Top Ten Movie Actors

The art of performance is an art form that’s hard not to find an appreciation for if you love movies. As a result of this appreciation, this is a list that has been in the works for a very long time. To preface this list of the people I consider the greatest actors in existence I’d like to make a few things clear. This is a list of actors that are all around the greatest performers, but it’s also a list of actors whom, on a personal level, I just enjoy watching. Along with the names of my favorite actors I’ve also listed three films in front of each actor. I want to make it apparent that these three films aren’t necessarily the three best films to come out of that actor’s career, it’s a list of that actor’s three best performances. This is a broad list so I’d like to start with a list of Honorable Mention (in no particular order).

Honorables

  • Brad Pitt
  • Edward Norton
  • Jim Carrey
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Liam Neeson
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • George C. Scott
  • Marlon Brando
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Morgan Freeman

And here we go…

10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Most, if not all, will be surprised to find actors like Morgan Freeman, Marlon Brando, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt on a list of Honorable Mention while Joseph Gordon-Levitt is right here at number 10. There’s never a need to justify or rationalize one’s opinions when it comes to discussing something as subjective as film. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s aura of charisma any time he’s on screen. He knows how to do what he does and he does it perfectly. I respect him a lot.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

2. Brick

1. Looper

9. Robert De Niro

This list would be incomplete without the great Robert De Niro. He deserves every ounce of praise he gets for any role he plays. There is certainly an intensity to the way he becomes engrossed in his characters and like any brilliant actor, he really does have such a broad range. Whether he’s playing the awkward and psychotic Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver or the calm and collected crook in Heat, he always manages to put a very raw touch on any performance. The industry wouldn’t be the same without him.

3. Taxi Driver

2. The Deer Hunter

1. Raging Bull

8. Michael Fassbender

Whether he’s playing a robot or even the main character in an X-Men movie, Michael Fassbender always has such a powerful presence. He first caught my attention when I saw him in Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, Inglourious Basterds. He didn’t play a huge part in the story, but couldn’t help but command the screen. He has such a naturalism to the way he acts making every single one of his actions feel completely real. If you want to watch truly flawless performing watch Michael Fassbender become his character in Shame.

3. Inglourious Basterds

2. Prometheus

1. Shame

7. Tom Hardy

Its slowly starting to be realized by all with each movie he’s a part of, but Tom Hardy is a truly masterful actor. Its a sight to behold anytime he acts. He makes such lucid choices and stays absolutely consistent. Any character he plays becomes so ridiculously defined due to his flawless work as an emotive performer. At this point I can expect nothing less than greatness anytime he chooses to act in a film. It’s always enjoyable to watch him do what he does regardless of the part, be it a charismatic action hero or a feral and emotionless monster of a man.

3. Warrior

2. Bronson

1. The Dark Knight Rises

6. Al Pacino

I feel as though there’s an unspoken competition when it comes to the legendary actors, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. I would have to go with Al Pacino. Every character he plays is made so intensely human due to a dedication to his work. Realism is what it seems to be about with Pacino. Whether he’s chewing apart the screen in Scent of a Woman or playing a more cool-headed ex-con in Carlito’s Way, with confidence he always manages to bring out the humanity in the men he becomes. Al Pacino is a true master at what he does.

3. Insomnia

2. Dog Day Afternoon

1. The Godfather (Part I + II)

5. Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman is a brilliant character actor who is more than capable of playing the leading man as he sees fit. He has one of the widest ranges of any actor who has ever performed. He can play a ferocious villain in an action movie such as Air Force One and he has the ability to play a more subdued protagonist in a complex drama like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. With maturity and grace, Oldman makes everything he does so completely memorable. Gary Oldman is still working today, but he’s already left such a lasting and magnificent legacy with the fascinating ways he takes on the vibrant characters he plays.

