Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Huh???? Number 1??? Tyler???

Who Was Overlooked in the '100 Greatest Movie Character' List?
by Jonathan Crow   
December 2, 2008

Any time anyone compiles a "Best of" list they are practically begging for an argument. And British movie magazine Empire has thrown down the gauntlet by releasing its list of the 100 greatest movie characters of all time. Here are their choices for the top 25:

25. Yoda (Empire Strikes Back)
24. Ash (Evil Dead)
23. Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)
22. Red (The Shawshank Redemption)
21. Michael Corleone (The Godfather series)
20. Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
19. Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction)
18. Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)
17. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
16. Neo (The Matrix trilogy)
15. Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
14. The Terminator (The Terminator series)
13. Gollum (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
12. John McClane (Die Hard series)
11. James Bond (007 series)
10. Vito Corleone (The Godfather I & II)
9. Ellen Ripley (Alien quadrology)
8. Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy)
7. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
6. Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones series)
5. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
4. Han Solo (Star Wars trilogy)
3. The Joker (The Dark Knight)
2. Darth Vader (Star Wars series)
1. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

My critique of this list: By Seth Ward

WHAT!!!!!!?????? Tyler Durden????? Number ONE???? OVER DARTH FRIGGIN VADER??????

NOT ----A ----- CHANCE.

Okay, he was a good character. Okay, it was a pretty cutting edge movie. Okay Brad Pitt is cool. Good actor. B+, at best. Enviable abs. But... OVER VITO CORLEONE? Are we talking about the same guy who starred in that film-abomination/dramatic-comedy, Legends of the Fall????

I don't even have the words for this lunacy. I could see putting him in AFTER or somewhere in the 50's, or maybe even in the 80's after Rooster in True Grit, or Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider, or Bob in What About Bob, or E.T., or Vincent or Jules in Pulp Fiction, or Harry Potter or George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life... or Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor... or John in Die Hard ...

But numero UNO??? I had to look up some smiling pics of Brad in that movie to see if he had bad teeth or something for the Brit's to make that blunder.

What do you guys think? Worthy of the number 1 slot??? I'm almost slightly sick over this one.


Tully said...

Heck no...he wasn't even that great in that movie! But like the British have any taste when it comes to films.

Yeah, this list is all skewed!

Seth Ward said...

No kidding! I'm thinking they did that just to be artsy fartsy. Just couldn't bring themselves to make Darth Vader number 1. I would have been happier with Harry Potter, but that would have been too obvious.

Amy said...

No offense, but did a man make this list?

Seth Ward said...

No offense taken! I'm not sure.... It would seem so though, right?

Susanne said...

I didn't even see "Fight Club," but I can't imagine any character played by Brad Pitt even being on this list. Especially ahead of "Indiana Jones" and "Jack Sparrow!" Good grief. And if "Neo" in "The Matrix" is the character played by Keanu "I can't act" Reeves, then this list has lost all credibility in my eyes. :)

Anonymous said...

Whoa, so a character I've never even heard of beat out Indiana Jones, Hannibal Lecter, Han Solo, The Joker, AND Darth Vader (not to mention countless other legends)?!

What has the world come to?!

tiny dancer said...

Yeah I didn't even recognize the name Tyler Durden... and I've seen the movie! Apparently not too memorable

And yes, a man DEFINITELY made this list