Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This thing, it grabs hold of us again . . .

I will be posting my reactions to the Oscar nominations tomorrow (I'm happy about them) and I promise my 2007 Film List will be up within a week. I know you all have been losing sleep.

Heath Ledger

"Rare is the performance that can honestly be called a 'revelation, but that's what it felt like to watch Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain." -- Jim Emerson

Ledger's portrayal of Ennis Del Mar is truly one of the great performances of the recent past, and in any non-Capote year, he would have won the Oscar. Brokeback Mountain is one of those films that rewards multiple viewings, and after having watched it many times in a row for a paper I wrote in grad school, I love it more every time I see it. Now, as if the story could be more heartbreaking, watching the film will take on a new gray.

But man, he looks so scary in Dark Knight.


At 4:38 AM, Blogger gregariousmime posited...

Yeah, I was sad when I heard about that. He was a good and growing actor. Brokeback was a really solid film, and I think the major shifts between the different characters he played really marked his talent. Poor fellow.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger jb posited...

there's a nice memorial article here: http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/
just passing it along.


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