THE LAST FILM HEATH LEDGER WORKED ON, “THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS,” WAS INITIALLY GOING TO BE SCRAPPED BECAUSE IT COULDN’T BE COMPLETED WITHOUT LEDGER’S INVOLVEMENT, BUT THE PROJECT WAS SAVED BY THREE OF LEDGER’S CLOSE FRIENDS IN LIFE: JUDE LAW, JOHNNY DEPP, AND COLIN FARRELL.
THESE THREE ACTORS FILLED IN FOR LEDGER WHILE HIS CHARACTER TRAVELLED THROUGH THE SO-CALLED “IMAGINARIUM,” WITH HIS FACE CHANGING DEPENDING ON WHO HE WAS IN THE IMAGINARIUM WITH. THE REMAINING REAL-WORLD SCENES WERE FILMED USING A PARTIALLY MASKED LOOKALIKE AND A VOICE DOUBLE.
TOM CRUISE ASKED TO BE ONE OF LEDGER’S STAND-INS, HOWEVER, THE DIRECTOR TURNED HIM DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS NEVER FRIENDS WITH HEATH LEDGER.
THE ACTORS WHO FILLED IN FOR THE LATE LEDGER WOULD NOT ACCEPT A SALARY FOR THIS PROJECT, BUT INSTEAD REDIRECTED THEIR WAGES TO LEDGER’S THEN TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, SINCE LEDGER’S WILL WAS OUT OF DATE AND DID NOT INCLUDE HER.
garfieldathon tonight btw… never let me go at 9 and the imaginarium of dr. parnassus and/or the spike jonze short where he plays a boy w/ a robot for a head and/or the remainder of spiderman before that
A Definitive Ranking Of All Of Heath Ledger’s Films (That I Have Seen)
“Do you remember The Patriot?” a friend asked me recently. “With Heath Ledger and the inky teeth?” (For those of you who don’t know, who were perhaps too young to really Be There for the time of Heath Ledger, he was very influential among a certain subset of women and men who came of age in the time of 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale. He died of an accidental overdose in 2008, when I was 17. I remember his death like my dad remembers John Lennon’s).
“Yes!” said I. “Do you remember Casanova?” I asked her back, “With Heath Ledger The Casanova-As-Feminist, and also Charlie Cox with his inexplicable virginal sexual prowess and chest bouffant?” It’s not even fair to call it hair, guys. It’s a straight-up bouffant.
But she hadn’t seen Casanova! She hadn’t experienced the glory of the Casanova-As-Feminist, or Charlie Cox’s chest bouffant! Something must be done, I decided. So here it is: the definitive ranking of all of Heath Ledger’s films (that I have seen), which I will try to complete without weeping. LET’S SEE IF I CAN.
We will be using the Glorious Dimply Smile rating, as demonstrated below:
PLEASE NOTE: As you may have guessed from the title, I have not seen all of Heath Ledger’s movies. Don’t yell at me for that which is missing; merely add your own recommendation in the reblogs. Productive! Yay!
11.Ned Kelly has Orlando Bloom in it as well, which is honestly the #1 reason I watched it as a youth. It is also about a thing that Really Happened, and sort of takes itself too seriously in that vein. But Legolas/Will Turner AND Heath Ledger? Millennial teen catnip tbqh. 4/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
10. Monster’s Ballis a really good movie that I believe I saw with my mom when I was not 11 (it came out when I was indeed 11) but holy shit, how depressing, what the fuck? Heath Ledger’s character GETS BEAT UP BY HIS SHITTY DAD BILLY BOB THORNTON AND THEN COMMITS SUICIDE. (This is not a spoiler, this movie came out in 2002, CALM DOWN). This also includes that ~iconic~ 2000s seen of Halle Barry and Billy Bob Thornton having super graphic sex. It’s… you know, it’s something. But it has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes for good reason. 5/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
9. The Orderis about a tortured arcane priest-bro (Heath Ledger) who must Be Tortured At Some Things in order to find out what caused the death of the leader of his tortured priest-bro sect. He exorcises demons and Robert Baratheon is there and all in all it is hella campy and weird and kinda great, and honestly it’s only last because I’ve never felt the impulse to rewatch it. Also his name is Alex, which is the second-best name after Heath. 5/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
8. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is extraordinarily strange and not everybody’s cup of tea, but I liked it a lot. However! I saw it when it was released very soon after his death, and the very first scene has him hanged off a bridge, which was super disturbing at the time and made me cry stormily in the theater. I recommend it to anyone who would not have that reaction, and people who like deeply symbolic fantastical movies. 6/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
7. The PatriotoF THE FAMOUS INKY SMILE.
HORRIFYING. ADORABLE. HORRIFORABLE. ADORRIFYING.
