Friday, November 27, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 2 (2015, Movie Review)

      Wow, this series just flew by, it feels like yesterday the first film came out. For those not familiar, this is the fourth and final entry in “The Hunger Games” films series, which is based on the bestselling book series of the same title. I was a fan of these books long before I saw any of the films, and I’ll admit, while the first film was good, it never came off as anything special. However, each sequel just got better and better, leading to this forth film which is a worth conclusion to the franchise and probably my second favorite of the films behind the second film.

     In this final chapter Katniss Everdeen leads a small band of rebels into the heart of the capital city in an effort to take down the malevolent President Snow, and end his tyranny before he brings the nation to ruins. The journey will be anything but easy as the city has become one big booby trap, filled with troopers, monsters, and more traps. Yet, an even more devastating challenge awaits Katniss, that of discovering who her real enemy is, and making peace with her old lover Peeta, who was previously brainwashed as a secret assassin to be used against Katniss. Now there are monsters in this film that may seem a little out of place, especially considering that they look just like the Alien monster from the "Alien" franchise, but I actually found them to be an exciting part of the film. 

      The whole series has always revolved around our lead heroine fighting to survive in a giant battle arena, but things have changed for the best in this film. The killing arena has now become a giant city full of several exciting obstacles that come in a wide variety. Best of all is that in the past every survivor was forced to kill one another, but now they’re finally a team, they’re one unit, they all have each other’s back, and it allowed me to get behind this film and our hero’s more than any of the previous films. The passing is also very good, and by that I mean it’s actually very slow passed film but it’s never boring, and when the action dose pope up ... it’s exhilarating! The acting once again is phenomenal, and of course it’s Jennifer Lawrence who steals the show as usual. Seriously, Jennifer Lawrence was just awesome, and I love how she holds her feelings back, while showing just enough genuine emotion that gets the best of her. 

      Overall, I found this to be an excellent finally for the series, and probably one of my favorite final chapters to any film franchise I’ve seen. The Epilog was long enough without feeling tedious. I also loved that the climax was very subdued, it didn’t go for the typical overblown final battle that ends most long running franchises, instead it focused on our characters and brought their journey to a perfectly satisfying conclusion.  

                            I give “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 2” 4 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Star Wars: All Lightsaber Duels Ranked (Least Great to Best) (Updated)

With the new Star Wars movie opening next month, I felt like posting another Star Wars related list just for the event. Today’s topic ... Lightsaber duels! It’s a more suitable weapon for a more civilized age, and probably the greatest fictional weapon in the history of Sci-Fi. Even when a lightsaber duel has problems going against it, they can always be exciting, riveting and make for great spectacles. As of now, there have been a total of 16 different lightsaber duels featured in the theatrical Star Wars movies, which dose include the animated Clone Wars movie. So, before we see what kind of epic clashes await us in the upcoming film, here are all 16 duels ranked least great to best in my personal opinion.

#17 Resisting Arrest (Revenge of the Sith)
(Mace Windu vs. The Emperor)

When the Emperor is revealed to be a dreaded Sith Lord, Jedi Master Mace Windu attempts to take him into custody, but with no such luck. While there’s never been a lightsaber duel that didn’t thrill me on some level, I will occasionally have some small issues, and this is the fight that just seems to have the most problems going against it. The whole scene just comes off as hammy, silly and plagued with some really stupid fighting choreography that’s way too over the top for its own good. It’s not without some cool moments (the two characters shattering a class window with their swords was sweet), and naturally it’s hard not to get a little exciting seeing Samuel L. Jackson in a lightsaber duel.   

#16 Desert Ambush (The Phantom Menace)
(Darth Maul vs. Qui-Gon Jin)

While Jedi master Qui-Gon Jin is leaving the desert planet Tatooine with the young Anakin Skywalker, both are suddenly attacked by the mysterious hooded Sith assassin Darth Maul. Not much to say about this one, the action music was kind of cool, but for Darth Mauls very first battle you’d except something a little more impressive, and the fight itself was really too short to leave much of an impression. 

