A Modern Guide To Movie Going (Holiday Season 2015 & Beyond)!

We’re falling into the Holiday Movie Season, kicked off  last weekend by the mediocre SPECTRE and The Peanuts Movie. Things will start to get crazy with the release of Mocking Jay Part 2 and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, all culminating with the biggest movie release of all time: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Whether Star Wars is pulling you out of your Netflix hole, or you’ve been going to the movies all year long enjoying hits like Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you will find this Guide To Movie Going in the 21st Century! extremely useful.

Trust me. I work at a Movie Theater. And I got to a lot of Movies!

Don’t use Fandango!

I have worked at two of the three major theater chains in the United States and there is one constant: DON’T USE FANDANGO!Fandango Bag Puppets

It’s almost a dirty little secret, especially since the “Pre-Show” at my chain has a Fandango commercial! But we (theater chains) don’t want you to use it! It’s not always accurate, for whatever reason, so you’ll get stuck with tickets to a showtime that doesn’t exist!

Always use the theater chains’ direct website, where tickets are on sale, the surcharge is no larger than Fandango’s, and the times are actually accurate! I’m talking www.cinemark.com or www.amctheatres.com. I don’t know Regal’s website…

I guess it’s not too hard to tell which of the three chains I didn’t work for!

Make sure you check Movie Times for the day you are going!!!

We no longer live in an era where Movie Showtimes are the same from Friday through Thursday. Theaters have events now. And almost all movies get an early evening release on Thursdays (gone are the days when only movies like Star Wars got midnight releases). Showtimes change day to day.

Sherlock The Abdominable Bride Christmas SpecialWe’ve got Live Concerts, Classic Series Films, Live Sporting Events (including Video Game tournaments…), and Special Screenings like the Dr. Who and Sherlock Christmas Specials coming up in late December/early January. Very, very rarely will all three Weekend Days have the same showtimes, even more rare on weekdays!  

Don’t look up today’s times if you’re going to a movie tomorrow! Check the day you are going, otherwise you may show up for a showtime that doesn’t exist.

And NEVER look up said showtimes on Fandango!!!

Double Check Movie Times the day you are going!!!

Unless you have tickets in hand, double check the showtime the day of the movie. Sometimes theaters will “Wild Cat” a showtime, meaning we may cancel a showtime of The Intern to make room for another showing of SPECTRE. It’s very, very rare, but it does happen!

Know your Theater Chains and the Brands that fall under their Umbrella. amc theatres logo

Let’s break this down fast so you don’t try to use a Gift Card at the wrong Chain:

AMC is AMC Theatres. As the company has acquired other companies like Kerasotes, they rename the theaters so it’s simple. AMC Gift Cards work at all AMC locations, NOT at any theater lacking the AMC name.

Cinemark and Regal keep most the names of the theater chains they have purchased. So…

Regal LogoRegal is also known as United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres.

Cinemark LogoCinemark also has locations called Century Theatres, Rave, Tinseltown, & CineArts.

Know where your gift cards will work by understanding the above hierarchy!

IMAX is no longer the only Big, Loud Screen in Town.

You’re going to want to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on something big!

A few years ago Regal, AMC, and Cinemark decided to make their own, “Premium Format” to compete with IMAX, which had begun incensing it’s name to Theater Chains without actually delivering the full “IMAX Experience.” IMAX Screens of old were 70mm format, taller than they were wide, but now IMAX is just a name plastered on screens that run floor to ceiling with incredibly large speakers. I noticed the change seeing The Dark Knight 1st on a real IMAX Screen, with the image Christopher Nolan intended, and then seeing it on one of the “fake” Digital IMAX Screens that cut most of Nolan’s superior image.IMAX Comparison

Well, the three chains succeeded… partially… instead each creating their own “Premium Format” to save on IMAX licencing fees. AMC called theirs ETX, Regal went with RTX, and Cinemark features X D (have to space the letters or WordPress makes a XD face. 😦 ). All are just as good as Digital IMAX… unless it is one of the dozen or so “True” IMAX Screens left in the US.

Reserved Seating is on the way… and here to stay!

If you don’t have it already, the Industry is moving toward “Reserved Seating,” meaning you pick your seats when you buy your ticket. Don’t fight it, don’t whine, Reserved Seating will be the standard by the end of 2016, and it ain’t going anywhere!

