The Dark Knight better than last year’s Best Picture? And just who the shit is Samuel?

***The latest Batman film is nearing $1 Billion worldwide, so expect open SPOILERS.

I had a few other ideas in mind for my initial post, but given Taos’ imminent breakdown mixed in with a thread I just happened upon at Rotten Tomatoes, I couldn’t wait any longer.

In case you missed clicking that link, the thread in question polls forum members on which film they feel is superior, No Country for Old Men or The Dark Knight. As of this posting, the movies were tied with 32 votes a piece.

Alright, I may be exaggerating my alarm.  After all, I love TDK, truly.  But No Country for Old Men is very nearly a perfect film, something TDK falls rather short of accomplishing.

Between that videogame-esque, 3-D sonar, nonsensical sequence (which I’m still puzzled as to why Nolan ever let that through) and the overlong, somewhat boring car chase scene, TDK has a handful of glaring flaws.  Racking my brain for a solid five minutes, the only misstep that enters my mind in No Country is perhaps a bit of overacting by Carla Jean’s mother.

While The Dark Knight is a great achievement in the world of blockbuster filmmaking and the comic book subgenre, it isn’t quite in the same league as the Coens’ masterpiece thriller.

However, this got me to thinking, “Where does The Dark Knight rank amongst 2007’s best?”

I need to see a few more before this is finalized, but my Top 10 of ’07 stand as such:

1. No Country For Old Men
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Into the Wild
4. Once
5. Zodiac
6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
7. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
8. Rocket Science
9. Live Free or Die Hard (a total “guilty pleasure” choice)
10. Michael Clayton or Angel-A

I didn’t consider last year to be very strong, though not as dreadful as 2008.  Also, all the rankings after No Country may fluctuate somewhat.

So given the particular day, I could envision myself placing the Begins sequel anywhere from 4 to 7.  However, I don’t see it reaching gold, silver, or bronze.

What say you readers?  Taos?

Next up on the plate…

Regarding Taos’ earlier Batman piece, y’know, the one right below this, I wanted to share my thoughts.

The Riddler would absolutely make for a terrific central villain should Nolan and co. proceed with a 3rd Batman, no disputing that.  I disagree with the necessity of bringing Two-Face back, however.  His demise completely solidified the thematic tapestry of TDK, and what’s more, allowed for the very promising set-up of Batman 3.

As for other future films in Nolan’s queue, well, I do like Taos’ idea of pairing him up with some hard science fiction.  But let a lesser talent take on The Exec.  Just like our first commenter said, Mr. Nolan ought to develop an original script.  Now that’d be exciting.

Right on, Sam, whoever the fuck you are.  And with that, we have our one and only (fanatically devoted) reader.

We’ve quickly become the Flight of the Conchords of the blogosphere!


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