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My Top 10 Hottest / Sexiest Women of the Big Screen

30.November.2009

FOREWORD

This post is my response to the lack of good movies in the Philippines as of late.

What I’m saying exactly, is that I’m getting pretty tired of cinemas focusing so much on 2012 and New Moon, especially this late in the year, and may I add, the timing couldn’t be more off since this period is right before the coming of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), where movie audiences are treated with many crappy movies year after year.

(Hey, I didn’t say all of them sucked, I said many. Still, I think I’m probably going to continue my annual shunning of movie theaters during this time of year.)

This is my way of exercising the movie knowledge neurons in my brain while I’m waiting for a good movie to hit the theaters. Oh, and while I’m at it, I’d like to say that I’m really bummed out because Inglourious Basterds wasn’t shown this November as announced. But I AM HYPED because Robinsons Malls are going to show it early this December. Just what I need before the onset of MMFF bull crap. I can’t wait.

As for this list: I tried my best to rank the women, from hot to hotter to hottest, but I just couldn’t do it. Suffice it to say that these women are my top ten hottest/sexiest women in the movie industry today.

I arranged them alphabetically to be fair. Or not.

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My Top 10 Hottest / Sexiest Women of the Big Screen

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

Bryce Dallas Howard (Credit: brycehowardfan.com)

What can I say? Gotta have me a redhead. So I’m kicking off this list with a fiery one—the red hot Bryce Dallas Howard. I saw her first in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004) where she played Ivy Walker, a blind girl who bravely ventured outside the village, into the forbidden woods, and then returned to save Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) who was seriously wounded. After that, I saw her again on the big screen playing the character of Story in another M. Night Shyamalan movie entitled Lady in the Water (2006) opposite Paul Giammati.

A year later, I was happy to get a dose of blonde Bryce when she starred in Spiderman 3 (2007) as Gwen Stacy, that blonde babe involved in a love triangle with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst).

And though I haven’t seen Terminator Salvation (2009) yet, I’m looking forward to seeing her fill the role of Kate Connor, who was played before by Claire Danes in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

Interesting Facts About Bryce:

—Her left eye is green, her right eye is blue. Wow.

—M. Night Shyamalan cast her to play the lead for The Village and Lady in the Water without an audition, because he was so impressed with her performance as Rosalind in the Broadway production of As You Like It.

—She’s a natural redhead. It is interesting to note this since in Spiderman 3, she bleached her hair blonde for her role as Gwen, while Kirsten Dunst, a natural blonde, dyed her hair red for her role as Mary Jane.

—Prior to her being cast as Kate Connor in Terminator Salvation, she was already a huge fan of the Terminator franchise.

CATE BLANCHETT (Catherine Elise Blanchett)

Cate Blanchett (Credit: cateblanchett.net)

Stunning, exquisite blonde with blue eyes—do I really need more reasons to have Cate Blanchett in this list? Personally, I don’t. But for the readers’ benefit, I’m going to force myself to tell you more about her majesty. To start off: Cate is Aussie. In case you didn’t know that yet.

I first saw her when she played Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1999), a role she would reprise later in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). I have to admit, I wasn’t really drawn to her beauty the first time I saw her as Queen Elizabeth I. On the other hand, I was immediately impressed by her acting prowess, so I decided to keep myself informed of any of her upcoming movies.

After Elizabeth she graced the big screen as the Lady Galadriel in the first three Lord of the Rings movies: Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and Return of the King (2003).

(Can I say that that guy Celeborn [say: Keleborn, not Seleborn] was the luckiest elf in the whole of Middle Earth? And yeah, that means that in the world of men, Aragorn is the luckiest, and not because he reclaimed the throne of the Númenóreans. I hope you know what I mean.)

Anyway, it was around this time that I really got drawn to Cate’s beauty, elegance, and majesty, on-screen and off.

And if her performances as Elizabeth and Galadriel weren’t enough to prove how great an actress she is, consider: she was the only female cast to play Bob Dylan in the film I’m Not There (2007).

Other Movie Roles She’s Had (that I’ve seen):

—Magdalena “Maggie” Gilkeson, The Missing (2003).

—Katharine Hepburn, The Aviator (2004).

—Russian Agent Irina Spalko, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

—Daisy, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008).