3. The Professional

2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

1. The Dark Knight Legend

4. Jack Nicholson

Ever since I fell in love with the art of film, I’ve always considered Jack Nicholson one of my favorite actors. It’s hard not to love the actor when you look at his track record. He is extraordinary, that’s all there is to it. Due to his work as a magnificent performer he is partly responsible for some of the masterpieces fundamental to the progression of cinema. He’s always having fun just doing exactly what he does best, perform flawlessly. Jack makes you feel it no matter what it is. When he laughs, yells, cries, breathes, it’s not him,  it’s his character. Jack Nicholson is an incredible artist and one of the best there is.

3. The Departed

2. The Shining

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

3. Christian Bale

There is something so miraculous to the way Christian Bale completely throws himself in his roles. Regardless of the character, he makes you believe it. As Batman he’s heroic, as Patrick Bateman he’s psychotic, as Dicky Eklund he’s pathetic, as Alfred Borden he’s enigmatic and I could easily go on. It’s as if he just has some kind of vast knowledge on exactly how to tap into the mind and shoes of the characters he portrays. Christian Bale defines a generation of actors who have learned a lot from a long, long history of film and excels because of that knowledge.

3. The Fighter

2. American Psycho

1. The Dark Knight Legend

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis is a phenomenal artist and the greatest actor working today. He is incredibly deliberate in the choices he makes and I don’t just mean in the ways he chooses to portray a character, but also in the characters he chooses to play. He’s touched on such a broad spectrum of emotions and he does so flawlessly. No one does it the way Daniel Day-Lewis does it. You want to talk about intensity in performance, just watch him tear through the scenery as the violent villain, Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is coming soon and I just can’t wait to see what Day-Lewis does with it.

Daniel Day-Lewis blows me away any time he takes on a performance, but it’s in There Will Be Blood where he really hits his stride and shows just how extraordinary a performance can be. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is an epic character study about consumption, greed and the American nightmare. At the heart of the film is the complex and depraved oilman, Daniel Plainview. Rarely does the film have a scene without its black-hearted protagonist. It’s one of the juiciest roles in all of film and as always, with precision and dominance, Daniel Day-Lewis plays the character to perfection.

3. Gangs of New York

2. Lincoln

1. There Will Be Blood

1. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger is the greatest artist to have ever acted in film and its a shame to think about what could’ve been. The Australian actor was only 28-years-old when he passed away and all we have of him is an enigmatic and extraordinary career that was tragically cut very short. Even since a very young age, Heath showed great promise when he took on any role. No matter what it was, be it an rollicking adventure movie like A Knight’s Tale or a serious drama like The Patriot, Heath Ledger showed more than potential to be one of the greats.

A turning point that marked the career of a mature and defiant actor was Heath Ledger’s performance of Ennis Del Mar in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. This was a role that needed a powerful and honest performance and Heath Ledger responded with a portrayal that exceeded those necessities. Heath Ledger is an extraordinary actor who never needed to prove anything, but if he did, he proves it here. You’d be hard-pressed to find other performances that are as touching and real.

Heath Ledger is the kind of actor who just seems to have fun with whatever he’s doing. He loves doing what he does and just happens to be the best at what he does. Never did he have more fun with a role than when he gave not only the greatest performance of his career, but the greatest performance in the history of film. In The Dark Knight, Ledger was universally praised for his realistic portrayal of one of the most iconic villains in the history of stories. In The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger crafted the greatest character in film, which is in part due to a landmark performance that cements Heath Ledger as the greatest actor to have ever performed.

3. The Patriot

2. Brokeback Mountain

1. The Dark Knight

The Master Review

Normally when it comes to a movie as broad, brilliant and enveloping as The Master, it takes me multiple viewings to really appreciate exactly how extraordinary that which has been bestowed before me actually is. Every passing moment of The Master just served as a reminder of its overall excellence. As I sat and watched this film it was hard not to realize that what I was watching was nothing short of a modern masterpiece.

The Master is just a prime example of a movie that gets everything right. Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest filmmakers to have ever existed and he proves that here again with his sixth film. Since his creation of the epic that is Boogie Nights, Anderson has turned out nothing but masterpieces. The Master is just another Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece that was completely captivating during every single solitary second of the film.

