The Mixed Tape

100 Great Villains Part 3 by tylercoenrrea
November 30, 2009, 10:37 pm
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So after a big break the bad guys are back. For this week we bring in some enjoyable villains many from comedies. Some play with the lines of reality, some are satirical caricatures, and some are just hilarious in their own way. Either way, a good villain can make you cringe as well as make you laugh or even rethink your personal political views. Here are some slightly over-the-top performances that are nothing short of entertaining.

80. Aaron Stampler (Primal Fear) played by Edward Norton

Looks to me like They’re gonna shoot ol’ Aaron so full o’ poison it’s gonna come out of his eyes!”

79. Col. William Tavington (The Patriot) played by Jason Isaacs

You know, it’s an ugly business doing one’s duty… but just occasionally it’s a real pleasure.”

78. Orin Scrivello (Little Shop of Horrors) played by Steve Martin

” Let me ask you something. Does this scare you? Would you like it if I took this and headed right for your damn incisors!”

77. Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp (GoldenEye) played by Famke Janssen

It’s clean. I had to ventilate someone.”

76. Ernie McCracken (Kingpin) played by Bill Murray

“Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst… Was I talking out loud? Sorry.

75. Mickey Knox (Natural Born Killers) played by Woddy Harrelson

“At birth, I was cast into a flaming pit of scum forgotten by God.”

74. Simon Skinner (Hot Fuzz) played by Timothy Dalton

“Lock me up. I’m a slasher! I must be stopped! A slasher… of prices!

73. Vincenzo Coccotti (True Romance) played by Christopher Walken

“I’m the Anti-Christ. You got me in a vendetta kind of mood. You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you.”

72. Leonard Smalls (Raising Arizona) played by Randall “Tex” Cobb

“You want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, hire a cop.”

71. Bill Lumbergh (Office Space) played by Gary Cole

“I’m also gonna need you to come in on Sunday too.”

Next week: 70-69

What Are the Greatest Performances Ever? by Nolan Wilson Goff

So we took a look at the characters of The Road. This got me thinking:

I was blown away by Viggo Mortensen’s performance in The Road, but I found myself asking, what other great performances impacted me and our readers?

Maybe it was Heath Ledger‘s haunting portrayal of The Joker, the classic performance of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, or Kate Winslet in Titanic.

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Whatever it is,

What do you think are the greatest performances of all time?

Comment below.

100 Great Villains: Part II by tylercoenrrea
November 13, 2009, 7:24 pm
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Last time we started a look at 10 great villains and will continue that study with the help from a pirate, a teenage rebel, a terrorist’s little brother, a gunslinger, a nazi, and even a grasshopper. Bad guys that you may have seen but never took the time to remember. Well here’s a reminder of how awesome they really are.

90. William Stryker (X2: X-Men United) played by Brian Cox


” I was piloting Black Op’s missions in the jungles of Northern Vietnam while you were sucking on your mama’s tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don’t lecture me about war. This already is war.”

89. Simon Gruber (Die Hard with a Vengeance) played by Jeremy Irons


Said Simple Simon to the pieman going to the fair, ‘Give me your pies… or I’ll cave your head in.'”

88. Johnny Ringo (Tombstone) played by Michael Biehn


I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now!”

87. Hopper (A Bug’s Life) voiced by Kevin Spacey


“Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this earth to serve us!”

86. J.D. (Heathers) played by Christian Slater


“Your society nods its head at any horror the American teenager can think to bring upon itself.”

85. The Kurgan (Highlander) played by Clancy Brown


“Tonight, you sleep in hell.”

84. Hando (Romper Stomper) played by Russell Crowe


“I want people to know I’m proud of my white history and white blood. One day it might be all I have.”

83. Bucho (Desperado) played by Joaquim de Almeida


“Now you drive around town. You see someone you don’t know, you shoot them. How hard is that?”

82. Agent Smith (The Matrix) played by Hugo Weaving


“Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”

81. Captain Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) played by Geoffrey Rush


“Don’t dare impugn me honor boy! I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where. Though it does seem a shame to lose something so fine, don’t it lads?”

There you go, tune in next week for 89-71.

-Tyler Correa

100 Great Villains: Part I by tylercoenrrea
October 11, 2009, 8:31 pm
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In the upcoming weeks we will be taking a look at some of the greatest antagonists to ever grace the screen. This isn’t a breakdown of the greatest villains of all time, that would be too difficult. Instead, it shall be a variety of colorful characters that represent different kinds of evil and darkness. Every week comes 10 different villains so lets begin with a few forgotten, but memorable bad guys.

