Welcome to 5 Favorites. Each week, I will put together a list of my 5 favorites (films, performances, whatever strikes my fancy) along with commentary on a given topic each week, usually in relation to a specific film releasing that week.
Although Spiral will be good for a poll of the best Saw films, it won’t work terribly well for a 5 Favorites list since I love fewer than 5 of the films in the series. Chris Rock doesn’t have a lot of truly great films on his filmography, and since I don’t tend to highlight voicework, which leaves out the Secret Life of Pets films. That said, Spiral does co-star Samuel L. Jackson who is one of the most prolific modern actors with over 133 film credits since his debut in 1972 and his rock star emergence in the late 1980s and most notably post-Pulp Fiction in 1994. There are plenty of films in his filmography to make this selection process a little difficult.
Among the films I considered, but didn’t pick were: Goodfellas (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), Eve’s Bayou (1997), The Red Violin (1998), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
A lot of these that I chose to highlight but not detail were because his role in the film was minimal or wasn’t particularly key to its success. He was also a welcome vocal presence in The Incredibles and its sequel.