As with all Paul Thomas Anderson movies, there is no shot out of place. He has such a grace to the way he makes film and with There Will Be Blood and The Master, it seems that Anderson has really come into his own as the masterful storyteller he is. Every single dynamic shot is just breathtaking to look at. There is such purpose to every choice Anderson makes. He knows his characters and his vision and with confidence he just does what he does best and tells a story.

The Master tells a mesmerizing and honest tale about the relationship between two men, Freddie Quell and Lancaster Dodd. Freddie is quite the peculiar character. He’s a drifter and a follower. He’s a confused man who acts on impulse and he sticks to what he knows; fighting, drinking, sex and the sea. He’s finding his way in a post-war world, which leads to a chance meeting with one Lancaster Dodd. Dodd is a leader. Quite literally, he is the “master” of his very own religious following entitled The Cause. Unlike Freddie Quell, Lancaster Dodd is very confident and sure of himself. He is the kind of man who people listen to, whereas Quell is the kind of man who listens. The relationship of these two men is at the heart of this extraordinary drama about choice and control.

The two men are completely different characters and both are played to perfection. From the moment you meet Lancaster, there’s just this enigmatic aura to him. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes it so the character seems important and every line he utters is just another testament to his patience, power and importance. It’s rare for the film to have a scene without its troubled protagonist Freddie Quell and Joaquin Phoenix just became his character. The confused drifter is so incredibly defined through writing and the greatest performance of an amazing actor’s career.

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest directors to have ever made a film and it’s an honor just to watch one of his movies because he really puts his all in it. The Master is his latest masterpiece and with each of his new masterpieces, he brings something new and spectacularly special to the table. He wouldn’t make a movie if he didn’t have something to say and with The Master he says a lot. It’s a film that spoke to me instantly and as I said before, such a beautiful piece of art must be appreciated overtime. I look forward to doing just that, but for now I can call it what it is, a masterpiece.

