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Ken's Wonderful Winter of Walken 
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Since the beginning of winter--actually, since before that, but who's counting?--I've been watching one Christopher Walken film per week. I didn't plan it that way. It just sort of happened. The man has a magic about him. He warps reality. That's how good Christopher Walken is.

I've decided that not only will I continue this practice for the rest of winter, but I will endeavor that every Walken film I watch from here on until the end shall be a Walken film I've never seen before. This shouldn't be hard. He has a few well-known gems that I've shamefully not seen yet, and he is also one of the most prolific actors alive. Barring 1984, he has appeared in at least one film per year since 1975, if not multiple films.

I'll be cataloging my progress here. I encourage others to join me, or, failing that, to discuss the career of this terrific actor.

Allons-y!

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We're all waiting for your review of Balls of Fury.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
We're all waiting for your review of Balls of Fury.

Yeah that was a pretty funny film, I also look forward to hearing your thoughts on Kangaroo Jack and McBain.


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Christopher Walken is a pretty cool actor , he could play a gangster and dance at the same time lol.

Love this YT clip.

I had enjoyed many films with him. He won an Oscar as supporting actor for The Deer Hunter.

Looking forward to read your reviews

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Edit: I just found this other cool YT video (~ 6 min):

Top 10 Christopher Walken Performances

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The King of New York.

Looks and feels like it cost about $100 to make, but catches Walken pretty well.

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I am vetting any and all recommendations carefully. Very, very carefully.

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At Close Range
Biloxi Blues
Hairspray


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Have you braved Heaven's Gate yet?

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My favorites are The Dead Zone and At Close Range. The latter has one of Sean Penn's best performances, but Walken is great, too.

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Avoid Nick of Time, with Johnny Depp, unless you want to see Contrivance: The Thriller

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Avoid Nick of Time, with Johnny Depp, unless you want to see Contrivance: The Thriller

Gotta disagree with you there, I thought it was a good film, one of the few Depp films I actually liked, so I would recommend it. Didn't seem any more "contrived" then most thrillers.


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The usuals will probably be mentioned by other people, so I'll just go on a different route here...

I remember seeing Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead back in the 90's and, although I don't remember much about the film, Walken's performance in it has always stuck with me. Not a masterpiece film or a stellar performance, but an interesting one nonetheless.

Also, there's a little film known as Suicide Kings that I'm very fond of. He has a nice role in it too. The film stars a lot of 90's young actors (Johnny Galecki, Sean Patrick Flannery, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) plus a great performance from Denis Leary as well.

Also, on a whole different direction, but Catch Me If You Can has to be mentioned here.

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I remember enjoying Nick of Time. It's the sort of light thriller that ends up being enjoyable regardless of the plausibility of the events.

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Yeah, Suicide Kings. Good call!

Almost completely forgot about that

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My current (tentative) plan is to watch the following films by the end of winter.

The Anderson Tapes
The Deer Hunter
At Close Range
Biloxi Blues
The Comfort of Strangers
King of New York
The Funeral
Touch
Scotland, Pa.
Hairspray
A Late Quartet
Seven Psychopaths

Not necessarily every one of those, not necessarily just those, not necessarily in that order, and not necessarily on the precise schedule of one per week.

I will also be attempting J.K.-to-the-Unzay's six theatrical movie up-nutting assignment, a month late, now that the movies I actually want to see are on the release schedule. I'm already one movie in on that, soon to be two.

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Don't forget Batman Returns! :D

I love Christopher Walken though. You're right.... there's just something about him. I also look forward to your reviews.


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I actually just watched Batman Returns not too long ago. It should be recent-ish in the Last Movie You Watched thread.

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Ken wrote:
My current (tentative) plan is to watch the following films by the end of winter.

The Anderson Tapes
The Deer Hunter
At Close Range

Biloxi Blues
The Comfort of Strangers
King of New York
The Funeral
Touch
Scotland, Pa.
Hairspray
A Late Quartet
Seven Psychopaths



Out of those, I've only seen the bolded ones. The only one that I wasn't that impressed with was The Funeral, but then again that was probably more than 15 years ago. Don't even remember it that much so don't take my word too seriously. My wife saw A Late Quartet and said it was solid. Nothing spectacular, but a decent, very mature film.

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I didn't want to just hew to the prescribed Walken movies, so I tried to find a few that looked interesting for reasons other than being critical darlings and mix those in too. For instance, I'm a Paul Schrader fan, so I threw the Schrader/Walken films in regardless of their dubious reputations. I don't mind movies that are flawed as long as there's some energy to them.

That said, I think I've steered clear of the unambiguous stinkers. I'm only so masochistic.

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If you're looking for films in which Walken just gives one of his famous dialogues, you could check out Man on Fire. His speech about what Creasy is and what he is going to do to the bad guys is one of the highlights of the entire film as far as I'm concerned.

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