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Rewatching Films At The Cinema

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how are you all doing today? I just wanted to do a blog post on something that I like to do from time to time which is rewatching films in the cinema.

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There is something wonderful, fun and kind magical about watching a film on a projector in room full of other people who are sharing the same/different emotional responses. Most big film fans are all about this kind of thing. If you like a film a lot, then you’ll want to check it out again right? Multiple viewings of films in the cinema is something that people do for many reasons whether it is to show support for their favourite films or for bragging purposes or just because they’re obsessed.

I love getting the chance to a film more than once in the cinema, however it wasn’t always like that for me.

As a child to my mid/late teens, going to the cinema used to be reserved for special events like birthdays, major film releases or family outings (going with my dad and sister). So unless my dad was taking me or I was out with my friends, then the cinema was not a very regular thing. But all that changed in 2008. Now before that year I had watched a few films more than once in the cinema, but I never had the money or desire to see any of them more than twice… But then May of 2008 came around and I saw Iron Man, and honestly that film changed my world. Now I had seen many comic book films, but that film was the first film that seemed like a comic book come to life, but with a great sense of realism, like it could exist in our world. It was so much fun and that was the main factor that grabbed me. So I watched it two more times which made Iron Man the first film I saw three times. It was totally bizarre to me to be sitting in the cinema watched the film again for the third time, but that’s how obsessed I was with the film.

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Then after 2008 I ended up watching a good few films more than once on numerous occasions. In 2009 I ended up watching the J.J. Abrams Star Trek three times as well, that film really left impression on me, as a person who grew up seeing the different Star Trek incarnations on TV and seeing it become a more action-oriented sci-fi adventure, it was a surprise, a bloody delightful surprise. The following year was the major turning point for me as watching films started to become an addiction. The brilliant Toy Story 3 came out in the summer of 2010, and it made me shed manly time each time that I saw it during the final scene. I didn’t think I would cry the third time, but somehow that film was still able to get the better of me. But even more hardcore was my viewing experience came from watching Inception. Christopher Nolan was a director I had come to respect from his work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Memento, so I was hyped for Inception, but the end result was so much more. The film had action, thriller and sci-fi elements all in one place with lovely execution and an amazing soundtrack. The film captured my soul and I watched it again, THREE MORE TIMES. People thought me insane for watching the film that many times, however, I loved the film that much I just had to see it again (that it took me three times to fully understand the film lol).

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From there I took things one step beyond. From 2011-2013 I ended up seeing a lot of films on three occasions Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises (that may have been four times) and Man of Steel (though that was accidental), and in 2012 I saw The Avengers four times (much love for Marvel Studios as you may be able to tell). But my biggest repeat viewing comes from 2011 when I saw Thor, FIVE TIMES! Now that may seem quite absurd considering that it is one of the lesser liked films of the MCU and because there are better films that I’ve listed beforehand, however, I do love Thor, but seeing it in the cinema that many times was accidental. I saw it with my friends, then once again with my sister, then with another friend, then with my family and then finally with my uncle. It was just a case of going with the flow which resulted in a lot of time with the god of thunder, but it was hella fun so I’m not complaining.

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So why did I make this blog post? Well I just wanted to share with you some of my crazier cinematic adventures and show you how much I love going to the cinema. Now as you may have noticed a lot of those films happen to be superhero-based and that’s mainly due to the fact that they’ve proven to be the most entertaining and rewarding experiences for me. That and films of the sci-fi genre too. I can easily say that without my Cineworld Unlimited Card I would not have seen as many films as I have over the last six years. Getting to see good films in the cinema more than once is a good feeling and I’m looking forward to 2015’s future films like Avengers 2, Star Wars, Spectre and Mad Max 4 to name a few.

