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Sergeant York (1941) One of the best film I have ever seen. I always thought boys - or men - enjoyed fighting (not necessarily war). This gave me a new perspective from this beautiful performance.
Actors love to play villains, those not overly concerned with maintaining their self-image anyway. Washington’s fierce turn here as a morally bankrupt, wholly corrupt LA detective is chilling for its ease with which sociopathy is embraced. He embraced it so much it got him a well-deserved Oscar. Another brilliant performance (albeit of an ethically compromised hero) in the Denzel canon (Glory, Malcolm X, Courage Under Fire), but one which is worth a thousand Preacher’s Wives or Great Debaters.