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  • The hundred best movie bastards

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on October 4th, 2005 (All posts by )

    The Chud movie website presents their list of the hundred best bastards in film.

    The bastards are sub-categorized as ‘Asshole’, ‘Cad’ and ‘Role Model’. I for my own part don’t care much for assholes and cads, but everybody needs a role model. I was thinking about Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher or Michael Douglas in Wall Street. I’m not quite sure whom I should emulate, go with the money or hitch a ride:

    Hauer, at his most placidly nutty, then decides to torment the young lad by killing everyone he comes in contact with and playing a lethal cat-and-mouse game across the desert. In his defense, there’s really not much else to do out there.

    Make a killing at the stockmarket, or make a killing, period? Now that’s a tough call to make. I’ll have to think about that a while.

    Either way, did anybody else find a new calling after reading that list?


    6 Responses to “The hundred best movie bastards”

    1. Carl Hollywood Says:

      Where’s my BOURBON?

      I mean, what I meant to say is, shouldn’t Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper, “Blue Velvet”) be on the list?

      And then there’s Ronny “I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake” Cox.

      Otherwise, great list. Thanks for posting it!

    2. Lex Says:

      Frank is beyond the category of “b*stard”. As one reviewer put it, every second he is on the screen you are bathed in fear. Psychotics are a different category. Still, Dennis Hoppper’s performance in that role is his masterpiece.

    3. Ginny Says:

      Robert Mitchum week reminds me of Night of the Hunter? I’ve never seen Cape Fear, but will this week. He haunts long after the movie is gone.

    4. Lex Says:

      I hated Cape Fear. I found it to be powerful while I watched it, but I thought upon reflection that it was gratuitously violent and manipulative and that DeNiro’s extraordinary performance was wasted in the service of an unworthy movie. But, I look forward to your response to it.

    5. Ginny Says:

      Sorry, Lex – if we go it will be to the Mitchum one. It has Gregory Peck, I think, being prickishly good and Mitchum being, well, bad.

    6. Lex Says:

      Oh, that’s OK then. Stay away from the remake. I heard the original is awesome.