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I am counting down AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains, looking at the greatest film showdowns that never happened.

Okay, AFI had to have planned this one. There’s a few this well matched, however this one is perhaps the tightest race. Get your canine crunchies ready, kids, because today it’s…

 

#39. Lassie vs. Cruella de Vil Read More »

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Embracing reality, I’m skipping #41 because no one cares who would win in a battle between a retired school teacher and a washed-up actress turned Momzilla. So, I’m skipping to the much more nerdtastic showdown at #40, pitting yet another real-life supercop against anyone’s worst nightmare. It’s…

#40. Serpico vs. Freddy Krueger Read More »

So, many of these duels look like a match made in a hat. Then, every once in a while, one of these looks intentional. Today’s is by far the most fitting match-up we’re going to see for a while.

In fact, it’s so fitting, it’s almost too easy. So, here we go…

 

#42. Spencer Tracy in Boys Town vs. James Cagney in The Public Enemy Read More »

Yes, I realize there aren’t actually a 100 showdowns, but the showdowns are from a 100 list, so there’s some linguistic wiggle room there. Although, now that I think about it a “wiggle room” sounds really gross. Anyway…

Today’s bout is actually pretty awesome. Part 2 of the Bette Davis double-header, it’s…

 

#43. Moses vs. Bette Davis (The Little Foxes) Read More »

I’m counting down AFI’s 100 years… 100 Heroes and Villains for the fifty greatest showdowns that never happened. Okay, 49; the thing with Silkwood doesn’t count. Today is a bit more psychological, but still pretty freaking awesome. It’s…

#44. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle vs. Baby Jane Hudson Read More »

Okay, I am counting down the 50 greatest showdowns that never happened, using AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains list. After a few stinkers (freaking Silkwood!), we’re into the real dynamite. Last time, we had Keaton’s Batman losing to Hans Gruber and today, it’s…

#45. Tyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro vs. Jack Nicholson’s Joker Read More »

This is what I’m talking about! Today’s bout is true movie geek gold. Not to mention, laconic as smeg. I am counting down the greatest showdowns that never happened with AFI’s 100 years… 100 Heries & Villains. Today, it’s…

#46. Michael Keaton’s Batman vs. Hans Gruber (Die Hard) Read More »

In 2003, the American Film Institute created its list of the 100 greatest heroes and villains of film in the previous century. What I’m doing is that classic nerd pass time of lying back and wondering who would win in a fight. Having already gone through the list, I can promise that the vast majority of them are smashing! #47 is not.

Allow me to illustrate this…

#47. Meryl Streep in Silkwood vs. Paul Muni in Scarface Read More »

Here’s the deal, I’m counting down the greatest movie brawls that never happened using AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains list, pitting placement against placement. It occurs to me that I could turn this into a tournament… but I probably won’t. Yesterday’s was a bit lackluster, but we’re totally making up for it today with the freaking awesome #48 set-up:

[WARNING. If you haven’t seen The Usual Suspects, stop reading, go watch it and come back.]

#48. T-800 Terminator (Terminator 2) vs. Roger “Verbal” Kint aka Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects) Read More »

Today’s battle is a bit less pitched than last time. This is partly because our films are so mismatched. Nevertheless, there may be something fun, here. So, let the battle commence between our #49 bout:

49. Tom Hanks in Philadelphia vs. Auric Goldfinger Read More »