So do you like to rewatch films in the cinema and if so what’s the most amount of times you’ve seen a film in the cinema? Please let me know in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 🙂

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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Films, Life, Media

 

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My Top 5 Summer Films of 2012

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post, as you can see from the title today I’ll be talking about my top 5 films of the summer. Now while this has certainly been an interesting and highly anticipated summer for films, in retrospect I find myself incredibly underwhelmed by the summer film season as a whole. Don’t get me wrong there were great set of films to check out, but I feel like there was a lot highly anticipated films that failed to live up to the hype. Anyway let’s move on that list of my personal favourite films of the summer:

1. The Avengers

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In the end what else would you expect me to put as my top film of the summer? When it comes to The Avengers I am in love. The film that gave me everything that I wanted and then some. It had action, humour, great acting and interesting character interactions throughout and it defied the impossible by taking several superheroes from their individual films and assembled them in one place and the end result was epic to say the least. We put our trust in Joss Whedon, the writer/director of this mammoth of a film and he delivered. He created a special kind of comic book film that really did appeal to the fans and casual audiences, the film’s tone and atmosphere really was much that of a comic book, but it also had the realism that was established in the previous Marvel Studio films. The Avengers was a gamble and it easily could have failed, but it worked and really succeeded. The Avengers is easily my favourite film of not only the summer, but of the year too. I loved it since my first viewing and since the summer’s ended nothings been able to touch it. Fact.

2. The Dark Knight Rises

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The only film that would have given The Avengers a run for its money was Batman and boy did it come close! The Dark Knight Rises was the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s dark and realistic take on the comic book character. With the hype of The Dark Knight proceeding this film, there was a lot riding on this film. Luckily TDKR succeeded on being a pretty darn good sequel and in my opinion TDKR was a way better than TDK. This was the first Batman film from Chris Nolan I genuinely liked for all the right reasons, In TDKR there was drama, a real sense of urgency and chaos and a load of action too. The scale of this film was much better, the story felt much bigger and the villain, Bane was such a beast of a guy and so badass! Also for the first time Batman actually got to fight someone in a one-on-one fight and it was friggin awesome! The cinematography, sound design and epic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer made TDKR one of my favourite films this year.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man

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Now this film is a bit questionable in its position as my third favourite film of the summer. Don’t get me wrong The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty damn good, but in a lot of ways it didn’t meet the requirements for the kind of Spider-Man film I would like to watch. Obviously we all know the deal with this film being a reboot of the Spider-Man film series and how it was going to be the untold story of Peter Parker with the film following the comic book source material better while also creating its own story in the process. The end result in TASM is a good one. Andrew Garfield gave us a much more precise interpretation of Peter Parker, Emma Stone was also very good and pretty as Gwen Stacy and it was mainly their roles individually and together that made the film work. The action and CGI was pretty good too and the soundtrack has its special moments too. However their were a good few issues I had with TASM. The film’s interpretation of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard isn’t nearly good as it is in the comics, and I just wasn’t wowed by much in the film which really was the main thing that bugged me. I think the marketing for TASM hurt the film greatly by showing far too much in the trailers and TV spots. But anyway to summarize TASM is a good film, some say the best Spidey film to date (though I still feel that’s Spider-Man 2), but I am more interested in what they’ll do with a sequel and hope that I’ll find what I’m looking for there.

4. The Watch

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To be honest I didn’t think this film would be in my top 5 of the summer. With the questionable reception it got in America I thought The Watch would just be an okay comedy film… Man I was glad to be wrong! The Watch was frigging hilarious and while it wasn’t as funny as I was hoped and certainly wasn’t the best comedy film I had ever seen, it was the best comedy I saw this year. I remember seeing the teaser for this film and thought it looked hilarious, but when I found out about the alien invasion aspect of the film I thought it would suck. Luckily there is still a great amount of fun to be had with this film and I think it works really well because it’s just really stupid humour and it kicks so much ass! But it’s really the performances from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade that makes The Watch such an enjoyable film to watch.

5. The Expendables 2

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Now this is what I’m talking about! Just some beastly film about great action stars coming together and destroying stuff, yay! The Expendables 2 is just a fun time in the cinema and I certainly came out of the cinema with a grin of satisfaction on my face. The film isn’t a greatly executed piece of art, it’s just an action film full of gunfire, fighting, explosions and chaos and it all kicks ass! It is just great to see some of these older action stars return to the big screen after all these years especially with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 is just a big, dumb load of fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously and its also pretty funny too with movie references aplenty.

Now to conclude one could argue that I am a bit biased towards comic book films, but what can I say, when I want some entertainment in the cinema they always seem to deliver (when they are made properly). Either way that’s my top 5 films of this summer, while at least 2 of these films delivered completely, as a whole this summer of films felt pretty weak overall when compared to the last two. Well that’s been my list of films for the summer, drop me a comment and let me know your own favourite films of the summer. Until the next time people, later on! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Batman in IMAX

So after watching The Dark Knight Rises 3 times in the cinema you’d think that would be enough for the average film-goer right? WRONG! For I am not the average film-goer, I go multiple times a month and see many films more than once. And since I saw The Avengers 4 times this year I thought that Batman should get the same treatment, though it had to be at least once in IMAX and yesterday I got my wish. So today I just wanted to tell you about my experience with The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX.

