Mark Ruffalo’s Greatest Hits

[Something I made for a friend who said he didn’t know who Mark Ruffalo was. This was done slightly for him and mostly for fun.]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)— He only has a supporting role but this movie is good on it’s own; really weird but in an interesting way; about wishing you could erase all of your memories with someone after a bad breakup, but then regretting it when it’s too late.

13 Going on 30 (2004) — Classic 2000s romcom with Jennifer Garner; silly and dumb but enjoyable; Mark is a precious sad little man who just wants to be loved by Jennifer.

Zodiac (2007) — Creepy movie about a people trying to find the zodiac killer and failing in the end; don’t remember much about his character exactly but I remember the movie because super creepy, especially the ending.

Reservation Road (2007) — One of my personal favorites; co-starring Joaquin Phoenix; about the tragedy of losing a young child in a car accident, and the blame and guilt associated with the guilty party and the victim’s parents; honestly the ending to this movie is one of the saddest endings I’ve ever seen.

What Doesn’t Kill You (2008)— Co-starring Ethan Hawke; takes place in South Boston; about how two friends who had a very similar upbringing are practically forced into a life of crime, and how one of them tries to stray from the path in order to be there for his family.

Sympathy for Delicious (2010)— First (and only) movie directed by Mark; he casts himself as this weird/almost villainous character which I oddly appreciate; a little campy but with a nice sentiment; one of the lines in it is something like “how can you heal others if you can’t heal yourself.”

The Kids Are All Right (2010)— Was nominated for a lot of things when it came out; makes a pretty good few statements about the spectrum of sexual orientation and how things can change over the course of time; good quality movie that was really good at portraying an older lesbian couple and their kids who track down and meet their birth father/sperm donor.

Shutter Island (2010)— Mark is a supporting actor to Leonardo DiCaprio; it takes place at an insane asylum; has one of the best plot twists that I remember, something that made me say “wait what” about a thousand times after finishing it; ultimately, a really well-done thriller.

The Avengers (2012)— He adds more emotion to the Hulk than he has ever had before; ultimately this might have been the final movie that made me realize how great he is; he is really good at doing that whole I’m-a-sad-scientist-who-hates-myself kind of thing.

Thanks for Sharing (2012) — Written by one of the people who also wrote The Kids Are All Right; tells the stories of several people who are struggling with sex addiction, but in a way that actually isn’t making fun of people who experience the issue; it’s funny but also well-written and well-casted.

Iron Man 3 (2013)— He only has a small, small role in the after-credits scene of this but it does a great job of strengthening the bond between Tony and Bruce; it’s also a nice light reminder that the two of them are actually more alike; basically, Bruce really struggled with himself after he became the Hulk and Tony developed a panic disorder after the events that took place in The Avengers.

Now You See Me (2013)— Thriller/action-y type of movie also starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson; not entirely sure I remember the exact plot because there were a lot of twists but I remember that it was over two hours long but seemed to pass in about five minutes.

Begin Again (2013)— Great movie for anyone who likes movies about the music industry; Mark plays a music producer who has kind of been losing himself and losing his faith in the industry until Keira Knightley’s character comes along and inspires him; it’s a cute movie about rediscovering your passion for music, but also for the people in your life.

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)— A little indie film telling the true story of the director’s father who has bipolar disorder and tries to raise his two girls in odd ways; about how children of mentally ill parents might have to mature faster than most children, and that the family may seem a bit dysfunctional, but is actually full of love and support for one another.

Foxcatcher (2014)— Incredibly boring and poorly written; as much as I love Mark, it’s not worth it; there’s one okay scene where Channing Tatum flips out a little bit, but that’s the most amount of action in the movie

The Normal Heart (2014)— Tells the true story of an activist attempting to make the government realize that AIDS is a real issue that is actually affecting people, and how the government (and most of society) did not care at all, since they thought the disease was only affecting LGBT people, and therefore it didn’t matter much; incredibly written with very raw emotions being showcased and a lot of tension throughout.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — Continues to showcase Bruce Banner’s struggle with himself, and how he believes he’ll never be able to love someone or to have a normal life or even a normal romantic relationship not only because he is the Hulk, but also because he hates what he’s done so much that he can’t imagine that anyone could love him; also, what happens to him in the end? No one knows

Spotlight (2015)— Amazing movie, honestly; won best picture of the year at the academy awards; it’s about how some members of the Boston Globe researched and made public this entire scandal with the Catholic church and how a large number of priests were molesting kids and covering it up; it was a really well-made movie that won a lot of awards.