Reserved Seating is the perfect tool to buy tickets in advance. If you bought Star Wars tickets the minute they went online after that Monday Night Football trailer for my theater, then you also picked your seats, which means you can show up minutes before showtime, no waiting in a looooong line for hours, and still have the best seat in the house.Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Han Solo and Chewbacca

And it doesn’t really change the movie going experience on a day-to-day basis. What’s the difference between picking a seat at Box Office vs. when you walk into the auditorium? You’re going to pick the same seats… unless they are already sold… which is no different than walking in and seeing another guest already sitting where you like to sit. In fact, picking seats at Box Office let’s you see what’s left in a nearly Sold Out show! Don’t walk in blind, caught with only the front row. Know what’s left before dropping a dime.

Don’t be a Dummy. No Masks or Fake Weapons, Dummy!

Star Wars fans are whining about not being able to wear their Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, or Darth Vader (or Kylo Ren!) masks. And they can’t bring in fake guns. Or Lightsabers.Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn Removes Stormtrooper Helmet

Look, I’m a Fanboy who dressed as Captain America for the entirety of the 1st Avengers opening weekend as a theater manager. I was dressed like Batman the night a theater not 30 miles from my own theater was shot up. Your sadness over losing masks and Lighsabers is not nearly as severe as the sadness of losing a loved one.

Stop being a Goddamn Baby and welcome to the 21st Century!

And that’s all you need to know! Here’s your handy-dandy guide to movie going, still good in 2016!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer #3 HD Screengrabs Vol. 1

As I’ve done with past epic movie trailers, here is the 1st set of original screengrabs from the final trailer #3 for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Vol. 1: The New Kids on the Block.


If you missed the trailer, Watch It 1st! Photos can’t explain how cool this trailer looks in action.Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Daisy Riley as ReyStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Daisy Riley Junkyard Star DestroyerStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Daisy Riley Rey and B-88Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Daisy Riley Rey Looks to the StarsStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 The New Order Stormtroopers and General HuxStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn Wearing Stormtrooper HelmetStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn Removes Stormtrooper HelmetStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Exploding Tie Fighter 1Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Exploding Tie Fighter 2Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Exploding Tie Fighter 3Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Tie Fighter Crashes Towars JakkuStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Crashed On JakkuStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Finn's Crashed On Jakku 2Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Looks At Space Red LightStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Looks At Space Red Light zoomedStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Looks At Space Red Light CloseStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Mask Close UpStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren In Possession of Darth Vader HelmetStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Mask Close Up ReachingStar Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Kylo Ren Uses Force on Man

Read Vol. 2: Old School Ships: New Combat… And A Classic Face!

Or Vol. 3: The Rest Of the Best! 

May the Force be with you!

The Final Trailer #3 For STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Is Here!!!

Just watch it! Bask in it’s glory! As Han Solo says, the stories were true!

Wow! From the swelling musical themes of the original movies, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS does feel a lot like the original trilogy, but there are definite J.J. Star Trek inspirations from the visual tweak on Lightspeed to the game-changing look at X-Wing dogfights, and some aliens in between. It totally has a J.J. Abrams look. But that ain’t bad at all!

And questions are answered! Kylo Ren does in fact take fashion device from Darth Vader as he seems to be obsessed with him. Finn is instead a former Stormtrooper way out of his league, not simply wearing the suit as a disguise a la the OG Star Wars. There’s ALL the original cast, finally… except for Luke who remains simply a hand. Plus, Lightsabers work in the rain!Star Wars The Force Awakens Final Trailer #3 Rey Cries Over Dead Han Solo

And did we see Han Solo die in that that trailer? Look again, but I think it’s there around 1:45 mark! Is Rey crying over her father’s body?!?! (Through which I also surmise she is the spawn of Solo…).

Questions will be answered December 18th, 2015. Good luck getting tickets.

Check Out Original Screen Grabs Now!

Vol. 1: The New Kids on the Block.

Vol. 2: Old School Ships: New Combat… And A Classic Face!

Vol. 3: The Rest Of the Best.

STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT Complete Set of Original Screen Grabs