Yesterday I was one of them. 😀

When I went to the cineworld in Sheffield yesterday and got my ticket for TDKR in IMAX, I got all giddy and excited because I hadn’t seen a film in IMAX since Tron: Legacy at the start of last year when I was in London. And so I walked into the screen and when I looked up I was blown away. It felt like I was looking at a skyscraper, the projector screen felt like it went on forever! So I walked all the way to the back of the sitting area to get a good view of the screen. And then I viewed the trailers which all looked so damn good on an IMAX projector, the trailers for Skyfall and Man of Steel looked awesome on the screen. Then after all trailers and adverts the film started…

Immediately noticeable was clarity, the image quality was pretty damn good, very clear and the colours looked nice and slighty different to that of the normal film projection in my opinion. Though overall the image quality didn’t feel that much different from the regular film projection, I don’t know if it’s just because of my eyes, but it just felt like watching a film on a really big screen which isn’t a bad thing by any means, though it made me wonder if the image quality is that much different in IMAX than it is on a regular film screen. Though one thing I can say that IMAX gets top marks for is the audio quality. The sound quality of IMAX is FRIGGING INSANE!! So good, so loud and so clear. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is so incredibly clear, loud and beautiful and it best heard in IMAX, it’s just so good! 😀 And the dialogue also benefits from being in IMAX as it is easier to hear and understand when characters are whispering or trying to talk over the loud music in the background, oh and Bane’s voice definitely sounds a hell of a lot clearer in IMAX too. Oh and lastly in the audio department that was worth talking about was the sound effects, my god they were awesome, the hitting sounds felt much harder and gunfire sounded better too, but the highlight was hearing The Bat when it takes off and flies over Gotham City, The Bat’s engine sounds so beastly, so loud, so incredible, I was literally blown away by it and I could feel the vibration underneath my seat, it was grand experience!

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Batman in IMAX, frigging sweet! 😀 😀

So in the end should you go and see Batman in IMAX? I say hell yeah, it’s worth for the sound quality alone, but then there is also the ridiculously massive screen which is also a plus too. If you have the cash take some time out of you day and try it out yo. That’s it for now ladies and gentlemen, thanks for reading and look out for my next film reviews when the come along. Laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Four Films, In One Day, Tomorrow.

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post. Tomorrow I am going to attempt to do something that I haven’t yet done in any cinema; I will attempt to watch four films in the cinema in one day. While it doesn’t really sound like a big deal, for me I have never tried to do something so epic before, I mean I’ve done three films in one day before but I want to go one step further. Why? Because I can! 😀

So what films will I be watching tomorrow? Well one of them will be a film I have seen before while the other three will be new films for me, anyways let me show you below:

1. The Dark Knight Rises

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Yes, I have technically seen this film before, but I want to see it again. TDKR has the same effect on me that The Avengers did, its one of those films that has an addictive nature that compels you to go back to the cinema and watch it more than once. TDKR is totally badass and I love it. But the most important aspect about seeing this film again is because it’s in IMAX! I have only gone to see one film in IMAX and that was Tron: Legacy and that looked friggin insane in IMAX 3D. TDKR looked great on a regular cinema screen, but loads of people who have seen it in IMAX claim that it looks absolutely incredible, so I want in. I have to see it. So that’s what I will do tomorrow.

2. Brave

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Okay now I am hoping that this film is going to be good. I have been very interested in this film since it was announced and then saw the subsequent trailers that followed. From what I’ve seen so far, Brave looks like Pixar’s most ambitious film since Wall-E. Obviously the film has been out for around two months in America and its reception has been mixed to positive, though regardless of what critics and audience responses to Brave is, I still need to see this film and hope that it’ll be worth my time.