EVA GREEN (Eva Gaëlle Green)

Eva Green (Credit: evagreenweb.com)

Again, I have to come clean: I am a sucker for women with fair skin. And when you put Eva Green’s fair, white skin in contrast with her dark hair and those blue green eyes—I’m completely sold. Normally that’s enough, but to be consistent, I will elaborate about Eva Green as well.

I first saw her in Kingdom of Heaven (2005) where she played Princess/Queen Sibylla. At first I didn’t find her hot or sexy, though I did find her quite attractive. But after that kissing scene and love scene with Orlando Bloom? Come on. You don’t need to be a guru in aesthetics to figure out how sexy she is.

Top that with what I consider as the role that really made her famous: her role as Vesper Lynd, the FIRST and the ultimate—at least in my mind—Bond girl in Casino Royale (2006), a remake of the 1967 original of the same title.

And if you think I’ll stop there, you’re dead wrong.

The last movie she was in that I saw is The Golden Compass (2007), where she plays Serafina Pekkala, Queen Witch of Lake Enara and serves as a mother-figure to the lead protagonist Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards). And what’s real fun about that is that ever since I saw her in Kingdom of Heaven, I’ve always imagined her playing a vampire or a witch. One down, one to go.

Interesting Facts about Eva:

—She’s French (I didn’t know this up until I did my research for this post).

—She is the face of the entire Emporio Armani campaign.

—She and I have similarities! Both of us smoke, and we are both obsessed with music.

—Her surname Green is pronounced as the word grain or greyne.

JESSICA BIEL

Jessica Biel (Credit: last-beautiful-girl.com)

Now this one is a no-brainer. Seriously. Maybe you disagree with me about including Bryce Dallas Howard, Cate Blanchett, and Eva Green in my top ten hottest/sexiest movie stars list, but I’m betting all my money that we are in complete agreement that Jessica Biel should be in every hottest/sexiest movie stars list on the planet.

She was hot as Erin in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). She was DEFINITELY hot as kick-vampire-ass babe, bow and arrow vampire slayer Abigail Whistler in Blade Trinity (2004). And in case you forgot or haven’t seen the famous waterfall scene in Stealth (2005), well, you should watch it (again, if you’ve seen it before). Watching Lt. Kara Wade in bikini is going to make your day, I guarantee you.

Other Movie Roles She’s Had (that I’ve seen):

—Chloe, Cellular (2004).

—Princess Sophie Von Teschen, The Illusionist (2006).

—Liz Cooper, NEXT (2007).

—Alex McDonough, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).

KATE BECKINSALE

Kate Beckinsale (Credit: katebeckinsalefan.com)

Any hottest/sexiest movie stars list wouldn’t be complete without at least one British representative. And so, we have Kate Beckinsale (later, we have another British movie star—don’t worry, I won’t spoil it). She’s played a lot of different roles through the years: she played Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson, love interest of Capt. Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) in Pearl Harbor (2001), Sara Thomas in Serendipity (2001) opposite John Cusack, Ava Gardner in The Aviator (2004) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, Donna Newman in Click (2006) opposite Adam Sandler, and Amy Fox in Vacancy (2007) opposite Luke Wilson. Every one of these roles she’s made absolutely better because she is a wonderful actress, with a wonderful work ethic and a wonderful face and bod.

Sure, I could’ve picked other British actors such as Helena Bonham Carter or Kate Winslet. But Kate Beckinsale’s roles as Selene in Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006), and as Anna Valerious in Van Helsing (2004) secured her a spot in my list.

As Selene and Anna, she’s proven that even pretty girls can kick ass. And I’m a real sucker for chicks who kickass. You’ll understand better later (if you continue reading).

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY (Keira Christina Knightley)

Keira Knightley (Credit: keiraknightleyfan.com)

Like I said, I’m a real sucker for kickass babes. And yeah, Keira Knightley is the other British movie star I was talking about earlier.

Like Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley got into my list because even though she’s really pretty, she’s had her fair share of kickass roles: as sharpshooter Guinevere in King Arthur (2004) opposite Clive Owen, and as damsel-turned-warlord Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (I dare not say trilogy, since it has been confirmed that a fourth installment is coming, though I’m not sure if Keira will be cast once again) Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and At World’s End (2007).

And yet, I’ve found that I’m pretty impressed with her acting chops as well, especially with her amazing performances as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (2005)—which got her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress—and as Cecilia Tallis in Atonement (2007).

Interesting Fact about Keira:

—She played Sabé Maberrie (Queen Amidala’s double) in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).

