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Better late than never, right?

Can I just say I was delightedly surprised at Anne Hathaway’s performance as Catwoman in TKDR. I read in an old issue of Entertainment Weekly that originally, she had agreed to meet with Chris Nolan with the intention of playing some other female character from the comics, because she felt like Michelle Pfeiffer did such an iconic job with Catwoman. That’s when I started to think about how daunting this role must have been for her, not least because she didn’t really have the reputation for it. It would’ve been a lot to take on for any actress, and I think she and the writers did wonderfully.

On to the film. It was good. The only other Batman movies I’ve ever watched are the two in this trilogy (fixing that ASAP!) so I can’t speak for how it compares, but I liked that Bane’s origin story was included, as opposed to us never finding out how The Joker got his scars in The Dark Knight. At the same time, I definitely prefer Heath Ledger’s Joker to Tom Hardy’s Bane. I know they’re not supposed to be similar villains, and this could just be my soft spot for Heath Ledger talking, but The Joker freaked me out more (which is a good thing). He’s completely psychotic and just wants to watch the world burn without any rhyme or reason. Bane, on the other hand, is calculating, has every T crossed and I dotted, and comes off as oddly rational (only, you know, not.) For some reason this logical approach was more reassuring to me, and consequently, I wasn’t gripping the edge of my seat in fear. Plus his voice bugged me. I didn’t understand half of what he was saying. I get that it was supposed to be that way, and I think the incredibly loud volume in my theater might have had something to do with it…either way, it kinda lost me.

Christian Bale was awesome, as always…I don’t think I’ve ever watched a movie of his that I didn’t like (although I haven’t seen very many). I liked that we got to see more of Bruce Wayne than Batman in this film. The part where he climbed out of the prison – I forget what it was called – was a really obvious metaphor, but I cheered along with a bunch of other people in the theater anyway. His on-screen chemistry with Anne Hathaway was pretty good, too. They worked well together and looked super doing it. I dunno what was going on with the fight scenes, though. They weren’t as good as the previous movies. But my god, that ending!!! It was perfect. Perfect.

Overall, I would for sure watch this again. In theaters, even. When it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray, I’m for sure having a marathon party in my apartment!

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His farewell letter, which also serves as the foreword to his book The Art of Making the Dark Knight Trilogy, reflects on his experience as the director of these three films. I think he did a wonderful job on them, but I haven’t seen the others, and let’s face it…Batman had been around for a while before Nolan even came into the picture. Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite film directors of all time, but I feel like writing an entire book about the “art” of telling a story that neither he nor Jon Nolan wrote sounds overly self-important. It would’ve been different if it had been about his life experience and what went into each of his movies, because he’s definitely earned that bragging right. I’m sure that all the sentiments in his letter and the book came straight from the bottom of his heart, but I confess that for the first time ever, I’m a little disappointed with him.


According to this Washington Post article, Warner Bros. as well as other Hollywood studios have begun responding to the shooting in Colorado at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. They pledged to stop box office reporting through the opening weekend (although I have a feeling this is as much to protect the film’s reception as to show sensitivity) and also scrambled to pull the trailer for The Gangster Squad, an upcoming film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, because it contains a clip of people shooting into a movie theater from behind the screen.

There have also been rumors that the release of this new film may be delayed – at the very least, it’s going to be severely re-cut – in light of what has passed. I think it would be completely unacceptable to keep that particular scene in the movie, but still, I’m relieved and supportive of the way Hollywood has reacted. As much as I love movies, I’ve never trusted the intentions of Hollywood itself, and this time I’m glad to be proven wrong. There is a soul somewhere in there after all. That movie is set in the 1940’s/50’s and refusing to put it into the current cultural context would have been the easy way out, but from what I see so far that’s not how it’s gonna go down.

Batman director Chris Nolan made a comment that I found particularly touching…”The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.” Well said, as always, and I feel the same way.

I went to see The Dark Knight Rises with my family earlier today anyway, and I thought about writing a review, but I don’t feel like it right now. I’m still too sad about what happened. I just wanted to share this to show that for all the shallow materialism, profit-centric behavior and mindless decadence, Hollywood is as capable of a moment of silence as the rest of us.

Memento


I’m a huge fan of Chris Nolan’s work in general, but Memento is in my opinion one of the best movies ever to come into existence. IMdB and Rotten Tomatoes both agree. It’s so good that I’m putting a trailer below instead of just a picture so that you poor souls who haven’t seen it yet can get an idea of what I’m talking about.

This spectacularly made film is based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan. The movie, in turn, has inspired a number of later plots (some more obviously stolen from Chris Nolan’s masterpiece than others). These include everything from The Vow to Ghajini (a Bollywood ripoff). None of them even come close to being as good as Memento.

I’ve already shown the trailer so I’m not going to include too many spoilers…I’ll just say that watching this movie is not a passive experience. It has a terse grittiness to it, and the story progresses in reverse chronological order, so you’ll be lost if you zone out even for a few minutes. That’s what I love best about Chris Nolan’s movies. Every shot, every detail means something. It’s the perfect approach for a film about a man who loses his short-term memory every 10 minutes.

The entire cast (particularly Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss) delivers world-class performances, and the editing is amazingly done (I don’t normally pay very much attention to that, but in this case I kinda have to). I’m still wondering who deserves more credit. Was the footage shot chronologically and later edited to make it seem like it was going backwards, or did the actors somehow have to make the order work throughout filming?

Yeah, I’m not just talking a lot of flashbacks here. I mean that every single scene ends where the last one began. It’s a really complex film – not Inception status (you’ll understand the story the first time you watch it), but just enough to keep the audience engaged in every moment. What’s even more impressive is that there’s a parallel storyline and flashbacks actually are incorporated to show us something that happened even further in the past than the next scene. Am I even making sense anymore?

Okay, I’m getting a headache trying to write about it. Just trust me on this one. Memento is available to stream on Netflix, so go watch it already. Then watch it again in wonderment. You’re welcome 🙂