Angelina Jolie, for a woman whose name means Beautiful angel you would expect that she would be
desirable and attractive but what makes her one of our favorite actresses is the strength and diversity that she shows in her roles. This is a woman who has an academy award on her shelves but still likes to play with knives and have
Dragons tattooed on her arms. Her father is award winning actor Jon Voight (Jolie actually being her middle name). She began her career appearing in music videos and then went onto movies such as Cyborg II and Hackers but she soon
graduated to serious roles and blockbuster premieres. The best thing is that even though she routinely shows as the hottest woman when any list is complied she has been quoted as saying. She says she wants to “Quit movies, be a great mum to Maddox and join the Parents and Teachers Association. Thankfully even if she were to do that tomorrow we would still have thirty five movies to
keep watching over and over.
5) Hackers (1995 Directed by Iain Softley)
This film completed when Angelina was only twenty is a great little movie. The movie is filled with
nods towards fiction and movie computer legends (the “Gibson” they have to crack, Plague’s assistant Hal, Emmanuel Goldstein). It is interesting to see Angelina in her youth not yet glamorous but still with a rough charm and she seems as
smart and competent as any of her male computer partners.
4) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005 Doug Liman)
I covered this in a previous review but to sum up it this is everything that Hackers wasn’t. Angelina is as hot and deadly as they come and gives us everything we could ask for in a popcorn movie. . . Good looking people, witty one liners, and lots of
3) Tomb Raider (2001 directed by Simon West)
Angelina as Lara Croft arguably the best video game movie ever (I know that is a dubious honor) but is also the most financial successful action movie with a female lead (number two being Aliens). The movies while sticking to the strength of its
subject matter did not let itself become bogged down into making a clone of the small screen action. The one problem I
had with the movie was wouldn’t the world have been better off if Lara had never done anything. If she had put the clock on a wall somewhere then we would have all been safe for another five thousand years (Peter David once made the
same point about Indiana Jones in Raiders of the lost ark). Though some would say if you are thinking too much while watching this flick you probably should have picked something else at Hollywood Video.
2) The Bone Collector (1999 Directed by Phillip Royce)
The Bone Collector stars Angelina acting as the hands of Denzel Washington who portrays a police
detective paralyzed from a on the job accident. While not in the same league as Silence of the lambs the movie is a very good thinking man’s thriller. We see Angelina’s character growing beyond her own thoughts of inadequacy and Denzel’s growing out of his thoughts of suicide to become a team. This is not for the faint of heart not the casual watch but is not one to miss.
1) Girl Interrupted (1999 Directed by James Mangold)
I know this one seems strangely out of the place with the previous choices. We have no guns, no
knives and Angelina does not seem very attractive for most of the movie but what we do have is a riveting performance of a young actress. Angelina’s Lisa is remarkable counterbalance to Winona Ryde’rs Susanna who enters a psychiatric
hospital and then spends the rest of the movie toying with whether or not she is insane (and if she is willing to do what she has to do to make herself well) will resonates with people who try to step outside of reality occasionally to pursue their muse. The academy also agrees with me and gave Angelina a best supporting actress award for her performance.