (1983), comes her performance as an ill - fated, unconventional poetess who changed the life of the world - renowned author C. S. Lewis.

Randle McMurphy [Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)]
What makes a mentally - adequate guy decides to enter an asylum to endure an immeasurable madness of an institution coping with a manipulative Nurse Ratched?

Nurse Ratched [Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Manipulative, bossy and monstrous. How could a person suffering from mental imbalance stand this nurse from hell?

Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo [Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy (1969)]
Dustin Hoffman surely showcased the method acting in this performance as a tubercular hustler. As his famous line, "I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin' here", crawled in every audience and critics who had seen the film.

Howard Beale [Peter Finch, Network (1976)]
"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore". One of the most popular deranged characters in cinema that parallels the craziness of media hype and society dictating its morale

Fergus/Jimmy [Stephen Rea, The Crying Game (1992)]
Naive and innocent man volunteered as an IRA rebel and surprised by a gender - bender encounter.

Dil [Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game (1992)]
First, this role was believed that no one can portray it. Until, they find an equally equipped man that proved the production wrong.

Severine [Catherine Deneuve, Belle De Jour (1967)]
Curiosity kills the cat as they said. This beautiful, ethereal woman is haunted by her sexual dreams. She curiously enters a brothel one afternoon and discovers pleasure through masochism. Not considering the good life and husband she has.

Gloria Swenson [Gena Rowlands, Gloria (1980)]
You don't need to be Angelina Jolie. You also don't need to be younger just to prove your agility. You don't need to check your body if you're sexy enough and you don't need to prepare for steamy love scenes. Before Helen Mirren in Red, here's the world - hardened woman who proved that being a streetwise surpassed all the mentioned qualities to become a female action star.

Marge Gunderson [Frances MacDormand, Fargo (1996)]
Of all the cinematic female character, she's the only lady police officer that embodies credibility and integrity with wit and humor. She's also an endearing wife and responsible chief. She's dedicated to a case assigned to her despite her pregnancy and cold climate.

Wilma "Deanie" Loomis [Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass (1961)]
Cinematic assurance that the girl who is down on romance and almost worship the guy she loves is most likely to have a nervous breakdown.

Mabel Longhetti [Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence (1974)]
Hard - to - please housewife who had a nervous breakdown due to circumstances.

Catherine Trammell [Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct (1992)]
One of the modern femme fatales of the 90's. This sexy gal seduces her audience by crossing her legs alternately then kills her target victims.

Cady [Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls (2004)]
A lesson to everyone that you must be satisfied with your unusual but real friends than join and please pretentious popular school girls. Usually happens in teen movie.

Thelma [Geena Davis, Thelma and Louise (1991)] and Louise [Susan Sarandon, Thelma and Louise (1991)]
These gals set the modern feminists films.

Joker [Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)]
Anarchist, creepy and mastermind of evil tactics and tricks.

Tom Hanson [Joseph Gordon - Levitt, 500 Days of Summer (2009)]
"It's these cards and movies and pop songs they are blame for lies and heartaches, everything. We're responsible, I'm responsible, I think we do a bad thing here. People should be able to say how they feel, how they really feel, not, you know, some words strangers put in their mouths, words like love that don't mean anything," said by this his emotional man truly felt the anguish his heart said.

Summer [Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer (2009)]
Annie Hall sure didn't know that she had a successor just exclude her drug addiction.

Alvy Singer [Woody Allen, Annie Hall (1977)]
If Woody Allen will create his memoir, this is a slice of his life that can't be ignored because most of his movie characters are drawn by his own image - neurotic.

Roberta Guaspari [Meryl Streep, Music of the Heart (1999)]
If you want to see Meryl Streep in an inspirational movie, watch this!

Davis [Steve Sandvoss, Latter Days (2003)]
This missionary Mormon guy got confused about his sexuality and didn't agree with religious facade.