The major con of this movie is that it stars Mel Gibson, notorious anti-semite and douchebag. However! There is actually a lot of Youthful Heath Ledger being hotheaded and rebellious and fighting for the freedom of America, so it’s not all bad. 7/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
6. The Brothers Grimmis another Terry Gilliam film that was basically panned by critics who apparently don’t understand what “fun” is. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger play the brothers Grimm – yes, like the fairytale writers – who in this version of events are con-men in French-occupied Germany who don’t believe in werewolves until Lena Headey’s dad gets turned into one. It’s delightful. 8/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
5. Casanova has absolutely nothing to do with historical reality OR legend and everything to do with Natalie Dormer flinging herself at Heath Ledger in exactly the way we all wanted to do. I LOVE THIS STUPID MOVIE. Charlie Cox, as promised, is also in it, as someone in love with Natalie Dormer who assists Heath Ledger in not getting arrested or executed for being a fornicator. SO GOOD. RENT IT IMMEDIATELY. It’s only docked in points because no virgin is secretly god in bed, come on, that shit takes practice. 8.5/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
4. Dark Knightwas something I was very excited about when it was supposed to come out, and to be honest, probably his best performance. Even if you (rightfully) hate DC, even if Batman (rightfully) bores you, watch this movie. Heath in it is stunning. It’s not often that portrayals of villains as intentionally overwrought as The Joker genuinely horrify me. This one did. 8.5/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles for the movie overall, 10/10 for Heath himself.
3. Brokeback Mountain kind of became a joke and a meme, but it’s worth watching, especially if you need a good sob. It’s just… a lot. 9/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
2. A Knight’s Tale.Not as much of a sleeper as Casanova, at least in that when I mention it I get about 50/50 confused reactions to positive understanding ones. It’s so excellent. Robert Baratheon and Wash from Firefly are both in it. There’s an anachronistic dance sequence to David Bowie’s “Golden Years.” Paul Bettany yells about Heath Ledger’s manhood to an adoring crowd. Please stop reading this and go watch it; it’s on Netflix, so you have no excuse. 10/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You. THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL (FOR ME). THE CLASSIC. THE ETERNAL. THE FORMATIVE. THE ONLY MOVIE THAT TRULY MATTERS OTHER THAN JUPITER ASCENDING AND CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 ON THIS GOOD EARTH. 11/10 Glorious Dimply Smiles.
We’re done! I didn’t even cry! I hope this education has been useful to you, children. Now go watch some movies. — khaleesi
New Terry Gilliam Movie || First Trailer for ‘Zero Theorem’
When I saw Terry Gilliam’s last movie The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, I remember walking out of the theater in a unique state of awe and sadness, because all I could think was “too bad this’ll probably be his last movie,” you know, because he’s so old.
Awesomely enough, I was totally wrong. Even better, Gilliam is returning to the sci-fi arena in which he has made his most crowning achievements (Brazil, 12 Monkeys). Just seeing the set and special effects in this b-e-a-YOU-ti-ful trailer is making me happy to still be alive.
The story presented seems amazing too. A schizophrenic nihilist with two minds in his head who is presented the task of actually making zero equal 100% to prove that nothing is everything? Fuck yes.
And is that John Malkovitch? Nope, Christoph Waltz. Good impression though.
Just in googling, I’ve already found some reviews of this that are bad, saying that it doesn’t quite add up, which I find to be reassuring. Brazil seems haphazard on the first watch, but that is why we re-watch movies. Some of the most original ideas and stories take a while to get your head around, to figure out what kind of rules it is creating for itself and whether it adheres to them.