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Title: The Dark Knight Rises

Number: Two Hundred And Five

Directer: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Genre: Superhero War Drama.

Released: 2012.

Seen on: Cinema.

Seen Before: Never.

Starring: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Modine

Running Time: 165 minutes.

Favorite Performance: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake

Favorite Moment: The first fight between Batman & Bane has no music, and builds up tremendous tension. Bane is terrifying.

Favorite Line: "So that’s what that feels like?"

Thoughts“The Dark Knight Rises” will always suffer from comparison to “The Dark Knight”. “The Dark Knight” was a once-in-a-lifetime film, where not only did you have the combined efforts of a top-notch director, script, and cast, but also had one of the greatest villains ever created, as portrayed by an actor at the top of his game, in Heath Ledger. So the question is, how does this film compare? Well, “The Dark Knight Rises” may not top “The Dark Knight”, but it completes the trilogy admirably.

The slow pacing of the film gradually quickens as it continues, allowing time for the audience to breath and be drawn in. The first 1/3rd is possibly the most important as it allows the previous two films to be expanded upon, demonstrating the aftermath of the death of both Rachel & Harvey Dent. The second 1/3rd then sets up the new plot into motion, and finally, the last 1/3d ties up not just the current film, but the entire trilogy. The time taken with the story allows the feeling of a true end, you could easily never have Nolan direct Bale as Batman again and not feel cheated. The introduction of new multiple characters is given time and levity, so the impact of their actions has resonance.

This is probably Christian Bale’s strongest Batman film, as it allows him his best character arc. The first film was of him developing from angry, bitter child into Batman. The second film concerned him dealing with the world around him as it changes. This film, shows him dealing with the losses he has entailed, and attempting to battle past a physical and emotional break, his end as Batman for eight years leading him to a reclusive life. This film has more in common with “Batman Begins” due to this, and Bale can feel proud of his work as both Bruce Wayne & Batman.

Other returning stars continue to resonate with the audience. Morgan Freeman is again kind and jovial, but also interacts more within the plot, his ingenuity familiar to the audience; Gary Oldman is his usual solid self, if slightly restricted in the first half of the movie, but the feel-good of his actions makes him as popular as ever; Michael Caine is almost the stealer of the film, and demonstrates how he has been the MVP of the series. He only had four main speeches in the movie, but each one had me feeling emotional, and by the end, I could easily imagine some cinemagoers were left in tears. The returning cast were as good as ever.

But what about the new characters? Tom Hardy is terrifying as Bane, whereas Heath Ledger’s The Joker was a representational force of chaos, Bane is an unstoppable force of nature, capable of destruction and maiming. Hardy has been accused of being slightly incomprehensible at times, but I personally had no problem, I felt that it gave him an alien quality to his stature, his leadership of his followers was akin to a cult, his followers willing to die without question. Hardy’s size also allowed him to physically dominate Batman, offering a visual representation of the rivalry between the two. Very happy with his performance.

Marion Cotillard had a smaller role compared to the others, whilst at the same time being involved from early on, her role slowly increased as the film continued, her relationship with Bruce Wayne akin to a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ style, as she attempts to inspire him to becoming human again. I liked this inclusion and thought it offered a different side to Bruce, his soft, appreciative side. Cotillard is solid and has an old fashioned beauty to her, which makes the relationship that much more interesting.

On the other side, you had Anne Hathaway. I feel that most people have pre-conceived thoughts on her: either people don’t like Anne Hathaway in general, or they prefer Michelle Pfieffer. I thought the original Burton Catwoman was very sexualised, but I thought the origin of her story was rubbish, a brain-fart of a decision - she was licked by cats into life? It just seems weird for weirds’ sake. Now, Hathaway, I haven’t seen a lot of, pretty much seen her in half of ‘The Princess Diaries’, where she demonstrated good comedic timing and physicality to her comedy; ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, which I didn’t enjoy, but thought she was fine; and that’s it. Because of this, I was allowed a very open mind, and I thought she did a fantastic job. During the entire film, she demonstrated a character capable of being meek, terrified, surprised, sensual, intelligent, conniving, underhanded, heroic…she goes through almost every emotion, whether natural, or a con by Selina Kyle. Hathaway had a strong presence, and is probably Nolan’s best written female character, as one of his flaws has been pointed out as questionably 2-dimensional female characters. Here, Anne Hathaway is Batman’s equal, not physically, but in intelligence and agility, Hathaway was the question mark for me, and I think she did a good job with it.

