Dead Man Walking

Sean Penn is the best actor working today.

He and Jodie Foster top my personal list of active thespians, and this film, for which the two-time Oscar winner did NOT win a little gold man, is Exhibit A.

There is no question Penn’s character, Matthew Poncelet, is guilty of the murders for which he’s been convicted.

It’s only whether nun Susan Sarandon can get him to accept that he, and he alone, is responsible for his horrifying actions.

Poncelet has thick defenses, and he snarls and bites, only to scar himself worst of all.

This is the acting gold standard.

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