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Brian Cox: A Viewer's Guide
The highs (and lows) of the actor’s career

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ONE TO AVOID: Troy (2004)

It’s been suggested that, with the sound off, Troy is a masterpiece. After all, it’s the problems can be tracked to a cloth-eared script and an over-the-top score that would greet a humble trip to the loo with a trumpet fanfare if it could. Wolfgang Petersen’s blockbuster – less Das Boot than Das Sandal – is a self-consciously old school epic that ill-serves its actors, including Cox’s bellicose King Agamemnon, with lines like “I almost lost this war because of your little romance” and “Peace is for women and the weak”: not exactly Homeric. The buffed-up Scotsman meets a sticky end in the movie but escapes Troy with dignity just about intact, even if that haircut took some forgetting.

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1 Super troopers
Best film is definitely super troopers...oh and the guy who used to chase the A-team was called colonel decker! More

Posted by echoalpha92 on Sunday October 28, 2012, 22:43

2 uncle
i know it's only a cameo, but Cox was so badass as william Wallaces uncle Argyle in Braveheart, the character should have got his own movie. More

Posted by dangoodfellow on Sunday October 28, 2012, 08:13

3 Where the hell is Red?
Brian Cox was bloody brilliant in Red (not the one with Bruce Willis in. This is another film). It's probably one of the most little known, underappreciated, underrated films I know (even more so than The 25th Hour). It really is a hidden gem. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK on Saturday October 27, 2012, 21:38

4 RE:
Cox is brilliant in everything he does. I've met him a few times, he went to school with my Dad. If you get the chance to see him on stage, then do so! This is a masterful actor at work.   His best movie work came at the start of the 00s with brilliant performances in 25th Hour, Adaptation, X2, L.I.E. and The Bourne Identity. More

Posted by Beetlejuice! on Saturday October 27, 2012, 14:11

5
Well I liked Troy, so phoeey to you all! To me it's greater than the sum of its parts. If you like 'epic' movies, I would not be afraid to recommend it to someone. More

Posted by sifter132 on Friday October 26, 2012, 22:39

6 Korrektur
"less Das Boot than Das Sandal" DIE Sandale. In fact, in German there's a - somewhat dismissive - term for these kind of (wannabe) epic period movies: Der Sandalenschinken. More

Posted by Samurai_Zoso on Friday October 26, 2012, 20:33

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Definitely 25th Hour, what about Rushmore? More

Posted by mike2005 on Friday October 26, 2012, 17:54

8 Super Troopers
Obv his best comic turn/film is Super Troopers! More

Posted by watch_it_son on Friday October 26, 2012, 16:15

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Couldn't agree more with Denis Bergkamp here - 25th Hour is without doubt one of the movies of the last 10 years and is grossly underappreciated here in the UK. Maybe it is more of an American love in. Glad to see L.I.E in here though as that is his finest performance by a long shot. More

Posted by kojaksmoneybox on Friday October 26, 2012, 15:54

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Pretty sure x-men 2 wasn't in 2011 More

Posted by baseballfuries22 on Friday October 26, 2012, 14:46

11 25th Hour?
Take out Escapist and replace with one of the most underrated films of the last decade. More

Posted by bergkamp on Friday October 26, 2012, 14:39


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