Dolzura Cortez [Vilma Santos, Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) {International title: Because I Love You}]
The first Filipina who admitted she had AIDS. This woman proved enough that her disease was not a hindrance to show the humane value of life.

Elsa [Nora Aunor, Himala (1982) {International title: Miracle}]
Philippine cinema's sui generis of a woman who claimed that she saw the Virgin Mary and brought a small town to an instant newsmaker.

Alex Forrest [Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction (1987)]
First, it was just a one - night stand with this libidinous female editor - in - chief. Then, it scares many men not to involve in an adulterous liaison. A lesson to all men that sexual encounter with an obsessed lady is not right.

Carrie [Sissy Spacek, Carrie (1976)]
She's the misfit teenage woman who didn't know her telekenetic ability and soon created a vengeful attack to her opponent and delusional devout mother (Piper Laurie).

Chuck Noland [Tom Hanks, Cast Away (2000)]
Fed Ex cargo delivery boy stranded in an island for three years because of plane wreckage and depended on a ball he considered as friend and determined to get off the island.

Phil [Bill Murray, Groundhog Day (1993)]
Dissatisfied weather TV reporter who realized that a particular moment in his life was repeated until he learned to appreciate life.

Lee [Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary (2002)]
A masochist who met her match - her sadist boss lawyer Mr. Grey (James Spader).

Christopher McCandless [Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild (2007)]
Well - educated young adult who left his wealthy lifestyle to seek the greatest quest in his life.

Annie Wilkes [Kathy Bates, Misery (1990)]
Another nurse from hell. Maybe she's nurse Ratched's best friend. She's a number one fan of a famous author. She saved his life, took care of him however when she found out that her favorite character died because of her favorite author’s decision everything changed.

Norman Bates [Anthony Perkins, Psycho (1960)]
"A boy's best friend is his mother." Oedipal complex, insane motel owner and infamous shower scene. This guy scares a lot of people in his time with his voyeurism and secretive motive - to kill.

Johnny Cash [Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line (2006)]
Rags - to - riches, resentment and redemption. This real life famous singer rendered the quintessence of life - forgiveness and love.

Maximo Oliveros [Nathan Lopez, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005) {International title: Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros}]
This sweet, innocent, coming - of - age gay grew from the slum area and surrounded with his supportive but criminal family. He experienced discrimination, fell in love with an attractive policeman and witnessed injustices in his colorful teenage years.

Jose Rizal [Cesar Montano, Jose Rizal (1998)]
This real life patriotic man has his own struggles while keeping his faith to wake up a nation under foreign colonialism.

Nympha [Gina Pareño, Working Girls (1984)]
Before the Hollywood Working Girl (1988) and Working Girls (1986), comes this woman from Philippine celluloid selling fake jewelries to the array of 80's modern Filipina women and keeps on her mission to get the man she wants. She learned to speak English and Spanish to impress the man she pursues. She gets even by telling him a lie that she's pregnant.

Ina [Ai - Ai Delas Alas, Ang Tanging Ina (2003)]
It's not easy to raise 12 children especially with different personalities and three different fathers. This widow makes a great effort on motherhood in both humorous and melodramatic ways.

Kimmy/Dora [Eugene Domingo, Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme (2009)]
This dual characterization marks a new comedy trend in Philippine mainstream independent cinema.

Suzanne [Carmi Martin, Working Girls (1984)]
"Sabel, this must be love!" She obviously epitomized sexytary physique as another standard for career woman.

Jay [Baron Geisler, Jay (2008)]
Scheming gay documentary producer on the story behind the murder of a gay teacher with his name sake.

Danny [Daniel Fernando, Scorpio Nights (1985)]
Philippine cinema's answer to voyeurism. It's not the Rear Window type. He secretly peeps to a couple's coitus. He also becomes the paramour of the horny wife that leads them to a tragic denouement.

