Destined to do this forever

Posted by · 7:54 pm · December 21st, 2008

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

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  • 1 12-21-2008 at 8:06 pm

    Hans said...

    Blog about awards?

  • 2 12-21-2008 at 8:14 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Or deal with the obsessive minds awards blogs can at times attract. But no, I certainly won’t be doing it forever. We all have our shelf life.

  • 3 12-21-2008 at 8:19 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    Bitch about Wall-E?

    Seriously, there is a reason they have an animated category. Wall-E was a nice film but is not a BP nominee.

    If TDK is not nominated for BP, I am done watching the Academy Awards broadcast. I have scratched my head at the last 6 best picture winners. From my view, the academy missed these films:

    2002- The Pianist
    2003- Seabiscuit
    2004- A Very Long Engagement (no nom.)
    2005- Cinderella Man (no nom.)
    2006- Letters From Iwo Jima
    2007- Michael Clayton

    If TDK does not garner the respect of the Academy, it will cement how out of touch the Academy is with filmgoers and further validate my increased feeling that it is becoming irrelevant.

  • 4 12-21-2008 at 9:09 pm

    McGuff said...

    The Academy “missed” Michael Clayton? Huh?

  • 5 12-21-2008 at 10:26 pm

    JAB said...

    Man oh man I hope this is on your Top 10 shots of the year.

  • 6 12-21-2008 at 10:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    One from the film, but not this one. Great shot though. I went a tad more traditional, but still iconic.

  • 7 12-21-2008 at 10:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    But then again, one never knows. It is a striking image, to say the least.

  • 8 12-21-2008 at 10:45 pm

    JAB said...

    i don’t know that i could pick a favorite shot from this film. I can think of at least five other shots then this one that i loved.
    – the truck flipping.
    – Batman flying over Hong Kong
    – The Joker with his head out of the window of the cop car
    – The Joker before the hospital blows up
    – “Why So Serious?”
    -“I Believe that what doesn’t kill you simply makes you…(takes off mask) stranger.”

    I’ll stop there though.

  • 9 12-21-2008 at 11:23 pm

    Hans said...

    I just watched the whole thing again.

    And you know, every film has flaws. TDK has flaws. The big Oscar-bait movies have flaws.

    But goddammit it’s a beautiful movie.

  • 10 12-21-2008 at 11:25 pm

    JAB said...

    every film has flaws… except surf ninjas.

  • 11 12-22-2008 at 12:33 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    This will always simultaneously be one of the most brilliant scenes in TDK, and because of Heath’s demise, one of the most unintentionally tragic and frustrating.

  • 12 12-22-2008 at 1:31 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    My favorite shot in TDK has to be this:

  • 13 12-22-2008 at 2:46 am

    Chad said...

    The Academy doesn’t have to be in touch with the regular moviegoers Mark Kratina. They are not a public service.

  • 14 12-22-2008 at 3:25 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    “Stanger” is the best shot of the year, from TDK of course ;).

  • 15 12-22-2008 at 4:40 am

    Matt said...

    “Seriously, there is a reason they have an animated category. Wall-E was a nice film but is not a BP nominee.”

    And that reason is because the actors get their panties in a bunch whenever an animated film is better than all the other live action films of the year, such as this year with WALL-E. It’s not a BP nominee you say? Check out the LAFCA, Chicago Critics, Boston Critics, Time’s Top 10, The Onions Top 10, etc. It took the #1 spot in them all for good reason.

  • 16 12-22-2008 at 5:51 am

    Dan said...

    Still have that raging hard on for the dark knight i see.. consult a doctor about that.

  • 17 12-22-2008 at 6:34 am

    Chase K. said...

    Can we go back to Mark Kratina’s list of “missed” Best Picture winners, please?

    2002 ‘The Pianist’ — I’ll give you that, I didn’t like ‘Chicago’ and that was the best nominated movie of the bunch. Although ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Far From Heaven’ were equally deserving and probably and the former is every bit as good as ‘Pianist’ if not better.

    2003 ‘Seabiscuit’ — You’re kidding, right?

    2004 ‘A Very Long Engagement’ — whatever, fine.

    2005 ‘Cinderalla Man’ — Once again, you’re kidding, right? If ‘Cinderalla Man’ won an Oscar and ‘Raging Bull’ didn’t, I’d have to shoot myself.

    2006 ‘Letters From Iwo Jima’ — ‘Children of Men’ was the best movie of ’06, although I can’t really argue with this, great movie.

    2007 ‘Michael Clayton’ — ‘There Will Be Blood’ anyone? How about the fact that ‘Zodiac’ was completely ignored? Just thank your lucky stars ‘Clayton’ was even nominated…

  • 18 12-22-2008 at 7:28 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I still don’t get how Zodiac got so ignored. It was the critics favorite and a truly brilliant film. TWBB is one of the most important movies of the decade. Absolutely stunning cinema.

  • 19 12-22-2008 at 7:29 am

    nick said...

    A Very Long Engagement is one of the most underrated films of the decade. Simply astonishing on all levels.

  • 20 12-22-2008 at 7:46 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    Chad: The Academy should, in fact, be in touch with regular filmgoers. We are Hollywood’s audience. If it continues to ignore films like TDK come awards time, it is parodying itself.

    Chase: I’ll give you There Will Be Blood in 2007- that and Michael Clayton were my two best films from ’07. “No Country” was good, but huh?

    I’m sticking by my Cinderella Man was best in 2005 statement. You can’t say that because Raging Bull didn’t win in 1980, “CM” shouldn’t win in ’05. I understand the logic, but past winners’ should not affect the present year’s selections. The only competition should come from within that particular calendar year.

  • 21 12-22-2008 at 7:53 am

    Adam G. said...

    Michael Clayton: Best Picture of 2007.

    As much as I liked No Country for Old Men, Michael Clayton and Zodiac beat it.

  • 22 12-22-2008 at 7:59 am

    Zan said...

    What do you mean “‘No Country’ was good, but huh?”

    It was definitively the best film of 2007. Sure, TWBB was close, as were Assassination and others, but No Country provoked such intelligent response and debate after the film’s release. The intense speculation about the motel scene (whether Chigurh was there or not) and the introspection of Tommy Lee Jones’ ending monologue were key parts of a film that hit on all cylinders. The acting was phenomenal, the intimate direction was immersing, the captivating cinematography got lost in the shuffle of a great year, and the screenplay was as true to its source material as it artistically could be. It has almost instantly been entered into the canon of the Academy’s BEST selections.

  • 23 12-22-2008 at 8:37 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    DAn: It’s a single image. Stop looking for a fight in every thread. It’s pathetic.

  • 24 12-22-2008 at 8:53 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    Yeah Dan, your TDK envy is showing.

    I’ll just go ahead and take my lumps for the Seabiscuit citation for Best Picture in 2003. I honestly couldn’t come up with a film I thought was better from 2003, but I didn’t think LOTR was the best from that year.

    Coincidentally, though, it is LOTR’s win in 2003 which might help to further along the TDK argument. So I guess I’m playing with fire there for arguing against LOTR.

  • 25 12-22-2008 at 9:36 am

    N8 said...

    When do we get to see your shots of the year? I’m dying to know which one you chose from TDK (I certainly can’t settle on one).

  • 26 12-22-2008 at 10:07 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    N8: Probably the first couple of weeks in January. I’m in the process of interviewing the various DPs (I like to get their perspectives for the shots). Just talked to Pfister yesterday, actually, which is what inspired me to post this image.

    So, soon. As soon as I can.

  • 27 12-23-2008 at 8:43 pm

    eric said...

    that line hit me when i saw it. so sad.