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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!


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.

This is not just the downside of social media marketing. It’s ignorance to the max.

For those who haven’t heard already, some shitty online clothing retailer took advantage of the fact that Aurora was trending on Twitter because of the horrific shooting that occurred at a movie theater there, and used it to market their “Kim K inspired Aurora dress” in the most self-absorbed, atrociously insensitive tweet I’ve ever seen.

The tweet was up for over an hour before they realized their mistake and took it down. It may not seem like a long time, but in this day and age, it may as well have been a week. It spread like wildfire and the outrage it caused in the Twitterverse is still going strong. They issued an “apology” stating that their PR team is not US-based and they didn’t bother to check out why the topic was trending before they thoughtlessly assumed it’s about them, but that sounds more like a flimsy excuse than an actual apology to me. I’m not India-based but I still followed the 2008 terrorist attacks there obsessively for the 3 entire days that they went on. I don’t even have cable TV right now and I still know the latest public word on the investigation. Are you telling me that not one single member of the entire PR team had the common sense – or the desire to do their job well – to click on the Aurora hashtag and see what it was about? Did no one notice that “James Holmes”, “Colorado”, and “theater shooting” are also trending topics?

Yeah, no. I’m not buying it. And if that really was the case, then somebody needed to get fired hours ago. I’ve been in the social media marketing and public relations biz. I know how how much caution has to be taken and diligence has to be done before even the most seemingly inconsequential of posts becomes public. Clearly, Celeb Boutique’s foreign PR team didn’t observe even a fraction of that, not to mention that they also associated another celebrity with the company’s tweet.

I feel embarrassed and ashamed for the company. They can tweet an apology worthy of an Oscar if they want, but that’s no way to fix this. It is crucial for them to somehow make a human connection that will remind them that the things we see on Twitter and the Internet actually mean something. That means going beyond donating money by doing something that will directly help ease the suffering of those people.

I wish I could do that myself. Of course I send my sincerest condolences and prayers out to those who have been victims of this tragedy, but sitting around and thinking good thoughts has never been my way of showing I care. I’ve always thought that if people truly want to make a difference, they’ll go out there and do something. I guess I’ll just start by writing about it and showing my support. I urge all of you to do the same. Keep checking back here for more information as things develop.