Sgt. Diosdado Carandang [Vic Silayan, Kisapmata (1981) {International title: In just the wink of an eye}]
A mentally disturbed, domineering father who has an incestuous relationship with his daughter Mila (Charo Santos).

Jesus [Bruce Marchiano, The Encounter (2010)]
A modern - day portrayal of our Lord Jesus Christ meeting five people in different walks of life and giving them a last chance to choose Him (life) or death.

Eric Lidell [Ian Charleson, Chariots of Fire (1981)]
Definitely, perfect prototype of an endearing and inspiring runner who's also a missionary.

Mohandas Gandhi [Ben Kingsley, Gandhi (1982)]
He's a young Indian lawyer who is awakened by social injustice and became a leader and role model for his country. Furthermore, he's also an inspiration to passive resistance advocacy.

Ben - Hur [Charlton Heston, Ben - Hur (1959)]
Fictional daring character who accepted the challenge of chariot race from his former best friend turned arch enemy and later transformed when he met Jesus.

T. E. Lawrence [Peter O' Toole, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)]
He's a multi - faceted and messianic leader who taught Arabs to fight for their right and instantly became their hero.

Paul Rusesabagina [Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda (2004)]
Oskar Schindler has a successor without his knowledge though it's in Kigali.

David Helfgott [Geoffrey Rush, Shine (1996)]
World - renowned pianist with a painful childhood memories and a devastating nervous breakdown.

Tina Turner [Angela Basset, What's Love Got to do with it? (1993)]
Who would have thought this singer - performer became a victim of domestic violence? She finds freedom as she fights for her life.

King George VI [Colin Firth, The King's Speech (2010)]
Royalty never revealed a member who had dyslexia. His courage made him overcame his fear as he's guided by his Speech Therapist (Geoffrey Rush) and his loving wife the Queen (Helena Bonham - Carter).

Norma Desmond [Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd. (1950)]
"I am big. It's the picture that got small.", "All right Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close - up." said by this delusional, monomaniac and fading silent diva. At least, she requested for her close - up.

Petra [Roderick Paulate, Petrang Kabayo (1988)]
Sure, he knocked off laughs by swinging his hips and tail as he metamorphosed into a funny creature.

George Falconer [Colin Firth, A Single Man (2009)]
It's really hard to move on for this gay professor because he wasn't welcome to his lover's funeral. So, the answer for his melancholia - plan his own strategy for suicide. As he met a student who really cares for him, it's too late to realize that life is beautiful.

Jacqueline Du Pre [Emily Watson, Hilary and Jackie (1998)]
She's a world - renowned pianist who suffered from multiple sclerosis and unpleasant sexual behavior until she asked her sister to borrow her husband which ended up to sibling resentment.

Hilary Du Pre [Rachel Griffiths, Hilary and Jackie (1998)]
She's a humbled flutist who chose the run - on - the - mill life than pursue her dreams until one day her sister longed for attention and love of her husband. For her sister's stake, she allowed her sister to have an affair with her husband.

Sophie Zawistowski [Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice (1982)]
A mysterious woman who endured a traumatic past. This remarkable performance made a new standard in bravura acting matched with excellence in craft of mastering an accent.

Angeli [Maricel Soriano, Pinulot ka lang sa Lupa (1987)] {International title: Picked up from the Earth}]
Adopted by a rich patriarch. Everything is perfect until another girl - Santina (Lorna Tolentino) came to the house. She blamed her for not getting enough attention from daddy as well as to her brother so she's going to screw up this lowlife girl and fabricate one night stand to her beloved. She understands and learns to forgive as she becomes aware of Santina's kindness and illness.

Lily Dillon [Anjelica Huston, The Grifters (1990)]
Aging hustler who seduced and killed her son (John Cusack).

Freddy Kruger [Robert Englund, Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)]
You don't want to sleep after watching this unforgettable monstrous villain who can kill you through nightmares and horrible look.