However, my favorite performance was the versatile, brilliant Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Introduced as police officer John Blake, he offers a connection between many of the characters, his characteristics making him both an everyday cop and also an inspiration for the normal citizens. He has scenes with almost everyone except Bane, if I remember correctly, and at times, he becomes a deuteragonist, the equal of Batman in terms of screen time, interacting with the plot at a similar level, and the performance was so good, I found myself thinking “Man, I wish John Blake had been in the previous three films.” JGL is a talent, and I hope to see him half as good in the upcoming ‘Looper’.

The film isn’t perfect, the slow pace may turn others off, and also, there may be a slightly awkward edit in terms of the passing of the time, but if you concentrate for the movie, the timing shouldn’t be a problem. Also, I enjoyed the slow pace, as it allowed character and story build, which for me, was just a positive. As I have already mentioned, this doesn’t beat ‘The Dark Knight’, but as the end of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, it completes the story perfectly. With a good use of cinematography and the strength of Nolan’s direction, you get a good depiction of the world you inhabit, with good use of scenery, as well as a haunting inclusion of snow during the final 1/3rd of the movie. One of my favorite elements was when explosions are set off in the second half, as the explosions are quite muted in comparison for most movies, it gives a more realistic and sobering feel to it, thereby adding to the undercurrent of a war drama. Supposedly, it is also worth reading “A Tale Of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens, which has an act of inspiration upon the themes. This is rooted within reality, as is most of Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, which works well.

Overall, the film may be the weakest of the three as a standalone film, as it involves lots of flashbacks and themes from the previous films, but as the third in the trilogy, it ties up everything you could want answered. If you loved the previous two films, I do think you’ll find elements you love here, but it could be polarizing amounts, depending on your preferences. But for me? I couldn’t ask for anything more from Nolan.

Thumbs Up, 9 out of 10

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Twelve: Favorite Scene From ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a full version of the scene, but I love the pub scene where Sherlock nearly breaks down, reveals his body feeling fear, and to prove he is still in control of his senses, demonstrates his ability, scanning several members of the entire pub, in extremely quick succession. It demonstrates Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing ability to recite Sherlock’s dialogue, as well as Freeman’s response and dialogue, elevating the amazement, as well as coupling it with the bitterness of living with a show-off.

It also is a good reminder of a similar scene at the beginning of the episode, where Henry first appears, and Sherlock scans him, except more extreme.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day One: Favorite Male Character

I could have found it very easy to go for Sherlock, and I was tempted, but to me, Martin Freeman’s performance as Watson is the biggest strength of the series. Cumberbatch is brilliant as Sherlock, no question, but it is Watson’s natural air and layman attitude that brings us into the world of Sherlock. Without Watson, we would just be watching an arrogant, unlikable intellect, whereas Watson offers the humanity, just as he and Sherlock need each other to work, so Watson is needed for the show to draw us in. And it helps that Freeman has brought more to the table then just gasps and awes, he has a dry, articulate wit that comforts the audience and at times, he often steals the scenes. The fact that Watson is even noticeable in Sherlock, when the elder series’ and films placed Watson on the sidelines, is a testament to the writing of Moffat & Gatiss, and the performance of Freeman.

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221b-timelord:

wholockian221b:

sherlock1240:

Reichenbach theories mega-compilation.

Damn good. You must watch this.

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BRILLIANT.

this actually is quite good. Although a couple of the parts I think they read into a liiittle too much, but other than that - well read.

Impressive.

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Title: The Shawshank Redemption

Number: Sixty-Seven.

Writer and Directer: Frank Darabont

Genre: Drama.

Released: 1997

Seen on: DVD

Seen Before: Several times before, not for three years though.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Mark Rolston.

Running Time: 142 minutes.

Favorite Performance: Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne.

