PG Cooper: Good And Evil (2010)

Posted: January 7, 2011 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Pretty simple here. The “Good” are the heroes and the “Bad” are the villains.

Best Hero

I don’t think I need to explain what makes a hero. Basically a character who does selfless acts for what is righteous.

Jeff Bridges, True Grit – Rooster Cogburn is definitely a dirt bag, but a dirt bag with a heart of gold. While yes, he is taking Chaney down for money, he is serving justice. His heroics also increase when Mattie is in danger.

Matt Damon, Green Zone – Going against his super-spy persona developed by the Bourne films, here Damon plays a soldier who is for the most part the everyman. While it isn’t among Damon’s best performances, it is very easy to get behind him as he is very likable.

Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man 2 – While I was disappointed with Iron Man 2, I still get a kick out of Downey’s performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man. He’s funny, arrogant, intelligent, and on the whole, very likable. While I think he did a better job in the first film, Downey is still worthy of nomination for this one.

Chloe Moertz, Kick Ass – Kick Ass is full of great characters. But of them all, my favourite, along with most people, is Hit-Girl. Hit-Girl is just awesome. She’s funny, she’s ruthless, she’s efficient, and she’s badass. Yes, that’s right. An eleven year old girl with purple hair is badass.

Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One – Radcliffe has played Potter since the beginning of the series and has always been considered the hero. But it’s in this entry that he really rises to that status for me. As appose to just being around when trouble happens, in this film, he seeks it out himself. Basically, he chooses to be a hero in Deathly Hallows.

And The Winner Is…




Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

There’s a lot of reasons Radcliffe won this. For one, of all the heroes nominated, he’s the one who makes the most sacrifices (except for maybe Hit-Girl). The road of heroism is not an easy one for him. He’s also of all the heroes, the one you care about the most. It’s also interesting that his path is the darkest.

Best Villain

The opposite end of the spectrum, the villains. This award is for  the most vile, disgusting, and selfish characters of the year.

Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me – This is the only villain nominated who is also the protagonist of the film. The only villain who we spend the entire film in their mind, and what a strange mind it is. Casey is a character we sort of look down on, but also someone who scares us and makes us feel uncomfortable.

Ned Beatty, Toy Story 3 – Who would have thought a purple strawberry scented teddy bear would be one of the most threatening villains of the year. But Beatty is very threatening and is a huge obstacle for the toys. Tack on an interesting, tragic back story and you’ve got a hell of a villain.

Vincent Cassel, Black Swan – Rather or not Cassel’s Thomas Leroy is truly a bad person isn’t certain, but through Nina’s eyes, he sure seems it. Leroy is constantly pushing Nina and potentially manipulating her. We’re never truly sure, and neither is Nina. A great example of a villain who doesn’t even need to do anything particularly villainous.

Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One – It was tough deciding between Carter’s Bellatrix Lestrange or Ralph Fiennes  as Voldemort. Ultimately, while Voldemort’s presence is felt throughout, Lestrange does a lot more in the film. Probably her most memorable and frightening scene is the one where she tortures Hermione.

Marion Cotilard, Inception – Cotilard is playing one of the most unique characters on this list. She isn’t really playing a person, she’s playing the memory of a person. However, Cotilard plays a complete character. It’s hard to describe Cotilard in Inception, but one that isn’t hard to award.

And The Winner Is…




The Killer Inside Me

I love all these villains but at the end of the day, I had to give it to Casey Affleck. Of all the villains, I found him easily the most interesting. He isn’t a bad person because he’s evil, or because of a tragic back story, he’s a villain because he’s just mentally disturbed. Affleck also carries the film with this performance.

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