Grade: A+

Top Ten Breaking Bad Characters

A large part of what makes Breaking Bad the masterpiece that it is, are its vibrant and vastly explored characters. No matter how grim, gritty and depraved the tale at hand gets, Breaking Bad is a story that feels real and that’s because of how defined and human all of these characters feel. This list discusses the characters of Breaking Bad and the impact they’ve made to one of the greatest stories ever told. Also, just for fun… Top 25 Breaking Bad Episodes 10. Hector Salamanca In an episode entitled “Grilled”, the ruthless Mexican Cartel member Hector Salamanca makes his incredibly memorable first appearance. “Grilled” is an intense episode in which our protagonists attempt to get out of the hands of the rabid dog and distributor that is Tuco Salamanca. Their plot to kill him keeps getting thwarted by Hector Salamanca with just the sound of a bell. I never thought I’d see him again, but he had a much larger part to play. 9. Walter Jr. The beauty of Walter Jr. as a character is in his innocence. He is the most innocent of all the characters in Breaking Bad and the idol and “hero” in his life is of course his father. Any time he sees his father he’ll play his part in their father-son routine completely oblivious to how depraved this man is who he’s hugging. Walter White is a good father, he truly is and Walter Jr. is a good kid because of that fact. One has to wonder what Junior would do if he knew all of Walt’s secrets. 8. Jane Margolis Jane Margolis is a character only featured in Season 2, but she has always cast a pretty twisted shadow over the relationship between our two main characters, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. In the beginning of Season 2, she is introduced as a very likable character who develops into the perfectly lovable girlfriend of Jesse Pinkman. No still in Season 5 it is unbeknownst to Jesse that his partner, “Mr. White”, did nothing and was in the room when she horrifically choked on her own vomit. 7. Skyler White Because of how much I enjoy Walter White’s journey and the choices he makes (I know they’re bad choices), it’s hard to like Skyler and the way she treats her husband who in the beginning was seemingly just trying to provide for his family. Like all Breaking Bad characters, Skyler White is completely believable and perfectly executed. She fought it all she could, but was eventually pulled into the dark world of Walter White only to find the truth that her husband will never again be the man he was. 6. Saul Goodman Behind almost every dirty-dealing or every hump that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have to get over, there is their lawyer Saul Goodman. Goodman just oozes of sleaze and greed. He is a well payed partner to our protagonists and he comes in handy often when Walt and Jesse get into some of the sticky situations they get into. Like most Breaking Bad characters, he’s not a very good person, but it’s hard not have a little fun when Saul Goodman makes an appearance while he can be a little bit of an annoyance, he’s pretty hilarious and quite the character. 5. Gustavo Fring Though Walter White has become quite the villain, he is the protagonist of the story and if you’re looking for an antagonist of the story look no further than one Gustavo Fring. Gus Fring is a brilliant criminal in his professionalism. Above all he is a businessman, but he is a king of a dark criminal empire so naturally when violent measures have to be taken he takes them with intense grace. Those are just the kinds of measures that have to be taken when Walter White is in the picture. Gus is a villain, he’s a criminal, but with him it’s all business. He does what he does when it needs to be done and his business runs like clockwork because of that fact. 4. Hank Schrader If you’re looking for a hero in this grim tale of crime, change and choices you’ll find him in DEA Agent Hank Schrader. Hank is a man’s man. He’s constantly joking, laughing, making rude comments and catching bad guys. The only person he can bare his true soul to is his neurotic, yet completely loving wife Marie. He’s a loving husband and a truly extraordinary policeman. There is never a question of his heroism in the way that his character has become defined by his dedication to the capture of a rising criminal mastermind by the name of Heisenberg. 3. Mike Ehrmantraut Mike Ehrmantraut is a cool, calculating, silent and dead-eyed professional. He’s been around and he sees the world for what it is. He’s an outlaw and it’s as if he’s been plucked right out of a classic Sergio Leone western. He fits right into this gritty world of lawlessness. Unlike the prideful, controlling and despicable Walter White, Mike Ehrmantraut does what he does for one reason, so he can provide. There’s an aura of mystery to Mike and his past life that somehow made him the intelligent criminal and killer that he is, but at the end of the day what he does is for the security and future of his granddaughter. Mike Ehrmantraut threatens, he kills, he enforces, he steals, he’s a criminal and he’s good at what he does. I’ve always had a soft spot for Mike ever since the classic “half measure” scene and his poetic death at the end of my favorite episode thus far in the series is just a punctuation point to this perfect character. 2. Jesse Pinkman Jesse Pinkman is the heart of the entire beautifully dark story arc that is Breaking Bad. In the beginning he almost seemed like just a necessary annoyance who only served to offer a way into the drug world for our protagonist Walter White. The chemistry teacher turned meth dealer attempting to provide for his family needed an entrance and found the perfect one in the total screw-up drug dealer and former student Jesse Pinkman. As Walter White has become more consumed by the power, control and depravity of the man he has become Jesse is just dragged deeper and deeper into incredibly dark territory. Jesse has just always been there and as the layers become unraveled and Walter White becomes more and more malevolent it’s hard not to recognize the heart this kid who just made some bad decisions actually has. 1. Walter White If I could describe the masterpiece that is Breaking Bad in a single word that word would be change. This idea of change is personified in the greatest character arc ever filmed. There is a lot to Breaking Bad, but the driving force of the entire story is a character study and transformation of one normal man becoming (or rather, breaking) bad. The Walter White we met in Season 1 is not the Walter White we know in Season 5. He was a good man with a normal job, wife and kids and now he has become a criminal mastermind in every sense of the description and a very bad man. He is a ruthless, conniving, vindictive king whose rise to power has left many lives in his wake. “Never give up control. Live life on your own terms.” The average person would be astounded as to what soulless lengths Walter White will go to maintain his power and control. Breaking Bad is grim, raw and real and every choice Walt makes is made believable through flawless writing, direction and one of the greatest performances of all time from a masterful actor. Walter White is a depraved liar and he can rationalize his actions all he wants, but he loves who he’s become and he loves that he has his hands on the wheel as he drives down this dark, dark winding road. The fact that there are bad people in the world can not be ignored and for this character to be examined so thoroughly is absolutely thrilling. Breaking Bad is one of the greatest stories ever told and its main character is nothing short of one of the greatest characters in existence.