Favorite Line: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

Favorite Moment: Brooks Hatlen’s suicide is a beautifully depicted montage, with an emotional performance and musical piece that leaves you feeling for the character as he struggles to integrate himself into a changed world, and it all feels true to the film, true to the performance.

ThoughtsI commonly refer to this film as my favorite film ever. Everytime I watch it, I find myself looking for any possible mistakes in the script or performance or such, but no matter what, I cannot seem to find one. I just love this film so much. I find it to be a wonderfully crafted epic written and directed by the brilliant Frank Darabont, with performances that rank among their personal bests in Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown, all of who leave strong impressions.

Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown make a strong antagonistic duo, Clancy Brown the muscle, his violent tendencies and careless attitude displayed early on when he beats a new prisoner to death in a harrowing beginning, and Bob Gunton the brain, his hypocritical manner and hard-ass attitude also displayed in his first appearance, a speech to the new inmates. The two of them are strong supporting performances that give the film extra tension.

There are also several supporting roles, the most famous of whom, William Sadler, makes a distinctive impression on the audience for his friendship with the two main characters, as well as one of the most memorable characters, Brooks Hatlen, who creates a magnificently emotional performance.

However, this film belongs to the central partnership, Morgan Freeman as Red, the narrator, and Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, the living legend within Shawshank Prison. Their relationship is a beautifully depicted friendship that is crafted and earned through almost 20 years of time together. Freeman is a good representative for the audience, his humor and wisdom a good hook for the film, whilst Robbins is a enigmatic, almost mythical man who forever stands as the representation for hope.

This, to me, is a perfect piece of film, that is both epic and emotional in its creation, and not enough people see it regularly. Even now, the ending is still one of the best I have seen.

Thumbs Up, 10 out of 10

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He’s bluffing.

mallamun:

So, every time I watch The Great Game, this bothers me:

There is no way a smart man like Sherlock Holmes would treat a gun that way. I mean, he’s literally using it to scratch his head. He runs toward danger, but he’s not an idiot.

I watched this again the other night, when suddenly it hit me.

Where the **** did Sherlock get a gun from, anyway?

Oh.

My.

God.

He’s bluffing.

Fuck me…..clever son of a bitch :o

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SHERLOCK SERIES 2 SNEAK PEEK.

I am a massive fan of Russell Tovey and reckon he will add to the show brilliant. Just a guess, but I reckon he’s in The Hound Of The Baskervilles. Slightly suitable considering he’s a werewolf in the magnificent Being Human :D.

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First picture of Martin Freeman in “The Hobbit”, he looks amazing, very akin to Elijah Wood, I definitely cannot wait now :).

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God damn Morgan Freeman’s level of awesomeness :)

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Aww man, I heard this was good, but didn’t expect I’d enjoy it this much haha, awesome skit :D

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The Hobbit Cast!

Granted, not all of them, or in costume, but it’s a start! :P

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30 Days of Movies

Day 29 - Favourite Ending

The Shawshank Redemption…..plain and simple.

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-mypeopleskillsarerusty:

pretty much the best picture ever.

This is just too precious.

Three magnificent actors in one picture…amazing :D

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I saw this on Sunday, and went in with the expectations of a good fun action movie, akin to the Expendables. And I admit, there was a few bits I enjoyed, Helen Mirren was awesome, John Malkovich was very funny in several scenes, Brian Cox made a good cameo, and Morgan Freeman was his usual solid self, but in actuality, I felt that the film was stolen by Karl Urban. He was cool, sophisticated, intelligent, funny, and had some good action scenes, he basically ran away with the film, which was quite impressive in the cast, but unfortunately, several comedic lines came off a bit flat, too much of the supposed humour wasn’t that great, however, the comaderie between the RED’s was very good, very believable. Good fun, worth a watch :)

Seven: the first meeting.....

  • William Somerset: And if I may speek freely?
  • Police Captain: We're all friends here.
  • William Somerset: This should not be his first assignment.
  • David Mills: Oh, come on. I knew it. This is not my first assignment, you dick.
  • William Somerset: It's too soon for him.
  • David Mills: Hey man, you know, I'm right here. You can say that shit to my face.
  • William Somerset: It's too soon for you.