Favourite Performances of Immoral Characters

Recently I was slapped in the face by the Internet being stupid, which is something I rarely comment on because I know it won’t help. BUT when Sam Rockwell’s winning streak is being criticised, with arguments that he plays an unlikable character Dixon, who represents everything that is wrong with our society (a racist and homophobic cop) and that’s why Rockwell doesn’t deserve to win, I take offence and fight back. That is also the reason why I sat down this morning and decided that I was going to defend his portrayal of Dixon by pointing out numerous other great performances of bad characters. Here are some of my favourite immoral characters from television and film.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

the diary of a teenage girlThe days and weeks, months even, I spent waiting for this movie seemed endless and I didn’t even know why I was waiting. I had not seen the trailer, I was vaguely aware of what the premise was, but something told me to wait for it, so I did. Then, suddenly, the waiting was done and I could watch the movie I had anticipated for so long: and oh, how glad I was that I waited.

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Snubs, Beards and Six Packs

no ideaInstead of posting twice last week, I surrendered myself to work and just gave up on trying to keep my eye on everything that was happening until today. For instance, the award season begun with nominations, new trailers came out and that thing I wanted forever to happen, finally did on Modern Family!

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Made in Sweden

I have an hour before I’m heading to Malmö to see The Hives at the music festival (making it sound like it’s not a big deal while it actually is amazing! – editing note: I ended up not going after all but oh well) and I thought it would be great of me to ramble for Wild Wednesday about some of the Swedish things I like. There aren’t many but the ones I know are just amazing – all movie world related of course and a little musical treat in the end.

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True Blood 5×01-03

Beginning this post with a nice Estonia reference, yet again True Blood mentions this small country, this time regarding a vampire uprising that is taking place there. Well, good to know, because I now can stock up with some stakes. On a much realistic note, True Blood is bringing in more politics this season and lots of it.

I don’t really have to say that there are major spoiler ahead, right?

True Blood is a kind of show that has the perfect amount of entertainment mixed with blood and sex. Sadly, it does have the tendency to have way too many characters and a lot of them are forgotten time to time. Such situations happen when there is too much going on with the main cast including Sookie, Bill and Eric. They are the trio that are driving the show but I am slightly seeing a change in this pattern after first three episodes of season 5. It seems that the focus is now more or less divided in between other characters and there is less and less of Sookie. I assume it is because Anna Paquin is pregnant and can’t really do nudity, let’s face it, its something that has worked well for her in the past. But one thing that I would have liked to see changing was the screen time Tara (Rutina Wesley) had. She got shot in the end of season 4 but then got turned by Pam (Kristin Bauer) and now, even as a vampire, she still annoys me.

Season 5 sets in motion multiple story lines just like TB always does and one that I already mentioned I would like to ignore from now on, so the vampire-Tara gets no attention, starting from NOW. All the new plots that are emerging in the first three episodes are supposed to keep us interested and some of them actually work for the most part. As far as Eric and Bill go, at the moment, I am not very invested in how they are doing there, being all locked up and all. It is strongly connected to the former storyline of the vampire laws which is now featured from the point of view of Christopher Meloni’s character. I get that it is still heating up, but after the first episode where Eric gets saved by his sister (which is an interesting family relationship) the whole story kind of wears down. Though, the bromance between Bill and Eric, even after the whole Sookie drama, is still there and quite pleasing. Meanwhile, Pam, who’s maker is Eric, and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Bill’s baby, finally get their spotlights that they have deserved ever since they have been on the show!

Not sure which one I like the best, but I think it is purely up to the episode itself, second and third was super exciting for Pam who gets couple of flashback scenes with Eric. She is a delightful character because she is so evil but yet so sweet. Now I can totally see why she is so cold and rigid but at the same time cares about others, the flashbacks to her past were heartbreaking – especially when she cut her wrists. She wanted to live forever because she would have died alone in the streets if Eric hadn’t come along. I feel kind of sad that she had to trick him but I guess if Eric didn’t really have to save her by making her. Jessica will probably have much more action with the new guy who appeared in episode 3 and apparently smells really good, don’t know why though, I doubt he is a male-fairy or something because Jessica should be used to that smell, with Sookie being all fairy dust shooting creature that she is. Maybe it’s an animal instinct type of thing like imprinting in Twilight. Oh no, hopefully not, cause that would be so not cool – what next, glitter Lafayette and even more sparkly Sam?

So far True Blood has explained a lot of things in a relatively logical way but when Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Terry (Todd Lowe) start having supernatural problems, the former with his ex-boyfriend and the latter with his ex-combat friend, I start thinking of the worst. There are such things as going too far and I hate to see the show going the extra mile to make everything revolve around supernatural ghosts in season 5. Not to mention the whole Alcide (Joe Mangeniello) and his pack issues which don’t interest me at all. What this season should be all about is poor-poor Jason and his love/sex problem.

There is no doubt that Jason (Ryan Kwanten) has been the sweetheart on True Blood. He is the naive boy who can’t keep his pants off (to be honest, I prefer him without them anyway) but who now faces an issue regarding his ex-best-friend and his friend-with-benefits Jessica. Jason is definitely in love with the little baby vampire but she does not feel the same, especially with the guy who smells like cotton candy and sex. I hardly think that this is a reason for Jason to run to Steve (Michael McMillian), another new vampire who we know as reverend Newlin who has been around but keeps popping back up and this time I am actually thrilled to see him. Steve might go to Jason and compel him or something (oh, yes, please!), for him being gay and in love with Jason and all! – honestly, the best story line twist in season 5 so far!  McMillian is a cute actor and mixed together with his unpleasant character he becomes a treat for the eyes, so sleazy and uncomfortable that it is actually fun.

So not to make this post like way too long compared to what I usually write, I just want to add that I think my True Blood hype is wearing off. I think it is because last season had all that Eric and Sookie thing going on and this season is totally stripped of that even being a possibility (at least so far). I feel like things are not progressing but slowing down and going backwards, this is probably why a lot of the supporting characters like Terry and Andy are getting more screen time. Or is it just me who feels like the balance has shifted? I mean, do we really see so little of the golden trio and so much of others? Either way, I will keep tuning in on True Blood because Pam wore a Walmart sweat suit and turned straight for Eric or was straight for him and then turned lesbian because he was the only man she ever wanted to be with… in other words: so much confusion but so much awesomeness.

Images from True Blood homepage.