I went through the entire trailer for the upcoming videogame Star Wars: Battlefront and captured a Galaxy of original screen grabs for you! Enjoy!Star Wars Battlefron Trailer Star Destroyer Above Endor Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Ewok Village Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Stormtrooper Speeder Endor Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Speeder Endor Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Speeder Explosion Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Forces Endor Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebels Attack Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Attack Explosion Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Firing At Stormtroopers Star Wars Battlefront Stormtrooper Hit Star Wars Battlefront Stormtrooper Shot Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Speeder POV Star Wars Battlefront Speeder Chase POV Star Wars Battlefront Stormtrooper Run and Shoot Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebels Shoot Stormtrooper Off Speeder Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Speeder Crash 2 Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Alien Endor Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Chicken Walker Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Self Defense Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Shield Device Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Shield Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Sheild Bubble Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Heavy Fire Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Jetpack Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Chicken Walker Vs Rebel Jetpack Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Chicken Walker Explosion Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Alien Looks Star Wars Battlefront AT-AT Foot Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Rebel Stares at AT-AT Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Stormtroopers and AT-AT Star Wars Battlefront AT-AT Head Star Wars Battlefront Trailer AT-AT Missle Explosion Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Calling in Air Support Star Wars Battlefront Trailer AT-AT kills Rebel Star Wars Battlefront Trailer AT-AT Shoots Star Wars Battlefront Trailer AT-AT Hit Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Y-Wing Bombing Star Wars Battlefront Trailer AT-AT Explodes Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Darth Vader Hand Lightsaber Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Vader Lighsaber Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Darth Vader Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Hoth Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Hoth AT-AT Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing Cockpit Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing Chases Tie Fighter Star Wars Battlefront Boba Fett Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Tie Fighter Launch Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Tie Fighter Blasts Off Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Tie Fighter Combat Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Millenium Falcon

STAR WARS Keeps On Giving With 1st Trailer For STAR WARS:BATTLEFRONT VideoGame

Wow. First a killer movie trailer for The Force Awakens that seems to support the fact that this new film has that classic Star Wars feel, cultivated carefully by Master-Director J.J. Abrams, drops online. Now, a trailer for the new Xbox One/PS4/PC game, Star Wars: Battlefront looks like the Star Wars game to play after nearly a decade drought of great Star Wars games that don’t have “Lego” in the title.

My favorite Star Wars game ever is Star Wars: Rogue Leader (Rogue Squadron 2), a launch title for the Nintendo Gamecube (which actually arrived via Amazon a week before the Gamecube was released. Talk about a looooong week…). My 2nd favorite is PC’s RPG, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, from Bioware. And of course, I also have a soft spot for all three Super Star Wars titles that cover the OG trilogy as Super Nintendo sidescrollers.Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer Trooper Speeder

But back in the day, Star Wars: Battlefront was quite the franchise as well; marrying the Battlefield mechanics with Star Wars characters, vehicles, and locales. It wasn’t perfect, but if the team behind this brand new Battlefront can nail the controls (like the perfect Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One control scheme), then it sure looks like the best Star Wars game in about a decade.

Watch the glorious trailer now for NEW Star Wars: Battlefront! Battles from the Original Trilogy, now with pristine graphics!

Welcome back to Hoth, Mother Fuckers!

Besides Batman: Gotham Knight, Star Wars: Battlefront is the game to look forward to in 2015! If

If it comes out this year. Releasing it in December for the Holidays and when Force Awakens comes out is a no brainier. Or a missed opportunity.

Of course, a Star Wars: Battlefront sequel/expansion featuring The Force Awakens time period and ships is also a no brainier.

Whatever the case, Battlefront will live or die by the control scheme, as it’s obvious they have everything else down!

Great Melted Vader’s Helmet! STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Gives Us Han and Chewie!

Good God, ya’ll! We’ve got a plethera of “teaser” trailers today, but of all today’s goodness, the 2nd trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes the cake!

Let’s watch it before I spoil it.

Boom! A crashed Star Destroyer and X-Wing? Check!Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer and X-Wing

Melted Vader helmet? Check!Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2 Vader Helmet

Luke’s lineage, including perhaps a child of Leia? R2-D2 and Luke’s now fully metallic fake hand? Check for both.Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2 Luke and R2-D2

Who’s that in charge of that battalion of Storm Troopers? Who runs The Empire Now?Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2 Storm Trooper Army

Who’s the Sith looking fellow in the mask? His name is Kylo Ren, but who is the man, behind the mask?Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2 Kylo Ren

And who is this incredibly important looking Storm Trooper?Chrome Trooper Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2

Further Empire development since we last saw them… thirty years ago.Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2 Tie Fighter PilotStar Wars The Forece Awakens New Star Destroyer and Tie Fighters

And why are Han Solo and Chewbacca finally home? Is it a homecoming on the Millennium Falcon, because that sure looks like her interior.


“Fast ship? You’ve never heard of the Millenium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.”

Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2

Lot’s here to process, so let’s take a moment to enjoy it all… especially the first appearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca after so many decades!

The force looks strong with this one!

A Better Class Of Criminal: Part I

“This city deserves a better class of criminal.”

Have you noticed a trend in your favorite blockbusters of late (well… “of late” meaning “the past 5 years or so…”)?

Are your villains more interesting? Do the actors portraying them have past Oscar nominations and/or can they overcome the action-movie stigma to achieve at least pipe-dreams of one? Are these bad guys crazier than normal? You know, more unique with a funny voice or passion for mayhem?

