3 Actors Who Will Forever Be Remembered for the Detectives They Played

Who doesn’t love a good mystery / crime novel? Who didn’t want to be a detective at least once in a lifetime, wishing to stumble upon mysteries and surprise everybody with his or her deductive and cognitive skills? And who doesn’t love a good mystery / crime movie or TV series, one to keep us alert, with our hearts pounding in our chests and with our brain cells spinning round and round frantically, desperate to solve the problem before the credits roll?

There were and still are some magnificent crime novelists who created immortal characters that are still popular now, even if their creators are long gone. And since we all know the movie and the TV industry loves to put a good story into pictures, some of these fascinating detectives managed to also make history on screen. But what about the actors who portrayed them?

If you are thinking about world – wide famous James Bond, you will realize that each age had its idol. A character played by so many brilliant actors, it is hard to decide which one was the best or “who” is Bond. Some will tell you that 007 equals Sean Connery, others still root for Pierce Brosnan, while the recent years have been totally conquered by Daniel Craig. Same goes with Sherlock Holmes too. Who is the actor that IS Sherlock? Hard to pick a favorite…

But today we will talk about 3 actors who will forever be remembered for the detectives they played, actors that are almost identical in the public conscience with their characters, who gave them life and reserved them a place into eternity.

1. David Suchet – Hercule Poirot

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Admit it: you zap through your TV channels, catch a glimpse of David Suchet and in an instant you know you’re looking at an Agatha Christie movie with famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Between 1989-2013 Agatha Christie: Poirot TV Series was David Suchet’s acting highlight, although he played in many other movies and TV shows. However, the way he looks, speaks, moves and interprets the odd little private eye with a funny French accent and the stubbornness of not acting otherwise but sit in a chair and think, turned Suchet and his Poirot into cinema touchstones for all future generations.  

2. Peter Falk – Lt. Columbo

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Peter Falk is an actor who doesn’t need much presentation, as he is a monument in the world of cinema. However, how many times did you think of him and instead of speaking his true name, you referred to him as “Columbo”? Between 1971-2003, Columbo was one of the most appraised detective shows on TV, as rugged, bum looking police officer managed to surprise everybody with a deductive brilliance that few of his colleagues would have suspected underneath that air of permanent confusion and naivety. Peter Falk is one of those actors who will forever be remembered for the detectives they played, while Columbo still has his charm, even after all these years.

3. Eddie Constantine – Lemmy Caution

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Lemmy Caution is Peter Cheyney’s literary FBI agent who is quite similar to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe but who has a set of traits that makes him quite the hot shot. Lemmy Caution, despite being an American officer of the law, is written by British policier writer Cheyney and, believe it or not, recorded an enormous success all over the world. You know the drill, you write some awesome crime novels and then movie producers come knocking at your door. So Lemmy Caution was given to Eddie Constantine who played him so well, the two became the same person. Rumors have it that Constantine was never able to get rid of Caution, as the public associated them so well, the character became the actor’s glory and cross to bear.

We would have loved to add Philip Marlowe here, America’s most spectacular hard boiled, noir, tough detective ever, but Mr. Marlowe was portrayed by an entire series of acting hot – shots. Humphrey Bogart may have had the best performance ever, but you can’t take him for Marlow as you can take Suchet for Poirot, for instance. If you have other actors who will forever be remembered for the detectives they played, please feel free to jump into the conversation. We hold very dear Angela Lansbury’s Jessica Fletcher and John Nettle’s Tom Barnaby, but we’re open to learn about your favorites too!

4 Badass Real People Played by Leonardo DiCaprio

You know Leonardo DiCaprio is this generation’s blazing gun and shooting star, as since Titanic, the man proved more than once that he can play a dramatic character at the art level. There are some people who also say that basically Leo is playing the same persona over and over again, in all his movies, you know, the guy that gets seduced by the promises of rampant capitalism, and gives us a bite, over and over again, of the same bitter cookie that represent the drama of the American dream. Perhaps these commentators are right and Leo is stuck in the same role with a different director, but to narrow his acting career to a few stereotypes is just like saying that Samuel L. Jackson plays only badass characters. Which is true. And we hope he sticks to them until the end of time. Because Samuel is badass.