#15 Three Against the Count (Attack of the Clones)
(Count Dukoo vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Yoda)

After a massive battle, the evil Count Dukoo attempts to escape, only to be confronted by the two Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Despite being out numbered, the count fights them off with ease, until Jedi master Yoda comes to put him in his place. For a climactic final battle, this duel always came off as a little too subdued, and mostly unimpressive. Most of it takes place in this really boring hanger, the lighting gets too dark at times, and there are several annoying close ups of the characters swinging their lightsabers around in slow-motion. But no lightsaber duel is without its highlights, and this time it comes from the novelty of seeing Yoda sword fighting, but even that comes off as unintentionally hilarious at times.  

#14 Cleaning up the Mess (The Clone Wars: Movie)
(Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Asajj Ventress)

After Anakin Skywalker rescues the son of Jabba the Hutt, his master Obi-Wan Kenobi is left behind to deal with the kidnaper ... a dark Jedi called Asajj Ventress. Some fans could argue that the fights from the Clone Wars movie shouldn’t count because there animated, and very different by comparison. However, this was still a theatrical movie, so I’m going to include the duels from this film, plus the animation allows for more variety that would be hard to get away with in live action. Unfortunately, this duel between Obi-Wan and Ventress is nothing particularly special, especially when compared to other fights in “The Clone Wars” TV series. The fighting choreography is sloppy, stiff and the fight itself is noticeably lacking any real tension. Never the less, Asajj Ventress is still a worthy foe, and it’s always a thrill when she’s on screen, even if it’s a small thrill like in this case. 

#13 “We Meet Again ... At Last” (A New Hope)
(Darth Vader vs. Ben Kenobi)

During a mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess Lea, an aged Ben Kenobi finds himself facing his old apprentice turned evil ... Darth Vader. This was the very first lightsaber duel in Star Wars history, but that’s really its only novelty. The fight itself really isn’t that exciting, and it’s stuck in one boring location with sub-par fighting choreography. However, the back and forth between aged master and apprentice is good, it draws you into the story rather than a flashy spectacle, and it will always have marks for being the very first of its kind. 

#12 Rematch with Dukoo (Revenge of the Sith)
(Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dukoo)

While rescuing the kidnapped Chancellor, the Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker find themselves once again confronted by their old foe Count Dukoo. This is more of what I wanted from the climax of “Attack of the Clones”, no slow motion close up’s, both hero’s fight at once and the pace is consistently quick with just enough back and forth banter between the hero’s and villain. The setting is also a lot cooler as we can see a space battle raging outside the windows, and the room provides a lot of objects for the characters to move around on. 

#11 Girls Night Out ... Fighting! (The Clone Wars: Movie)
(Ahsoka vs. Ventress)

Anakin Skywalker and his young apprentice Ahsoka are trying to reunite a kidnapped alien infant with its father, unfortunately the Dark Jedi Ventress is on their tail. She get’s the jump on the young Ahsoka while she and her master try to escape on a platform. This might just be the shortest duel in the whole series, but it’s the novelty of seeing two females with lightsabers in combat that rank it higher than the previous fights.  Seriously, before this we’ve never seen a female character in a lightsaber duel before, let alone two. Plus, it's Ahsoka's only dual in the film series, that alone has some novelty. 

#10 Man Against Machine (Revenge of the Sith)
(General Grievous vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the hunt for General Grievous and aims to challenge him to single combat in an effort to end a galactic war. I’m not overly fond of seeing an actor fight a CGI monster that isn’t really there on the set, and the sword duel itself has way to many close up’s that make it hard to tell what your even looking at ... with all that said, this is still an awesome fight scene. It’s cool to see a villain with four laser swords, and I love the way this duel changes its location and fighting style. At first it’s a lightsaber duel in a hanger bay, which transitions into a car chase through a cave, which then leads to a fist fight on a landing platform, so I definitely give this duel points for creativity.   

#9 Vision in the Cave (The Empire Strikes Back)
(Luke Skywalker vs. Ghostly Darth Vader)

Jedi training for Luke Skywalker takes a sudden dark turn when his master instructs him to inter a cave of darkness and evil. While there he fights what he assumes to be Darth Vader, only to realize that he was actually fighting his future self if he ever turned evil. Now this is a very different kind of fight scene, it’s not a spectacle or even that long, but it’s always been a memorable scene that’s stuck with me. I love the atmosphere, the build up and especially that haunting image of Luke’s face under Darth Vader’s helmet. This scene probably doesn’t even belong on my list, but it’s always been a favorite, and it deserves to be among the best duels of the series, just for completely different reasons.