If you answered yes to any of those absurd questions, perhaps you, like me, feel that the past decade has produced some of the most memorable and unique villains in the history of cinema. (No, not just memorable because they’re recent, memorable because they’re so good it feels like they have  some real staying power.)

Javier Bardem as Silva in SKYFALL

2012 alone has been particularly giving, including last weekend’s SKYFALL, anchored by villain Javier Bardem. I’d like to take this time in “movie villain history” to recall past favorite villains of mine and compare them to the current crop that catch audience’s eyes for their originality (like Bane… that is some really bizarre shit).

Patterns will quickly emerge, suggesting that these modern villains we love to love for their originality, actually share quite a bit in common with one another. It’s less that each breaks the mold, more that each fits the current mold; a mold that itself has evolved from what came before. Even the mold is not original, it has simply built on our past, perfecting the traits of a great villains past rather than inventing them.

My personal favorite antagonists from decades past range from those widely-considered classics to a few lesser appreciated gems (especially recently)*:

*I am a lover of film, but I am also only 24 years old, so I apologize if my naturally limited knowledge of films before the 70s cause me to leave out an obvious villain for this list. Likewise, I am writing this all in one night (instead of sleeping); I’m confident that later today I will be like “oh fuck, I can’t believe I forgot ___________!”

*Also, to set up some sort of limits as to what qualifies as a villain/antagonist/bad guy, I’ve decided to draw the line at  live-action man. No sharks a la JAWS, dinosaurs a la JURASSIC PARK, no machines a la 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and no animated baddies like Gollum. After all, though many (including myself) would argue three of the four preceding examples are incredibly emotive/iconic in their execution, are they really the same as an actor doin’ their thang’?

*Finally, to simplify shit even further, I eliminated any characters who may be imaginary, a la FIGHT CLUB.


“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”

1964 – Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) – Really set the mold for the classic Bond villain better than DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE had established before. Besides keeping a light and witty rapport with the hero, Goldfinger seems to take great pleasure in his own eccentricities, something we will see time and time again in the Bond universe and elsewhere.

It is this pleasure in action I am trying to drive home today, this aspect that is essential for an interesting antagonist today.

1977, 1980, 1983 – Darth Vader, uhhhh I’m not even gonna say what movie he’s from cause I’m insulted – Obvious choice. No one is more ruthless than him. None more iconic. He’ll death grip the shit out of his own men. And look great doing it. The guy to imitate when it comes to getting results from your henchmen.

And even back in his day we were using tricks like interesting voices and masks (again, see Bane) to give villains identity in a world full of ’em.

1981Dr. Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK –  Rene Belloq is my favorite type of villain, the doppelganger; that is, a baddie who is very similar to our hero/nearly the mirror opposite. Belloq and Indiana Jones are both archaeologists, peers in their field, but they differ in methods. As Belloq tells Jones, “I am but a shadowy reflection of you, it would take only a nudge to make you like me.”

1982 – Khan (Ricardo Montalban), STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN – It never hurts to make it personal, not for the audience at least.

Not JAWS 3 or TAKEN-I-want-my-daughter personal. More like the villain feels as though the protagonist has personally wronged them, personal. So, rather than the good guy going on a rampage limited by what makes him a good guy, you have a sadistic madman who don’t give a shit ’bout no’body out to settle a score, and no one will stand in his way. When this happens, there are no Innocent and the world (and/or the universe) burns.

So is the case with Kahn who seeks revenge on Kirk for marooning him on a baron planet, and so will be the case with one of the top villains of 2012.

1987 – Joshua (Gary Busey) with an assist by Endo, LETHAL WEAPON – Joshua is perfect parts crazy and loyal as proved by the classic flame-to-arm scene. Besides, it’s hard to forget that crazy cop on crazy mercenary beat-down with Riggs (Mel Gibson). Joshua would also be considered a doppelganger for Riggs (noticing some patterns here?).

And as far as Endo goes, one need only quote Mr. Joshua, “Endo here has forgotten more about dispensing pain than you and I will ever know.”

Live or die by that reputation, Endo.

Live or die.

1988 – Hans Gruber, DIE HARD – Fine, I admit that so far, very few of my choice are controversial or unknown. Don’t worry, that comes later, like in the 90s where nostalgia clouds my judgement.

Characters popular in the 80s are in-proportionality represented on this list because it’s a personal favorite time period in cinema. Like today, villains were quirky and took great joy in their “work.” Gruber didn’t just have a killer, well thought-out master-plan; he also had fun! (Sound familiar?)

