Friday, March 19, 2010

Here's to the Villains

Movie villains are often the best part of the movie. Some are powerful and keep us awake at night from terror when we sleep, some challenge our way of thinking, and some actually makes us feel sorry for them. That is the power of a villain, the love to hate them mentality. So for this day's blog I am actually going on record. That is right, I have never ranked in blog's past but today I am, putting it down on paper and sticking to it for the record. So 10-1 the best movie villains in movie history up to this point.

10. Annie Wilkes, Misery
Kathy Bates as the obsessed fan in Steven King's Misery is awesome. Here is a picture from my favorite scene in the movie, you'll just have to watch it to see what I mean. Kathy gives the best performance of her career as the villain in this movie. In an interview for AMC Kathy said she wouldn't say anything bad of Annie Wilkes, well neither will I.

9. Agent Smith, The Matrix
Agent Smith is number 9 because he is the anti-thesis of the movie's hero Neo. He is not human, he is not even a machine, he is a simple program, a program that goes rogue and develops into a virus in The Matrix. All he wants is out but then after being defeated all he wants is revenge and power. He is built to take down the humans and protect the sanctity of the matrix but just develops the qualities of humans after all. You want him to lose, yet look forward to his speeches. Also, Hugo Weaving makes a good bad guy.

8. Norman Bates, Psycho
Norman Bates is awesome, and works in the best ways. Played to a T by Anthony Perkins Norman gives Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho the very best killer Hitchcock could make. This movie wouldn't be good unless it was for him.

7. Tony Montana, Scarface
Doing what needs to be done and making it out on top. Tony makes his place on the list for the one line in the restaurant scene, "You...fuck need people like me! Someone you can point the finger at and be like now he's a bad guy. Fuck you" Al Pacino is awesome in this movie, in fact Al Pacino is awesome in every movie. After watching this, watch Dog Day Afternoon.

6. Ursula/ Scar, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King.
Ok I couldn't decide which one I liked better. Disney made a comeback with The Little Mermaid and a lot of that had to do with Ursula. This evil octopus really puts others to shame as she tries to kill everyone, steals Ariel's voice, tries to steal her man, and kill her dad. "Also, don't underestimate the importance of body language HA!" That was just a great line. Scar, Scar kills his brother, decimates the kingdom, blames his nephew for his own father's death, and tries to kill him in the end. That's pretty messed up, and he does this with a charisma and charm that makes him elite, much like Lex Luthor. So you decide which one was worse, for me it's a tie.

5. Michael Meyers, Halloween
Why does Michael make the list? Because discounting Rob Zombie's bullshit, Micheal has no excuse for being so evil. Mike was 5 when he killed his sister, and comes back for the other one but never gives a reason. Also, he enjoys the kill, there is a scene in the original when he jams the knife through his victim and raises him up against the wall, and just sits there and looks at him with a cocked head relishing in the kill. I love it. Almost, as good as cleaning the knife after the kill in Scream, love that too. Micheal is evil just because there has to be evil in this world. No explanation needed, I buy it.

4. Darth Vader, Star Wars 3,4,5,3/4 of 6
Darth Vader is a bad ass. He is as smart as he is powerful. He knows how to fight, knows how to kill, and loves choking people who fail him to death. He uses his power to expand his influence over the empire while trying to squash the rebellion and all the Jedi who he blames for taking the life of his one true love. Darth is one of the best villains because he has the best voice, and really gets in the mix, doesn't orchestrate things on the sidelines. He kills women and children too which really puts him high on the list, which again proves that women are the cause of all evil.

Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs
God I love Hannibal Lecter. Perhaps I am biased because to me a smart villain is the best villain. Mike is just bent on killing, but the rest of the 5 have the brain to back it up. He plays is it close to the chest to trying to dare others to catch him and figure out his riddles and his puzzles. A great Villain of the screen and very memorable.

2 Jigsaw, Saw Series
It's very simple, you play the game, and adhere to the rules you live, if not you die. What's great about Jigsaw is that he has a code he has to follow, there is a reason for his madness almost rooted in truth. Those who don't appreciate life, don't deserve to live it, so make people appreciate life, by putting them in life and death situations. Many follow his examples and only some live up to his expectations. Saw is different because it is not the people in the movie that drive it, it's the villain that drives these movies. Jig-Saw is awesome, hands down.

The Joker, The Dark Knight
The joker is the best villain in movie history. He is a genius, he teaches a lesson, he is sooo deliciously evil. The greatest villain portrayed from an awesome actor as well. I can't talk about the joker so I am just going to throw his quote here and let him explain his philosophy to you himself:
" I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan." But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!"

So there it is, the top 10 movie villains. Now, I know there are others, but that's for you to decide, what have I missed and should these be re-ordered you let me know , there's a comments section that's what its there fore! I look forward to the debate.

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