Heath Ledger - Candy
For a lot of people who watched this movie, it was their introduction into the world of cocaine addiction and how it affects your life. Touted for its brutally honest portrayal of what the spiral down looks like, you honestly feel for these characters. Ledger plays the role of an addict who pulls another into his suffering, and we watch as his child-like love for the antagonist ultimately turns into despair. The main character will take you on an emotional journey and leave you feeling things you aren't used to - or comfortable - feeling when watching a movie.
Brittany Murphy - Neverwas
All about about detachment and escapism, Neverwas is chock full of familiar faces. We follow a young man on a journey to discover truths about the father he never really knew, and meet a lot of interesting characters along the way. Brittany Murphy may not play a huge role, but she plays a crucial one as the main supporting female in the film. Her bubbly and quirky personality comes through and really sets the movie off with the right tone.
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Pirate Radio
In an era where rock and roll was considered sinful, a boat full of particularly unique individuals work together, and fight back, to keep their radio station on the air as they float in international waters. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the only american on a ship full of brits, and he plays a particularly strong role in beating back the staunch wall of propriety and decency that the british had built and expected. Based on a true story, this movie is for anyone who loves music, which I would assume to be most of you.
Patrick Swayze - City of Joy
City of Joy is about a doctor who finds his way to India and into a tumultuous community that suffers under the leadership of one man and his son. Patrick Swayze plays the troubled American doctor who has given up on his practice, only to have his mind, and path in life changed by the people in need around him.
Andy Whitfield - Be Here Now
Not officially released yet, is a documentary and touching story of Andy Whitfield and his fight with Cancer. Known internationally for his role as Spartacus in the Spartacus TV series, he easily buried his way into your heart and mind. What a lot of people didn't know was that during the filming of Spartacus, and the many extreme boot-camps to get the "gladiators" in shape, he was also receiving treatment and battling late stage Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Refusing to compromise doing what he loved, he allowed cameras to follow him on his journey, both at work and at home with his family until he passed away.
Brad Renfro - Bully
With only a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, one could easily overlook this movie, but back in it's day it was one of the most controversial movies ever released. Brad Renfro's character plays a pivotal role in this film, recreating the role of real life Martin Joseph Puccio, Jr. who was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison (reduced from death by electrocution)
Best described by Roger Ebert who gave it a 4 out of 4 star review: "Larry Clark's Bully calls the bluff of movies that pretend to be about murder but are really about entertainment. His film has all the sadness and shabbiness, all the mess and cruelty and thoughtless stupidity of the real thing...I believe Bully is a masterpiece on its own terms, a frightening indictment of a society that offers absolutely nothing to some of its children—and an indictment of the children, who lack the imagination and courage to try to escape. Bobby and his killers deserve one another."
Robin Williams and Anton Yelchin - House of D
Starring 2 beloved actors who are no longer with us, Robin Williams and Anton Yelchin, House of D is a wonderful coming-of-age movie that reflects on the life of a troubled artist. Anton Yelchin plays the younger version of Tommy Warshaw, while Robin Williams plays his best friend Pappas, a mentally handicapped janitor. Regardless of it's poor rating, House of D is filled with love and heartbreak, comedy and drama. It is a relateable movie about making choices that can define your life in ways you never expect.
Alan Rickman - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Based on Patrick Suskind's 1985 book "Perfume" this movie follows the life of a young man with an extraordinary sense of smell. Obsessed with scents, he becomes a perfumer, rejuvinating his mentor's dying business. The young man's obsession takes a dark turn when he discovers his love for the female scent and he goes on a killing spree to capture and preserve the scent of various women. Alan Rickman's character, Antoine Richis, is the father of the beautiful redheaded Laura, whom our young killer decides is the perfect and final scent for his collection. The movie then follows Antoine Richis desperate attempt to save his daughter from the young man.
Bob Hoskins - Outlaw
Bob Hoskins plays Walter Lewis, one of the few police officers in the movie who is not corrupt, and who has been demoted to work behind a desk by his superiors so as not to get in the way. Several individuals come forward as vigilantes to dole out justice for crimes being ignored by the corrupt police force, and Walter Lewis joins them as an informant, letting the team know crucial information.
Paul Walker - Timeline
Another movie based on a novel, Timeline was originally written by Michael Crichton before being adapted to film. Set in both present time, and the 14th century, this film follows a group of young archaeologists as they travel back in time to save their professor, and father to main character Chris Johnston (Paul Walker). After their security detail gets killed, which triggers a damaging response to their time-travel device, the team must fight to find Professor Johnston, even with no guarantee they can get back home.