#8 “You Were My Brother!” (Revenge of the Sith)    
(Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Skywalker)

When Anakin Skywalker betrays his allies, commits mass genocide and takes the name Darth Vader, it forces his old master and friend Obi-Wan Kenobi to challenge him to a climactic final showdown. Let’s first get the negatives out of the way, the dialogue is terrible, the lava planet can get really distracting, the fighting choreography is so over the top that the characters look like there dancing, and it always bugged me that they both have the same color lightsaber. With all that said, this is still a pretty darn cool scene. It’s faced paced, I love how the characters move through the different locations, and the musical score is nothing short of epic. It’s a flawed but deeply thrilling final battle to conclude the prequel trilogy.   

#7 Rumble in the Desert (The Clone Wars: Movie)
(Anakin Skywalker vs. Count Dukoo)

On his way to Jabba’s palace to return his kidnapped son, Anakin Skywalker is attacked by his greatest enemy Count Dooku, and here in the barren desert of Tatooine they engage in one more duel. Of the three theatrical confrontations between Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku, this is my favorite by far. This time the duel is a lot more inventive then your usual clash of lightsabers because both fight with different force capabilities. Dukoo unleashes lightning energy, Anakin uses wind energy, their powers collide creating a sand storm, it’s like a battle of the elements, and the whole scene is just shot very well. I love the build up to this fight, the back and forth exchanges between hero and villain are good, and the music is riveting. This may not be a classic duel like some of the other’s I’ve listed, but it’s become a personal favorite of mine and one that I’d honestly put among my favorites.   

#6 Sword Fight in the Snow (The Force Awakens)
(Kylo Ren vs Finn and Rey)

In the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, a band of heros launch an attack on the First Order's secret dooms day weapon which was built within a snowy planet. Two of our hero's Ray and Finn try to escape but are confronted by Kylo Ren ... the grand son of Darth Vader. This is one of the more tense duels, with less over blown choreography, and more relentless, gritty fighting. The location is also very original as it's the first dual in the snow, and also a planet that's slowly falling apart around them. It was a thrilling battle, and a fitting first dual for the new trilogy. 

#5 The Truth is out (The Empire Strikes Back)
(Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker)

When Luke ventures to Cloud City in an effort to rescue his captured friends, he lands right into a trap set by Darth Vader, the two clash, Vader reveals his true identity to his son, and movie history is made. Oh ... this is the classic duel that every fan just goes nuts over, and yes it’s an iconic scene that disserves to be immortalized among some of the greatest sword fights in film history. So, why is it only at #5 ... because this is my own personal list, and there just happen to be four other duels that I like a pinch more. With that said, this is still an awesome scene. I’ll always remember that silhouette of Darth Vader in the dark steamy chamber room, it’s the perfect way to build up your show down between the hero and villain. I also love how subtly the locations change in this fight, and with each new room the fighting stile also changes a little. However, I feel that the real novelty of this confrontation comes from the surprise twist at the end, which has become such common knowledge that it just doesn’t leave as big an impact on me as I wish it could.

#4 Clash of the Elder Masters (Revenge of the Sith)
(Yoda vs. The Emperor)

When the Emperor’s evil plans come to fruition, Jedi master Yoda makes one desperate last stand to slay his enemy once and for all. Okay, so this is yet another over the top fight scene ... but ask me if I care because I think this is one of the most epic battles from the saga. Yoda and the Emperor were always the two elder masters that never fought, yet they were the most powerful, and here they are, dueling in this awesome laser sword spectacle. The shot of them fighting on the lift as it raised up into the massive chamber room is something I’ll never forget. The music was great, the setting was awesome, and like I said, it was just a thrill to finally see these two titans clash.  

#3 Stinging in the Rain (Attack of the Clones)
(Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Jango Fett)

While Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the trail of a murder mystery plot, his search leads him into a confrontation with the armored Bounty Hunter Jango Fett, who’s packing more than enough fire power to take on a Jedi. This is a unique duel in my countdown because it’s the only one where the villain doesn’t wield a lightsaber, but that’s not going to keep me from including this on my list. Personally, I think this is one of the greatest duels in the whole series, like top 3 best easy. It’s such a treat to see a non-Jedi put up a fight against a Jedi master with nothing but combat skills and lots of explosive toys. The rainy Kamino platform was also an excellent location for these two to fly around, jump all over the place, and it’s just really cool to see a fight take place outside in a rain storm. 

