Posts Tagged ‘papillon’

the antiheros

February 1, 2009

heat
neil mccauley and chris shiherlis, heat.
one of the best scenes is when neil comes home to his ocean-front home after taking care of shit all night and finds chris sleeping on his floor. he pours a couple cups of coffee and then they discuss their daily criminal agenda in neil’s unfurnished living room. if it’s your first time seeing the film you’ll have no idea what they are talking about. anyway, that scene always makes me wish i ran a crew and took scores in l.a.

revolver
sorter, revolver
this is one of those characters that needs it’s own film. there are only a few scenes in revolver where sorter is the main focus, but he owns them completely and with minimal dialogue. i’d say sorter is one of the best ideas for a pro-killer ever developed. the scene to look for is when sorter walks into this back room where all these bastards are playing poker. he’s wearing blue cover-alls so it looks like he’s maintenance or something. he slowly shuts the door behind him, looks around the room very nonchalantly, then reaches into his duffel-bag to pull out a silenced uzi and spray every dude at the table—zero emotion. i lol every time.

bottle rocket
dignan, bottle rocket
dignan is one of my all time favorite characters. i don’t know why, but this guy is cool. he could probably be a great thief if only he had the right crew. throughout the film, dignan remains positive during even the most hopeless of situations. my favorite scene is near the end, when dignan’s crew visits him in jail. as he’s leaving in the line-up and saying goodbye and everything, he starts telling them he’s figured a way to break out and, on his signal, to take out the guard in the tower and then shield him with their bodies because the guards won’t shoot civilians. just when they almost actually do it, he gets this grin on his face because he’s only kidding. the crazy thing was that he almost got them to start taking out guards and everything in a span of maybe five seconds. plus, dignan wears a yellow jumpsuit for no reason, which is badass.

american psycho
patrick bateman, american psycho
i guess you couldn’t really label bateman (batman?) as an antihero. he’s more of an envious, inhuman, bitter, sadistic, psycho-delusional, cannibalistic music enthusiast. the hip to be square axe-murder part is probably my favorite, but as a graphic designer, i also tend to lol at the business card scene.

papillon
henri “papillon” charriere and louis dega, papillon
even after numerous failed prison breaks, and even after having been incarcerated for so many years that being a prisoner on devil’s island has become a way of life to everyone else, papillon continues to fight his way out. escape is his constant objective. his mind is relentless, much like the above dignan imo. also, not only does mcqueen make being a prisoner seem cool, but hoffman is a genius as dega. supposedly there is a re-make in the works involving r. downey jr. as charriere and p. seymour hoffman as dega.

revolver
jake green, revolver
one thing i’ve learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there’s always an opponent, and there’s always a victim. the trick is to know when you’re the latter, so you can become the former — j.g.

ncfom
anton chigurh, no country for old men
chigurh is not exactly an antihero. he’s the primary villian in ncfom, but there are so many good scenes with this guy, you start to like him. the lucky quarter, the silenced shotgun hotel slaughter and the pharmacy robbery scenes are the few that spring to mind. also, anton kills people with a pneumatic rod cattle gun, which is probably the most original weapon i’ve seen in a film.

the professional
leon, the professional
in a heavy french accent — the rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. the closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. the knife, for example, is the last thing you learn — leon

12 monkeys
jeffrey goines, 12 monkeys
jeffrey is fuckin insane. any part of this movie with jeffrey in it is excellent. he’ll flip you off for no reason and if you listen to him long enough he will start to make sense.

fight club
tyler durden, fight club
arguably the most famous of modern antiheroes and alternate personalities. you can’t have an antihero thread and not mention durden, period. a character who believes that in order to free the world, you must first destroy it. it doesn’t get more antihero than this: in the world i see, you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of rockefeller center. you’ll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. you’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the sears tower. and when you look down, you’ll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighwayc.p. for durden

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