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Top Six Christopher Nolan Movies

Christopher Nolan isn’t in the movie business, he’s in the masterpiece business. He is the greatest artist to have ever directed in film and I just had to make this list. I’ll change it if necessary, but this is my opinion on the matter at hand. I’ve made one for all of my other favorite directors so how can I not give some recognition to my absolute favorite director. All of the films he’s made have been magnificent and this list is a celebration of those films.

6. Following

Nolan’s first film is basically just a tease for exactly what’s to come from this great man’s career.  It’s filled with interesting and defined characters circumnavigating a strange plot amplified by its structure and execution. The best moment in the film comes from a subtle bat symbol placed on one of the character’s doors. Nolan’s been asked and maybe it is just coincidence, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

5. Insomnia

I saw Insomnia awhile ago and wasn’t blown away, but upon watching it a handful of times more recently I just fell in love with this movie. Sure it doesn’t have the innovation and scope of other Nolan masterpieces, but it still has that same flawless direction. As with all of his films, no shot is out of place and the acting is incredible. Both Al Pacino and Robin Williams play brilliantly off of each other, giving some of the best performances of their long careers.

4. The Prestige

Through a marvelous tale of two rival magicians, Nolan establishes a story of obsession, dedication and art. The Prestige is such glorious film that entertains throughout. The performances are fantastic especially when it comes to Christian as the enigmatic Alfred Borden. This a film that explores the wondrous world of magic and he does so brilliantly with a dark, brooding story of how far a person will go  when someone is working against them.

3. Memento

Memento is just a classic at this point and it’s the film that got Christopher Nolan’s name out there. In Memento we’re shown the ending of film, while the rest of the story is told backwards in order to put you in the shoes of protagonist, Leonard Shelby who, despite his condition of short-term memory loss, is desperately attempting to avenge the death of his wife. With a very original detective story, Nolan creates tense and ominous where nothing is as it seems and by the end everything makes a bit more sense.

2. Inception

Inception is masterpiece in every sense of the word. Its tells story that is both innovative and fascinating. Its never enough to be just original with Christopher Nolan. Sure, you can have the great new idea for a movie plot, but if its not backed by human characters, emotions and high stakes than you won’t get the beautiful outcome that original “parasite” of an idea may have deserved. Inception gets the execution it deserves from the greatest director in film. What Nolan has crafted with Inception is a vastly entertaining spectacle that never ceases to amaze.

1. The Dark Knight Legend

Christopher Nolan is and will always be my favorite director because he told a single story. Not only is The Dark Knight Legend (or The Dark Knight Trilogy if that tastes better going down) Christopher Nolan’s greatest feat, it’s the greatest movie ever made. Film is the greatest art form in existence and with this perfect tale of  heroism, villainy, good, evil, hope, despair (I could go on) Nolan has crafted the greatest piece of art these eyes will ever know.

The word epic was never fully exemplified until Batman’s journey was unveiled in The Dark Knight Legend. In Batman Begins we watch the perfect hero’s journey as Bruce Wayne becomes the legend known as Batman. In The Dark Knight, Batman we watch Gotham face trails and tribulations as Batman has to become the good to The Joker’s pure evil. Though the idea of balance is established in the continuous battle between good and evil in the previous film, the stakes are even higher in The Dark Knight Rises as Batman has to become the hope to the despair that Bane represents. These stories and characters are the greatest  in film and they combine and collide to tell the greatest story of all time.

Top Ten Breaking Bad Episodes

 

 

I love Breaking Bad. I love every single flawless second of it. Walter White’s dark and twisted journey makes for one hell of a roller coaster ride. This section of my site is called “The Greatest TV Show Ever Created” and I created it in order to express my admiration towards LOST, but having just finished the first eight episodes of Breaking Bad’s last season I can’t help but admit what Breaking Bad is, truly the greatest television show I’ve seen. Here is my list of the greatest episodes of Breaking Bad.