But we divert. Leonardo DiCaprio can play whatever role he wants, even if it’s the same. But the topic of today is the four badass real people played by Leonardo DiCaprio, because these particular roles added yet another stone to the foundation of Leo’s career, which can pride itself with a very recent Golden Globe award for the character of real person Jordan Belfort. So let’s take a look back in history and reminiscence on the other badass people that got onto the silver screen and to world wide fame grace to Leo’s acting talents.

1. Frank Abaganale Jr. – Catch me if you can (2002)

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Mr. Frank Abagnale Jr. gave headaches and nightmares to the authorities back in the sixties, as he was a genius criminal mastermind and such a charming presence, the law enforcement just couldn’t keep him in jail. Forger, impersonator, trickster, hoaxer, you name it, he assumed identities and he could have faked anything that would serve his purposes. He escaped from police custody twice and by 21, he was the con artist du jour and du monde. Now, as you probably know, he is a consultant with authorities and whomever is interested in safety and security strategies. Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for the Golden Globes Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. And the movie is awesome.

2. Howard Hughes – The Aviator (2004)

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We believe it’s not the case to explain you in detail who was Howard Hughes, but in all fairness, he is the most badass real people played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Hughes was larger than life and in 71 years he managed to do things other people would do in five lives. This American historical figure is beyond monumental and in honesty, the movie we know as the Aviator was pretty badass too back in the day. Maybe you don’t believe in the validity of the 5 Oscars, but the movie scored them nonetheless, but it is a Scorsese – DiCaprio happy match that will prove extremely valuable in the future.

3. J. Edgar Hoover – J Edgar (2011)

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Yep, Leonardo seems to be quite peckish when it comes to choosing badass real characters to bring back to life on the silver screen. You will say that this movie ranked low in IMDB stars, but we have not only another great historical American figure, but we also have a Golden Globe Nomination for Leonardo for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. So maybe some disagree with Hoover’s political visions, some may even disagree with this particular movie, but as we approach our final destination, we can’t dismiss the fact that Leo really knows how to pick his lottery tickets.

4. Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Nominated for 5 Oscar Awards (and if you didn’t see Leo’s Golden Globe Award acceptation  speech, it’s a fun thing to watch), the movie itself sky rocks. But Jordan Belfort is the fourth badass real people played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mr. Belfort, well… he is quite the character. You know what? Here is a short biography of this ex – stockbroker turned motivational speaker and since we all know this is the type of “rise and fall” movie we won’t spoil the fun of those who didn’t see it yet. But go see it.

So these are the four badass real people played by Leonardo DiCaprio and let’s have one thing clear: he played a lot of other badass fictional characters too, and we say only this: Blood Diamond. Or Shutter Island. Or Inception. Or… Calvin Candie.

Do you Still Remember Some Old Awesome Dragons in Movies?

No matter if you’re into epic fantasy movies, animation ones, epic battles – oriented ones, you have to admit, 2013 was the Year of the Dragon in cinema and television. Once Game of Thrones began showing more and more of Daenerys Targaryen’s Dracarys – or her three dragons “children”, the world jumped into embracing this mythical creature as a pet everybody would love to have. And… use for some hidden personal agendas…

And then, Smaug came along and if you didn’t see the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy, leave everything and go watch it, Tolkien fan or not, because what the special effects’ team managed to create is pure gold in terms of CGI, and incredible level of details, while Smaug displayed a personality only Benedict Cumberbatch could have instill in the giant dragon’s silver screen brilliant performance.

An older dragon, less fierce but equally lovable, was Toothless, from the successful animation “How to train your dragon” and his cute face and warm soul will delight us once more, as the sequel is announced for the summer of 2014.

But how about older dragons? Those created with less advanced technology, those which are still cinema icons, those which, with today’s advancements in special effects, seem to have gone forgotten, lost to the world? Let’s see five of them and find out if you still remember some old awesome dragons in movies.

1. Falkor – Neverending Story

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A story about a boy and his flying dog might not be the best way to market The Neverending Story nowadays, but both the movie and the Luckdragon (because this is what Falkor is, a dragon, in essence) are icons in fantasy cinema. Falkor can be as cute and adorable as Toothless and maybe as fierce as Smaug, as he flies, breathes fire and is a faithful and strong companion for his human. It is a classic 80’s kids’ fantasy movie and if you want to remember the innocence, watch this movie again. Just don’t expect much from the CGI department.

