Wanted: A Few Good Villains

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Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by dulcinea » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:00 pm

On 31 Jan I tried to watch EDGE OF DARKNESS, but quit when I realised that the villain was--for the 1.000.000th time--one of those industrial entities that take a malicious pleasure in lightheartedly contaminating the environment. Really, the thriller genre is in a desperate need for fresh villains--villains that are not cliches stolen from a hundred V--as in vinegar--movies! Right now it seems that hardly anyone is widely acceptable as a villain except for the ludicrous Fu Manchu-type megalomaniacs bent on world domination who are the most worn-out cliches of the 007 universe, and the white supremacists and similar racists who appeared so often in WALKER, TEXAS RANGER that Chuck Norris himself joked that that show gave the impression that half of the population of TX was made up of members of the Aryan Brotherhood.
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by moldyoldie » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:09 pm

The slimiest, most despicable villains ever: :twisted:

Richard Widmark as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death

Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth (along with Dean Stockwell) in Blue Velvet

John Glover as Alan Raimy (along with Clarence Williams III) in 52 Pick-Up

If you haven't seen 'em, they're new to you. :wink: :)
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by moldyoldie » Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:15 pm

moldyoldie wrote:Richard Widmark as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death
Well, anyone catch it on TCM last night?
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by dulcinea » Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:20 pm

moldyoldie wrote:
moldyoldie wrote:Richard Widmark as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death
Well, anyone catch it on TCM last night?
Yes, great film. The scene where Udo sends the old lady in the wheelchair crashing down the stairs is truly terrifying.
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by moldyoldie » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:41 pm

dulcinea wrote:
moldyoldie wrote:
moldyoldie wrote:Richard Widmark as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death
Well, anyone catch it on TCM last night?
Yes, great film. The scene where Udo sends the old lady in the wheelchair crashing down the stairs is truly terrifying.
Now that's a guy you can love to hate; i.e., a "good" villain! :wink:
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by DavidRoss » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:31 am

Among my favorite movie villains is the dentist played by Larry Olivier in Marathon Man. Also, the Glenn Close & John Malkovich characters in Dangerous Liasons. And Alan Rickman's over-the-top bad guys in Robin Hood and Quigley Down Under. Ian McKellan's Richard III.

But the greatest of all, the villain we really come to root for because he's so deviously clever and manipulative, and has so much fun plotting his petty vengeance, is Francis Urquhart from the BBC's House of Cards trilogy, played deliciously by Ian Richardson.
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Re: Wanted: A Few Good Villains

Post by Madame » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:57 am

Gene Tierney in "Leave Her to Heaven" -- there are villainesses who made my blood run cold.

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