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It was Batman

Last night Jordan and I finally saw “The Dark Knight”, which despite being in its third weekend in theatres still packed in an audience to almost capacity. We were lined up for half an hour to get a seat, and we bought our tickets three hours in advance. If you look into the movie online you will see that it is breaking all sorts of records in terms of box office revenues. Largest opening weekend, largest initial midnight showing, fastest to 100 million; 200 million, etc. My real question is why?

Granted it is taking a lot of these records from Spiderman 3 which also wasn’t that great of a movie. I guess that marketing and anticipation for a sequel can really get a lot of people to fork out an inflated amount of money to see something regardless of whether they want to or not, simply out of some injected sense of obligation.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Dark Knight” is a very good movie, but it wasn’t exceptional. It was paced a bit awkwardly and definitely felt too long at several different points. I found myself wishing it was over a couple of times. It was the first movie in the Batman franchise not to use the word “Batman” in the title. However, rest assured that it is still just a Batman movie. I have never been a big Batman fan at any point in my life, but I really did enjoy Christian Bale’s attempt in “Batman Begins”. I found him to be a good Batman and the movie to tell a good story.

I will say that Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was excellent. He really went somewhere dark with the character. You could really feel the edge of craziness that he possessed. It was so out of character from what I know about Heath that made it that much more stunning. I’m also a fan of Aaron Eckhart and his version of Harvey Dent was just what I would imagine it should have been.

I guess each person has their own tastes and desires, I generally don’t agree with the critics. This movie is definitely worth seeing in theatres, but perhaps at a matinee or some other time you can get in without spending a small fortune. Enjoy.

August 2, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

I’m just going to go out there and say it, this is now one of my favourite animated movies. One might think that this is a kids movie, but like many contemporary animated features, it really does provide something for everyone. And funny, this one had me laughing out loud on many occasions. Perhaps I am just a big kid at heart, but then aren’t we all, in some way.

Casting was good, at least where it mattered. Some of the supporting characters didn’t have much dialogue and as such, you didn’t really get a feel for the voice. But Jack Black playing up against Dustin Hoffman was pure gold. I’ve heard other people praise this one as a classic that, since it doesn’t contain too much pop culture reference, should stand to endure the test of time. I certainly hope it does, because this is one that I suspect I will want to own in the long run. For me a good movie is one that you are excited having seen, and you leave the theatre (or your living room) wanting to watch it again. This is one of those movies with serious re-watchability in my mind.

Go see it if you get a chance, but bear in mind that if you go for a Sunday matinee, the theatre will likely be inundated with little kids. And you’ll be one of them.

“There is now a level zero.”

June 8, 2008

In Bruges

Unfortunately I am not in Bruges at the moment, although I will take this opportunity to plug my Bruges photos from my trip a couple years ago before starting my Masters project. No, what I am referring to is the movie with Colin Farrell.

I saw this movie on what must have been its second last day playing in Vancouver and the theatre was quite full, for a Wednesday night. And justly so, the movie was quite enjoyable, and if the Internet can be any indication, a generally good movie all around.

I’m not sure whether it was the fact that I had been to Bruges before, or just the story telling of the screen writers, but I was really drawn into this film which surprised me with a considerable amount of humour and charm. It had it’s fair share of oddness sprinkled in there are well, but that just added to the overall appeal, at least from my perspective. There are some startling scenes in it, especially toward the end, and it isn’t for anyone who offends easily, but for the rest of you out there, I’d recommend renting it when it hits DVD, because I’m not sure whether many theatres are still carrying it.

April 11, 2008

Back to Bermuda

I should start by wishing everyone who recognizes it a happy new year. I’m not going to put up any predictions this time around because they are depressing to look at in a few years time when they still haven’t been accomplished.

I spent my New Year’s Day on an airplane. After an icy and snowy drive to the airport in Halifax courtesy of my parents, I managed to catch my ridiculously early flight to Toronto without too much issue. I knew ahead of time that my connection to Bermuda was delayed… by three hours. A small delay would have been good because I was a tad late coming in from Halifax, but the real drama started when I finally did get on the plane in Toronto.
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January 2, 2008

Weather

Bermuda: 15°C
Halifax: 0.3°C

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