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The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight

Postby gozomark » Tue 6 Oct 2009 08:39 GMT

Finally got round to watching this last night, the latest batman film. I didn't think much of any of the batman films until the one from a couple of years ago, Batman Begins, which was very good - just seemed to get it right, unlike practically all comic book to film attempts.

The Dark Knight ranks 9th in the IMDB top 250 films of all time - surely it can't be that good ? Well, it was. Heath Ledger who plays The Joker (his last film before committing suicide) is stunningly good - nothing like the Jokey Joker that Jack Nicholson played in an earlier film, but a dark, brooding character.

Next on my list to watch ? The next one down in their top 250 that I haven't seen - Cidade de Deus AKA City of God, then Fight Club - that completes the top 20 for me - in fact I have to go down to no 39 for my next not seen :D

http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

1. 9.1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 448,011
2. 9.1 The Godfather (1972) 367,175
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 214,946
4. 8.9 Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) 134,546
5. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 367,108
6. 8.9 Schindler's List (1993) 243,237
7. 8.8 12 Angry Men (1957) 97,714
8. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 186,928
9. 8.8 The Dark Knight (2008) 395,234
10. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 248,956
11. 8.8 Casablanca (1942) 151,330
12. 8.8 Star Wars (1977) 291,853
13. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 320,777
14. 8.8 Shichinin no samurai (1954) 86,283
15. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 201,314
16. 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 105,240
17. 8.7 Cidade de Deus (2002) 142,905
18. 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 220,574
19. 8.7 Fight Club (1999) 333,095
20. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 347,598
21. 8.7 C'era una volta il West (1968) 63,347
22. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 239,799
23. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 126,962
24. 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 217,216
25. 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 47,599
26. 8.6 The Matrix (1999) 338,634
27. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 141,865
28. 8.6 Memento (2000) 238,710
29. 8.6 North by Northwest (1959) 83,139
30. 8.6 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 90,693
31. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 243,211
32. 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 291,456
33. 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 126,258
34. 8.6 Léon (1994) 172,689
35. 8.6 Apocalypse Now (1979) 155,453
36. 8.6 American Beauty (1999) 262,931
37. 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 136,217
38. 8.5 American History X (1998) 195,726
39. 8.5 Up (2009) 39,621
40. 8.5 Forrest Gump (1994) 260,859
41. 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 81,444
42. 8.5 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 71,855
43. 8.5 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 73,616
44. 8.5 WALL·E (2008) 146,804
45. 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 39,389
46. 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 32,561
47. 8.5 Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) 158,940
48. 8.5 M (1931) 35,065

49. 8.5 Alien (1979) 159,141
50. 8.5 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 74,456
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Postby Dave » Tue 6 Oct 2009 09:13 GMT

Nice list, Mark. Here's my list of not-yet-seens, which is a good deal more extensive than yours:

2. The Godfather
3. The Godfather: Part II
5. Pulp Fiction
7. 12 Angry Men
9. The Dark Knight
14. Shichinin no samurai (started and got about a third of the way through. On the other hand, I have seen The Magnificent Seven. Does that count? :twisted: )
15. Goodfellas
17. Cidade de Deus
19. Fight Club
21. C'era una volta il West
25. Sunset Blvd.
28. Memento
33. Citizen Kane
35. Apocalypse Now
36. American Beauty
39. Up
41. Vertigo
43. Inglourious Basterds
44. WALL·E
45. Paths of Glory
46. Double Indemnity
47. Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
48. M

What a lot I've got to look forward to, if I can ever find them all... But we do come across the odd classic from time to time - we found Léon in our local WH Smith equivalent a few months back.
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Postby Dave » Tue 6 Oct 2009 09:15 GMT

Sorry, back on topic...

Never seen any of the Batman films apart from the 1967 caper with Adam West and Burt Ward. Maybe it's time to give one of them a spin - Heath Ledger was good in Brokeback Mountain.
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Postby gozomark » Tue 6 Oct 2009 09:27 GMT

You've not seen Godfather 1 and 2 Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction :shock:

now there's a weekends entertainment - would be quite happy to watch those right now

Brokeback Mountain - great, great film. Someone said nothing happens, missing the whole point...
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Postby gozomark » Tue 6 Oct 2009 09:29 GMT

maybe should be a new post - how many of the IMDB top 50 (or 100??) have you not seen ?
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Postby CustomStrat » Wed 7 Oct 2009 01:00 GMT

How weird... I also just watched The Dark Knight, last night. I've seen it before and liked it a lot. Just felt in the mood for a re-watch.

I'm a monster film buff. The only ones on that list that I haven't seen are Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Up and Inglorious Basterds... The latter two because I avoid the cinema and would rather wait for the DVD release.

I absolutely highly recommend Paths of Glory. Brilliant early Kubrick and Kirk Douglas in his prime.
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Postby Dave » Tue 12 Jan 2010 15:47 GMT

Our satellite TV suppliers had something of a Batman festival last month, including Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and The Dark Knight, so this gives me the chance of catching up a bit - and notching up one more of the Top 50 list above. :D
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