Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Movie Clip Wednesday - Bad Guys
Boxer is hosting a Movie Clip Wednesday Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme. This week's theme is Bad Guys (way better than Musicals)!
First, I had to decide what "Bad Guys" meant to me. It could be evil, calculating, cold-blooded men (or women). Or it could be cool, macho, tough guys (or girls). To me though, bad guys are black hat wearing sociopaths. And they have to be men because women (in my world, and I'm not being chauvinistic here - I don't think) aren't capable of the cold-blooded brutality that men can unleash. So my choice will be a guy.
But which guy? This theme was a real challenge for me. I like to watch a lot of action, war, western, crime type thrillers. They all have bad guys. So, in honor of the Olympics, I will list my top 3 with an honorable mention (relax, they're mostly short clips).
My earliest recollection of a really bad guy was the Scorpio Killer from Dirty Harry. In particular, the scene where he hijacks the school bus. I saw this when I was 17 and it scared the crap out of me. Scorpio gets honorable mention as a deranged hippie terrorist. I couldn't embedded the clip but it's here:
Third place goes to everyone's favorite offbeat character actor, Gary Oldman. When I first saw him as Stansfield in Léon (The Professional), it was on cable and I vividly remember the cold-bloodedness of the scene where he kills Matilada's family while talking about Beethoven. The bronze goes to a psychotic DEA officer with a passion for the classics.
(Warning - graphic violence)
And of course, I had to include the most famous line from the movie.
Most people will argue that Joe Pesci's Tommy DiVito from Goodfellas was his best, bad guy character. But I think it was just a warm up for his much more sociopathic Nicky Santoro from Casino, the epitome of mobster violence and worthy of a Silver medal. There are two scenes that demonstrate my point. The infamous vice scene (which I will not show) and the "Is this your pen?" scene.
(Warning - extreme graphic violence)
This brings us to the Gold Medal. I think I will probably get blogger jinxed on this one, but Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men is absolutely the scariest hitman I've ever seen in a film. With his monotone voice, Neal Diamond haircut and cryptic questions and observations, he will track you down and kill you in the most violent ways and his pulse rate won't get above 70. He even kills to keep his word to people who are already dead. He makes his own tools and weapons and performs surgery on himself. He's like a human Terminator. I'll leave you with (what I think) is the scariest scene in the movie - and he doesn't even kill anyone in it.
If you liked this Meme, head on over to see our hostess-with-the-mostest, Boxer, for even more bad guys.