The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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Villains. You gotta love ’em! They make life interesting. They make stories fun. Heck, without them, there technically wouldn’t even be heroes.

So, to celebrate Villain Appreciation Month (and yeah, I just made that up), I’m going to be making several top ten lists of the greatest villains ever. Each list will feature villains from a certain type of media – movies, books, video games, and comic books – and there will be no overlap. So, for example, if a villain originally appeared in a book or a comic book, he/she won’t be on the movie list.

At the end of each list will be a box where you can vote for your favorite villain. If the villain isn’t in the list, write it in the comments below. At the end of the month, I’ll compile a top 10 out of the most popular villains out of all the lists, and you all will vote on the the order they will be ranked in.

Then, we will finally know who the greatest villains of all time are!

Mwahahahahahaha!

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Got it? Good.

So to kick it off, here’s my list of the greatest movie villains!

10. Hal 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

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I’d be willing to bet most of you don’t know who he is, or have even heard of the movie he’s from (it’s almost 50 years old, after all), but I’d be willing to bet you know the music from the movie. Google “Space Odyssey music” and tell me you don’t hear this song on a regular basis. Regardless, this guy, or computer, to be a little more accurate, is an absolute a-hole! I mean, imagine flying through space with a machine bent on killing you and everyone else aboard your ship – and mostly succeeding! Know him or not, he definitely deserves to be on this list.

9. Scar – Lion King

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Yeah, he’s from a Disney movie. So what? He’s a great villain! In fact, Disney is great at making memorable villains, which is why you’ll be seeing a couple more before you reach the bottom of this list. Connections with giant talking mice aside, Scar is an almost Shakespearian character. Take away him being a lion and all, and he’d fit right in with one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. And yeah, he’s evil, but you can’t help but sympathize with him a little bit. After all, who doesn’t want to be king?

8. Hans Gruber – Die Hard

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Who? The bad guy from the first Die Hard movie. Duh! Not everybody remembers his name, but he’s a hard character to forget. He’s greedy, sociopathic, and has no respect for human life. Oh, and he’s also German. Sounds like a good combination for a villain to me. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s played by Alan Rickman, the dude who played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

7. Captain Hector Barbossa – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

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Geoffrey Rush is such a great actor. He can go from being a handsome, mild mannered speech therapist in one movie (The King’s Speech), to a horrifically ugly zombie-pirate in the next. And boy does he make for a good horrifically ugly zombie-pirate. Originally the first mate on the Black Pearl under Captain Jack Sparrow, he led a mutiny against said captain, took command of his ship, and left him marooned on a forsaken desert island to die a slow and painful death. I guess it’s only fitting that shortly afterward he would be cursed by an Aztec spell that would make him die a slow and painful death, too, minus the death part (and plus the part where it turns him into a walking skeleton). Trouble is, the curse only served to make him even more evil.

6. Terminator – Terminator

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“I’ll be back.” “Hasta la vista, baby.” “Take my hand if you want to live.” These are only just a few one-liners uttered by the Terminator (a.k.a. Arnold Schwarzenegger) that have transcended the movies to become part of our pop culture. But quotes alone aren’t what make this cyborg a great villain. He rides a motorcycle, he can shoot a shotgun with one hand and hit his target, he’s from the future, he has a funny foreign accent for some reason, he’s a robot, he wears sunglasses, and he wears leather and can actually pull the look off. The list goes on and on. In a nutshell, he’s a badass, plain and simple.

5. Agent Smith – The Matrix

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Boy, it sure seems like there are a lot of robots on this list. Well, technically, Agent Smith is just a program. He has no real robot body. But dang, he really doesn’t need one, either. If Terminator was a badass, then this guy is a, well… whatever is badder than a badass. Not only does he dress impeccably (a perfectly fit black and white business suit with sunglasses), he can also dodge bullets, give the best sneer you’ve ever seen, and above all, knows Kung-Fu. Did I mention he has infinite lives? Whenever someone destroys his body, he just borrows someone else’s. After all, if you think about it, the Matrix is kinda like a video game. In fact, there really is only one guy that can take him on and win, and that’s Keanu Reeves, because, you know, he knows Kung-Fu, too.

