"Bad Guys With Flair" who have criminal minds and practice manipulating others into their schemes. They often have the qualities that are admirable in business but have chosen to use their talents to advance themselves.
This article is "Villains in Suits II." The first article is "Villains in Suits" where I include the films about Wall Street and other businesses. The slick, shark villains who lure people in. This a continuation of the first article. View first article here:
"True Romance" (1993) Directed by: Tony Scott and Written by Quentin Tarantino Starring: Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a well-meaning but socially unskilled comic-shop clerk whose idea of a big night out is catching a Sonny Chiba triple-feature at a downtown grindhouse. He meets a girl called Alabama (Patricia Arquette) who is new to town and calls herself a hooker. She has been a hooker only a few days and Slater decides to get her away from her pimp. The director captures the magical innocence of these two lonely characters as they fall in love. The pimp part is played by Gary Oldman who calls himself Drexl. This character made an impression of me that I still remember as one of the scariest bad guys ever! Gary Oldman is the real thing and Tarantino's writing along with Tony Scott's directing creates a wild blend of action and dark comedy. This film reached theaters a year before Tarantino's hit "Pulp Fiction."
"The Strain" TV Series (2014-2017) Written by Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan Starring: David Bradley, Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel
This film was created from a series of books written by Guillermo del Toro. The "bad guy" that impressed me the most was called Thomas Eichorst played by Richard Sammel.
A mysterious viral outbreak of an ancient vampire like virus is taking over New York city. Sirtrachian (David Bradley) is a pawn shop owner who stubbornly is going to get to the bottom of this and stop it.
Sirtrachian has a history with this bad guy. He was a prisoner during the holocaust and Thomas Eichorst was the Nazi General who presided over Sirtrachian's prison camp.
Now he is the right arm man at Stoneheart; presently is under cover as a well dressed business man. He lives forever. He has a secret...no spoilers! As the story unfolds, we are kept spell-bound as we find out secrets of the strogoi (vampires) and secrets of the characters. This director keeps his viewers interested and on their toes. He did not write the script strictly by the books but added new scenes and stories to keep the show fresh and the cast on their toes! Never a dull moment!
The quality of this series is impressive. So many details in the story along with beautiful cinematography. This bad guy keeps you wondering what he is going to do. I can't tell you any spoilers! View this on Amazon Prime.
Andrew Scott in "Sherlock" (2010) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
This series was truly a "labour of love" for the creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The making of Sherlock demonstrates how the team works together to update the stories to our modern time and keep their meaning.
Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character in some of the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the "Napoleon of crime." This character was invented to kill off Sherlock Holmes.
Andrew Scott is amazing and fun to watch as he matches wits with Sherlock. He leads him down some unfruitful pathways. Sherlock cannot resist his intellectual games.
"The Walking Dead" (2010 - 2018) Creators: Frank Darabont, Angela Kang
Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
I have to mention Merle played by Michael Rooker. Daryl's brother in the series. He is such a good actor. He throws himself into the character and is so interesting to watch. He has a bit of southern charm even though it is creepy. He kills, he tortures, he yells, he is the ultimate white trash bad guy. We missed him terribly when his character was gone.
"Cape Fear" (1991) Directed by: Martin Scorsese Starring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lang, Juliette Lewis
De Niro plays convicted rapist Max Cady, recently released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, and stalks the family of the lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) who defended him.
"Come out, come out, wherever you are" mocks Cady.
While in prison, Max studied law. He knows how far to go in harassing Bowden. He goes as far as he can as this thriller
builds and builds. The dialogue is brilliant as Robert De Niro taunts this family and addresses the issue he has with his lawyer's poor defense.
I would like to see Robert De Niro play this role again!!