1989 – The Joker (Jack Nicholson), BATMAN – Really, who has more fun killing people than the Joker? The Joker is supposed to be having the time of his life, even when things don’t go according to plan. Jack doesn’t disappoint, though his version still pales in comparison to that of Mark Hamill.  Goddamn it though if the man doesn’t commit.

– The South African Consulate’s Minister of Affairs and his Henchmen, LETHAL WEAPON 2 – “Diplomatic Immunity,” really says it all, don’t it?

(Answer: “Yes, it don’t. It really don’t.”)

A little advice, don’t kill the hot South African chick Riggs is fucking AND THEN tell him you murdered his wife. That is, unless you want your house pulled down a mountain.

That shit’s just super personal, and Riggs goes the appropriate amount of ape shit, like 007 post-Vesper.


1995 – Alec Trevelyan aka 006 aka Janus (Sean Bean), GOLDENEYE  – There’s a reason 006 was/possibly is still my favorite Bond villain. Again, everything’s super-personal (he’s Bond’s old friend, plus Bond scarred him by “setting the timers for 3 instead of 6.” He knows MI6 and is another perfect example of a doppelganger (perhaps the most perfect as Bean was nearly hired as Bond). All the correct chips are in play, driven home by all the witty banter between “006” and 007, up until the end.

006 for a new

millennium006 shares quite a few similarities with the still to be discussed Silva from SKYFALL, and is certainty a precursor for the new villain. His past drives him a different direction than “For Queen and Country” Bond, feeling a similar need for revenge to that of Javier Bardem’s character.

1995 – John Doe (don’t wanna spoil the surprise), SEVEN – He’s certainly one of the most quirky/sadistic killers on film. And he knows how to deliver an unbelievable third act, important for any villain worth his salt (if that is even a saying).

Returning our attention to 006, while he’s always great, but it’s the combo of an incredibly strong introduction action scene and the finale showdown that cement his role in 007 history. Likewise, with an ending like that of SEVEN,  I doubt we’ll forget this serial killer soon.

1997 – Edgar (Vincent D’Onofrio), MEN IN BLACK – Really, unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, D’Onofrio’s performance of a space roach in an “Edgar” suit still astounds. Certainly one of the most “out there” threats. Again, fun work with the acting and voice make for fun times at cinemas.

1998 – Don Rafeal Montero (Stuart Wilson) &  Captain Love (Matt Letscher), THE MASK OF ZORRO – Double the doppelgangers, double the fun!

With old Zorro facing his old arch-nemesis (who just happened to accidentally murder his wife then intentionally -d’uh – steal his daughter) and new Zorro facing his brother’s killer, after years of training and dreams of revenge. Really, Nick Doll’s wet-dream.

From the director of the aforementioned GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE, Martin Campbell, I like to think of MASK OF ZORRO as the movie Campbell made simple because he couldn’t, at that juncture, make a 007 movie. ZORRO follows all the rules of 007 from the detective work, to the “Bond” girl, to a madman with a country changing plot, Don Rafeal Montero, his lead henchman, Captain Love, and an epic, explosive finale.

2002 – Norman Osbourne (Willem Dafoe) aka The Green Goblin, SPIDER-MAN – “Work was murder”

Now, there’s an actor who chewed the scenery in the best way possible. Whether realistic or not, Dafoe’s approach to the over-the-top Green Goblin set the standard for modern comic book movie villains like those of the AVENGERS and DARK KNIGHT.

Limited by an expressionless mask, Dafoe does a lot with a little. His conversation with “the Goblin” is thing of super hero movie legend, making it ok for mechanical arms, black goo, sand, and lizards to talk to mad scientists in SPIDER-MAN sequels for years to come.

Talking to yourself is a unique place to go with your villain, and comics like Spider-Man nearly demand it.  What is most important and fun about the character though is, again, the extreme joy felt by “Gobby” whilst terrorizing Spider-Man and New York. This really laid the groundwork for silver screen villains like Loki.

If they were to cast Norman Osbourne in the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 tomorrow, I’d insist it remain Willem Dafoe. He embodied a comic character perfectly even before RDJ ever became Tony Stark.

We’ll continue this analysis of the modern blockbuster villain as derived from his aforementioned history next time on BREAKING GEEK in “A Better Class Of Criminal: Part II” including the final era of movie villains,  “Adult” Life: Nearly Modern To Today… And Beyond! 

Find out what Bane, Joker, and Silva all have in common!

Find out which villainous strategy is hot, hot hot! (clue: Joker, Bane, Loki, and Silva all recommend it!)

All this and more! On BREAKING GEEK!