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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009)

When Heath Ledger died back in January 2008, talk inevitably shifted to The Dark Knight, Ledger’s “final” performance.  There was already an insane amount of hype surrounding the film and Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, but suddenly the phrase “posthumous Oscar” was being thrown around.  Ledger’s Joker was magnificent, and the Oscar deserved if only as recognition of all the work he did prior to his death, and had The Dark Knight truly been Heath Ledger’s final onscreen performance it would have been a worthy end to his short career.  Unfortunately it wasn’t.  Ledger was halfway through filming on Parnassus when he died, and so this is now his final performance as an actor.  A baffling, psychedelic Frankenstein of a film that frustrates both with its overreaching and lack of polish.

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