Halloween Week Day 5: Top 5 movie villains

Ever since I’ve been old enough to remember watching movies, I’ve loved the bad guys. I don’t really know why, but I find most villains charming and interesting, even though some of them truly are pure evil. So I decided to make a little top 5 of some of my favourite movie villains.

The JokerĀ (The Dark Knight, 2008)

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It is without surprise that I start this list with the Joker (Heath Ledger) fromĀ The Dark Knight. Not only has the Joker been one of my favourite characters of all time ever since I was a little girl, Ledger’s performance is one of the best ones I have ever seen in my life. He is truly disturbing in this role and does a great job keeping us at the edge of our seat throughout the whole movie. The movie definitely wouldn’t have been the same with anyone else in this role.

Hannibal LecterĀ (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

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Another great performance, this time by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter inĀ The Silence of the Lambs. Some people don’t consider him as the main villain of the movie, some don’t even consider him as a villain at all (which is a bit weird), but I think that ultimately, he is one of the greatest villains ever created. He might appear as a “secondary” villain in this movie, but I personally think that he actually is the main one, he’s just extremely good at hiding his real intentions.

Annie WilkesĀ (Misery, 1990)

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Probably one of the most hardcore fans to ever “live”, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) terrified me so much as a kid, I kept having this dream where she’d break my ankles. I didn’t even want to write for a little while, just in case she’d burst through the door and try to strap me to the bed. Yeah, I guess she’s got that kind of effect on people. First introduced to us as a seemingly overly nice and caring nurse, It doesn’t take long for us to discover the true nature of Annie Wilkes and her obsession overĀ Misery.

Alex DeLargeĀ (A Clockwork Orange, 1971)

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Not exactly a villain per-say, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is more often perceived as a anti-hero. But he does do terrible things; from rape to murder, from harassing to beating up people for no reason, Alex is a troubled young man going through life by being as violent as possible.Ā With his distinct look and attitude, Alex is quite a dangerous person, who doesn’t really care about anything and will stop at nothing to show the all the power violence makes him feel.

Patrick BatemanĀ (American Psycho, 2000)

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Kind of like Alex DeLarge, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is often seen as a anti-hero more than like an actual villain, in parts because of the ambiguous ending of the film. But no matter how you interpret the ending, I believe that Patrick Bateman is one of the most enjoyable villains to watch evolve during a movie. I also think he is a very interesting character;Ā the way he describes every little thing throughout the movie really gets us into his head and allows us to understand how he thinks.

Honorable mentions

  1. Bellatrix Lestrange (theĀ Harry PotterĀ series, 2001-2011)
  2. Pennywise the Dancing Clown aka It (It, 1990)
  3. Norman Bates (Psycho, 1960)
  4. Scar (The Lion King, 1994)

Halloween Week Day 3: Halloween-esque movies for those who don’t like horror

I know a few peopleĀ really don’t enjoy horror movies, so I thought I’d make a little list of non-horror flicks you can still watch at Halloween. Many of these will be animated movies, simply because I really love animation.

 

CoralineĀ (2009)

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CoralineĀ is one of my favourite animated movies. The stop-motion animation is honestlyĀ breath-taking. The movie can be a little scary or creepy at times, but the story is really engaging. Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a mysterious door in her new home, which leads to a fantastic new world at night. At first, everything seems really great and she has a lot of fun, until she discovers what really lies behind the door. The movie is filled with strange and interesting characters and places, some of which you kinda wish could be real (not in the universe they’re in though…).Ā All in all,Ā CoralineĀ is a lot of fun and will certainly keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Corpse BrideĀ (2005)

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When I first saw this movie (I was about 9), I became kind of obsessed with it; I’d watch it almost everyday, I knew all the words and all the songs, I drew the characters everywhere… and I still watch it every Halloween. InĀ Corpse Bride, we are introduced to Victor (Johnny Depp) whoĀ unknowingly gets married to Emily (Helena Bonham Carter), who has been dead for a little while. We travel to the land of the dead, which is very colourful and much more alive than the land of the living. It is a fun movie with great music and a pretty cool musical number from a skeleton. And of course, the animation is very beautiful.

GoosebumpsĀ (2015)

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SoĀ GoosebumpsĀ definitely wasn’t spectacularly great, but it was an entertaining watch and I think it is rather fitting for Halloween. If like me, you read the books as a kid, it is fun to try to spot the monsters and guess which monster belongs to which story and all. Author R.L. Stine (Jack Black), alongside his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush), his neighbour Zach (Dylan Minnette) and Zach’s friend Champ (Ryan Lee) must capture all the monsters from Stine’s stories, who escaped the books, before they destroy the whole town. I personally think that some of the special effects could have been better, the same goes for the acting, but it is entertaining nonetheless.

