Robert Pattinson Got Dirty, James Franco Got 'Disaster'-ous
Two immersive performances, two career highs. Robert Pattinson had already continued his trajectory into in-house arthouse kook this year with The Lost City of Z, sporting impressive facial hair and sweatiness as an old-time jungle explorer. Then came Good Time, and you suddenly felt like directors Josh and Benny Safdie had discovered a whole other actor behind that pretty face. You can practically smell the desperation emanating off his greasy outer-borough criminal determined to spring his hospitalized brother or die tryin' – it's the best thing the star has ever done, and we say this as big Cosmopolis fans.
As for Franco, his chronicle of how one man crafted the worst movie ever made – The Disaster Artist – would be notable enough for the discipline the story brought to his directorial skills. But when you factor in his demented performance as The Room auteur Tommy Wiseau, complete with "All-American guy" accent and lounge-lizard loucheness, and you can see a whole other level of the modern-day renaissance man's talent open up. The commitment these two former matinee idols show in these films could not be more admirable, or make us more anxious to see how they try to top it.