8 items from 2012
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Most TV shows have a hero, and with that hero comes a villain.
Even though we are supposed to root for our protagonists, some villains are so captivating, it’s difficult to imagine our favorite shows without them.
But including a villain in a series is a tough task to pull off. Some overstay their welcome, whereas others simply aren’t that scary.
To celebrate the antagonists we love to hate, here are the top 8 villains currently on TV:
8. Klaus, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries
Klaus (Joseph Morgan) may have lost some of his bite since he came on the series in 2011, especially when he’s around Caroline (Candice Accola), but he’s still one of the scariest villains on TV. He’s unpredictable and vengeful, never reserving sympathy for his victims if it means getting what he wants (Jenna!). He even has »
- Rachel Bennett
Chicago – Social history is often the seed for actual history. The simple story of two youth gangs in England in the early 1960s – The Mods and The Rockers – is grist for the incredible social history film, “Quadrophenia.” The new Criterion Collection Blu-ray DVD release of this 1979 classic will satisfy any side of the ardent rock admirer, especially those of the magnificent rock group “The Who” – the film is based on their lesser known 1973 rock opera of the same name.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
This was originally produced by The Who Films, and The Criterion Collection creates a lavish package with background information and the history of the clash between the mid-1960s British youth of “The Mods” – a clean cut style associated with the music of “The Who, as well as soul, R&B and the Mersey Beat – and “The Rockers,” who favored more of the direct, Marlon-Brando-in-”The-Wild-One” motorcycles and 1950s rock. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
★★☆☆☆ The opening scene of The Football Factory (2004) director Nick Love's The Sweeney (2012) features a frenetically-paced - and unarguably entertaining - bank heist that packs a series of high-octane punches, all vaguely reminiscent of Antonia Bird's Face (1997). However, what initially promises to be a thrilling tale of gangsters and morally-dubious coppers on the mean streets of 'Landan' rapidly disappoints as the weak, hackneyed script betrays the high production values of this British crime caper.
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- CineVue UK
By Allen Gardner
Quadrophenia (Criterion) Franc Roddam’s 1979 film based on The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of working class lad Jimmy (Phil Daniels) struggling to find his identity in a rapidly changing Britain, circa 1965. Jimmy is a “mod,” a youth movement dedicated to wearing snappy suits, driving Vespa motor scooters bedecked with side mirrors, popping amphetamines and obsessed with the new sound of bands like The Who and The Kinks. Their other pastime is engaging in bloody brawls with “rockers,” throwbacks to the 1950s, who listen to Elvis and Gene Vincent, wear leather biker gear, grease in their hair and drive massive motorcycles a la Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Often cited as a worthy successor to “Rebel Without a Cause” as the greatest angry youth picture ever made, it is that and more, including a first cousin to the “kitchen sink” dramas of scribes John Osborne, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Imagine for a moment that you’re part of the creative team behind Dredd. Your story’s set in a comically-bizarre, ultra-violent, future world. It also features one of the most iconic characters in British literature, known for being a man of action rather than of words. So how do you open your movie? Images of the streets, overrun with strange-looking characters? An action packed shoot out? Maybe a thrilling chase? Or do you combine a wide shot of an African city with two minutes of pointless, clumsy exposition?
Fortunately, after that brief stumble, Dredd gets back on track, moving straight into a high-adrenalin motorbike chase that should have been the opening. It’s a far more satisfying introduction to the character, and tells us a great deal more about the world than the shoehorned-in monologue.
Unfortunately, while the chase is great, the design work isn’t. Dredd might look »
- Ben Mortimer
Well hello, my Wildlings! Yes, our Crown Prince has heard your pleas and we will, indeed, be recapping the second season of HBO's dragontastic Hair Opera Game of Thrones. You may know me from my liveblogs of As the World Turns or recaps of American Horror Story, the combination of which makes me uncannily well-suited for covering such a complex, melodramatic, and patently batsh*t series. And I am well-versed in the ins and outs (and ins and outs) of the series, so never fear - I will have no trouble keeping my Bannisters straight from my Targomuffins.
We didn't recap the first episode, but I can sum it up in one animated Gif:
"You Get A King! And You Get A King! And You Get A King!"
That's right - since Gossip Girl Baratheon decided to spill the Lannisters' sister-lovin' beans via raven text, everyone has decided that Lady »
If Sean Bean has a hole in his schedule, Andrew has a few film pitches that might interest him...
What can you say about Sean Bean that hasn't been said before? He's like a Moomin Shaman. His love is deeper than the sun and he's as gentle as a mother's kiss.
Apologies if your mother sometimes gets a bit carried away. No one needs those flashbacks.
While Robert Carlyle selfishly took the lead role in Sawney Bean, there are still movies out there, potentially, with a Sean Bean shaped hole in them. The Hobbit is set about 78 years before The Fellowship Of The Ring, but maybe Ecthelion II looks quite like his grandson. And maybe, what with it being a Fantasy film, Ecthelion II can somehow have an even more spectacular death than his son. Who can have a baby with Sean Bean's face. I'm fairly sure Weta could »
Millennium Entertainment have debuted the brand new trailer for Intruders, the new horror-thriller from Spanish helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo that opens March 30th and had a blink and you’ll miss it run in the UK last month. (So much so that I didn’t realise until it had been and gone).
Criminally, Intruders marks Fresnadillo’s first movie in five years since he made 28 Weeks Later, a movie that I actually much prefer over 28 Days Later. Go back and watch it today if you don’t believe me, such good work from Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Idris Elba and Harold Perrineau – a more frantic and fast-moving thriller than Boyle’s. The stakes feel just that much more bigger.
- Matt Holmes
8 items from 2012
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