TheĀ Harry PotterĀ series (2001-2011)

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Ok so I am a bigĀ Harry PotterĀ fan; I grew up reading the books and watching the movies and I’ve learned English by doing so too. The first three movies are the most Halloween appropriate ones, according to me, but why not watch the whole series, right?Ā Who wouldn’t want to spend Halloween at Hogwarts? The movies succeed to transport you into this whole new world, and much like Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), you have a lot to learn and to become familiar with. It is a very interesting and, yes, magical world that you probably won’t want to leave. TheĀ Harry PotterĀ movies are always a lot of fun to watch, whether it’s Christmas or Halloween.

Hocus PocusĀ (1993)

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This movie isn’t “great”, but if you’ve seen it as a kid, you probably really liked it and still watch it every Halloween, out of nostalgia. In this movie, teenagers (Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw) accidentally free three evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) and must now try and stop them from becoming immortal. It certainly has a Halloween aesthetic and story, but it isn’t scary, so it’s perfect for people you don’t like horror. If you have never seen it before, you might not enjoy it as much as if you were a kid or had seen it as one, but you can still give it a try. I personally saw it when I was pretty young and really enjoyed it at the time.

 

Monster HouseĀ (2006)

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I’m usually not a big fan of this particular kind of animation, but I don’t mind it so much in this movie; I think it actually works pretty well with the story. It doesn’t quite hold-up, but if you can watch past that, you can enjoy it. In this movie, three kids (Mitchel Musso, Spencer Locke and Sam Lerner) believe that a house in their neighbourhood is actually alive and eating children. They must destroy the house before Halloween comes, otherwise, the other kids in the neighbourhood will get eaten when trick-or-treating. The story is quite entertaining and my friends and I used to watch this movie pretty much every Halloween in elementary school.

The Nightmare Before ChristmasĀ (1993)

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Of course, this movie had to make the list. Kind of like theĀ Harry PotterĀ series, it is a great watch on both Christmas and Halloween. The many monsters presented to us in this movie are all pretty unique and entertaining, and really interesting to discover. This is the movie that made me fall in love with stop-motion animation; I wanted to make movies like this since I was a kid. The music is really good and you’re probably going sing the main song under your breath for like ever, but at least it’s great. This movie made me want to have a Halloween-Christmas day, where my presents would be real-life little monsters that I could bring with me everywhere I go.

ParaNormanĀ (2012)

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This movie is amazing. Not only is the animation marvellously executed, it has ghosts, zombies, and even a witch. Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see and talk to the dead, but nobody believes him and he doesn’t have many friends amongst the living. One day though, a witch’s curse hits the town and Norman is the only one who can save the day. This movie is funny and intriguing, and kinda makes us wish we also had the ability to talk to the dead. Just likeĀ Coraline,Ā this movie was made by Laika and proves once again that this company has great talent and imagination. It is definitely worth watching and is guaranteed to make you feel like Halloween.

Is TV replacing movies?

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So yesterday, I finally finished watchingĀ Breaking BadĀ (2008-2013) (I know, I’m very late) and man that tv show was great. Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White was simply amazing and the show was brilliantly written. But anyway, I did not come here to write a review of the show.

Because the show was so great, it made me think a lot. Not necessarily about what’s good and bad, and were Walter White’s actions justified or not, but whether television is replacing movies or not. And I think that, slowly, it might be. So many tv shows now are filmed like movies. What I mean here is that the creators, writers, directors… everybody involved seems to work harder than before. They want their tv shows to look beautiful, they want talented actors, they want complicated characters and great writing. There always were good tv shows, but now, the game is becoming stronger.

People love to get to know the characters, and I think this is something tv can offer than cinema can’t. Of course, you get to know the characters of a movie when you watch it, but maybe not as much as a character on a tv series that’s been running for three years.Ā Of course, if a movie has many sequels, like theĀ Harry PotterĀ movie series, you get to know the characters, the stories and their world a lot better than in a single movie. And movies with many sequels or with shared universes, such asĀ The Hunger Games, theĀ TwilightĀ series, and the Marvel cinematic universe (just to name a few), often become highly popular, whether you like them or not. Because just like in a tv show, you get to understand a lot more things, the story can (usually) be more intricate and the characters can have more complicated developments.

Anyway, I just think tv shows likeĀ Breaking Bad might one day replace movies, just because they are so good! Of course, not every episode is going to be revolutionary great, but in general, tv is becoming more and more of a threat to the film industry.