#2 Tag Team against Maul (The Phantom Menace)
(Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul)

During the climactic final battle to reclaim the planet Naboo, our two Jedi hero’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are forced into one final confrontation with the sinister Darth Maul. While “The Phantom Menace” is often regarded as the worst of the live action Star Wars films, it wasn’t without one really cool highlight, which is this spectacular final lightsaber dual. You got John Williams epic Duel of the Fates musical score, a villain with a double bladed lightsaber, Ray Parks awesome fighting choreography, a really cool interior design to set the fight in, and it’s the very first dual to feature more than two Jedi in a battle. Even if you’re not interested in the story or the characters, it’s hard to avoid getting sucked into the sheer spectacle of this climax, which still holds up as one of the greatest action scenes in all of Star Wars.  

#1 Battling their Fate (Return of the Jedi)
(Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader)

During the final battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker confronts the evil emperor, and makes a final stand against his father Darth Vader, in an effort to free his soul from the shackles of the dark side. This will always stand out to me as the great classic Star Wars lightsaber duel that just can’t be beat. I know most people prefer their duel from “The Empire Strikes Back”, but this my personal favorite that just seems to hit all the high notes. While other duels have obviously been thrilling, this one just feels more powerful. It’s not your standard good vs. evil ... it’s also a hero vs. his fate, and a father vs. his son. We see a hero loosing himself to darkness in an effort to bring peace, and a evil villain giving up his life in a noble sacrifice, which just makes this battle so much more compelling and epic than any other duel. I love that this fight features a lot of quiet moments where the characters talk back and forth, rather than another rushed duel with over the top fighting choreography. The music is beautifully haunting, and the visuals are fantastic, not just on a technical level but for symbolism, most notably that shot of Luke’s face that’s half way in shadow and light. It’s my favorite scene from the whole Star Wars series, and by far the best lightsaber dual of them all.        


Monday, November 16, 2015

Spectre (2015, Movie Review)

Earlier this year I did an entire month dedicated to nothing but James Bond related posts, why because I’ve always been a fan of the franchise and I was really excited for a new film. Good old James Bond, it’s one of those film series where even at their worst, I’ll always find something to enjoy, and here we are with his 26th motion picture film titled “Spectre”. This is the fourth to star Daniel Craig in the title role, and he hits it out of the park again. Supposedly, this will be his last Bond film, which sucks because he’ll be a hard act to replace, but it’s been done before.

In this movie, Bond is forced to leave his organization in order to track down clues regarding a secret criminal organization called Spectre, who aim to collect global information from all across the nation, giving them the perfect advantage over their enemies. Leading this evil alliance is none other than Blofeld, one of the most classic villains from the Golden age of James Bond. In typical James Bond, there’s a beautiful woman becomes his partner on the adventure, car chases ensue, and more secrets are unearthed. Overall, it’s a standard 007 plot and while not as sharp as its predecessor “Skyfall”, it’s still engaging and has lots of highlights. The direction and cinematography on display are the most creative and dazzling of the whole franchise. Right at the beginning, there’s an incredible tracking shot that lasts for a good five minutes, and it really got things started. The theme song paired with the opening credits scene was a work of art, on par with some of the franchises best intros.

The action scenes were all very good, but nothing out of the box. I will say that it was the best shot action scenes of all the Daniel Craig Bond films. Lea Seydoux plays our female lead named Dr. Swan and she does a respectable job. I wouldn’t call her one of the absolute best Bond girls, but she is a welcome member into the Bond family of action woman. The villain Blofeld is played well by Christoph Waltz but he really doesn’t hold a candle to Donald Pleasence who played Blofeld back in “You Only Live Twice”. Also, there a twist at the end of the film regarding Blofelds relation to Bond, and I personally didn’t think it was needed, it just felt like a feeble attempt to make him the ultimate Bond adversary, only for it to fail.

When compared to some of the previous Bond films, I’d say this is a welcome entry and worth watching, but really wasn’t that special either. Of course after 25 films, the Bond movies will get harder to impress because we’ve seen so much already, but that’s not to say “Spectre” bad by any means. It still looks good, it has its entertainment, and it felt more like a classic old school Bond film then any of the other Daniel Craig installments. Some may complain that this film relies too much on the familiar James Bond formulas, but it really wasn’t an issue for me. Even though I won’t be putting this among my top 10 favorite Bond outings, it was still a good time, and I look forward to going on another mission with my favorite British agent some time soon.

