Friday, May 5, 2023

The Movie Villain

The script for this video was provided by an AI program called Write Sonic. The narrator's voice was provided by an AI program called Eleven Labs.

I was surprised to find that every movie news website has published an article on movie villains. The subject is regularly examined by Looper, Vulture, Mojo, Collider, Buzzfeed, Screen Rant, and others. The AI-generated article compares well to those articles. 

I prefer the classic Hollywood villains.  Uncle Charlie of Shadow of a Doubt (1943) isn't as colorful as Freddy Krueger, but his realistic menace is far more profound.  The charmingly guileful Calvera of The Magnificent Seven (1960) is more interesting and entertaining than Michael Myers.  Reverend Harry Powell of The Night of the Hunter (1955) is more chilling than Darth Vader. Jonathan Brewster of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) is funnier than Anton Chigurh.  Granville Sawyer of A Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is more relevant than The Joker.  He has the sort of weaselly villainy that we must defend ourselves against in our daily lives. 

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