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It’s Batman Day: ‘The Dark Knight’ Is Hands Down the Best Superhero Movie Ever Made

Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.

I don’t watch The Dark Knight often. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. And so last night with that fervor upon me I decided to watch it.

For two hours and 32 minutes, I was sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.

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The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. He’s just a man in a cynical world and sometimes the right choices mean you have to become the villain. Simple as that. But I guess that’s the reason why he’s a hero, right?

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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)