Here is where the WOW and the OMG! meet up, because starting out to talk about the amazing Forest Whitaker leads a path right to Jim Jarmusch and that just makes me HAPPY. Forest has a new TV show that also stars Janeane Garofalo, who is so amazing - However, the show is ...eh- just like every other CSI, L&O, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and ....I could go on and on.....You would think with talent like this- they would divert the formula just enough to accommodate a WoW factor...but..sadly...No. So, lets get on track here with Forest in roles that make you cringe, cry, cheer and CLAP even if you are alone at home.....
"Ghost Dog:The Way of the Samurai" (1999) - Not Jarmusch's best film - but that is a really high bar to reach. Ghost Dog is perfect for Forest- the character is intense yet yielding. He walks in the world wounded yet thoughtful and like the honorable Samurai, aligned with his actions and the potential consequences.
"BIRD" (1988) - Oh, Clint Eastwood, how you do make good films! Another WOW factor gone right....Whitaker takes this role on like a well tailored suit of clothing.
"A Little Trip to Heaven" (2005) - This is one of those films that visually you can't get out of your head. It's eerie, intense and lacking a little something ...but its also riveting to watch and shows how easily the camera falls in love with Whitaker.