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This list has been updated and improved upon… Top 25 Breaking Bad Episodes

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10. Live Free or Die

This episode is proof that though incredible since the beginning, Breaking Bad just gets better with age. This first episode of the fifth season opens with a brilliant scene that simply teases at just how insane this final season will get. It then ties up some loose ends left after the showdown that was Season 4 in a truly exhilarating fashion all while we watch as Walter settles into his new seat of power.

9. Dead Freight

Breaking Bad is and was always amazing from the first to the fifth season, but if you look through my list you’ll notice that I’ve included no episodes from either the first or second season. The first two seasons are just as incredible as the rest, but I for one enjoy the characters and story arcs of other parts of this deep, dark and human epic. One example is this brilliant train robbery, which tragically ends in true Breaking Bad fashion.

8. Crawl Space

Vince Gilligan himself, the mastermind behind the creation of this tale, has often compared the entirety of season 4 to that of a chess game between Walter White and Gustavo Fring. If that’s true, which it is, this episode represents Gustavo Fring putting Walter White in check as everything in Walter White’s life quite seriously falls apart around him. In all this madness and sadness what else can the depraved man they call Heisenberg do, but laugh.

7. One Minute

This is just a no-brainer. It cannot be argued that this is one of the finest hours of Breaking Bad. From the intriguing beginning of season 3, we are brought on a journey of two seemingly soulless men intent on killing the antihero of our story only to be vanquished by the true hero of our story. In one fell swoop Breaking Bad allows its two main characters to come back together as friends and partners all while Heisenberg’s ironic guardian angel saves his ass quite savagely.

6. Full Measure

After the extraordinary masterpiece that was Half Measures, all you could expect was sheer brilliance from the season finale entitled Full Measure. “Never give up control. Live life on your own terms.” It’s a defining quote from season 4 and this episode exemplifies exactly how far this king will go to continue his rise to power. Full Measure opens with a beautiful scene as Heisenberg approaches his adversary wearing his crown. How else could the episode end, but with a gunshot brought about by one of his subjects.

5. Buyout

Walter White is a liar. He is depraved, vindictive, manipulative and he is a villain. We have watched as Walter White has slowly and subtly become this villain. No matter how Walter chooses to rationalize it, he loves who he has become and this power he’s obtained. “You’d be selling to my competitors,” Walter snarls at his former partners as they tell him their selling out for “pennies on the dollar”. Among many ideas, Breaking Bad is a story about change and in Buyout, Walter White can’t help but show his now true colors.

4. Face Off

If the statement I made before is true and Crawl Space is Gus putting Walter in check in their game of chess, Face Off is Walter White putting the kingpin, Gustavo Fring in checkmate. Whereas Walter White has become a criminal mastermind, Fring is a brilliant businessman. That is not to say Gus isn’t a villain because he is, but it is Walt’s will to do evil that allows him to defeat this king. As an added bonus, the cartel’s involvement in this story really comes full circle as Walter’s enemies become a means to obtaining his goal. This list wouldn’t be complete without this episode.

3. Half Measures

Half Measures is an episode I’ve been attached to for a long time. Until recently it was the episode I would’ve considered my favorite. The ending of the episode just may be the best moment in the show. That just turns out to be a punctuation point to this episode about character and choices. Right in the middle is a seemingly odd scene that subtly becomes serious, dark and poetic. It also serves as a little coming out party for actor Jonathan Banks as he becomes Mike Ehrmantraut when illustrates why a man can’t choose half measures when they should go all the way.