4. Dr. Evil – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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Whoever made the rule that good villains couldn’t be hilarious obviously didn’t tell Dr. Evil. This dude is bent on conquering the world. Or is it destroying the world? Actually, I think he just wants to hold it for ransom. Whatever his goals are, he is set on carrying them out in the most elaborate way possible. And that, my friends, is why he’s a great villain. Sure, it makes it super easy for Austin Powers to foil his plans, but what does that matter? Dr. Evil is by far the most entertaining villain on this list, and that certainly makes him deserving of this spot.

3. Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty

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It’s true that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was not originally a movie, but that doesn’t mean this villain came from a book. It’s hard to imagine a Sleeping Beauty without Maleficent, but believe it or not, she didn’t actually exist until the 1959 animated movie. That’s a shame, too, because the self proclaimed “mistress of evil” is one of the scariest and most iconic villains ever invented. She is powerful enough to put everyone in an entire kingdom in a state of endless slumber, and, if she’s pushed far enough, can transform into a fire breathing dragon! She’s even getting her own live-action movie, due to arrive in theaters this summer. If that doesn’t tell you she is a great villain, I don’t know what will.

2. Darth Vader – Star Wars

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He’s big, he’s dressed all in black, he’s got a creepy helmet, and he can choke you with his mind. He’s the quintessential villain. No doubt about it. And honestly, what is there to say about this guy that most people don’t already know? The only thing holding him back from being on top is his younger days as the whiny Anakin Skywalker.

1. Norman Bates – Psycho

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All the other villains on this list have been larger than life. In fact, there really is no way that any of them could be what they are or do what they do in our real world. But this guy, he’s a different story. And that’s precisely why he’s number one. He could be an actual person. That’s TERRIFYING! The guy kills his mom, leaves her corpse in his house, dresses up like her, thinks he is her, and kills people! That’s downright creepy. The scariest part is, for all you know, this guy could be your neighbor. He’s one of the greatest villains, for sure. To be honest, I’m getting scared just thinking about him.

EDIT:

Okay, so it turns out that Norman Bates is actually from a book (of course he is…). So he has been disqualified and moved over to the book list. That means Darth Vader is numero uno for the movie villains! So far, based on the poll, that’s where he belongs anyway.

All the other villains move up a spot as well, and Gordon Gekko, from Wall Street, is the new no. 10! I’d give him a picture and a caption, but I have a feeling not many people will vote for him anyway. Then again, you guys could prove me wrong.

What do you guys think? Be sure to vote below!

Godzilla Finally Shows His Face (Well, Sort Of)

“Oh, No! They Say He’s Got To Go! Go Go Godzilla!!! (yeah yeah yeah)”

Rock Band, Blue Oyster Cult made those lyrics famous with their aptly named song, “Godzilla,” and after watching the latest trailer for the new Godzilla movie, I can’t get the song out of my head. It’s torture! But at the same time, I LOVE IT!!!

If you want to know why, watch the trailer below. If it doesn’t blow your mind, or at least get you pumped to see this movie, then you and I officially don’t know each other anymore. Actually, I probably don’t know you anyway…

Jokes aside, I just want to warn you that you won’t, in fact, be hearing anything from Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” in this trailer, just in case you were really wanting to hear it. Sorry.

Cool stuff, right?

Seriously, forget The Amazing Spiderman 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Meleficent, The Hobbit Part 3, and Captain America 2. THIS is now officially my most anticipated movie of the year! May 16th can’t come soon enough.

And Bryan Cranston is in it! And if you don’t know who that is (and shame on you if you don’t), he’s the main guy from the Breaking Bad TV show (and if you don’t know what that is, you seriously have to be living under a rock or something).

Then again, maybe I just have bad taste in movies. What do you guys think? Comment below!

