Over his two year-stint playing my favorite character, Jimmy Darmody, on the critically acclaimed HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was nearly flawless in his portrayal. He gave the complex character of Jimmy (a messed up, wannabe gangster war vet with some serious “mommy issues” but that’s just me barely scratching the surface) a poetic, thoughtful, and contemplative soul to contrast with his ruthless, violent exterior. In Michael Pitt’s hands, Jimmy transcended the typical “sidekick” or “up-and-coming” character type and became something so much more, a fictional that I generally miss seeing on my TV screen every time that I turn on Boardwalk Empire. While I’m very familiar with Pitt’s television work, I’m not at all familiar with his film roles and was curious about which movies he had been in throughout his career. After some research (and some watching), I’ve come up with a list. Here are the five best movies featuring Michael Pitt.
I can’t get too much into this very NSFW film that received an NC-17 rating, but let’s just say that the explicit nature of The Dreamers makes any love scenes that Michael Pitt had in Boardwalk Empire look tame. What makes this movie something special is the gritty, shockingly natural realism of the character’s bodies mixed their fantastical, almost primal desires. Not to mention, it features some standout acting from a young Pitt and an always entrancing Eva Green.
Michael Pitt actually stars alongside his Boardwalk Empire father figure, Nucky Thompson himself, Steve Buscemi, and the two find themselves in similar roles in delirious, with Buscemi playing the scorned mentor and Pitt as the idealistic and ambitious protege. While the film is about celebrity, photography, and fame, a far cry from the gangster behavior seen on Boardwalk, Delirious is simply worth a watch just to see these two actors on screen together again.
Rob the Mob
While not a major film release for Pitt, Rob the Mob was very much enjoyed by the small amount of critics who did see it. Pitt stars as one half of a crook couple, a criminal named Tommy, whose love for robbing is only matched by his love for his girlfriend, Rosie (played by actress Nina Arianda), and, as the title would suggest, the two ultimately get caught up into some mob-esque hijinx.
The cast alone is reason enough to watch this wacky, over-the-top, dark comedy. Michael Pitt, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, and I could keep going on and on. Seven Psychopaths was easily one of the best movies of 2012, and is most definitely worth picking up on DVD or renting through Amazon or some other source (since it’s sadly unavailable on Netflix Instant Streaming right now).
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Many critics call Hedwig and the Angry Inch a better version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for a new generation. Dealing with issues of identity, sexuality, and gender, all set to some pretty awesome movie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the one Michael Pitt movie that’s worth watching purely for its ambition alone. Plus, it got a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it can’t be too bad, can it?
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