10. DR. KING SCHULTZ (DJANGO UNCHAINED).
I’ve seen Christoph Waltz in most (if not all) of his other American movies and, with the exception of Carnage, he’s done little to impress me. Something happens, however, when he gets fed dialogue from Quentin Tarantino. Not to say Q.T. makes him better. If anything, Waltz takes what can be over-expository pieces and breathes life into them. There’s just something very symbiotic about these two working together and I hope they keep it up because they make for great characters.
9. BERNIE (BERNIE).
Bernie just charmed the living pants off of me. He’s almost impossible not to like. Well, aside from the whole being a murderer and what not. Kudos to Jack Black for trying something different because he absolutely nailed it!
8. BLACK WIDOW & CATWOMAN (MARVEL’S AVENGERS/ THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).
It may seem like a cop out posting these two fine ladies together but, the fact is, their characters are very similar. Female characters tend to be very boring (See Black Widow in Iron Man 2 for reference). However, these females manage to stay very feminine and very sexy while delivering very good performances. They use their feminine wiles to layer some pretty cool and kick-ass characters… while wearing black leather from head to toe.
7. JACKIE COGAN (KILLING THEM SOFTLY).
This film was one of my biggest disappointments of the year. It wasn’t bad per se but, at the end of the day, it was a pretty formulaic and predictable gangster film that treads on all too familiar territory. Though, I’ve got to say, Brad Pitt was cool as hell in it from beginning to end.
6. HUSHPUPPY (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD).
I dare you to watch this movie and not fall in love with this little girl.
5. DAVID (PROMETHEUS).
Fassbender’s performance in this film is my dark horse choice for an Oscar nomination. Not only is he great in the film but his character is, by far, one of the best things about Prometheus. David tows a very cool ambiguous line in the film. In the end, he’s part Ash from Alien, part Bishop from Aliens and still very much his own very awesome robotic life form.
4. SITTERSON & HADLEY (CABIN IN THE WOODS).
I almost picked the character of Marty for this list but, let’s be honest, these two are the backbone and comedic center of this film. I can’t say much of anything without ruining the film, which would be a travesty, so I won’t. Besides, if you saw the film, you probably agree. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
3. JOHN OTTWAY (THE GREY).
Who knew his particular set of skills included going fisticuffs with wolves? Am I the first person to make the joke? Doubt it. Ottway is probably the bad-ass of the year. This movie was my surprise of the year as it is way better than it has any right to be. All that is hinged on another solid action turn for Liam Neesan.
2. BANE (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).
I feel the same as you, most likely. Bane was nowhere near as cool as Heath Ledger’s Joker. His voice was hard to understand. His accent was a bit, well, questionable. Still, I really liked the son-of-a-bitch. Tom Hardy gives us another great onscreen comic book villain.
1. HULK (MARVEL’S AVENGERS).
This one is simple: As soon as Hulk grabbed Loki and started whipping him around like a rag doll (Puny God!), I knew I had witnessed my favorite movie moment of the year. Joss Whedon did the impossible. He took the least interesting character in the group (cinematically, thus far) and turned him into the big green teddy bear every boy grew up loving in comics.