September 20th, 2020 / No Comments

Collider ranks the 12 Best Robert Pattinson Performances and No. 1 Might Surprise You

With the release of The Devil All the Time, Collider decided it was a good time rank the best performances from Rob and “chart the course of one of our most uniquely singular talents working today”. Which performance did Collider think was no. 1 – it might surprise you:

1. How to Be

You haven’t heard of this movie, and that’s okay.

Released in the US the year after Twilight hit theaters (hmm, I wonder why that timing worked out?), How to Be is a strikingly confident indie dramedy about being the least confident human alive. It is the Lighthouse of Garden States, the Rover of 500 Days of Summers; both the platonic ideal of the “2000s indie-rock melancholy white boy dramedy,” and a savagely ruthless deconstruction of its problematic tropes.

Pattinson is, simply, stunning, striking bone in every decision. From his floppy hair to his predilection to wear the same dirty-ass winter coat to his inane friends dicking around in the basement to his iffy musical aspirations (Pattinson dumbing down his own real-life musical talent), I felt skewered by Pattinson’s take on Art, the film’s lead. Pattinson gets this particular brand of creative male teenage ennui perfectly, and is almost pathologically unwilling to romanticize it in any way. The elements of Pattinson’s work I find the most watchable — his willingness to be pathetic, to be funny, to adapt wild accents and dialects naturally, to take advantage of his gangly stature, to be a passionate outsider who cannot fit in with society — are all here, and all disseminated like clockwork.

But it’s not just a technical, headfirst performance. How to Be is such a triumph because, despite Pattinson’s need to show us every single flaw on every single surface of Art’s exterior and interior lives, we still feel for him. Even root for him. And when Art gets to travel on his arc, trying to better himself, the journey is played with nuance and dynamics. The final moments of How to Be astonished me. Avoiding spoilers, they do involve a “win” of sorts for Art, but not the unbridled one you might see in another film like this. It feels, for lack of a better word, despite all of the “noticeable” aspects of Pattinson’s performing style, “real”. It’s powerful in its relatably small status shift, and it’s powerful because Pattinson refused to hold our hand at any step of the way.

He gave us this character with no varnish, with sneakily, expertly applied varnish, and trusted that we would figure out how it’s supposed to be. God bless this strange, gangly weirdo. May directors keep throwing him into any role they want.

To check out Collider’s other 11 performances, click on the Collider link above.

If you’re not familiar with How To Be, click on our Film Page HERE. This film holds a special place in our hearts as RPAU held the only Australian screening for the film.

January 26th, 2019 / 1 Comment

Robert Pattinson as Art Freeman in How To Be

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We’ve seen stills of Rob sitting on Art’s Camaro before, but not like this. Such a treat for a Saturday morning.


Thanks @PurelyPattinson and @nikitxx

November 6th, 2017 / 3 Comments


“Things are getting worse not better. I think I might be passive depressive”, Art Freeman

Thinking about the upcoming treat of Robert singing “Honeybun” in #Damsel (you know we should be hearing about that imminently) had me reminiscing about Art and “Chokin’ on Dust”.  I just adore this film – so I thought I would kickstart Monday with a little walk down memory lane with Art.

Robert on playing Art

“It’s that you can never tell if it is supposed to be funny or whether you are supposed to like, and it’s not even like a sort of kind of black comedy, it’s like… I don’t know, it’s just something really weird. Because in a lot of ways, Art’s a completely unsympathetic character, he’s just like a whining idiot. But at the same time, like, you know, you watch so many movies where there’s a character arc where, you know you end up you’re an ‘everyman’ but then you sort of struggle through your problems and then you end up being great to the end, but hardly anybody does anything worthwhile in their lives…” (during a Q&A session in Austin Film Festival)

Art Freeman was definitely a hint at the type of characters Rob was hoping to play.  And haven’t we been treated to some great performances.  And speaking of treated – how great was the BTS footage that was shared, especially since BTS footage leads to gifs – like the ones below:

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October 14th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Happy Friday all, no better way to celebrate than with some gorgeous smiling/laughing Rob!

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September 23rd, 2016 / 1 Comment

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I just LOVE this little music video for Choking On The Dust.  Has been too long since I have appreciated it…


July 10th, 2016 / 1 Comment

Adore him…

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All of these beautiful stills thanks to David Gilligan.

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