Oh, and just so you can enjoy the “Godzilla” song as much as I am:

Movies From Our Childhood

Movies are such a big part of our lives. We watch them when we’re bored, when we go out on dates, and thanks to netflix and the internet, we even play them when we’re doing other things, just to keep our world from getting too quiet. As entrenched in our lives as movies really are, it’s hard to believe that they didn’t even exist barely a century ago!

Growing up as an only child, movies were especially important to me. When none of my friends were around and I had no one to play with, I could escape to other worlds through my television screen. Between the ages of 3 and 7, I had three favorites.

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First and foremost was the Lion King. I must have seen that movie at least 3 times while it was still in theaters, and 200 times more (only a slight exaggeration) when it came out on video. I would sing and dance to the songs when they played, and even keep singing them after the movie ended. Heck, I still know all the words!

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I also spent a lot of time watching Winnie the Pooh (the original). My dad would often take me to his law office when school was out and leave me in the conference room. I had plenty of things to keep me entertained, including puzzles, drawing pads, wooden building blocks, a Sega Genesis, and most importantly, my Winnie the Pooh movie. Nearly everyday, I would pop that in the VCR, turn on the little 15-inch tube television, grab a Sprite, and kick back in the office chair and enjoy. I loved that movie so much, I even named my first favorite stuffed animal Pooh Bear.

Recently, I noticed that the movie is now on Netflix, so if you have any young kids, play it for them. They will love you for it!

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The third movie was Jurassic Park. This movie TERRIFIED me, and I loved it for that! During the scene where (spoiler alert, for those who haven’t seen it) the T-Rex breaks out of his pen, I would run off, hide under my coffee table, and watch the ensuing mayhem from there. It was incredible to me. After finishing the movie, I would, much to the amusement of the adults around me, run around and roar like a dinosaur. Honestly, my parents probably should have never let me see it so young, but I’m glad they did. This movie shaped quite a bit of my childhood. After all, what little boy doesn’t like dinosaurs?

What about you guys? What movies do you remember from your childhood? Post below!

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your live action Disney movies (see previous post).

The Top-10 Greatest Live-Action Disney Movies of All Time

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and what better way to celebrate it than to read a top-10 list about a movie studio that makes films for kids. Okay, maybe I’m just trying to find an excuse to tie the holiday to my post so I can get more views. What’s so wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, I say. Then again, maybe family oriented movies really are your thing on Valentine’s Day. Either way, this post is about Disney, or more specifically, what I think are the top-10 live-action Disney movies.

Now, to be honest, I really wanted to make this list on the top-10 animated Disney movies, because, you know, that’s what Disney does best. But, unfortunately, I have yet to see Frozen, and after hearing over and over again about how good it is, I feel like I can’t make it a very fair list without seeing it first. Fortunately, the movie is coming out in a few weeks on Blu-Ray, so I’ll pick it up then. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to make do with the top-10 live-action Disney movies. Heck, it might even give you a few ideas for what to watch with your date on Valentine’s Day, after all.

In order to be on this list, the movies must first feature real actors moving in front of a real camera. Second, be in some way related to Disney, whether it’s through production or distribution. And third, be the best movies ever that meet the above criteria.

So, without further ado, let’s get on to the list!

#10 – Holes

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Holes is a great book, it was written by a great children’s author, and it was a pretty good movie. In a nutshell, it is the story of a boy, played by a young Shia LaBeouf, who is framed for stealing a pair of valuable sneakers. He is then sent to a camp where he is forced to dig holes every day for an entire year as punishment. The story features cowboys, bandits, forbidden love, and curses, and at the end of it all, Shia’s character is proven innocent. His celebration is short lived, however, as he ends up getting caught in a war between giant transforming robots (I wish).

#9 – Cool Runnings

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The ‘90s was a time when Disney seemed to be a little obsessed with sports movies. Not to say that they were bad movies, though. In fact, many of them were great movies. Cool Runnings was definitely one of the better ones. The movie’s premise is the same as most sports movies. In this one, a ragtag group of unruly Jamaicans decide to compete in the Winter Olympics. As you would expect with a synopsis like that, the movie is hilarious. And, as it just so happens, the Winter Olympics in Sochi just started. Coincidence? I think yes. In any case, it’s a good excuse to give it a watch.