2. Gliding Over All

I will change this list if it has to be done and I can easily see that happening, but this mid-point marking episode to Breaking Bad’s final season is incredible. I couldn’t help to place it right here as my second favorites episode. We witness, in a single episode, a Walter White who actually enjoys his reign as king to the point of boredom. Heisenberg, through sin and carnage, has reached his peak. He is king, but the fact that he doesn’t have to fight for his crown anymore makes him weary. He was more of a king than Gus Fring ever was and he will want for nothing as he sits back with his family and friends only for the hero of our story to realize the identity of the villain he would’ve willingly chased to his last breath.

1. Say My Name

I have seen every Breaking Bad episode and most of them I’ve seen a few times. I can say without a doubt that Say My Name is my favorite Breaking Bad episode. For a long time I considered Season 3 my favorite season, but with just 8 episodes Season 5 has managed to top the eloquent masterpiece that is Season 3. The beauty of Breaking Bad can be found in its characters and at the heart of these human stories is the character arc of Walter White.

In this episode we come face to face with the depravity that is Heisenberg. Walter White is a ruthless, criminal mastermind whose reputation proceeds him. In this episode Walter White has become a king and in the wake of this rise, there are many lost lives and lost friendships. It’s hard not to be speechless throughout and then it ends with what may be the greatest scene in Breaking Bad as Walter is consumed by the black heart beating inside of him and kills cool and calculating old professional Mike, Gus’ righthand man turned Walter White’s distributor. It’s a gritty, defining moment executed flawlessly with just character development and intense violence.

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Top Ten Dark Knight Legend Scenes

Through three masterpieces, Christoper Nolan has unimaginably created the greatest story in existence in The Dark Knight Legend (or Dark Knight Trilogy if that tastes better going down). There are so many moments and scenes that both flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining. This is a list of my favorite scenes in The Dark Knight Legend. It took a lot of adjusting and second-guessing, but I eventually came to the conclusion of these ten supremely miraculous scenes.

10. Calling Card

The final scene in the tale of Batman’s origin is so spectacular that if it hadn’t been for one other scene I would consider this scene the greatest in Batman Begins. The fantastic tease of The Joker turns out to be the icing on this glorious cake of a scene. “I never said thank you.” Gary Oldman’s Gordon says with commanding subtlety to which Batman responds with the final line of the movie that defines Batman as a the hero he is, “And you’ll never have to.”

9. Mob Meeting

Every single second that Heath Ledger is on the screen in The Dark Knight is absolutely extraordinary. The Joker’s Bank Heist scene just barely missed the list and part of the reason is because this list wouldn’t be complete without this classic scene. It’s as if this malevolent “agent of chaos” sought out the darkest souls in Gotham just to give them a pep talk. Everything from entrance to exit is pure brilliance and it was hard to expect anything less from then on.

8. Train Crash

As Batman is the good to The Joker’s evil. Batman is the justice to Ra’s Al Ghul’s injustice and their final fight on the train headed towards Wayne Enterprises is easily the greatest scene in Batman Begins. Just as Batman has Ghul on the ropes Ra’s Al Ghul responds by doing the only thing he can that moment and demeans his formal pupil, “Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?” To which Batman responds with one of the greatest quotes in all of cinema, “I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you.”

7. The Pit

It’s one of the most inspirational and uplifting moments in this entire bleak epic. Batman himself has been broken and discarded like a piece of trash into “the worst hell on earth”. When he finally comes to terms with the fear and pain that consumes him, Batman triumphs and it’s realized that he’s both the hero Gotham deserves and needs. It’s a truly breathtaking moment because its almost like journey within a much grander journey because though he gets out of The Pit, there’s a lot of work to be done.

6. Hospital

For brilliant Joker, all of the pieces are set and all we get to do is watch idly by as Gotham’s “White Knight” is consumed by evil. Before our eyes, Harvey Dent finishes his transformation into the villain, Two Face. The power  is placed in Dent’s hand and The Joker gleefully becomes the first of Two Face’s victims whose lives are decided based on the flip of a coin. The Joker would die laughing knowing that he brought Harvey down to his level. It’s a scene that is as dark as they come, but as with every scene with The Joker it’s uproariously fun.

