When the Evil Smiles from Semih Okmn on Vimeo.

There’s a reason we all lose our minds when a complex villain shows up on the silver screen - villains tend to be bloom from the same branch of philosophy. That’s certainly not a sleight against evildoers. We know that and we love it, and we even have the same problem with heroes. Grandiose stories tend to be broken down to good vs. evil. So it shouldn’t be too surprising to realize villains largely have similar smiles. Whether it’s the subtle knowing smirk of John Doe from Seven and Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange or the giddy arrogant laugh of Colonel Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds and Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter or the amused sneer of Tony Montana from Scarface and Le Chiffre from Casino Royale, villains always think they know something we don’t.