WatchMojo has a great idea for a list this week with the Top 10: Movie Villains With Justifiable Motives. The best villains believe they’re the hero of their own stories. The elite make the audience believe their actions, no matter how heinous, are justifiable. Think of the best screen villains, and you usually know why they’re doing the things they are. One of the MCU’s biggest problems until recently was a lack of motivation given to the villain. Most non-MCU comic book films focus on the villain almost to the detriment of the hero (most Batman films), but the MCU took the opposite route and poured all its character development time into the heroes. Phase 3 took a different approach and gave us more nuanced villains like Ego, Killmonger, Zemo, and even, yes, Thanos, were given a twisted logic for their crusades. WM went with The Vulture for their list, and that’s a good pick. I actually don’t have much of a problem with any of their picks: Silva from Skyfall, Syndrome from The Incredibles, Koba, Magneto, etc. I think the only flaw in the list is that it doesn’t go back any further than 1982’s Blade Runner for candidates, but I’m sure everyone can think of a few baddies who had motivation enough for some sympathy. Who would you have put on this list?
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.
I loved Blade Runner 2049, box office disappointment that it was, and currently have it as my #2 film of 2017. I can’t wait to own this one and dive into the special features when it hits stores in January. Full details below (you can read my Blade Runner 2049 Review here).
Warner Brothers today announced the release of Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) comes Alcon Entertainment’s science fiction thriller Blade Runner 2049.
You can own it early on Digital on December 26, with the Blu-ray debuting on January 16. Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date
Despite not being a fan of the original Blade Runner, I completely acknowledge its importance to science fiction film making. It’s undoubtedly a seminal work in the genre. Blade Runner 2049 surpasses it on every level. It is the rare sequel to a seemingly standalone film that takes everything good about the film and enhance its predecessor while simultaneously telling a better directed, better written, better acted, and visually superior installment. Blade Runner 2049 isn’t just another Denis Villenueve masterpiece; it’s arguably the best film of 2017.
Continue reading Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) *The New Masterpiece Tops The Old*
CineFix lists are a staple now on Killing Time. I love the way they continually crank out amazing lists exploring the breadth of the history of cinema, and how each rung on the ladder is a different aspect of the subject they’re examining. Here, we’re talking props. Iconic movie items. The lightsaber. Indy’s bullwhip. Inception’s top (an honorable mention on their list but I would have definitely put it up there. Props even become characters. Their selection, and I can’t argue, Wilson from Cast Away. Tom Hanks got me to cry when a volleyball floated away. Every time. Because HE WAS WILSON!!! Inanimate objects are tools of the actors and take on lives of their own. They’re an integral part of film and this was a fantastic idea for a list. Bravo to my favorite channel on YouTube.