2. Dragon – Shrek

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Yes, the lady Dragon – a nameless, yet adorable creature – which made a guest appearance in the Shrek franchise in order to fall in love with Donkey and help the crazy bunch in times of need and trouble. Animated and quite underrated, Dragon deserves to be added to the category of old awesome dragons in movies, just because she proved, once again, that if you know how to behave with them, the fire-breathing monsters are just misunderstood and can be the most charming of companions when you treat them right.

3. Haku – Spirited Away

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The animation movie Spirited Away needs no presentation, as it is an iconic piece of good cinema, any way you look at it. And Haku, the spirit creature turning wolf – dragon is maybe one of cinema’s and children’s most loved characters, as his loyalty is beyond words and his wisdom, charm, trustworthiness and friendly attitude conquered everybody’s hearts.

4. Vermithrax Pejorative – Dragonslayer

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Few people know, but sometimes, the history of cinema knew breaking point, milestones that have been reached and conquered only to lead to the amazing technology we have today. Vermithrax Pejorative was such a breakthrough, being the most detailed, convincing and frightening dragon that ever got on the silver screen. Dragonslayer, as a fantasy movie, is a classic for all those who just love a monster film and rumors go that even George R.R. Martin has a soft spot for this truly impressive creature. As old awesome dragons in movies go, Vermithrax showed everything can be done and there is no limit in human’s imagination, effort and hard work to bring myths to a live scale on screen.

5. Draco – Dragonheart

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Not the most fortunate name for a truly scary ancient reptilian, but it was 1996, and for that year, putting Draco in its entire splendor on the silver screen was a hard job. Draco could speak too, debunking thus the myth of dragons as monstrous brainless killers, as he proved to be wise, charming and quite funny. It couldn’t have been other than Sean Connery to voice this gigantic feral beast with more brains and knowledge than most humans we know, and whoever decided to be old James Bond, struck gold back in the day. The movie wasn’t the blockbuster you would get now with the proper team, budget, CGI and marketing, but Draco needs to be remembered because he looked incredible and … Sean Connery.

Do you still remember other old awesome dragons in movies? Are you still giving them a thought now, when they became ancient relics of a past cinema?

5 Movie Villains We Love. Not “to Hate”, But Just Love

They say Hollywood has only ten – twelve major movie script themes and everybody are basically telling the same stories over and over again in an ever-changing perspective (or so they should). You have probably noticed how some movies resemble other movies, in “Good vs. Evil” scenarios, or “the hero’s journey” ones. It doesn’t matter really if this rumor is actually true, all that matters is that almost all movies, and especially the ones with heroes in them, also display an antagonist, a villain, that character that we should hate, resent, fear or learn from that evil never prevails. The history of cinema knows plenty of gruesome villains which became famous and iconic for the industry, and here are only 50 of the greatest antagonists of all time.

But there is a different breed of villains, the ones that we just don’t love to hate, but the ones we downright love. And I know a few ladies who would walk barefoot to the end of the world in following a few of them, too. So here are 5 movie villains we love and can’t do anything about it, despite the fact that these characters are, you know… evil.

1. Loki

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That’s the guy women would kill for. And the guy who is so evil, he became the object of true love for all superhero movies passionate, not only Marvel fans. Speak his name? The fans are already asking for independent movies to star Loki and only him. His perverted mind, his schemes, his grins, his sick sense of humor and him antagonizing a whole bunch of superheroes only to …win in the end (no spoilers for Thor: The Dark World!) turned Loki into the most adored villain in the last years and yes, we have to admit, Tom Hiddleston had an important contribution to the Loki phenomenon too.

2. Khan

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Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch, the man who gets to play antagonists more often than he plays Sherlock. In Star Trek he gave quite a performance and you love him because of his cool composure, his brilliant tactics as a military mastermind, (the semi nude scene, obviously), the accent and the hair. Not to mention his acting skills, which are pretty much awesome. The ladies? Yes, you can fill all the world’s largest stadiums with ladies ready to embark in a space journey together with him.

3. Joker

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Regretted Heath Ledger’s Joker is a masterpiece of portraying one of the most complex, psychopathic, intriguing and striking villains in cinema’s recent history. Not attractive in the way the others above are, not depicted as the new hot guy in town, but as the new evil in the world, this Joker is impossible to hate. Ledger’s performance was so out of this world, you can’t do anything but follow this anti – hero with your heart skipping every two beats and wanting to learn how he got that smile. He may be one of the most iconic movie villains we love and his legacy won’t fade away any time soon.

