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Apr 082014
 

Even though Eliza Dushku was only at MegaCon 2014 for one day, it was so exciting to have met her. She was so sweet. I put a list together of my favorite characters she played and here they are.

On a side note, it was also a pleasure to meet James Marsters once again.

Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: She first came along in season three as a new slayer that joins Buffy and the gang, but her outlook on slaying is different from how Buffy sees it. Faith is overconfident and doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of her, among other things. This caused friction between the two slayers and eventually they became enemies. Some of my most favorite fight scenes are between Buffy and Faith.

Tru Davies from Tru Calling: She’s a morgue worker with an amazing psychic ability. When a body comes in, it asks for Tru’s help and she has to repeat the day in order to prevent that person from getting killed by solving the mystery behind it. What impresses me the most is Tru’s photographic memory. Just one quick look is all she needs to remember everything.

Missy Pantone from Bring it On: This is one of her few comedic roles. Missy is a spunky teenage gymnast, who joins the cheerleading squad. I like her witty persona and how she makes such a big difference as part of the squad.

Jessie Burlingame from Wrong Turn: As part of a group of young friends in the woods, Jessie is tough, courageous, and knows how to take charge. It really shows when she’s confronted by the cannibals. Too bad Jessie isn’t in any of the sequels.

Dana Tacker from True Lies: She’s the young rebellious teenage daughter of computer salesman/spy Harry Tacker. I admit that I didn’t recognize Eliza Dushku when I first saw this movie, but it’s nice to see her in some of her earlier roles as well as her modern ones.

What are some of your favorites?

Sep 172013
 

Wrong Turn is a teen horror film that takes place in, you guessed it, the woods. Eliza Dushku and Jeremy Sisto star as part of a group of college teens on a camping trip. Only to be running from deformed cannibals. To make matters worse, cell phones don’t work in the area and the highway is in gridlock. I’ll tell ya. Those woods will trap ya, because it’s easy to get lost.

One by one, the cannibals snatch and kill the teens. Then bring the bodies back to their house to chop up and eat. The surviving teens soon find the house and explore. There are lots of run down cars out front. Some of which have warnings written on them. Sounds creepy as well as exciting. The inside of the house is creepier. Much like the house of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, jarred teeth and all. I admit that those cannibals are a bit scarier than Leatherface. They prefer to use barbed wire instead of a chainsaw. It provides more of an element of surprise when capturing a victim.

While trying to escape the woods, the teens find a whole bunch more vehicles, which show how many victims the cannibals ate. I guess they had to stash them somewhere. Those cannibals are like raptors. They’re smart and will stop at nothing to get every victim they can. Even if it means having fried humans in a tower. I don’t know if they use a rotisserie or not. I think they prefer raw meat to KFC. Here that would stand for Kountry Fried Cadavers. I’d say Kentucky, but this takes place in Virginia.

Yes, it all sounds disgusting, but this was a good horror movie. Eliza Dushku has been one of my favorites since her role as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ah, no wonder those cannibals kept on chasing her. They must be Buffy fans. Don’t you think?

Aug 202010
 

Yeah, like me.

What makes a great villain? Usually it’s a wickedly tough adversary that the hero(s) must go up against in order to protect the innocent. In many superhero stories, there are usually quite a few different archenemies. Each of them is colorful in their own way.

Let’s take Batman for example. He fights criminals all over Gotham City, but the only villains who are most popular are the colorful ones, such as Joker, Penguin, Cat Woman, Riddler, etc. because they stick out from the rest as much as the superhero.

Dick Tracy is another perfect example. The criminals he fights all have various quirks, which they are named after, like Mumbles, Flat Top, Prune Face, Itchy, etc. I’ll tell ya, if it wasn’t for that, Dick Tracy would never have made it as an icon, no matter how heroic he was.

From an artistic perspective, a great villain is an enemy who is not only colorful, but is evenly matched to the hero. That way it appears more like a 50/50 chance on who will come out on top.

I have here a top five list of my most favorite match-ups that help explain my point.

#5) He-Man vs. Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Skeletor’s motive is simple, he wants to rule the world. He-Man is the only one who can stop him and maintain peace in Eternia. It sounds a little one-sided at first, but now I understand that it’s merely a power struggle between the strongest beings representing good and evil.

#4) Obi-Won Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) vs. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) from Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith: These two Jedi warriors used to be partners. With the seduction of Darth Sidous and unfair treatment of the Jedi counsel, Anakin had completely turned rogue. That soon led to their exciting one on one battle, but what was really touching was when after Obi-Won won the fight, he still felt devastated from Anakin’s betrayal just as any mentor would feel if their protégé turns on them.

#3) John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) vs. Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) from Demolition Man: The motives for these two need no introduction, cop vs. convict. However, the relationship goes deeper when Phoenix gets Spartan arrested with him. The battle scenes between them became more intense when Phoenix develops some new combat skills, which challenges Spartan even more. 

#2) Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) vs. Faith (Eliza Dushku) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: These two are both slayers and used to be friends. Although Faith was troubled to begin with, her reason for turning rogue was different. She wanted to live on the wild side and be free, but Buffy knows better. That soon caused some friction between them as to how the slaying should be done. On the other hand, don’t you just love a good cat fight?

#1) Xena (Lucy Lawless) vs. Callisto (Hudson Leick) from Xena: Warrior Princess: Let’s certainly not forget this classic match-up. Years ago when Xena was evil, she conquered Callisto’s home village and killed her family. That drove her to become more like Xena in every way possible while vowing revenge. Callisto had definitely succeeded, even from beyond the grave, if you know what I mean. As beautiful as she was, it’s really Callisto’s psychotic persona that makes her a favorite of mine.

Basically a good villain is one who is worthy of the title. Whether it’s personal grudges or being consumed by a dark power, villains have goals, but it’s their evil intent that gives them bad karma, which is also enjoyable to watch at times.