As I prepare to vanish for a week’s vacation, I’ve got summer movies on the brain — and you can’t think of summer movies without a nod to the greatest of them all. By box-office standards, “The Dark Knight” is the most successful summer movie ever; by audience reaction, it’s surely among the very best. Christopher Nolan’s movie arrived in theaters just slightly over a year ago, preceded by the shocking news of Heath Ledger’s death. I remember the excitement this trailer brought: the enticingly brief shots of the Joker, the almost unbearable suspense of the score, the breathtaking shots from atop a Gotham City skyscraper. Watching it takes me right back again — and it’s amazing that the movie didn’t disappoint, after such a great build-up.
Have a lovely week, all, and go see some great summer movies. (My favorites this season: “Star Trek,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and “(500) Days of Summer.”) I’m off to read some good books, and will see you on the 10th. Meanwhile, talk amongst yourself: Is “Funny People” too long? Who do you want to see Meryl Streep portray next? And is anyone clamoring to see “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” other than Barbie?