No Heath Ledger as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ DAMMIT

Heath Ledger as The Joker for 'The Dark Knight'
Heath Ledger as The Joker for ‘The Dark Knight’

“She’s dead, don’t you have any respect, SHE’S DEAD!” — Robert De Niro, Guilty by Suspicion, to the House Un-American Activities Committee

Maybe that’s a little strong to start off that way, but it has to be said. Heath Ledger, sadly, is dead. Now it’s time to let him rest.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ is a lovely gay love story, and that’s not a bad thing

[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway
Director(s): Ang Lee
Writer(s): Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Based upon the short story by Annie Proulx

Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in 'Brokeback Mountain'
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Before I even got an opportunity to see Brokeback Mountain I’d heard all the jokes. All the gay cracks, all the “Poke-in-the-Back Mountain” puns. Every snide comments and ridiculous homophobic rant.

Yet most of the people I knew who had actually seen the film thought it was terrific. A beautiful story told well. So, putting those jokes aside, when I finally sat down to watch Brokeback on DVD, I didn’t quite know what I was going to think. Would I get turned away by the homosexual storyline, or would I be able to enjoy it for what it was — a tragic love story.

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‘A Knights Tale: Extended Cut’ adds goodness to a good movie

[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk
Director(s): Brian Helgeland
Writer(s): Brian Helgeland

Heath Ledger stars in 'A Knight’s Tale'
Heath Ledger stars in ‘A Knight’s Tale’

The first time I saw the commercials for A Knight’s Tale back when it was first released in 2001, I thought it was pretty silly. The idea of rock and roll music mixed into a medieval period piece was ridiculous. It seemed like some stupid gimmick to appeal to the chronic MTV watchers who would normally avoid anything that didn’t take place in modern times and feature fart jokes or lots of guns.

But I have seen it a few times since then on cable, and now with this “extended cut” DVD, I have to admit it really is a funny film, made all the more interesting by its use of rock and roll. This unique mixture of modern music and old world jousting is well done, with some terrifically light-hearted performances from both the stars and supporting players.

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