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A Sharp Dose of Reality

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

I woke up today to text messages of Heath Ledger’s death. It was like a grim reality I didn’t want to face - so stupidly, in truth. It’s not like we knew him personally, but the way my friends and I talk about it, it’s as if he was a tangible part of our lives. He isn’t but fact is, he was an actor of our generation. My friends and I grew up watching his movies. 10 Things I Hate About You was my favorite (and my High School friends can attest to that and some special people too). A Knight’s Tale was one of the few movies I watched with my family. And of course, Brokeback Mountain.

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in Ten Things I Hate About You 

Who knew Death would make remembering him as literal as it is in tombstones?

I’m not one to obsess over actors-actresses stuff the way I do musicians and writers. But Heath Ledger’s death really got to me - not because he was Heath Ledger, but because I felt like he defined our teenage-hood, and his death, on some strangely absurd level, signalled our teenage-life’s death. We’re grown up.

A Knight’s Tale 

We are growing old, and aside from the newly-inconvenient fact of taxes which my friends and I have only experienced this year, Death remains to be the other permanent thing in life.

Crap.

Brokeback Mountain

Well, nothing beats giving a person tribute more than watching (and APPRECIATING) their work.

What’s weird is, I just sang high praises to this guy yesterday and now… he’s dead. Did I kill Heath Ledger? Heck no. He will be SORELY missed though.

Is playing Joker Heath’s last, yet greatest role? Could be.

 

How Cool is Heath?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

With the release of The Dark Knight just around the corner, I can’t help but watch the trailer over and over and over again. I’m still wrapping my head around the concept of Heath Ledger playing joker. If you’ve watched the trailer, you can see that Ledger’s version of Joker is edgier. No puns, no “jokes”. Here, he doesn’t split sides… he splits heads.

From here:

To here:

YUM.

As for dedication… this is how Heath prepared to prepare playing the Clown Prince of Crime:

To prepare, he lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character’s posture, voice and psychology. While he initially found it difficult, Ledger was eventually able to generate a voice which did not sound like Jack Nicholson’s take on the character. He started a diary, in which he wrote the Joker’s thoughts and feelings to guide himself during his performance. The challenge of the role put a strain on Ledger’s sleep patterns, finding himself unable to rest for more than a few hours each night.

YUM.

CAN’T WAIT!

 

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Batman lives on!

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Batman IS the ONLY amazing thing about the DC Universe, hands down. No super-powered dweebs like Superman or Green Lantern and Wonder Woman and the travesty who is Martian Manhunter who can all fly and have super strength and run really fast. Ewww.

Batman, on the other hand, is the ONLY unique character - he doesn’t fly, he doesn’t run fast, and he relies on his wit and technique. He is the perfect anti-hero.

Imagine my joy when the FIRST Batman movie came out and Jack Nicholson blew my mind. Things went downhill from there: after Batman returns, Joel Schumacher took the franchise and flushed it down the toilet.

Things looked up with Batman Begins and my faith was restored. Now, my anticipation for the sequel, The Dark Knight, is making my world explode. I CAN’T CONTAIN IT! Things went awry when I  saw this: The original link for the trailer of the upcoming movie

http://atasteforthetheatrical.com/deathtrap/default.htm

Heath Ledger looks AWESOME.

Don’t mind me… I’m just gonna collect my jaw from the floor.