                                                         I give “Spectre” 3 stars out of 5.         

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Tim Curry Villain Roles

You better hid the scenery because this guy will chew it up. Seriously, Tim Curry is as close to a live action cartoon character as you can get, but he’s not just wild and funny like Jim Carry or Jerry Louis. While Tim Curry can turn in a variety of fine performances, his real specialty is playing villains. With his manic energy, over the top theatrics and creepy English accent, Tim Curry has played some of the most enjoyably over the top and cartoony villains ever. From voice acting in animated TV shows, to scaring audiences as horror movie monsters, Tim Curry has always stood out as one of my favorite villain actors, and here are my personal top 10 favorite villain roles of his carrier.  

#10 Forte – Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Sense Tim Curry is such a cartoony actor, his talents work especially well when voicing animated characters, in fact half of his resume consists of cartoon characters. Naturally he’s the perfect guy to voice a Disney villain, and kicking off my list is his role as Forte from the 1997 sequel “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas”. Now obviously the character Forte is nothing compelling, and is often described as a stale bad guy, which he is, but that’s not the point. All that really matters is just how wild and over the top Tim Curry’s performance is. He nails all the good stuff in this role, from his deliciously evil personality, to his deep booming voice, his ridiculous outbursts, and he ties it all together with his over blown maniacal laughter. Forte is also a great looking character, brought to life through some cool effects, and just an awesome design. He may be a one dimensional character, but count on Tim Curry to liven him up and make him a memorable Disney villain in his own simplistic way. 

#9 Dr. Frank-n-further – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

This is the 1970’s cult classic musical that launched Tim Curry’s carrier, so naturally it had to make my list. “It’s not easy to have a good time”, but it certainly isn’t boring when this flamboyant performer is your over night host. Curry’s portrayal of the proclaimed sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania is a perfect example of how talented, unpredictable and off the wall crazy he could be as an actor. His musical number “I’m Just a Sweet Transvestite” has also become a classic villain song, and one of the actors most unforgettable moments. While I’ve never been a fan of this film, Dr. Frank-N-Further is still a highlight performance in Tim’s carrier and probably the character he’s most associated with.

#8 Emperor Palpatine/ Darth Sidious – Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series) (2008 - 2013)

The evil Emperor from the Star Wars film series already felt like the Tim Curry of that universe, so it was only fitting that he supplied the voice of the character in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Well, originally the character was voiced by the late Ian Abercrombie, but he sadly passed away near the end of the shows fifth season. Tim Curry resumed the role for Season 6, in which Emperor Palpatine kind of became the shows main antagonist. As you’d expect, he was very respectable in the role, matched the emperors voice quiet well, and most of the time I actually found myself forgetting it was Tim Curry. This is one of Curry’s most subdued performances, and manages to re-capture the same frightening presence of the character from the movies. It’s just a real treat to hear Tim Curry supply the voice to one of the “Star Wars” franchises most iconic villains, but for as bad as the Emperor is, he’s nothing compared to who’s coming up next ...

#7 Lord of Darkness – Legend (1985)

Tim Curry as the devil ... that’s about as dark and evil as villains get, but count on Curry to liven it up with his unmistakable devilish charm. In this underrated 80’s fantasy adventure, Tim Curry plays a demonic over lord who aims to kill a Unicorn in order to rule a magical Kingdome. Actually, despite his massive, larger than life monster makeup, Tim Curry actually delivers a subtly menacing performance that isn’t quite as bombastic as some of his other roles. He’s still over the top, but with just enough subdued creepy moments to balance out. While his design is as devilish looking as they get with massive horns and some awesome makeup ... he isn’t the actual devil. He’s more like an evil monster with demonic features. This is most evident in the fact that he falls for some of the traditional human villain tropes, and even falls in love with the films beautiful princess. Well, Tim Curry can still act through his pounds of demonic makeup and deliver a juicy, yet menacing performance. It’s one of the scarier villains in his gallery, but still every bit as entertaining as his characters get. 

#6 Hexxus – FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

In this little animated gem from the 90’s, Tim Curry voices a smoky entity called Hexxus, which feeds on pollution, and aims to level a magical rainforest to splinters. While the character is just as hammy as his other villains, especially during his “Toxic Love” musical number, Hexxus actually manages to stand tall as a plain awesome antagonist. His design was great, and Tim Curry’s vocal talents have never been more sensational then this, as he supplied the villain with a voice that ranged from deep and menacing to flamboyant and silly. While Tim Curry has supplied the voice’s of countless animated villains, Hexxus will always stand out as one of the actors most memorable characters.


