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October 12, 2012 8:46 PM   Subscribe

Sam Rockwell: Dancing Machine (SLYT)
posted by joannemerriam (36 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
*Casts "Summon Elizardbits"*
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 PM on October 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


Awww, that's sweet. Funny, I *love* watching him in movies and this never clicked with me.
posted by Infinity_8 at 8:51 PM on October 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


He pretty much just does that one little James Brown-y kinda funky chicken routine. But he does it well, for sure. He fuckin' rocked in that Gong Show movie. And was the best thing about Matchstick Men.
posted by chococat at 8:55 PM on October 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Highly enjoyable.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:04 PM on October 12, 2012


Love this. Sam Rockwell manages to take the best qualities of Gary Cole, Scott Bakula, and David Arquette and turn them into something truly sublime.
posted by mochapickle at 9:08 PM on October 12, 2012 [5 favorites]


This made me very happy. thanks.
posted by Mojojojo at 9:08 PM on October 12, 2012


I love this man.
posted by 256 at 9:11 PM on October 12, 2012


Sam Rocks...he has a last name for sure....
posted by mule98J at 9:12 PM on October 12, 2012


LOOK AT THIS SASSY DELIGHTFUL MOTHERFUCKER
posted by elizardbits at 9:12 PM on October 12, 2012 [21 favorites]


If you haven't seen Moon, by the way, it is AWESOME. Drop what you're doing and go download steal Netflix it.
posted by axiom at 9:21 PM on October 12, 2012 [15 favorites]


Sam Rockwell is one of those actors I love. I've followed him since he stole the absolute shit out of Galaxy Quest and totally killed in an otherwise boring movie in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. His Green Mile performance just showed how much he cared about an otherwise forgettable role.

I love actors who fucking act. Sam Rockwell acts.

His dancing is the cherry on top of that particular sundae for me.

/still hasn't seen Moon, and will rectify that next week.
posted by Sphinx at 9:27 PM on October 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


he is a precious gift
posted by elizardbits at 9:29 PM on October 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Was blown away by him in Moon. Keep meaning to find and watch more of his movies - thanks for this!
posted by dorey_oh at 9:30 PM on October 12, 2012


Take a detour down Welcome to Collinwood. Highly underrated movie.
posted by perhapses at 10:06 PM on October 12, 2012


Some of those clips are from a Confessions of a Dangerous Mind special feature that is just Rockwell dancing. I bought CoaDM from a bargain bin a few years ago and for a month or so afterward, I watched that clip every day.

ROCKWELL.
posted by Elsa at 11:05 PM on October 12, 2012


If you haven't seen Moon, by the way, it is AWESOME. Drop what you're doing and go download steal Netflix it.

Sadly, Netflix doesn't have 'Moon', for streaming. Surely you're not suggesting using an unreliable plastic disk full of advertising? That is so last century.
posted by Goofyy at 1:06 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, it does. Go on.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:31 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, and if you haven't seen Box of Moonlight or Lawn Dogs as well, go forth and be complete.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:33 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Today, going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole (A beautiful mind > Chuck Barris > Gong Show > Gene, Gene, Dancing Machine, I learned that Gene, Gene, Dancing Machine is still alive, but now has prosthetic legs.
posted by zippy at 2:43 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love Sam Rockwell. Lawn Dogs is just terrific. But this video is going to end up with me in hospital when I try and copy some of the moves drunk at 3AM.
posted by oh pollo! at 4:04 AM on October 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I worked as a postproduction intern on a movie in which Sam Rockwell appeared. I have never seen someone catch so many Goobers in their mouth. His aim was most impressive.

Also, he was a sweet, sweet guy.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:11 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


an otherwise boring movie in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Confessions is one of my favourite films ever and makes me sad that Sam Rockwell doesn't get to be the lead in films more often.

Also, this montage A) makes me happy and B) reminded me that the movie Matchstick Men exists.
posted by crossoverman at 5:26 AM on October 13, 2012


He looks like he really enjoys life.
posted by stormpooper at 6:18 AM on October 13, 2012


Watching the clips from Confessions mixed with his other movies made me realize that Sam Rockwell was bred to play Chuck Barris.
posted by roll truck roll at 7:45 AM on October 13, 2012


I love Sam Rockwell. So much.
posted by torisaur at 7:54 AM on October 13, 2012


Can any dance experts recommend a course of study that would lead to being able to dance like Sam Rockwell in the "Confessions" clip?
posted by steinsaltz at 8:04 AM on October 13, 2012


Not viewable on mobile. Weird. Crazy-assed posters.

Moon probably turned my opinion of him. I'd only seen him here and there (not seen Dangerous Mind or Matchstick Men) and always found him .... peculiar. I tended to feel either I was seeing the actor there (not the role), or he was extremely limited, or so heavily typecast he got a very narrow range of roles. Then I seen Moon, and was amazed. It is a great movie, and he is great in it. You will still definitely know who the actor is -- his personality I think can't be suppressed that far -- but it is a great performance. Now I want to see some more of him. I might yet become a convert.
posted by Bovine Love at 8:21 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's easy to watch Moon and later on never even think "That was pretty much just ONE actor".
posted by orme at 8:52 AM on October 13, 2012


The only problem with Sam Rockwell is that there is not enough movies with Sam Rockwell.
posted by SageLeVoid at 8:59 AM on October 13, 2012


Safe Men hasn't been mentioned, but it's always been one of my faves. He dances in there too.
posted by bwilms at 11:39 AM on October 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Moon was available to stream on Netflix and sat unwatched on my Instant Queue for the longest time and now it's gone and GODDAMNIT METAFILTER.

Amazon will sell it to you right now for $9.99 but I'd probably need to watch the dancing video again to be convinced to do that.
posted by telegraph at 12:14 PM on October 13, 2012


Confessions is one of my favourite films ever and makes me sad that Sam Rockwell doesn't get to be the lead in films more often.

He was also the lead in Choke.
posted by homunculus at 2:47 PM on October 13, 2012


Yeah, he does go back to that excellent move over and over, but when you look closely, he does that move in character. Check out how out of control and white-man underbite Chuck is, compared to smoooooove dude from some of the other films. He switches it up in character. Fucking awesome.
posted by clvrmnky at 4:45 PM on October 13, 2012


Snow Angels, really the saddest movie EVER.
posted by waving at 6:20 PM on October 13, 2012


I just got home from seeing Seven Psychopaths and it was fantastic.
posted by beandip at 9:44 PM on October 13, 2012


No The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford?
posted by Apocryphon at 10:31 PM on October 13, 2012


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