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The Top Five Scariest Villains

It’s time to talk about some scary antagonists. Enjoy!

5. Jack Nicholson in The Shining

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The Shining is a disturbing movie, through and through, and Jack Nicholson’s performance as the crazed father/eventual ax murderer is legendary. He doesn’t have a horrifying mask or a terrifying makeup job to make him scary. He’s just scary by himself with those arched eyebrows and that horrifying face. I watched this movie in complete horror and it wasn’t because of anyone except for Jack Nicholson (and the twins but that’s another story.) He’s definitely one of the scariest villains I have ever seen.

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Where Does ‘TENET’ Rank Among the Christopher Nolan Movies I’ve Seen?

I can proudly say that I have seen every major Christopher Nolan movie and each film has been one to remember. From his all-time great Batman trilogy to what I feel is, next to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest space movie of all time, Interstellar, his movies are impactful and will leave you thinking about them long after seeing them.

TENET is no exception. It’s been nearly a week since I watched his latest mind-boggling feat in cinema and as I see tv spots of Nolan’s newest excuse to go to the movies I can’t help feeling a swell of happiness knowing that I was able to witness the incredible film in a movie theater.

But, despite my enjoyment of the movie, where do I rank it among Nolan’s films? Let’s find out, shall we?

1. The Dark Knight

This is what I would call literal perfection. His first movie featuring the dark knight was the best Batman film ever made with an origin story that felt dark, grounded, gritty, and a far-cry better than Batman from 1989.

His second film in the trilogy would feature a story that was not only brilliant developed but also boded the greatest comic book movie villain onscreen appearance of all time. Heath Ledger’s Joker was so haunting and downright unforgettable that the actor would receive a posthumous Oscar for his role, and deservedly so.

I cannot get enough of this movie.

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Throwback Friday: Ranking All of the Christopher Nolan Movies I’ve Seen; from least Favorite to Favorite

Considering that TENET‘s official trailer has just come out, here’s my ranking of every Nolan movie that I’ve seen. Enjoy!

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite director/writers in Hollywood. His movies have fascinated me over the years with their bold storytelling, trippy concepts, and dazzling plot twists that have managed to make each of his films that I have seen not only extremely enjoyable but very memorable as well.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

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I love The Dark Knight trilogy. They are easily some of the best superhero movies ever made with complex storylines and fascinating characters played by brilliant actors. Unfortunately, The Dark Knight Rises was a bit too eloquent for its own good. With a two hour and forty-four-minute runtime, this film drags along, slowly building up to a mediocre final confrontation between the good guys versus the bad guys. While the movie is still better than most films it’s nowhere near as good as its two predecessors or the other Christopher Nolan movies. Hence, it’s my least favorite.

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A Movie Ranking: Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy is no Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt nor is he even the likes of Channing Tatum or Jeremy Renner but he is one of Christopher Nolan’s favorite actors to work with and has utilized him in ways that have made him, as a Nolan fan, ultimately unforgettable. Today, I wanted to highlight him for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

5. The Dark Knight Rises

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In Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies Cillian Murphy plays Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow throughout the trilogy. In The Dark Knight Rises, he plays a small role as a judge under Bane’s cruel rule helping to prosecute Gotham’s righteous citizens. One of my favorite moments in the film is when he prosecutes one such Gothamite to exile instead of death but he exiles him by making him cross the treacherous frozen river. So, in actuality, he still charges him with death. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Cillian Murphy

The Dark Knight Lives (FORTY-FOUR)

Katherine Kane, like Bruce Wayne, had ordered, had gone to the entrance of the graveyard and found a black car with tinted windows waiting for her. The driver, a man in black with shades (even though it was nighttime) urged her with a gesture of his hand to enter the car. She obliged, seating herself in the backseat.

The driver didn’t speak as he got in the driver’s seat and drove her to an unknown destination. And honestly, she didn’t care. She kept her gaze on the window, watching the world of Gotham passing by as they drove down the street.

Her heart was still hammering in her chest. Part of her wanted to believe that this was the greatest dream she had concocted but after pinching herself–a little too hard–she once again was forced to confront the reality; this was very real. Continue reading The Dark Knight Lives (FORTY-FOUR)

The Dark Knight Lives (FORTY-THREE)

“We know who he is.”