Erika Kuhut [Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher (2001)]
She is known for her expertise in her field. However, she's a porn fan, horny and masochist on the side. Moreover, she indulges in voyeurism. Her mental instability is a hindrance to connect with her student - lover (Benoit Magimel).

Lavinia Arguelles [Cherie Gil, Bituing Walang Ningning (1985)]
"You're nothing but a second rate, trying hard, copycat!" This sophisticated, sexy, beautiful yet bad girl sets a new standard for female Filipina villainous character.

Kano [Cherie Gil, Manila By Night/City After Dark (1980)]
A lesbian drug pusher who pursues a blind masseuse (Rio Locsin).

Eileen Wurnous [Charlize Theron, Monster (2003)]
Real - life prostitute who fell in love with an innocent lesbian (Christina Ricci) and became a serial killer when she was traumatized by a customer who brutally raped her.

Brandon Teena [Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry (1999)]
She had an identity crisis. She also joined a gritty youth lifestyle but fell in love with an adventurous lady Lana (Chloe Sevigny). She ended up beaten, raped and murdered by her male peers.

Martha Dobie [Shirley MacLaine, The Children's Hour (1961)]
Well, the tearjerker Terms of Endearment sure made her viewers cheer and cry. Before that, she's a school headmistress who veils her feelings to her co - headmistress (Audrey Hepburn).

Kuala [Lolita Rodriguez, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1974) {International title: Weighed but found Wanting}]
Misunderstood woman who turned out insane and became a wake – up call to a decadent society.

Karen [Michelle Aldana, Segurista (1996) {International title: Dead Sure/The Insurance Agent}]
Insurance agent by day, Guest Relation Officer (GRO) by night. In a desperate situation and aftermath of a historical eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, a mother will do anything for the sake of her family's future.

Val [Tonton Gutierrez, Saan Nagtatago ang Pag - Ibig (1988)]
He's the reason Vilma Santos uttered her memorable line, "Si Val, si Val, si Val. Lagi na lang si Val. Si Val na walang malay. Anong kasalanan ng walang malay na si Val?"

Antonius Block [Max Von Sydow, The Seventh Seal (1957)
This squire questioned his faith during the course of Black Plague and the crusade. When death wanted to take him, he dared the Grim Reaper to play chess with him.

Turing [Phillip Salvador, Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (1985) {International title: My Country: Gripping the Knife's Edge}]
Before the world shaking Manila bus hostage - drama crisis held, he's the fictional character who made the same way as he was pushed to do it out of poverty.

Mr. Navorsky [Tom Hanks, The Terminal (2005)]
Yeah, he can wait! He really can wait! His philosophy makes us realize that patient is a virtue. Be patient in waiting for your right time and right opportunity.

Dr. Hooper [Richard Dreyfuss, Jaws (1975)]
He's the cool oceanographer chasing one of the deadliest creatures in the sea.

Chief Martin Brody [Roy Scheider, Jaws (1975)]
"We gonna need a bigger boat" said by this caring chief police officer on the case and hunt for a huge shark.

Quint [Robert Shaw, Jaws (1975)]
He's the counterpart of Moby Dick's Captain Ahab in modern context.

Satine [Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! (2001)]
Beautiful, sexy, seductive and poetic courtesan who's the inspiration of a struggling writer to write a memorable quote, "The greatest you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return."

Christian [Ewan McGregor, Moulin Rouge! (2001)]
Bohemian struggling writer who fell in love with the ill - fated courtesan. Poetic isn't it? What a tragic love story.

Gilbert Grape [Johnny Depp, What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1994)]
Who would have thought Johnny Depp portrayed a self - sacrificing and martyr son of a dysfunctional family?

Catherine [Jeanne Moreau, Jules and Jim (1962)]
Impulsive, unpredictable, horny, frantic lady who managed to make two male best friends fall for her and agreed to live in a menage - a - trois.

