The Ice Storm (1997) – Ang Lee doesn’t tend to mess around with unknown actors, does he? Even the children in The Ice Storm had already established themselves in the business. Now, twenty years later, all but perhaps one of them are still working and well-known. I like to see filmmakers take chances on the unknown, but this approach pays off for Ang Lee.
And although I love the entire cast, I feel like calling out Joan Allen in particular. She’s like the MSG of acting; most people might not really know about her, but she significantly enhances the flavor of anything she’s in.