July 18, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST
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July 18, 2012, 3 a.m. CST
Thank you. My first first.
July 18, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST
Live Free was well below the standard, I can't get excited for DH5 from what I've seen, he's appeared in a fair bit of shit over the last few years but ultimately his career has given him a pass in my book. <p> Die Hard with a Vengeance is one of my favorite action flicks of all time, DH1 is obviously a classic, 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction, Hudson Hawk (sue me), Death Becomes Her, Hostage, 16 Blocks, Fifth Element, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, hell even Armageddon - I just can't get TB'ers who haul the guy over the coals. Looper looks like a great little sci-fi romp. <p> As for JGL, a fine actor on the rise(s).
July 18, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST
I've been saying that for years.
July 18, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST
There are three dense blocks of blurted exposition right off the bat. I perceived the script as sloppy and poorly-constructed -- but hey, Rian gets the big bucks for cranking out those photoplays, so maybe he knows what he's doing.
July 18, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST
That's unfettered capitalism for ya!
July 18, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST
Well, we already saw his version of Bane - a grunting retard. Just reflecting the kind of people who loved Batman Forever. His Catwoman would have been like Poison Ivy, all retarded double entendres. But Joel comes into his own in action scenes. Remember that awesome bit in Forever where Batman crashes through the skylight? You know, the scene that copied the '89 Batman where Batman crashes through a skylight to rescue Vicki Vale. Well, Joel was so proud of copying that scene, he repeated it in Batman & Robin, not once but twice! Holy unoriginal shit, Batman! Batman crashes through the skylight to announce "Hi Freeze, I'm Batman". And later on, Batgirl crashes through a skylight to announce "You're compost" to Poison Ivy. A flawless blend of imaginative action and witty dialogue. So we can only imagine that in Joel's Dark Knight Rises, Batman would crash through a skylight about 47 times during the movie while saying lines like "Hi Bane. I'm the bane of your life" or "Hello Kitty" to Catwoman.
July 18, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST
by golden tribw
July 18, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST
Genius. Simply genius. Dialogue aimed at retarded rednecks in the sticks.
July 18, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST
in a biopic by Steven Spielberg. Holy shit! I bet it's gonna be better than Batman!
July 18, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST
Schumaker made us objects of scorn but Nolan makes us purveyors of fine art.
July 18, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST
Update in 3 hours..
July 18, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST
by ass clown
Best line of Batman and Robin.
July 18, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST
The Lookout was greatness. Hesher was fun to watch too. Haven't seen Mysterious Skin, isn't little Dawnie Summers in that?
July 18, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST
the comment sections on all DKR reviews because negative reviewers were being threatened. Well done Nolan worshipers.
July 18, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST
WTF??? Doesn´t make sense.
July 18, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST
JGL actually called Jonathan Nolan by his nickname Jonah. Wasn't quite sure how to convey that; did my best.
July 18, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST
saw the new york one on youtube, skipped the two puppets presenting though.
July 18, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST
3:30am here (Melbourne Australia) and just got home from The Dark Knight Rises. Going in I was hoping it was going to suck my dick hard, like Neil Cumston on a Saturday night.. and that Bane would step out of the screen and punch me in the balls..but that didn't happen.. it was good, but not as good as the 2nd movie.. Trollers get ready to hate me. First, it was a very long slow start with not much Batman and i was sitting there thinking this is like RoboCop 3 where the hero you paid your money to see doesn't even rock up for the first 15 minutes. After the movie I was trying to think back to all the cool moments where Batman did this or Batman did that.. but there were hardly any to think of.. and yes he is down and out and it takes time for him to recover and makes sense for the story told.. but it just takes too long (most of the movie) and think there was a significant amount of glee and excitement missing from the total experience. 2nd a major problem was that the 2nd movie was just so damn good I was looking for that same lightening in a bottle again. I often watch DK and am mesmerized by Heath's performance, I am addicted to it.. but while the performances here were all very good (Michael Cain the best), they just didn't elevate to that something special that had come before. Positively: yes it was a good story, fitting conclusion, top notch production, just feel it should have been marketed in a slightly different way.. although not sure how I would do that.. oh and by the way.. Letterman's spoiler (whether true or not - I wont spoil that point for you) in hindsight was totally an authorized stunt from Nolan and Anne, pulling a bit of Prestige. Ebert's Review is up, and I pretty much agree with him.. much more to discuss.. so please do go and see the movie asap.. it's great but Avengers left me feeling much more satisfied and bubbly than this.