4. Hans Landa

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This exquisite piece of a villain brought Christoph Waltz an Oscar Award and for all good reasons. He never hurries, he seldom gets angry, he is calm, cool, calculated, and evil to his bones, with a psychotic smile that gets your spine to shiver and charm only sociopaths are blessed with. You can’t ignore him, or help yourself not falling in love with. One of the most powerful villains in recent cinema, Landa is impossible to detest, even if the character is meant to make us hate his guts.

5. Darth Vader

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One of the oldest, most famous, most iconic and mythical movie villains of all times, Darth Vader isn’t cool, nor sexy, nor complex as a character, but he also can’t be hated, as once you finally find out his true history, you suddenly realize he has a very good and noble character (buried deep down inside) and he pretty much can’t be blamed for more than making wrong decisions, as all youngsters are prone to when influenced by evil forces. Is he among the movie villains we love? Of course he is, even if he’s the oldest one in the bunch…

Perhaps there are other villains you personally can’t help but love, but these ones are the most spoken of in the media lately. To quote a Facebook commentator on a similar post on the Internet a while ago, everything is fine and dandy, yes, there are movie villains we love…

“and then, there is Jeoffrey Baratheon”. True that!

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Five Best Quentin Tarantino Movies of All Time

Assuming that you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you probably know who Quentin Tarantino is. Some say he is the best movie director of all-times, and while we would not say something so grand, because there are many brilliant directors, we do enjoy his unique style, memorable lines, incredible action scenes and great characters. His career started in january 1992, with the release of Reservoir Dogs, a movie that was acclaimed and adored by numerous critiques and viewers. After this Tarantino’s career soared: in 1994, Pulp Fiction, premiered at Cannes, and won the coveted Palme D’Or Award. But which one of Tarantino’s films is the best? The topic is debatable, because every individual has his own favorites. We have nonetheless tried to create a good list, for what we believe are Quinten Tarantino’s best movie. (And yes, we love western films).

1. Inglorious Basterds

In a Nazi-ruled France, a young Jewish refugee by the name of Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the murder of her family, by a colonel. She barely escapes with her life, and after that she plots revenge. After a few years have past, she manages to charm a war hero, Fredrick Zoller. She is also runs a theater which catches the attention of the “Basterds” do to an illustrious movie premiere. The meeting the Basters and Shosanna will shake the annals of history.

Inglorious Basterds has a wonderful spaghetti western vibe, interesting monologues, brilliant performances and Brad Pitt, of course. The musicals are also very entertaining. All in all, the film is audacious and hilarious, and even people who are not Tarantino fans will love it.

2. Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is one of those movies that marks you for life. It is not only brilliant, but it was also released in a moment in history when all action films ended with a chase sequence and a “the day was saved” theme. On the other hand, Pulp has you gripped till the final credits appear There is literally no wasted line of dialogue, and you probably have to watch it several times in order to understand the complexities that it incorporates. Pulp Fiction will never be beaten.

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3. Django Unchained

Django Unchained was released in 2012, it has been very well received, and it is probably Tarantino’s greatest homage to spaghetti western movies. The movie is bloody and bold, and it includes some of the best cameos appearances from classic character actors. We simply have to mention Dr. King Schulz (played by Cristoph Waltz) who was absolutely fantastic. We would dare say that he slightly out-shinned Django’s performance (but only by a bit). Also, let’s not forget about Leonardo Di Caprio, who played an excellent Calvin Candie. A definite must watch, even if you aren’t into western movies.

4. True Romance

It may be old, but it still holds a special place for many cinema-violence craving hearts. Granted, it was not directed by Quentin Tarantino, but it was his first screenplay, and an excellent one at that. The story is about a book store clerk who marries a prostitute, then murders her pimp. In the mean-time he also takes a suitcase full of cocaine stolen from the mafia. The cast is excellent, the scenes breath-taking and the lines genius. Another most (re)see.

5. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill was initially filmed as one 4 hour movie, but he decided to break it down into two volumes. Although volume two is also good, volume one is better because it sets the scene for the epic revenge. Kill Bill is the ultimate homage to martial arts 70′s films. The fighting scene is probably the best one ever created.

Memorable Quote:

The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is… I collect your f**king head. Just like this f**ker here. Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now’s the f**king time!”