5. A Dark Knight

The Falling Action and Resolution of this never-ending clash of good and evil established in The Dark Knight takes place in one no-holds-barred finale. It’s realized just how depraved Harvey Dent has become when he threatens to literally kill the young son of James Gordon in a misplaced attempt to avenge the woman he loved and couldn’t save himself, Rachel Dawes. Two Face is filled with carnage and rage and the only thing Batman can do is save Gordon’s son and take the blame for Harvey’s unspeakable crimes leading to a final and powerful speech of respect from Batman’s the only friend and partner that Batman has had since the beginning of his fight against injustice.

4. Bane Breaks the Bat

“Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Mr. Wayne,” the barbaric villain says to the determined hero before they battle for the first time in the third and final chapter in Chritopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Legend. This is where these two characters belong, battling. Bane understands that and  it’s made apparent that Batman understands their relationship as well when he begins to wail away at an unimpressed Bane. Bane takes the Bat’s fists as if they  were gusts of wind. For the first time in this definitive story of Batman, Batman is beaten. Not only is he beaten though, he is ravaged and broken. Upon their first meeting, Batman had no idea what he was coming up against and in that way didn’t stand a chance.

3. Interrogation

Batman and The Joker are the greatest enemies ever concocted. There will never be more perfect renditions of the two characters than Heath Ledger and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight. To see them meet for the first time face to face is substantially extraordinary. It’s wildly entertaining, inherently necessary and beautiful. The scene begins with some witty, yet dark dialogue between The Joker and the newly appointed Commissioner Gordon.

“Does it depress you, to know just how alone you really are? Does it makes you feel responsible for Harvey Dent’s current predicament?” The Joker delightfully quips at the unamused Commissioner. Once Batman and The Joker are sitting across from each other alone in a desolate interrogation cell, the rarely leaves the faces of the two men talking simply because of how prominent this moment truly is.

2. The Joker’s Last Laugh

All the scenes on this list aren’t just the greatest scenes in The Dark Knight Legend, they’re also some of the greatest scenes in film. The Joker is my favorite character in existence so naturally I love every moment he’s on screen and I would consider some of his scenes some of my favorite in film. Until recently I’ve always considered the Interrogation scene my favorite scene with The Joker, but recently I’ve realized my favorite Joker scene is his last in the film.

The final masterfully crafted Joker scene in which he has his last laugh is the best Joker scene. The Joker finally thinks he’s changed Batman when Batman throws him off of a building and as a result he laughs hysterically until he his saved by who he now realizes is his perfect nemesis. “You, you just couldn’t let me go could you?” The Joker jokes smiling, of course. Without a villain there is no hero and without a hero there is no villain. The constant battle between the two form a continuos bond between the two because this isn’t a story about two men, it’s a story about good and evil. This concept is completely exemplified in perfect scene.

1. The Legend Ends

The Dark Knight Legend is my favorite movie, but I could unquestionably say that it is also the greatest story ever told. No story has ever entertained me, captivated me or enthralled me with its vast and eloquent themes or its deep  characters nearly as much as The Dark Knight Legend. It is a masterpiece in every way, shape or form. I only use that word when it’s warranted and it is never more warranted than when used to describe the legendary and lasting epic.

Every legend has to come to an end the ending of any story is so important to me. If I took the time to appreciate a story unfold, I’m always excited to reach that point and see where it all leads. I’m always happy to see an ending done right and not only was the ending of this epic legend done right, the ending is unimaginably perfect and the greatest scene in the entire film that is The Dark Knight Legend.

I have never felt more involved or completely captivated by the events transpiring on screen than watching the finale of the ending of The Dark Knight Rises and the glorious ending of entire legend as a whole. From the moment Batman and Bane begin their final battle to the final seconds before the screen goes completely black and all we can read is “The Dark Knight Rises” I just escape to this world where hope tremendously triumphs over despair, two heroes survive and live happily in love together and the legend that is Batman lives to fight another day and survives forever as symbol of good in the hearts of the people who he fights to protect. It’s not only the greatest scene in The Dark Knight Legend, it’s the greatest scene in film.

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