#8 – Alice in Wonderland

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Disney has been in a bit of a remake frenzy lately, and Alice in Wonderland, which grossed over $1 Billion worldwide, is probably the reason for that. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp took some twisted liberties with an already twisted tale, and people couldn’t get enough of it. That’s not to say that it is a spectacular movie. It’s not. But it is a lot of fun, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re seriously doing yourself a disservice.

#7 – National Treasure

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Oh, Nicholas Cage, whatever happened to you? When he made this movie, he was on top of the world, and now, well, let’s just say he’s not. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he was great in this. Seriously, how do you beat a movie that features a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence? Answer: you can’t!

#6 – Tron/Tron Legacy

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Number six is definitely a twofer (that’s an actual word, believe it or not). Both movies are about equal in my mind, overall, but I have to give kudos to the original because, for 1982, it was seriously innovative. CGI was a brand new thing at that time, and that movie used a ton of it. The sequel, made nearly 30 years later, didn’t have the same cool factor, but it was a fun watch, nonetheless. That, and Daft Punk wrote the musical score for the whole movie. If you don’t know what these movies are about, basically, they center around Kevin Flynn, who accidentally discovers a way to transport himself into a video game that he created. If you’re a fan of massive amounts of CGI and, in the second movie’s case, electronic music, then you’ll enjoy Tron.

#5 – Remember the Titans

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We’ve made it to the top five, woot, woot! This is where the movies start getting good. Remember the Titans was an excellent movie, and happened to be one of the last big sports movies Disney had a hand in. And, it was also their best. At its heart, it’s a movie about friendship, trust, and, of course, football! It’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

#4 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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A lot of people think that this isn’t a Disney movie. In a way, they’re right. They’re also wrong. Several big studios were involved in this one, and by the criteria noted above this list, it counts as a Disney movie. And good thing, too, because it’s actually a really good flick, and it would be a shame not to be able to list it. I seriously can’t imagine who thought combining a live action, noir style detective story with cartoons would be a good idea, but they were geniuses (especially the one who came up with Jessica Rabbit).

#3 – Mary Poppins

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This is by far the oldest movie on this list, being made in 1964, so it’s all the more amazing that it’s ranked so high. Mary Poppins is a classic in every sense of the word, and if you didn’t see this growing up, then you were seriously deprived as a child (just kidding). This film features some of the most memorable Disney songs ever made, a great plot, and of course, a magical nanny who travels around via an inconspicuous black umbrella. It’s definitely hard to top a combination like that.

#2 – The Avengers

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This is the first Marvel movie to carry the Disney stamp after the comic book company was purchased by the Mouse House in 2009. This is the highest grossing Disney movie of all time, and the third highest grossing film, in general. If you haven’t seen it (and with the above stats, I’d be seriously shocked if you haven’t), the movie is about a team of superheroes, including Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk, who have to save the world from an alien invasion. It’s a simple premise, but it was executed brilliantly! This is one of the few movies you can leave on repeat and not get bored with. It’s that good!

#1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Does Pirates deserve to be number one? The short answer: duh! It’s my list. I can put it wherever I want. The long answer: see short answer.

Seriously, this movie “has got to be the best pirate (movie) I’ve ever heard of.” In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies ever. It’s quotable, it’s funny, it’s serious, it’s a love story, it’s an adventure story, it has pirates in it, it has undead pirates in it, it’s shot in one of the most beautiful locales in the world, it’s incredibly original, and above all, it spawned Jack Sparrow. Er, I mean, Captain Jack Sparrow. He most definitely ranks up there with the most memorable movie characters of all time, right alongside Darth Vader. The only thing that disappointed me about this movie was its sequels.

 
So, what did you think? Did I leave anything out? Should these be in a different order? Make your voice heard. Comment below!