You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

December 16, 2005

THE QUESTION

OK, by law, they're criminals. But they're funny (Smokey and the Bandit) or they're sexy (Ocean's Eleven) or they might just have a point (John Q). Now, Fun With Dick and Jane (Dec. 23) and The Producers (Dec. 25) offer more chances to root for the "bad guys." But when was the last time you rooted for a real creep in a movie? Perhaps because the lead actors, the "heroes," were so terrible. Get it off your chest.

WHAT YOU SAY

It wasn't the most recent, but Under Siege stands out. I think I saw it on cable years ago, and Steven Segal is just awful in it (as he is in all of his movies). I spent the whole movie rooting for Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey to put Segal out of his misery. Strictly speaking, they were more charismatic than creepy, though ...

TAMARA SMITH, BALTIMORE

I'd have to say by far the criminal I root for the most is Michael Corleone at the end of The Godfather. In the christening scene near the end when they show all the murders take place that he ordered and at the same time he is taking this religous oath, you sort of feel a sense of triumphant relief for him. However, in The Godfather: Part II, as they develop the evil of his character even more, I start to root for him a little less because he just becomes an absolute demon.

DAMON M. COSTANTINI, CATONSVILLE

THE NEXT QUESTION

With nominations for the Golden Globes announced this week, we wonder: What was the biggest film snub committed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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