Rosita Monteverde [Lorna Tolentino, Maging Akin Ka Lamang (1987) {International title: If Only You Could Be Mine}]
She's beautiful, conceited, possessive, egotistical heiress who didn't get the love and attention of the man she loves even if she can do everything for him. So, she steals his son by manipulating an ambitious doctor.

Homer [Ricky Davao, Saranggola (1999) {International title: The Kite}]
He's a responsible police and role model to his son. However, everything changed as he shot an innocent boy while flying a kite in his roof.

Maia Robles [Dina Bonnevie, Sa Kabila ng Lahat (1991)]
Ambitious reporter who's also a politician's mistress.

Rose "Rosie" Sayer [Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen (1951)]
"I never dreamed of any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!" this prim Methodist missionary said as she joined forces with an alcoholic, ne'er - do - well ship captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) to avenge her brother's death caused by invaders.

Truman Burbank [Jim Carrey, The Truman Show (1998)]
He's a commoner unaware that his life including his actions and experiences was a subject of a reality show.

Peter/Joshua/Adam/Brian [Cary Grant, Charade (1963)]
A man with multiple names. You can't distinguish this man whether he's a friend or an enemy because he's hiding something.

Young adult Toto [Marco Leonardi, Cinema Paradiso (1989)]
Irresistible reel man protege cinema lover.

Frank Abagnale, Jr. [Leonardo Di Caprio, Catch Me If You Can (2002)]
Con - artist notorious for different techniques and strategies.

Tong [Mario Maurer, The Love of Siam (2007)]
Male tween courageous to deal with his sexual identity crisis, in search of a lost sister, shows love for his family and faces his hidden feelings for his childhood chum.

Karen Silkwood [Meryl Streep, Silkwood (1983)]
She's a blue - collar woman who finds her own defeat as she revealed the secrets of a nuclear meltdown.

Lisa Carol Fremont [Grace Kelly, Rear Window (1954)]
She's pretty, sexy and sophisticated. In a Hitchcock's classic, no one had ever put someone in the edge of their seat as she helped her crippled fiancé (James Stewart) to prove the crime her boyfriend had witnessed.

Peping [Coco Martin, Kinatay (2009)]
Criminology student whose quiet desperation leads him to enter an underground crime and result in guilt he must carry forever.

Jane Craig [Holly Hunter, Broadcast News (1987)]
Perfectly embodied the characteristics of a contemporary working girl. She's smart, dedicated, practical and last but not the least - neurotic.

Willie Miller [Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous (2000)]
Innocent ambitious young man exposed in the rock music industry as his sort of sources in writing an article.

Elaine Miller [Frances McDormand, Almost Famous (2000)]
Usually, the kind of woman considered paranoid and conservative. Nevertheless, she's a misunderstood mom but her true nature is charming and protective. A role model for every mother.

Penny Lane [Kate Hudson, Almost Famous (2000)]
Beautiful, inspiring and enchanting avid fan of a rock music band.

Stephen Glass [Hayden Christensen, Shattered Glass (2003)]
Shrewd and incredible journalist whose lies bring him to his own defeat.

Chuck Lane [Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass (2003)]
Quiet, calm and reliable boss of Stephen Glass who discovered his fabricated stories.

Blanche DuBois [Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar named Desire (1951)]
"I've always depended on the kindness of strangers." said by this vain, neurotic, delusional, helpless and fading Southern beauty whose madness got the nerves of her brother - in - law Stanley.

Stanley Kowalski [Marlon Brando, A Streetcar named Desire (1951)]
Brutal, relentless and vicious brother - in - law of Blanche annoyed to her demands.

Wendy Savage [Laura Linney, The Savages (2007)]
Hopeless and delusional playwright who pleases her father so much even if he’s the cause of her inner turmoil. She later learns to forgive and forget.

Jon Savage [Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages (2007)]
Ne'er - do - well writer reunited with her sister to take care of their ailing father even if he had an emotional baggage.

