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Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 04:23:32 -0500
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One arm shot off and hat brim slanted low, Frank Griffin, an outlaw 
predisposed to frontier wisdom and Bible brandishing, rides with 30 
hard men in a fury that can empty a town by sunset.

Played by Jeff Daniels in the new Netflix series "Godless," Griffin 
is an alluring villain, a man shaped by a boyhood tragedy he carries 
with him like a sin turned sacred. He is reflective and cruel, 
intelligent and brutal, a man of intricate and unfathomable parts 
who can kill the innocent one day and the next soothe strangers 
blistered with smallpox. He knows more intimately than a coyote the 
unforgiving land he roams.

"This here's the paradise of the locust, the lizard, the snake," he 
says. "It's the land of the blade and the rifle. It's godless 

The Scripture-quoting Griffin is one of many standout villains in 
what has been a banner year for bad guys in movies and TV. In an era 
when men from Hollywood to Congress are being called to task for 
generations of discrimination, sexual harassment and holding power, 
our latest round of miscreants tend to be white, some born of 
privilege, others not. They mark a notable evolution from films of 
the past that featured tomahawk-wielding "Indians," shape-shifting 
Soviet spies, bandolier-laden Islamic terrorists and sharp-clawed 
aliens from distant galaxies.

Among the most resonant this year are Sam Rockwell's racist, 
homophobic cop in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"; 
Michael Shannon's menacing researcher in the foreboding and 
fantastical "The Shape of Water"; Alexander Skarsgard's impeccably 
tailored, vicious husband in "Big Little Lies"; the council of men 
who imprison and impregnate women in "The Handmaid's Tale"; the 
ape-hating Colonel in "War for the Planet of the Apes"; and the 
liberals and racists in the satire turned horror film "Get Out."

Each has compelled audiences to reflect on the sins of these 
characters while also exploring what motivates them. How are notions 
of goodness