Top 100 Movie Villains 60-51

100 villains

These are the stuff of our nightmares. They made us laugh, cry, shout in rage, and sent shivers down our spines These are the baddest of the bad and the most evil of the evil. This is who I see as the:

51. The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera, 2004)

52. Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 1961)

53. Lamia (Stardust)

54. Don Rafael Monterro (The Mask of Zorro)

55. Bart Jason (El Dorado)

56. Otto Dietrich (Top Dog)

57. Holli Would (Cool World)

58. Ellsworth Toohey (The Fountainhead)

59. Sonny Black (Donnie Brasco)

60. The Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990)

Trilogy Review- Atlas Shrugged- Spoiler Alerts

Now, I don’t normally do this, but every single film had an entirely different cast, so I’m not going to list them, because that would be too exhaustive. I also don’t usually include spoilers, but since the trilogy is based on a single novel, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I don’t see another way around it. Here we go.

Somewhere deep in the not-so-distant future, America is no longer a republic, but ruled by a tyrant president and a single Legislative body. The USA is in a deep depression with fuel prices skyrocketing so much, planes and automobiles are an impossibility. The high seas are in danger too from pirates who steal from government cargo. As a result, trains and locomotives are the only financially viable means of transportation.

There riots and chaos, and yet Taggart Transcontinental railroads, led by COO Dagney Taggart and Rearden Steel led by CEO and owner Henry “Hank” Rearden seem to be doing okay.

However, both Dagney and Hank take notice that some of the world’s leading captains of industry, scientists, and even artisans are vanishing. When asked why, there is only the question, “Who is John Galt?” An expression meaning basically “How high is the sky?”

Dagney and Hank both have personal problems. Hank’s wife is a selfish woman whose family leeches off of Hank. Dagney’s brother claims credit for all of her successes, such as building the John Galt Line with Rearden’s synthetic metal. It is claimed to be stronger than steel, but lighter.

As more of their friends vanish, Hank and Dagney stumble upon an engine made by 2oth Century Motors. It utilizes the natural electricity of the Earth to create renewable and clean energy. As they search, the claws of the tyrannical government slowly grip both Taggart Transcontinental and Rearden Steel.

The plot thickens when the two of them fall in love and their companies soon become the victims of a vast conspiracy.

The first film, Atlas Shrugged Part 1, felt like Junior High. Directed by Paul Johansson the crew was getting to know one another and they were trying to put together a great film. It was a good film, but not great. It was well acted, but not so well put together. Transitions were rough and some of the subplots fell flat.

The second film, Atlas Shrugged Part 2: The Strike, felt like High School. Directed by John Putch, it had the best cast of the three. They all had the best chemistry and the film was the best put together. Not a great film, but a very good film where the producers and director worked the hardest to give the audience a clear story.

The third film, Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who Is John Galt, directed by J. James Manera felt like Junior College. While it had good acting and a ghttps://lonestarinspirations.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpood plot, the story felt rushed to be done. It was interlaced with narration meant to fill in the holes from the first two, but it only succeeded in confusion. Also, Hank Rearden was an after thought in this film. He just sort of vanishes explained as he was joining the Strike from the second film. The actor who played the titular John Galt, while a good actor, was kind of a let down. From the first two I was expecting a great lead with an epic voice, but John Galt was just kind of ordinary.

That being said, don’t believe the critics who say that these are the worst films since Plan 9 From Outer Space. These are indie films and indie films always have flaws. I’ve seen far worse films with a bigger budget and better studio backing. (Avatar comes to mind.) Check it out, you might learn something.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”

“I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”

“To shrug.”

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, minor sexual themes, violence

 

Painting- Hidden Revelations

35 Hidden RevelationsI did this painting with originally a black background and gold letters that said: Alpha, Omega, Beginning, and End. I didn’t like it, so I painted over with several rainbow colors. The gold letters bled through. Instead of putting another coat on it, I thought it came out great!