3. The Bourne Legacy

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Ah The Bourne Legacy, the film I wish hadn’t been made. Now obviously that’s a bit harsh but I’ve said it before, the Bourne series should have just stayed as a trilogy. While I know that there is still a lot of source material to work with from the Bourne novels, I still think that continuing the series was a bad idea, though with that said this new film looks like it could be good. The trailers for The Bourne Legacy does happen to have the right tone and feel to them like the original trilogy and I do like all of the actors involved. Only after I watch the film tomorrow will I be able to see if it’s good or not.

4. Ted

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Oh and the last film I’m going to see tomorrow is Ted. From the time I saw the trailer for this I knew I just had to check it out. I have to say that I’m not overly into comedy films and I don’t make a habit of seeing many in the cinema, though in the last 2 years I have watched more and more because they’ve been so popular and everyone’s told me to check certain ones out. I’m only really watching Ted because of the following reasons: 1) It actually looks funny. 2) It’s made by Seth MacFarlane creator of Family Guy and American Dad and 3) Seth is actually voicing the bear in question so he automatically has my interest. Let’s hope this film is worth my time.

Well that’s my list of films for tomorrow, it will be a long day and hopefully I’ll be able to pull it off without any issues. Wish me luck yo, oh and thanks for reading 😀

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Doing everything and nothing in the summer time

Good day to all who may be reading this blog post, and today like it says in the title of this blog post I am literally gonna talk about how I’ve done so much and yet so little this summer so far.

So it’s already in the latter half of July and it feels like time is escaping me again. This seems to happen every summer after the year 2008 (besides parts of 2009 and 2011). Either way every time I seem to make plans to do something in the summer when the time actually comes around its like I’ll just sit down and chill for a few days and next thing you know several weeks have gone by and you’re like “Where the hell did the time go?”

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That’s what time feels like in my hands, just slips through your fingertips.

So what have I actually done this summer? Well a lot in many ways and then not so much at the same time. So let’s start with the things I have accomplished.

Well I did say I would attempt to get a job this summer and to some degree I have been true to my word. While I don’t have a proper part-time or full-time job, I have gotten work via agencies and it has been very helpful in giving me skills that I’ll be able to use to get part-time work before going back into uni. It has been a very satisfying feel being able to get money for the work I’ve done and I’ve met some cool people along the way too which has been crackin too 🙂

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That was the expression on my face when I got my money from my first job haha! XD

Outside of the job stuff I’ve gotten to go to the cinema a few times, after watching The Amazing Spider-Man and being impressed but not overly blown away I looked forward to the biggest film of the summer; The Dark Knight Rises. Luckily this film unlike Spider-Man blew me away and destroyed any expectations I had of the film and exceeded them tenfold. It was a very welcomed surprise and I loved it. However I have an issue at the moment, both Spider-Man and Batman I have yet to see a second time around. It seems like every time I’ve tried to plan something it’s continuously fallen apart for one reason or another. My mates have wanted to go and see it again, but they can’t because they either don’t have the money or it’s because the scheduling is awkward and someone won’t be able to make a certain day, so we keep pushing it back. So there I am attempting to watch it again on my own, but I always mess that up because I sleep in a lot or I just can’t be arsed to leave the house. But I seriously have to get back and see both films at least another 2 times (for Batman maybe 3 or 4 haha).

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A brilliant piece work here. It’s definitely the film of the summer… Next to The Avengers of course 😀

And lastly I have sort of gotten back into my gaming groove by playing more of Kid Icarus: Uprising and revisiting Sonic Generations on my PS3. Both games have their fun times and when I’m in my happy place I can get a good game out of these 2 games, thought I can honestly say Kid Icarus is easily the better of the 2 games. Sonic Generations works on a nostalgic level, but other than that it’s really annoying and frustrating. And while Kid Icarus can be frustrating I think that just comes with the higher difficulty levels.

Okay so let’s talk about the stuff I haven’t done 😦

Firstly I think it’s just that whole happy summer feeling; it’s not here. While I have had fun here and there, to be honest this is not the kind of summer I was expecting. When I finally left my uni accommodation and moved into our new house I thought it’d be the start of something incredible, exciting and ridiculously fun with constant adventures going on all the time, especially with all the filming projects that me and my flatmate had thought up because we came to the house. But unfortunately none of that has come to pass. Everything has been slow, uninteresting and quite depressing thanks to the rain and an awkward-feeling house. I think I haven’t quite gelled with the new house as much as everyone else has and I think that’s throwing my groove off.

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I can relate to this guy.

