If The Incredibles taught us anything, it’s that if you can get a villain monologuing, you’re likely to find out what they’re up to….and quite possibly live (or not) to regret it. WatchMojo has delivered another fantastic list focusing on the greatest monologues from movie villains in screen history. I would take issue with some of their placements, and I’d swap out a few, but these are 10 amazing scenes. It’s no mistake that of the actors featured in these roles, five were nominated for Oscars for these performances and four won. Some of these moments we’ve broken down before like Silva’s Rat Monologue in Skyfall and Colonel Jessup on the stand from A Few Good Men, but a few of these just jumped to the lead in future installments, because each one is worthy of examination. Watch, enjoy, and weigh in with what other movie monologues you think were worthy of inclusion on the list.
Tom Cruise is a throwback in that he’s a movie star of the old Hollywood pedigree. He’s almost larger-than-life, and though he’s very capable of disappearing into roles at times, he’s nearly always TOM CRUISE in whatever film he’s headlining. There are other actors who essentially play themselves at every turn, but what differentiates Cruise is that, even if the project doesn’t work, you never feel like he phoned it in. Cruise has a scary focus and dedication to his craft that, when married to the right part, can result in explosive performances and memorable films. Cruise is currently in the midst of an action movie only groove that has lasted a good 15 years already, and I think will continue until he’s physically unable to turn out gems like the Mission Impossible films, Edge of Tomorrow, Collateral, etc. I’m hoping that when that time comes, Cruise focuses more on character parts, much as Harrison Ford did when he reached that point in his career. Until then, even if he may be past his box office peak, his name still has considerable clout with moviegoers.
Tom Cruise’s Best 10 1. A Few Good Men (1992) Lt. Daniel Kaffee 2. Jerry Maguire (1996) Jerry Maguire
3. Mission Impossible I-VI (1996 – 2018) Ethan Hunt 4. Collateral (2004) Vincent 5. Edge of Tomorrow(2014) Cage 6. Minority Report(2002) Chief John Anderton 7. Rain Man(1988) Charlie Babbitt 8. Tropic Thunder (2008) Lev Grossman
9. Magnolia (1999) Frank TJ Mackey
10. The Last Samurai (2003) Nathan Algren Honorable Mention: The Color of Money (1986) Vincent Lauria
There’s something about a courtroom showdown that makes for great cinema. It’s an opportunity for an actor to monologue, to almost stage perform, or in the case of, say, A Few Good Men, it’s a showcase for two iconic actors to go at each other full bore. In all it’s iteration over the years, cinematic legal showdowns have given us some of the best scenes of all-time. I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten. Continue reading Top 10: Courtroom Scenes in Movie History→
I’ll make no bones about it: I would be willing to eat Aaron Sorkin‘s brain if I could ingest his writing ability. That’s not a threat! I’ve written so many love letters to Sorkin’s writing ability over the years in various forums that I’m probably on some kind of restraining order watch list. Sorkin is my favorite writer working in any medium. Period. Whenever his scripts get published in any kind of form, I have them pre-ordered on Amazon by the time they finish typing the code to post them. I’m trying to get across the point that I think he’s talented. Is that coming through? Continue reading My Favorite Scene: A Few Good Men (1992)→
Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands. We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today. We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work. (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).
In reviewing Tom Cruise’s career, I’m going to have to divorce myself from a few things:
A. Tom Cruise’s personal mental stability
B. Tom Cruise’s personal views
C. Dumping Nicole Kidman, which-to this day-is one of the single-most mind boggling things that a person would do I’ve ever seen. I view that event like I do looking at cans of chewing tobacco in stores. “Why?….Just what the…..why?”
D. Oprah Couch Jumping. Continue reading Tom Cruise’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies→