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  • Justin 3:53 am on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall Director Sam Mendes Says Movie Heavily Influenced by The Dark Knight 


    Early reviews of Skyfall (have been very positive) and have drawn similarities to The Dark Knight. How much, seems a bit unlikely you could say (for obvious reasons), but Director Sam Mendes has now said that Christopher Nolan’s movies, in particular The Dark Knight, have had a great impact on how he took on and lead Bond 23:

    “In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody….What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world… That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

    Mendes also said that Batman Begins and TDK showed how people are more than capable and hungry for gritty and real, and that was supposed to be part of the Bond reboot and that it helped him “sell” some of the darker moments of Skyfall to the studio. I’m certainly really curious now to see if I note the parallelism when I see Skyfall.

    It should be noted that Nolan himself said after filming The Dark Knight Rises that he’d love to do a Bond film. In conclusion, Nolan is awesome.

  • Justin 2:00 pm on July 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dark Knight Rises | Review 


    After seven years on the screen, Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the Dark Knight comes to a close, and while the movie has its imperfections, The Dark Knight Rises is a very satisfying piece of film.

    Eight years have passed since Batman takes the fall for Harvey Dent’s killing spree at the end of The Dark Knight. The City, thanks in part to the Harvey Dent Act is having an age of clean streets. Bruce Wayne however, emotionally (and physically) destroyed from the events of the second film has essentially exiled himself; hoping that hanging out in the rebuilt Wayne mansion will somehow turn around things.

    Things change when Selina Kyle (fantastically played by Anne Hathaway) steals from Bruce, prompting him to look into her background and some new thug on the scene named Bane, possibly requiring Bruce to come out of his retirement.

    This movie feels very different than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in most ways (such as the type of villain and the flow) which is great, and was absolutely the right thing to do. About a quarter way through, it was obvious that you feel like Batman Begins was the appetizer, Dark Knight was the steak, and Dark Knight Rises is a great dessert.  As Groomsmen Pauly correctly mentioned in his review, this is more of a comic book movie than previous chapters; its def a crime/cop drama, its def epic, and to my repeated annoyance at comic book adaptations not being truly a comic book movie, this one is actually more of a comic book movie than most. It is ironic that this year brought not one, but the two purest ones to date.

    The scenes with Michael Caine are great, and while you immediately know one aspect of the ending very very early on when Alfred is talking to Bruce, that’s just fine.

    For a while, you might be thinking this movie’s runner-up title could have been John Blake Rises, and that’s just fine too. It becomes very clear this is no ordinary cop. His detective skills are so badass, you’ll be quite surprised what he deduces, without much effort, from the get go but that’s the point. Like the previous ending aspect, you see early on (as well as throughout the movie with this one) what you hope is to come by the end. Even with that said, these motions are great to go through with an ending that’s more badass than you hoped.

    There’s been some criticism that there were too many characters and not enough development of the new and the old, but I thought the balance was pretty damn good. It’s an A-list cast and they, not surprisingly, give top-notch performances. I think there is plenty of room appropriately carved out for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but hey we all knew going into the movie that there was reason for this.

    At times you might think of Les Miserable or Tale of Two Cities. Les Mes for the messages and for the literal fact that Liam Neeson was in the last Hollywood version, and Anne Hathaway is in the new version. Also the Nolan boys explicitly mentioned that TDKR was inspired mainly by Tale of Two Cities. This is clearly seen, from the people’s court to the alignment with Sydney Carton, as both Carton and Wayne express their belief in their cities, what they do for their cities, and of course literally down to the words spoken by Gordon at the end, which are some of the famous last lines of Carton.

    Nolan puts his best foot forward on the action this time around (especially in terms of choreography and angles) and the Batman/Bane fight sequence halfway through is just gruesome. The “Bat” is completely badass, and Selina Kyle def shows off how to drive the Bat pod. The opening plane kidnapping, the first B and B showdown, Bruce rising from the pit (when the Bats came out plus Zimmer’s score, I think there were a few people who raised their hands in triumph, wait were those my hands?), and of course the very last shot of the movie are awesome.

    I still had trouble understanding Bane several times, there are some scene jumps, and some other obvious oddities, but these things truly are minor when you look at the whole canvas. Zimmer’s score was sometimes so loud I could not hear anything else, perhaps it was just my IMAX theatre (which is by the way, the right place to see this movie), but I’ve been loving Hans Zimmer’s scores since Crimson Tide and The Rock, so turn it up.

    Bane (Tom Hardy) is a very different villain from the Joker. In the end, he’s a point man (ironically what Hardy was in Inception), and that works pretty well, when you see the whole canvas, which in this movie you can again see pretty early on; even if you figure out the puzzle, seeing it completed 2 hours and 45min later is still awesome.

    The Dark Knight Rises overall is a great movie that thankfully closes out one of the best trilogies in film, and the best comic book trilogy out there.


  • Justin 3:11 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    WB Releases Six Minute Dark Knight Trilogy Trailer 

    And here, we, go.

    Hilarious. WB just released a five minute forty second trailer of the entire trilogy. Its pretty crazy and epic. (Heath Ledger as the Joker still steals the screen).

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