J. J. "Jake" Gites [Jack Nicholson, Chinatown (1974)]
Detective with a shrewd reputation who fell the trap of a beautiful, suspicious lady and a corrupted society.

Evelyn Mulwray [Faye Dunaway, Chinatown (1974)]
An elegant lady with a sordid past and an archetype of an honest liar.

Mr. James Stevens [Anthony Hopkins, The Remains of the Day (1993)]
Sexually - repressed butler who's torn between his duties and political principles.

Ms. Sally Kenton [Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day (1993)]
This single lady housekeeper makes Mr. Steven's life wonderful and she also admires him secretly. Sadly, he always ignores her and refused to speak his feelings for her.

Rosa [Rosanna Roces, La Vida Rosa (2001)]
Modern femme fatale of Philippine cinema. She's sexy, scheming, strong and master of her game capable to defend her love - ones up to the end of her life.

Tessie [Zsa Zsa Padilla, Batang PX (1997)]
She's a determined and unconventional mother of a Phil - Am boy (Patrick Garcia) who doesn't follow society's standard and only wants to become a good mother for her son.

Lelaina Pierce [Winona Ryder, Reality Bites (1994)]
Desperate, unsatisfied, valedictorian of her class lady who was fired from her job to face and to learn the harsh reality of life. Reality really bites.

Lloyd Dobler [John Cusack, Say Anything... (1989)
Emotional, romantic, chick - flick - boom - box "In Your Eyes" - icon.

Cher [Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (1995)]
Fashion savvy, naive elite girl soon discovered her inner femininity and really turned into a woman when she realized that she's falling in love with her former step brother (Paul Rudd).

Elinor Dashwood [Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility (1995)]
Prime prototype of endearing martyr created by Austen.

Marianne Dashwood [Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility (1995)]
Elinor's sister hopeful for her suitor's pledge until she discovered he's not true to his words.

Truman Capote [Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (2005)]
He's an eccentric, outspoken homosexual author who had hidden intimacy with the subject of his work.

Rachel Lapp [Kelly McGillis, Witness (1985)]
She valued most and maintained her Amish traditions and beliefs even if it's challenged because his son witnessed a murder so he lets a detective protect their lives only to relive her longing for a romantic love.

Wife [Irma Adlawan, Sa North Diversion Road (2005)]
Colorful, witty, multi - dimensional wife whose non - linear stories focus on the confrontation to her philandering husband.

Raymond Babbitt [Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man (1988)]
Autistic savant with an immeasurable intelligence

Charlie Babbitt [Tom Cruise, Rain Man (1988)]
This greedy, young, good - looking man never thought that his imaginary friend would be his long lost brother. At first, they didn't get along well and he's impatient dealing with his brother's behavior. Then, his older brother taught him to love.

William Wilberforce [Ioan Gruffurd, Amazing Grace (2006)]
This wealthy man got inspired by the song Amazing Grace and its composer John Newton so he fearlessly supports human rights and equality during his time

Rancho/Chhote/Phunsukh Wangdu [Aamir Khan, 3 Idiots (2009)]
One of the most brilliant, good - looking, charming, emotional, loving, sincere and mysterious male character of Bollywood cinema.

Billy Elliot [Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot (2000)]
Frustrated tween who didn't get support and encouragement from his machismo father and brother for his passion to be a ballet dancer until he proved them right.

Mrs. Wilkinson [Julie Walters, Billy Elliot (2000)]
Extroverted and bossy ballet mentor of Billy Elliot.

Adela Quested [Judy Davis, A Passage to India (1984)]
This lady is full of mystery whether exposed to the British - Indo colony or befriended the most respected man in India. She didn't care if her virginal hysteria would harm the latter's reputation.

Suzzane Vale [Meryl Streep, Postcards from the Edge (1990)]
Jaded actress who struggled with her drug addiction, dealt with her overbearing mother and endured the criticism of her colleagues because of her behavior and physical appearance on set.

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