Monday, September 12, 2011

PiT Master Movie Character Countdown, Part 2

Okay, okay. I know. I'm an asshole. I told everyone that this would be a really special project for me and that I was going to take the time to do it right and make everyone happy. I messed up. I disappeared. All I can say is "Suck it, I do what I want." You guys should know what to expect from me now. However, if you are still angry at me for not updating the Master Movie Character Countdown in a long while, feel free to rip me a new asshole. It's okay, I got like seven. Yeah, I got a Charlie Brown ghost ass.

 If someone tries to give me a rock for Trick-or-Treat I will just fucking lose it

Since I've been such an absentee writer I feel I have to make this an abridged Master Movie Character Countdown and just skip ahead to the top 20 in each list (male and female). Don't worry, I'll show you everyone that you'll miss out on, and hey, who knows. Maybe I'll get a chance to go back and finish the list for realios sometime in the future (not likely). In case you missed part one, you can find it at Master Movie Character Countdown Part 1.

Here is the full list, entries fifty through twenty-one for both genders. For those of you that are organizationally impaired (don't worry, I am too it's no big deal), it goes number on the list, character name, movie title, year, then actor/actress. I will make a note or two on occasion if I feel an entry needs explained a little better, especially for the more obscure entries, but mostly it will just be in list form.

50) Genie, Aladdin, 1992 - Robin Williams
49) Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity, 2005 - Nathan Fillion
48) The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1991 - Arnold Schwarzeneggar
47) Tyler Durden, Fight Club, 1999 - Brad Pitt
46) Magneto, X2: X-Men United, 2003 - Sir Ian McKellen
45) J.J. Gittes, Chinatown, 1974 - Jack Nicholson
44) Hiccup, How To Train Your Dragon, 2010 - Jay Baruchel
43) R.P McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975 - Jack Nicholson
42) Dr. Alan Grant, Jurassic Park, 1993 - Sam Neil
41) Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski, 1998 - John Goodman
40) John Doe, Se7en, 1995 - Kevin Spacey
39) Tony Stark, Iron Man, 2008 - Robert Downey, Jr.
38) Robert Thorn, The Omen, 1976 - Gregory Peck
37) Ellis "Red" Redding, The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 - Morgan Freeman

36) Rick Blaine, Casablanca, 1942 - Humphery Bogart
35) Dr. Hannibal Lector, The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 - Anthony Hopkins
34) Sgt. Jack Vincennes, L.A. Confidential, 1997 - Kevin Spacey
33) Theo Faron, Children of Men, 2006 - Clive Owen
32) Tuco Ramirez, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 1966 - Eli Wallach
31) The Joker, Batman, 1989 - Jack Nicholson
30) HAL9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 - Douglas Rain
29) Roy Batty, Blade Runner, 1982 - Rutger Hauer

28) Norman Stansfield, Léon: The Professional, 1994 - Gary Oldman
27) Scar, The Lion King, 1994 - Jeremy Irons
26) Howard Beale, Network, 1976 - Peter Finch
25) Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters, 1984 - Bill Murray
24) Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977 - Mark Hammil
23) Gollum, The Lord of the Rings, 2001-2003 - Andy Serkis
22) Michael Corleone, The Godfather pt II, 1974 - Al Pacino
21) Marty McFly, Back to the Future, 1985 - Michael J. Fox

50) Teresa, Girl Walks Into A Bar, 2010 - Emmanuelle Chriqui
       -This entry requires some explanation, especially since it's such a new film. Girl Walks Into A Bar was a feature length film released entirely free on YouTube made by a group of sensational actors and actresses. Seriously, Danny DeVito and Josh Hartnett and Carla Gugino and Rosario Dawson are all in it. And since it's free you should just go watch it. If you're looking for just an example of why this particular character is on the Master Movie Character Countdown, please view this scene.

49) Andrea Beaumont, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, 1993 - Dana Delany/Stacy Keach
48) Dr. Elsa Schneider, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989 - Alison Doody
47) Eleanor Iselin, The Manchurian Candidate, 1962 - Angela Lansbury
46) Emma Skillpa, Peacock, 2010 - Cillian Murphy
      - Yes, that is a man on the list for female characters. It might help explain a couple of things if you watch the trailer of Peacock, but the gist of it is that Cillian Murphy's character leads a double life and that's all I'm going to tell you about this Hitchcock-ish movie.
45) Mallorie "Mal" Cobb, Inception, 2010 - Marion Cotillard
44) Bliss Cavendar, Whip It, 2009 - Ellen Page
43) Rachel Jansen, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008 - Mila Kunis
42) Natalie, Memento, 2000 - Carrie-Ann Moss
41) Christiane Kerner, Good Bye, Lenin!, 2003 - Katrin Saß
40) Lola, Run Lola Run, 1998 - Franka Potente
39) Vivian Rutledge, The Big Sleep, 1946 - Lauren Bacall
38) Nikita, Le Femme Nikita, 1990 - Anne Parillaud
37) Marla Singer, Fight Club, 1999 - Helena Bonham Carter
36) Helen Tasker, True Lies, 1994 - Jamie Lee Curtis
35) Red Genia "Girl in Red", Schindler's List, 1993 - Oliwia Dabrowska
      - It may be hard to believe that a character that has no spoken lines and is generally in the background the entire film makes an appearance on the list, but I would argue that no other character in the entire film had as much impact on the plot as she did. She is where everything clicked for the main character, Oskar Schindler. If you have a couple of minutes, there is a very good bit about the Girl in Red over on the DVD review of the movie at IGN. It goes into the history of the character a little and possible meanings of the symbol. Check it out.
34) Ofelia, Pan's Labyrinth, 2006 - Ivana Baquero
33) Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Batman Returns, 1992 - Michelle Pfeiffer

32) Janine Melnitz, Ghostbusters, 1984 - Annie Potts
31) Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl, Kick-Ass, 2010 - Chloë Moretz
30) Ana, Dawn of the Dead, 2004 - Sarah Polley
29) Uhura, Star Trek, 2009 - Zoe Saldana
28) The Alien Queen, Aliens, 1986 - Stan Winston
       - Yes, I know. This is the second man playing a woman on the female list but can you blame me for this one? The Alien Queen was such an awesome special effect that instead of just being a horrible monster, Winston gave the whole thing personality and I can honestly say that this character has entered my nightmares more than a few times. Just think of how impressive this character was and how much work it took to get it on screen: It stood over fourteen feet tall, had to be operated by puppeteers, hydraulics, control rods, and a crane, and all scenes involving the Queen were filmed in-camera (that's no computer generated mumbo-jumbo for you non-film-nerd types). Truly it was one of the most stunning special effects that I've ever seen and completely deserving of its spot here at 28.
27) Tracy Flick, Election, 1999 - Reese Witherspoon
26) Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988 - Kathleen Turner (voice), Amy Irving (singing voice)
25) Brigid O'Shaughnessy, The Maltese Falcon, 1941 - Mary Astor
24) Laura Dannon, Brick, 2005 - Nora Zehetner
23) Maggie Fitzgerald, Million Dollar Baby, 2005 - Hilary Swank
22) Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, Shadow of a Doubt, 1943 - Teresa Wright
21) Fa Mulan, Mulan, 1998 - Ming Na (voice), Lea Salonga (singing voice: interesting to note, she also provided the singing voice for Jasmine in Aladdin)

Remember to check back soon for the official conclusion of the Master Movie Character Countdown.

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