Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

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The revolution will be televised: “The Dark Knight Rises”

July 21, 2012

 

Okay, here are the rules for this one: I’m going to try not to divulge too much more than the trailers, commercials, and the Mission: Impossible preview already did. I won’t give away any critical plot points or spoilers. I can’t guarantee you’ll go in totally unspoiled if you read this, but you won’t have the movie ruined.

So let’s get this out of the way right now. The Dark Knight Rises is a great movie, and the best—possibly only—conclusion to a trilogy since The Return of the King. It’s debatable whether or not it surpasses The Dark Knight, but mostly your opinion on that matter is going to depend upon whether or not you can accept that Heath Ledger’s galvanizing performance was lightning in a bottle. But even compared to that film, TDKR at least holds its own. It’s a great movie, and just as anchored by Nolan’s unflinching and complex worldview.
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Gunmonkey Presents: THE BEST MOVIE STUFF OF 2008!

January 6, 2009

quantum_stillOnce more it’s time for my “Best Movie Stuff” list for 2008. Yes, some people make lists of the best movies, but I make lists of the best movie stuff. Because everybody’s best movie lists are pretty much the same—you get a bunch of art-house favorites about someone’s slow death of terminal bone cancer (or some similarly-cheerful topic), a couple foreign films that played in, like, three theaters in the US, and at least one obligatory Holocaust movie. Yawn. All we really remember about movies are the moments anyway, so without belaboring things any further, here is Gunmonkey’s List of the Best Movie Stuff of 2008! (I should really try and abbreviate that.)
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2008 Summer Movie Roundup!

September 12, 2008

Well, another glorious summer has once again faded into the sunset. Or something like that. It’s done, anyway. The rugferrets are going back to school, the leaves are changing, and the multiplexes, once so vibrant and bursting with celluloid goodness are wan and anemic. The summer movie season is done. Seems like a good time to look back on summer of 2008. After all, it wasn’t a half-bad summer.

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Faster than a speeding…er…: “Confessions of a Superhero”

August 19, 2008

Matt Ogens’ Confessions of a Superhero is probably one of the most visually sumptuous documentaries released in a long time—just check out the movie one-sheet of Superman on the respiratory-infection-mucus-green couch. There a good reason for that, since Ogens was compiling still-photographs simultaneous with shooting the documentary and won a photo award for them. The result is a great-looking documentary, which, unfortunately, has some gaping holes in its presentation.
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