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Poll: Jack vs Bobby (28 member(s) have cast votes)

Who do you prefer?

  1. Jack Nicholson (12 votes [42.86%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  2. Robert De Niro (16 votes [57.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

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#1 JohnnyBlaze

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 04:32 AM

Okay, let's try another pair of Hollywood legends. :hail:

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 06:35 AM

Jack "You can't handle the truth!" Nicholson.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 06:58 AM

I went with Bobbie.  Is funny because jack has gotten better over the years where bob has become inconsistent.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 07:06 AM

I went with De Niro too, but Jack has been much smarter in preserving his legacy.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:01 PM

Mr. Nicholson, hands down.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:07 PM

Love De Niro but as others have said Jack is still damn consistent.  De Niro......meh. Jack it is.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:18 PM

Part of this comparison comes down to do you prefer retirement over selling out and becoming a straight to DVD whore? That's only part of it though. I'd prefer to compare their careers before 1998.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:23 PM

I'm now looking at their careers from the late 60's to 1998. The problem with Jack is he's ALWAYS "Jack" no matter what part he's playing, he's good at being Jack though and he's got a lot of great performances. For 20 years though 1976-1996 De Niro had sewn up a legendary career with no real missteps and had an untouchable aura around him, so I give to De Niro.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:42 PM

De Niro for me....♥.....but im not saying Nicholson  isnt great !  ♥♥

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:52 PM

View PostAncient Ways, on 09 January 2017 - 06:58 AM, said:

I went with Bobbie.  Is funny because jack has gotten better over the years where bob has become inconsistent.
It all comes down to the writing. You can't make a good movie with bad writing or a bad script.

Edited by Tick, 09 January 2017 - 02:12 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

View PostAncient Ways, on 09 January 2017 - 06:58 AM, said:

I went with Bobbie.  Is funny because jack has gotten better over the years where bob has become inconsistent.
De Niro for one thing doesn't work with Scorsese anymore and it seems like he's lost the ability to turn anything down. It's almost like he's determined to accept whatever scripts land on his desk.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:22 PM

OK, let's see.  Best performances for each (plus a highlighted top five personal favs)

I'll start with the best of Nicholson (performance-wise)...

Easy Rider
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Detail
Chinatown
Cuckoo's Nest
Goin' South
Shining
Terms of Endearment
Prizzi's Honor
Broadcast News
Batman
Two Jakes
A Few Good Men
Hoffa
Wolf
Mars Attacks!
As Good As It Gets


And now DeNiro...

Bang the Drum Slowly
Godfather II
Taxi Driver
Deer Hunter
Raging Bull
King of Comedy
Brazil
Untouchables
Midnight Run
Goodfellas
Awakenings
Cape Fear
Casino
Cop Land
Wag the Dog
Ronin
Meet the Parents


Plenty of memorable roles in both groups, but the nod goes to Nicholson, for a career of fewer phoned-in performances.

Edited by goose, 09 January 2017 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:24 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 09 January 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

View PostAncient Ways, on 09 January 2017 - 06:58 AM, said:

I went with Bobbie.  Is funny because jack has gotten better over the years where bob has become inconsistent.
De Niro for one thing doesn't work with Scorsese anymore and it seems like he's lost the ability to turn anything down. It's almost like he's determined to accept whatever scripts land on his desk.
He's not even acting anymore, just being DeNiro.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:24 PM

View PostTick, on 09 January 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

View PostAncient Ways, on 09 January 2017 - 06:58 AM, said:

I went with Bobbie.  Is funny because jack has gotten better over the years where bob has become inconsistent.
It all comes down to the writing. You can't make a good movie with bad writing or a bad script.
But you can turn down a role in one.  At least Jack can.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:30 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 09 January 2017 - 12:23 PM, said:

I'm now looking at their careers from the late 60's to 1998. The problem with Jack is he's ALWAYS "Jack" no matter what part he's playing, he's good at being Jack though and he's got a lot of great performances. For 20 years though 1976-1996 De Niro had sewn up a legendary career with no real missteps and had an untouchable aura around him, so I give to De Niro.
This.

I've never seen Jack venture out.  He's great at what he does, but he's always Jack.

You want to see someone venturing out?  Watch De Niro in Star Dust.  


I can't see Jack pulling this off.  :lol:

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:33 PM

View Postgoose, on 09 January 2017 - 02:22 PM, said:

OK, let's see.  Best performances for each (plus a highlighted top five personal favs)

I'll start with the best of Nicholson (performance-wise)...

Easy Rider
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Detail
Chinatown
Cuckoo's Nest
Goin' South
Shining
Terms of Endearment
Prizzi's Honor
Broadcast News
Batman
Two Jakes
A Few Good Men
Hoffa
Wolf
Mars Attacks!
As Good As It Gets


And now DeNiro...

Bang the Drum Slowly
Godfather II
Taxi Driver
Deer Hunter
Raging Bull
King of Comedy
Brazil
Untouchables
Midnight Run
Goodfellas
Awakenings
Cape Fear
Casino
Cop Land
Wag the Dog
Ronin
Meet the Parents


Plenty of memorable roles in both groups, but the nod goes to Nicholson, for a career of fewer phoned-in performances.
De Niro was awesome in Midnight Run.  :haz:

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:44 PM

View Postgoose, on 09 January 2017 - 02:22 PM, said:

OK, let's see.  Best performances for each (plus a highlighted top five personal favs)

I'll start with the best of Nicholson (performance-wise)...

Easy Rider
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Detail
Chinatown
Cuckoo's Nest
Goin' South
Shining
Terms of Endearment
Prizzi's Honor
Broadcast News
Batman
Two Jakes
A Few Good Men
Hoffa
Wolf
Mars Attacks!
As Good As It Gets


And now DeNiro...

Bang the Drum Slowly
Godfather II
Taxi Driver
Deer Hunter
Raging Bull
King of Comedy
Brazil
Untouchables
Midnight Run
Goodfellas
Awakenings
Cape Fear
Casino
Cop Land
Wag the Dog
Ronin
Meet the Parents


Plenty of memorable roles in both groups, but the nod goes to Nicholson, for a career of fewer phoned-in performances.
It's clear to me that Raging Bull and The Deer Hunter as two more of De Niro's memorable performances. Plus you could also say his cameo in The Untouchables and his turn as Max Cady in the Cape Fear remake are as well.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:48 PM

Looking over each actor's filmography I reached the personal conclusion that Nicholson portrayed more sympathetic characters.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:52 PM

View PostReRushed, on 09 January 2017 - 02:48 PM, said:

Looking over each actor's filmography I reached the personal conclusion that Nicholson portrayed more sympathetic characters.
So your criteria for whether someone is a good actor or not is whether they play bad guys or good guys? :16ton:

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:54 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 09 January 2017 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 09 January 2017 - 02:48 PM, said:

Looking over each actor's filmography I reached the personal conclusion that Nicholson portrayed more sympathetic characters.
So your criteria for whether someone is a good actor or not is whether they play bad guys or good guys? :16ton:
No. DeNiro played more caricature. I simply felt more empathy for Nicholson characters.




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