MAGGIE Q (Maggie Denise Quigley)

Maggie Q (Credit: maggie-q.net)

Here’s another chick that can kick ass—except this one isn’t British, she’s Asian—the exceptionally beautiful Maggie Q.

There’s not a lot to say about Maggie, really. Only that she’s hot, sexy, and she can kick ass, it doesn’t even matter if she’s one of the good guys or the bad guys.

I first saw her in Naked Weapon (2002) as Charlene Ching, one of three girls who passed the brutal training they were forced into to become female assassins. And the final test these female-assassins-in-training had to pass was no joking matter: they had to fight all the other girls in a survival-of-the fittest-type battle royal to the death. And if that wasn’t traumatizing enough for the poor girls, they were drugged during their graduation party and then they were raped on the dinner table where they just ate by the guards who made sure they wouldn’t escape the training camp.

So much for that dark cloud. Moving on: I was genuinely surprised to see Maggie in the trailer for Mission: Impossible III (2006), where she was wearing that red dress, and as she and the rest of the team were escaping through the sewers, she says “It’s such a nice car”, referring to the Lamborghini she drove earlier, the same car which Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) instructed her to detonate. And yes, of course I watched the movie!

And, I just loved seeing Maggie taking on the role of a baddie in Live Free or Die Hard (2007), playing table tennis in the action-comedy Balls of Fury (2007), and as Cao Ying in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008).

MEGAN FOX (Megan Denise Fox)

Megan Fox (Credit: last-beautiful-girl.com)

What else is there to say? Megan IS the fox. Hot. Hot. Hot. In case you’ve lived in a cave the past two years and you haven’t seen Transformers (2007) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), do yourself a favor and watch them. And can I just say, for the record, that Shia LaBeouf is one lucky son of a gun?

Haven’t seen Jennifer’s Body (2009) yet, but I will, soon. And I’m looking forward to the third installment of the Transformers franchise due out in 2011.

That’s it. Short and simple. Now go ahead and stare at Megan’s picture some more.

NATALIE PORTMAN (Natalie Hershlag)

Natalie Portman (Credit: natalieportman.com)

What’s really interesting about Natalie is that she wants to be known as a brilliant actress instead of a really beautiful one. As if the latter is any less than the former. Let’s face it: it’s not. But, in all fairness to Natalie, she IS a brilliant actress and looks stunningly attractive to boot! Suffice it to say that not many women (especially actors) can claim to possess both qualities—but Natalie can. My point? Natalie is a goddess among women.

I found her absolutely cute and adorable as Taffy Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996), although Natalie herself is not fond of that role in retrospect.

In Cold Mountain (2003), though her name was simply Sara, there was no way anyone could miss her, even with the plethora of superstars in the movie such as Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

As a big Star Wars fan, I was quite impressed with Natalie’s performance as Queen / Senator Padmé Amidala in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

And to seal the deal, absolutely amazing Natalie as:

—Alice in Closer (2004) opposite Clive Owen, the strip club scene: SOLD!

—Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta (2005), her shaved head was the definition of sexy.

—Molly Mahoney in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), a childlike Natalie is always a crowd pleaser.

—Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), everything Natalie did was amazing, completely beating Scarlett Johansson by a mile.

Interesting Facts about Natalie:

—Born in Jerusalem, Israel, moved to the US with her mom and dad when she was three years old. That makes her Israeli-American. Huh.

—Finished a degree in Psychology at Harvard.

—Attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp with Bryce Dallas Howard: the two remain close friends to this day.

PAZ VEGA (Paz Campos Trigo)

Paz Vega (Credit: pazvegaonline.com)

As with all other lists of hot women, you gotta have some Latina Heat, right? And that’s exactly what Paz Vega is. And when I said Latina, I didn’t mean a woman from Latin America, because Paz Vega is from Seville, Andalucía, Spain.

Sure, now you’re going to want to argue with me because I chose Paz over Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek. But this is MY list. Either you agree with it or you don’t, I really can’t do anything either way.

And why Paz is here is really simple. I simply adore her in Spanglish (2004) as Flor Moreno and I really liked her as Scarlet in 10 Items or Less (2006).

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And because I couldn’t fit everyone I liked into a list of ten, here are:

THE 5 NOTABLES

Gwyneth Paltrow

Jennifer Connelly

Kate Bosworth

Olga Kurylenko

Thandie Newton

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