#5 Mr. Hector – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Okay ... so he really isn’t a bad guy in this film, but he is a nuisance to our young protagonist, and this is a personal favorite that I just had to include. While I had seen a lot of films and cartoons that featured Tim Curry, I always looked at “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” as the movie that really introduced me to him. This is the film that allowed me to put a face to the actor. Even though he has a small part as a hotel manager that’s irritated by the films young hero staying there, he still steels every scene he’s in and manages to be the highlight of this mostly subpar sequel. My favorite scene is when Macaulay Culkin is watching the animated cartoon of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on TV, and right when the Grinch gives his trademark evil smile it dissolves into the face of Tim Curry giving an evil grin. That in a nut-shell is one of the actors shining moments, and one of the many entertaining scenes in which Tim Curry saved this film from being a complete waist.  

#4 Dr. Anton Sevarius - Gargoyles (TV Series) (1994-1996)

Throughout the 90’s Tim Curry voiced several villains in animated Disney cartoons like The Evil Manta in “The Little Mermaid”, Taurus Bulba in “Darkwing Duck” and Lord Dragaunus in “Mighty Ducks”. My personal favorite by far is the mad doctor Sevarius from Disney’s “Gargoyles” TV series. Talk about ideal casting, it’s Tim Curry as the voice of a clich├ęd yet classy evil scientist, and yes, he hams it up with all the theatrics you’d expect him to apply to this kind of wicked archetype. Not much else to say here, just a consistently entertaining performance from an overly animated evil doctor.

#3 The Cardinal – The Three Musketeers (1993)

Now where talking, it’s Tim Curry as the evil cardinal from the 1993 action adventure “The Three Musketeers”. The movie itself is one of those cheesy yet very enjoyable products from the 90’s, and by far it’s the villain who steals the show. Seriously, this is one of Tim Curry’s Juiciest villain roles. It’s one of those bad guys that’s sophisticated, devilish, comedic and entertaining all at once. He has that wicked smirk, he looks slimy, he’s got that nasty chuckle, he stretches his vowels, he raises his voice, and it’s just every over the top villain stereotype rolled into one enjoyable package.

#2 Long John Silver – The Muppet’s Treasure Island (1996)

In the past, Tim Curry supplied the voice of Captain Hook in the TV series “Peter Pan and the Pirates”, and proved to be the ideal actor for the role of a pirate, but in “The Muppet’s Treasure Island” he really got to shine as the famous Long John Silver. Whenever I think of Tim Curry without monster make up, I always think of him first in a pirate costume. His portrayal of the iconic pirate gave him the chance to shine with just about every one of his talents. He was just as vivacious as ever and clearly having a ball while playing the character, but he wasn’t without some humanity, as the character from the novel should have. It’s not easy to steal the show from Kermit the Frog and his charismatic Muppet crew, but count on Tim Curry to pull it off with ease, probably because he already seems like a living Muppet himself.

Before I List my #1 favorite villain role, here are my Honorable Mentions ...

Evil Manta – "The Little Mermaid"

Captain Hook – "Peter Pan and the Pirates"

Rooster Hannigan – "Annie"

Pa, Ma and Winona Brackett – "Tales from the Crypt" (Death of Some Salesman) 

#1 Pennywise The Clown – Stephen King’s IT! (1990)

Yeah, you guessed it, of all the great villain performances in Tim Curry’s carrier, nothing was more unforgettable than his portrayal of Pennywise the killer clown from the TV movie “IT!”, based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. Clowns in geranial have always been scary, but it’s this supernatural, shape-shifting, razor toothed monster that’s the stuff of nightmares. In all seriousness, Pennywise is actually one of the funniest villains I ever seen, and Tim Curry is clearly having the time of his life in the role. That’s the beauty of this character, he can be terrifying and hilarious all at once, making him the perfect villain for curry to bring to life. He’s got that creepy voice, the high pitched laugh, and an incredibly hammy personality to boot. What else can I say, Pennywise the clown is one of my favorite horror movie villains of all time and the immortal staple of Tim Curry’s vileness talents. 

        The End