100. Ace Merrill (Stand By Me) played by Kiefer Sutherland


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“Okay… Okay… You’ve stated your position clearly. Now I’m gonna state mine: get in the f–cking car, now!”

99. Peter McCabe (Desperate Measures) played by Michael Keaton

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“You have to appreciate the irony. After all these years of being locked up, I’m given the opportunity to kill again. A cop’s kid too, and all I have to do is sit right here.”

98. Dean Trumbell (Punch Drunk Love) played by Philip Seymour Hoffman


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97. Henry West (28 Days Later…) played by Chris Eccleston


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“People killing people. Which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection, and the four weeks before that, and before that, and as far back as I care to remember. People killing people. Which to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now.”

96. Guido (Risky Business) played by Joe Pantoliano


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“If I didn’t have any self-respect, it wouldn’t just be the furniture, it would be your arms, your legs, your head.”

95. Ivan Korshanov (Air Force One) played by Gary Oldman


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“Your national security advisor has been executed. He’s a very good negotiator. He bought you another half hour.”

94. Rip (Less Than Zero) played by James Spader


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“I don’t wanna trust you, Julian, I just want my 50 K, all right?”

93. Victor Sweet (Four Brothers) played by Chiwetel Ejiofor


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“You don’t pay a ho to f–k. You pay her to leave. what you pay out-of-town shooters to do? You pay them to et the hell back out of town. That’s what I asked for, out-of-town shooters. What’d I get? In-town shooters.”

92. Liberty Valance (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) played by Lee Marvin


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“Either you get out of town, or tonight you be out on that street alone. You be there, and don’t makes us come and get you.”

91. Walter Finch (Insomnia) played by Robin Williams


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“You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill someone. That ultimate taboo. It doesn’t exist outside our own minds.”

What do you think? Got some favorite villains. Let me know and they might make it into the next 9 posts.

-Tyler Correa

Paranormal Activity. by matthewgoodnght


My love for horror and horror classics has forced me to adapt and find the little gems hidden beneath all the excessive, flashy “horror” films that Hollywood pushes out. One of the first gems that I found was [Rec], the original and far-better version of Quarantine, my most discovery by word of mouth was Paranormal Activity, a film made in 2007 on a $15,000 budget. It’s slow growth has gone from small film festivals to being backed by Paramount Pictures, releasing the film in cities based on demand.

A good friend and I snagged a pair of tickets for a 12:20am showing of Paranormal Activity at Arclight Theatres in Hollywood, CA. We were blown away.

The film takes on the “found footage” style of storytelling, pioneered by The Blair Witch Project, and follows a couple in San Diego who feel they are being tormented by something or some presence in the night. Upon the purchase of a camera, they decide to film themselves at night to prove their theories. The account of the 20+ days the couple were dealing with this is some of the most horrifying 95 minutes I have ever experienced. The no-name actors deliver convincing performances that make the audience able to relate to the tension in their relationship, their fear, and their shortcomings.

What makes this so scary? A question I have been asked so many times, yet words cannot depict what makes this film so scary, why? Because there’s no monster to show, no beast to depict, this film exploits Stephen Kings ideals that the scariest monster is one you cannot see. To try to imagine to be scared of something you can not see is, but to experience it will keep you sleeping with the lights on. Paranormal Activity hits this very note and keeps you on the very edge of your seat with your nose tucked under your shirt during those scenes you just know something is about to happen. You have no idea what is going to happen, but when it does, it takes you by surprise every time. Unlike The Blair Witch Project, the scary scenes are evenly sparse throughout, the day-scenes allow character development and support the progressive chaos over the 20+ days.

There’s no “in-your-face” jump scenes, there’s not excessive use of “shaky-cam” techniques, as most of the scenes of terror take place while the camera is sitting on a tri-pod. One Rotten Tomatoes reviewer brings up the idea in his review for the film that “[p]lacing a camera on a tripod suddenly seems revolutionary”. Paranormal Activity not only breaks the rules of mockumentary-style horror film with tripods, but also rises above the cheap scares and stereotypes of Hollywood funded horror films, and it truely shows you how to frighten without the use of any blood, CG or foam latex, yet special effects are not absent at all. What director, Oren Peli, was able to accomplish with $15,000, is filmmaking in its purest.

-Matthew Perdue

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