July 18, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST
And by now it's more of a "hero's trail"
July 18, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST
by the artist formerly known as messi
I can't say how much these movies mean to me. I've watched Begins countless times and the soundtrack has been playing constantly since the movie came out. As for Rises. It is a great movie. Partially makes no sense but . The makes no sense bit. As a Batman fan, some elements don't make sense and just scream that Nolan is done with this and wants to move on. The idea of Batman going into exile is ridiculous, Batman giving up being Batman after 1 year? Ludicrous. "The War goes on", this is a war to him. Maybe get disillusioned 10 years down the track but 1 year? This just seems like Nolan wanted to end it but have no one pick up after. That's annoying and egotistical. He created a franchise that could easily have been like James Bond and gone on. To be honest I would have preferred that Dark Knight ended darker like Long Halloween and Two Face killing Maroni and then giving himself in thus undoing everything they did but Batman saying "the war goes on" showing he'll never give up because he never does. As for this. It is not as good as Begins but better than Dark Knight. Dark Knight was great but it has a weak narrative structure where the pacing was off and too much daylight and all the great Batman elements that were in Begins were gone instead of added upon. Begins however is tight as fuck. It is a BATMAN film in every sense, the tone, the Batman elements, the way it ended with Batman as a superhero instead of just a masked vigilante. The narrative flow and the way it unfolded and it felt so much like Batman. The second act is like a Detective Comics arc, the cinematography, the lighting they used. Great. Rises brings up a lot of Begins, there is a huge amount of Begins references and even flashbacks. As a film in itself, it is great but even less of a Batman film than Dark Knight despite having so many elements like a ton. It's a huge film with some incredible filmmaking and whilst long it doesn't have the weak narrative flow of Dark Knight. However it is heavy on plot. Maybe too heavy. Too much story maybe. I still miss the yellow lighting from Begins which is present at times but is needed more. I am blown away by how much actual comic book there is in this. I mean the plot is No Man's Land, not exactly but pretty much. Knightfall seemed like a given but I thought Nolan would only reference but of it or vaguely allude at most when they even did the breaking of the Bat. That scene you imagined would be in but assumed Nolan wouldn't do it. He does it. Bane is a great villain. He will become Iconic by just how ferocious he is and he is understandable for the majority of the movie. I have to say though that the prologue scene that was inaudible. IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. AND IT SOUNDS RIDICULOUS. It is so obviously ADR and the timbre and Tone of Bane is different and honestly not as good as the prologue released with Mission Impossible. They just had to clean up the audio, not rerecord the fucking thing. When Bane says "No one cared who I was until I put on the Mask" it was great in the prologue but here he says it after his mask is pulled off and the impact isn't there. The sound mixing on this movie was quite bad to be honest, so much dialogue is inaudible and the general sound mixing is weak. As for twists, well the one every comic book fan knew is in there. Bane's origin is surprisingly in the movie, prison and all, with a twist. Bane himself, thanks to movie magic, looks fucking humongous. He towers over people, he fills the screen, physically and with presence. Not one scene where you think he's smaller than Bale. My fav part though was the Ra's Al Ghul bit. Hearing that music again where when I saw Begins for the first time I knew that it would be something special. Just amazing. Also to hear the theme when Bruce walks into the prison yard in Begins when we see Bruce again here, beautiful. They might as well have credited James Newton Howard because so much of his music is in there. However sadly, that epic piece of music in the Nokia trailer is nowhere to be seen. It is a great movie but kind of silly conclusion, just seems a bit "I want to move on already" and takes it's cues from Dark Knight Returns. However the whole JGL aspect at the end was silly. They should have just had Batman saving the day and then standing in front of the graves of his parents and then passing the torch to another actor or just continuing it. Just silliness at the end, there's no reason they couldn't just continue it. It seems like they ran out of ideas or Nolan really wants no one to touch his franchise but will still be selfish and not continue. I love the movie but it is still not Batman Begins, the true Batman movie.
July 18, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
Better than Keanu and Crowe, anyway.
July 18, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST
RT has JR Jones review as Rotten, but when you read his review he gives it 4.2/5 stars. Something is rotten at RT. Thats three improper labels. One review had B- which is 80% and another 2.5/4 which means 62%, so those editors at RT need to get with it.
July 18, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST
by the artist formerly known as messi
the Ra's Al Ghul ethereal slightly middle eastern epic theme is in the movie and it is fucking beautiful. So Epic.
July 18, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST
by Daniel Caputi
Like this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYiMcInuyWc&list=HL1342641229&feature=mh_lolz Blee dat, playa.
July 18, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Steve Lamarre
ironic that they're acting like the asshole villains of the film they're defending.
July 18, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
by ass clown
WTF.... All the other critics seem to have seen it, why not you guys?
July 18, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
by the artist formerly known as messi
July 18, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Even if he did know...he was clearly going for the tv show. I'm shocked actually that we didn't get "BLAM!!!!" or "KAPOW!!!!" written on the screen in giant red cartoon letters during Batman and Robin's fights.
July 18, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Steve Lamarre
Actually, I didn't. I'm not a critic or v.i.p. or contest winner. I'm not David Letterman or Seth Meyers or Jimmy Fallon (fuck those guys). I'm an average joe who has to wait like everyone else. Meh, I hear Batman's not even in this dumb movie anyway.
July 18, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
by hank henshaw
Whedonites and Nolanites should be allowed to an all-out street brawl , to the death, like those scenes from DKR with the cops and Bane's goons. The world (ok, the internet) would be better off without them. Question: how do Nolanites feel about having to jerk-off to a Zack Snyder movie next year? That has to be giving you people some mixed feelings.
July 18, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST
Absolutely loved it. Risky plot will divide audiences but it has more emotional warmth than the other Batman films combined.
July 18, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST
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July 18, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST
and mind you, by far my favorite genre of film is crime drama/mystery/con man/heist/caper/etc... I felt like I just wanted to punch Johnson in the face after Brick. And I really dig JGL as an actor too, but Brick was Johnson trying waaaaaaaaaaay too hard to come off as slick and cool. It was absolutely ludicrous listening to these over privileged high schoolers talk like they were in the 1940's. And I was super excited for Brothers Bloom, am a big Ruffalo and Weisz fan, and holy shit was that a major disappointment.
July 19, 2012, 1 a.m. CST
but i never understand the love for lookout. ps: i hope looper has more dialogue than what the script shows. there is a huge chunk missing (which i guess involves china since i read china will get more scenes of their country than we would) pps: looper script was good...just dont really like the ending since it seems too cliched