The New York Times had commissioned thirteen video-portraits of big deal Hollywood actors re-enacting choice cinema bad guys and what a sleek, gorgeous circle jerk it is. Here are the three best. Maybe. Something like that.
Brad Pitt as Henry Spencer, Eraserhead: You may be old, but you’re still too pretty to play a David Lynch “villain.” However, it was a hypnotic and commendable try, Brad, if not in its dramaturgical efforts (albeit not bad), but for the mere fact that you are a secret fellow cinephile. While baby momma Jolie is getting sued for plagiarism for her
rape-fantasy directorial attempt and falls asleep during your favorite movies, we know you were hiding in the audience for the AFI film festival screening of the new Dardenne brothers movie. It’s no accident you’re in here and it’s appreciated.
Rooney Mara as Alex DeLarge, A Clockwork Orange: Since zzzz Rooney went brunette and started donning darkly/gay drag for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she got all hot. However, this is all kinds of wrong, stylistically. It’s Kubrick gone Japananime. It’s so off. It could have been a whole lot better… but there I am still staring. Egh.
Viola Davis as Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Another subjective choice. The production design is ephemeral, floaty, a little bit Who Killed Bambi?-esque and it’s creepy as all fuck, that with the ladybugs crawling every place and the iciest of all glares. Oh god, here comes the parasitosis. Help… me…
See all and pick faves: A Touch of Evil.