Can't get enough Bullock? Try these flicks
By Moira Macdonald
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The Blind Side" was releasedTuesday on DVD, with Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning performance available for home viewing.
It's a fine, heartfelt performance, to be sure — finer than the movie it's in — but it's hardly the best for Bullock, an underrated actress who's been in a few too many mediocre movies.
Should you be wanting more Bullock this week, here are a few good bets:
"The Proposal" (2009)
Bullock has a rare screwball-comedienne knack for physical comedy, and she shows it off to good effect in this by-the-book rom-com (watch the way she handles stiletto heels when kneeling on a sidewalk). If the bland Ryan Reynolds could have been swapped for Hugh Grant (Bullock's sparring partner in 2002's "Two Weeks Notice"), then we'd really have something.
For my money, this is the performance that deserved an Oscar. In this Truman Capote biopic (overshadowed by "Capote," which came out first), Bullock played writer Harper Lee with a precise Alabama accent and a calm wisdom that quietly stole the movie.
This one came after a two-year absence from the movies and was Bullock's signal that she was ready for something different from her usual comedic star turn. Here, in an unshowy supporting role as a wealthy attorney's wife — one of numerous characters in an ensemble cast — she shared the spotlight with grace.
"Miss Congeniality" (2000)
A lot of us, myself included, fell in love with Bullock in this movie. Maybe it was the snorting? Anyway, she's never been more likable than in this comedy, with Michael Caine harrumphing agreeably by her side.
"Hope Floats" (1998)
Directed by fellow Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, this quiet drama about a young woman facing small-town life after a divorce brought out something sweetly vulnerable in Bullock.
It's been many years since I've seen this bus-on-the-run action movie, but, if memory serves, it's a lot of fun. And Bullock, screeching from behind the wheel of an enormous L.A. bus, is adorable.