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The Dark Knight Triumphs

Fucking. Brilliant.
How’s that for a short review? I’ve got a lot more to say, but this entry will have to be rather short, because well, it’s almost 3am and I have a lot to do tomorrow. But don’t worry. I’ll be back with much more before the film opens.
To wit, the film is a masterpiece. Nothing more and nothing less. To those of you who usually rely on the similarly-named yet qualitatively different publications The New Yorker and New York Magazine, please don’t. Messers Edelstein and Denby simply don’t get it, a state which I would be glad to explore in detail in my next Dark Knight-related post.
Just a few notes now, before I crash:
Heath Ledger is brilliant and this film will make it all the more evident that his death was a massive loss to film.
The film is dark and violent, as it should be. There was an infant in a stroller at the screening I attended. Well, if they sleep, that’s fine, but if your 6-10 year-old asks to see it, you might want to see it first, just to make sure.
See it in an IMAX theater. Christopher Nolan is the first director to use IMAX cameras to shoot scenes for a traditional release. Trust me when I tell you, the IMAX presentation will knock your socks off and it’s worth waiting a few days, as most, if not all IMAX screenings are sold out for opening day. (Psssst: a little secret….in IMAX theaters, the farther back you sit, the better!).
I realize I haven’t justified any of my superlatives, but I will, I promise.
Ok….more later. Must. Sleep.
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Heath Ledger Found Dead In NYC

According to multiple news reports, the NY police department found Heath Ledger dead in his a New York City apartment at about 3:30pm today and some reports are mentioning that pills were found near the body.
Here’s the New York Times story.
Jesus. What a horrible story. Ok, it’s not a chemical spill in India, but he was a talented young man with a small child and at 28 had the makings of a long and glorious career ahead of him with the potential to move and entertain literally billions of people over his lifetime.
UPDATE: Apparently the apartment was owned by Mary-Kate Olsen.
According to CNN.com, the police have said that the pills appeared to be over the counter sleeping pills but the NY Times reports that both prescription and non-prescription pills were found at the bedside.
UPDATE #2: According to the updated New York Times story, the apartment is NOT owned by Mary-Kate Olsen

Boston Critics Go Cowboy, Capote

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On Sunday Brokeback Mountain film also topped the Boston Society of Film Critics awards according to published reports, picking up best picture and director, with Capote‘s Phillip Seymour Hoffman scooping Brokeback’s Heath Ledger for top male acting honors. The awards season front runner for best actress, Walk the Line‘s Reese Witherspoon picked up that award from the Boston crix, beating out my pretend girlfriend, Keira Knightly (Pride and Prejudice).

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Brokeback Starts Lassoing The Wins

Key Artsmall.jpgFollowing the L.A. Film Critics announcement on Saturday that Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain was their top choice of the year, the film was also named one of the American Film Institute‘s top 10 films of the year and topped the Broadcast Film Critics Association list of nominated films with 8 nominations.
It also pulled in an estimated $109,000 per screen for a opening weekend gross on 5 screens of just shy of $550,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
Don’t be surprised if this kudo parade continues. The film is already a critical darling and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it made an impact at the box office, as well. We may be a conservative country in many places, but there are enough film goers in cities across the country to give the film decent numbers. Now don’t think I am predicting a $100 million blockbuster, here, but it’ll do just fine.

Awards A Go-Go: The Silly Season Commenceth And I Get Sucked Into The Silliness

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Brokeback Mountain. The Constant Gardener. Capote. Good Night, and Good Luck. Just a few films that are deserving of official kudos in this artificial yearly segment we call “Awards Season.” Fall is the time for the studios, mini-majors and indies to trot out their most notable of notables for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press, Independent Spirit Awards, various guilds and unions, the public and of course for the critics. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as groups from cities all over the world have awards announcements and dinners, while publications correlate the information in charts, graphs and columns in the vain attempt to look smarter than the other guy.

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