Harley Quinn’s eyebrow raised. She hadn’t such a quick answer.

While Pamela Isley stewed on the other side of Gotham in frustrated desperation to learn of the mysterious Robin’s identity Harley Quinn had decided to take matters into her own hands by returning to the place in Gotham she liked to call home.

It was called the Burrows; a relatively uninhabited area of the city that was a mess of alleyways and secret nooks located deep in the lower levels of Gotham. It was where she had escaped to after The Joker was brutally murdered. Here, she reclaimed a bit of her sanity as she learned to survive and coincide with the scum that ran the area. They had welcomed her with open arms and she practically became their queen of sorts.

The people that lived here didn’t usually leave their spider-holes, choosing instead to remain in the Burrows and let information from the outside world slip in.

There was one person, a man by the name of Seer, who was the most respected hooligan in the Burrows. He was the sect’s sage, a bringer of good or bad fortune, a harborer of truth and falsehood, and he was the eyes and ears of the area. He knew everyone and could hear anything.

Growing up, he had been seen at a disadvantage because he was blind but his hearing was parallel to none. He heard things others couldn’t. People called him a freak in the real world but down here in the Burrows he was practically a living god.

He was also very stern. He only gave information to those who deserved it or who needed it but Harley believed he always helped her because he simply liked her. She wasn’t surprised. Who wouldn’t like someone as bubbly as her?

“We know who he is,” he had just said as she asked him about Robin’s identity.

Her eyebrow raised. “Really? So who the hell is he?”

“Blake Lively, a former cop of Gotham turned masked vigilante after Batman’s death.”

Her eyes widened. “He’s a freaking cop!”

“Was a cop?” he corrected her. “Now he assumes a secret identity to-”

“Yeah, yeah, I know that part,” she interjected. “So…are there any people he cares about?”

“Why would you need this information?” His sightless gaze, staring off into space, turned to her, his milky-white eyes briefly visible beneath the strands of long black hair that covered his face. “We do not give our secrets if it is to be used for evil.”

She grinned. Seer was a talent in gathering information but he wasn’t a great discerner of liars. It made him a fool and she was great at exploiting fools.

“Of course, not. I consider Robin a friend but I think he’s in trouble. I need to know if there is anyone connected to him that could be used to exploit him.”

The blind sage stayed still for a while as if he was mulling over her words, trying to discern the falsehood. And then finally, he spoke.

“We believe you have good intentions at heart.”

Her grin widened.

“Blake Lively grew up an orphan and it made him a lone wolf. However, lately, there’s been a change. A woman.”

She clasped her hands. This was getting good. “A woman, you say?”

He nodded. “Yes, a woman. We’ve heard things, whisperings off of the wind, this is the first person he actually cares for deeply. We believe he even loves her.”

Harley Quinn could barely handle the suspense. She clasped her hands tightly, her eyes widening. Who is it? Who is it?

“Samantha Lynx, the new Commissioner of Gotham.”

Harley’s jaw dropped. And then suddenly she began to laugh hysterically. Seer sat perfectly still, listening to her mirth with little amusement.

“We fail to understand what is so funny,” he replied.

Harley slapped her leg as she bent over in the hopes of catching her breath. “Robin…and the new Commissioner? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!”

She couldn’t stop laughing. The thought was too hilarious, but the realization was also too perfect. The Penguin’s forces had already busted into the police depot with ease. It would be even easier to capture the pretty new Commissioner and lure Robin into a trap. It was too perfect of a setup.

Seer sat perfectly still, waiting for her crazed joy to finally subside. When it did he released a long breath.

“We hope that was of help to you,” he said.

She straightened, grabbing her bat from off of the wall where she had placed it before kissing the top of his dirty head.

“You have no idea,” she said before skipping off, singing a song at a terrible pitch.

A smidge of a smile touched his lips. And then his eyes widened.

“Wait!” he yelled but she was already gone.

He had wanted to tell her of something else he had heard. Something he thought he would never hear again. And that was the name of Batman.

Batman had returned.