Music Review- Lindsey Stirling/Josh Groban: Pure Imagination featuring The Muppets

linseystirling-joshgroban pure imaginationI am a huge fan of Lindsey Stirling, so it is hard to be unbiased when I listen to her music, but I found her teaming up with Josh Groban and The Muppets to cover Pure Imagination to be quite enjoyable.

Josh Groban’s voice was perfect to cover this song. I know this song, from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory would be a tough one to fill, but Josh covers it superbly. Add in Lindsey Stirling’s superb playing on the violin and it seals the deal.

Of course, the antics from The Muppets bring a humorous touch to the song as Ms. Piggy clashes with Lindsey Stirling over who is the starlet of the show. Check it out by clicking on the picture above.

Movie Review- Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

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Marvel Comics is king for live-action films. No one can really dispute that. However, for animated features, DC Comics rules the roost when it comes to Direct-to-DVD.

Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is a more family-feature film, however, it is a well put together “brave and the bold” film.

As a meteor made of pure gold passes towards the Earth, some strange animal themed crimes are being committed throughout Gotham City. The Animalitia, featuring Cheetah, Silverback, Killer Croc, and newcomer Man-Bat, are attacking various places in the city. Batman and his allies Nightwing, Red Robin, Green Arrow get some help from the Flash who arrives while investigating a robbery in Central City.

As they investigate the crime sprees and encounter three mysterious high powered robots, they soon find out that Oswald Cobblepot is working with a Dr. Langstrom to develop the robots for “clean-up.” However, Batman and his allies know better as the meteor gets closer to Earth, they deduce that the villains are somehow plan to crash the golden meteor on Gotham, killing millions.

This was a pretty good film, even as a kid’s movie. While it did have some plot holes and some very corny dialogue, the film made it for it with voice cast and animation. The film borrows the “cyberpunk” feel of Batman Forever with futuristic devices and flying cars. That being said, it was a good movie. Check it out today!

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild action violence, rude behavior

CAST

  • Roger Craig Smith – Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Dana Snyder – The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
  • Chris Diamantopoulos – Green Arrow/Oliver Queen
  • Laura Bailey – Cheetah/Barbara Minerva, Newcaster
  • John DiMaggio – Killer Croc/Waylon Jones
  • Will Friedle – Nightwing/Dick Grayson
  • Yuri Lowenthal – Red Robin/Tim Drake
  • Phil LaMarr – Man-Bat/Kirk Langstrom
  • Charlie Schlatter – Flash
  • Keith Szarabajka – Silverback
  • Richard Epcar – Commissioner James Gordon
  • Alastair Duncan – Alfred Pennyworth
  • Amanda Troop – Gladys Windsmere, Pretty Girl

 

Movie Review- Avengers Age of Ultron

Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes the sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron, once again directed by Joss Whedon.

With the fall of the SHIELD (or so we’re told), the Avengers have stepped up their game in taking out HYDRA. They assault a base where they encounter the Maximoff twins, Quicksilver and his twisted sister Scarlet Witch. Though they are victorious, Scarlet Witch implants thoughts into Tony Stark aka Iron Man. He sees a vision where the Avengers are dead and the earth is destroyed.

With this in mind, he and Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, use Loki’s staff from the first film to create an artificial intelligence. At first they think they failed, but what they awaken is none other than an evil consciousness known as Ultron.

A few fans were saying this film failed to live up to the hype. I politely disagree. This film exceeded the hype. The story, acting, and everything in between was superb. They did a little bit of character building for Hawkeye, who had a cameo in the first Thor, and had a minor role in the first Avengers. That really sealed the deal for me.

Also, I would like to say that James Spader nailed it as Ultron. He was cruel, cold, calculating, everything you want for a robot with a god complex. If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check it out!

Check it out, it’s the best Marvel film yet.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, action/violence, innuendo

FAVORITE QUOTE: You step through that door, you’re an Avenger.

CAST:

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk:
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
  • Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver:
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
  • Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision:
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig
  • James Spader as Ultron:
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury