Why So Serious? Why, It’s My Fifth Dark Knight-iversary!

Ledger's Joker

Five years ago today, I attended a sneak preview with an enthusiastic Seattle audience, and watched this guy for the first time.Complicated, thought-provoking, discussion-starting, well-acted, full of awe-inspiring action sequences, unpredictable... I hadn't seen a comic-book-hero movie as ambitious or as impressive. Nor have I seen one to match it since.  … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Movie Show is Back!

After taking the summer off, I was happy to reunite with the team for another Kindlings Muse movie show, recorded at Hales Pub and Brewery. Jennie Spohr was not able to join us; she's home enjoying the company of her newborn. Congratulations, Jennie! But I enjoyed a lively conversation with Greg Wright and Dick Staub about our favorite films of the summer, some new releases, some DVDs worth renting, and took a few moments to share some personal favorites that we consider "classics." … [Read more...]

Thomas Hibbs Gets “The Dark Knight.” Plus: Andrew Sarris.

And here... we... GO!Thomas Hibbs from First Things: It would be hard to imagine a more compelling embodiment of the escalation of evil in Gotham than what Nolan and actor Heath Ledger have created in the character of The Joker, whose insouciant embrace of chaos eclipses the malevolence of Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs and John Doe from Se7en. What makes Nolan‚Äôs latest film such a success is not, however, Ledger‚Äôs compelling presentation of evil, on which critics have focused … [Read more...]

“The Dark Knight”: More Than a Box Office Champ

The Dark Knight set an impressive box office record this weekend.But that's not the only list it topped.(Thanks to Scott Derrickson, who sent the link and prompted me to post this.)Granted, this IMDB list is vulnerable to surges, and as time passes, I'm sure it will drop in the rankings. The integrity of the list is quite suspect anyway; if memory serves, The Shawshank Redemption was #1 for quite a while. (Best movie ever? Really?) But still, this is quite a feat for a superhero … [Read more...]

Brace Yourselves for “The Dark Knight”

The Dark Knight is my favorite superhero movie for adults. It's every bit as good as you've heard, and probably better.But it's not for kids. Heath Ledger's Joker is one of the greatest portrayals of the devil I've ever seen... perhaps the best.I'll have much more to say later this weekend, but I'm on my way to an island to work on the third strand of The Auralia Thread, so I'll catch up with you all later. In the meantime, you know what to do... go see it, and post your impressions of … [Read more...]

The Dark Knight’s big explosion

Director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige) just blew up a building in Chicago! … [Read more...]


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