Secondly I have completely forgotten about a university assignment that needed to be re-submitted but the middle of August and me and my other flatmate who meant to work on one of the projects together have completely forgotten about it and because of our lazy nature I dunno if we’ll have that part sorted in time. So I’m gonna have to try really hard and hope to god that I can pull off an awesome miracle or something.

Well that’s it for another blog post ladies and gents, here’s hoping I’ll be back to blog about something else sooner rather than later and here’s also hoping it’ll be a on a slightly happier note next time! XD

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Life

 

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The Dark Knight Rises Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review. Today’s review will be on the film that we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy of films; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now like I said in my Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 segment on The Dark Knight Rises is there really any need for me to talk about how big this film is? Do I really need to try and convince you to see this film? Chances are you’ve already seen it or are going to watch it. Everybody knows about The Dark Knight Rises and the hype for this film leading up to its release has been ridiculously high. So the real question is; after all this time has Christopher Nolan delivered a satisfying conclusion to his Batman trilogy? Well I can say without a doubt that the answer to that question is a big fat YES! The Dark Knight Rises is FRIGGING AWESOME! FACT.

Plot

So what’s the story in TDKR? Well the film takes place 8 years after the events of TDK and it seems like Gotham City has been in a state of peace for a while thanks to the Dent Act, that is until a new theat appears on the scene in the shape of Bane. Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of TDK, in which he took the rap for Dent’s crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane’s plans to destroy the city.

The plot of TDKR is deep, dark, elaborate and has many layers to it. I found the story in this film to be very deep and involving from start to finish. I loved how the film handled the events from The Dark Knight and still made them relevant in this film, and it was also impressive how the film sets up all of these new characters along with some of the more established people from the previous two films and make them all come together and have a purpose. The plot as a whole I prefered to the TDK, while the TDK did have a lot to like in terms of corruption, chaos and moral and ethical decisions that had to be made I think I liked TDKR more because it was on a larger scale, with greater stakes and we had a villain that was ready to sink Gotham city into the ground. Everything about TDKR just screams better to me. Granted that the plot does take a little while to get going in the first act because of the new characters and plot points to establish, but once the film gets into the swing of things it is awesome.

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Characters

Now let’s take about the characters of TDKR and while there are many, I feel like I will only talk about the 3 main characters; Batman, Bane and Catwoman and then mention any other relevant people afterwards. But just to let you know now the standout performances come from Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway as their performances really did resonate with me and stayed with me after the film ended.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman was actually really good in this film and I think it is his finest performance in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Before this film I thought he had made a decent Bruce Wayne, but I was never overly fussed, nor had I ever been attached to his character, but his performance really won me over in TDKR due to the circumstances that take place in the film, the journey Bruce/Batman has to go on and what that does to him physically and mentally. While in the previous two films we’ve seen Bruce go through a lot, I don’t think any amount of training could prepare him for what happens in TDKR. I mean he’s been out of the game as Batman for 8 years and has become a recluse, but when Bane is on scene he has to become Batman once again to save Gotham. And I found it really interesting the way Bruce had to get back into swing of things as Batman, how he had to get into the right mindset and physical groove for his encounters with Bane. Bale brought his A-game in this film and for the first time in this trilogy I really liked his version of both Bruce and Batman. There are some really deep and emotional moments with this character and you go through it all with him over the course of the film as he falls from grace and has to build himself back up again.

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Let’s talk about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I am just going to say it right now, Anne Hathaway kicked ass as Catwoman. The interesting think about her character was her history and her motives for doing what she does, sure she is a thief living on the wrong side of the law but she has a reason for doing it and I love how Catwoman was relevant to the main plot too. Ms. Hathaway brings the smart, cunning and sexy nature of Catwoman from the comics to the big screen, it is easy to get attached to her to her character because Hathaway portrays her in such a great way and another thing Hathaway got right was the fighting elements too. She kicks so much ass in this film and I was really impressed by Hathaway, I think this is her best role in any film ever. And yes she looks sexy as hell in that cat suit yo! 😀 Now let’s move onto Tom Hardy as Bane. Simply put, he killed it as Bane. Bane was a very captivating character and a great villain to watch in this film. He is an intelligent, calculated and menacing terrorist leader who just from looking at his face you know is just badass. Tom Hardy brings a great deal of tenacity, intensity and realism to his role and he creates this presence on-screen so when you see him you know that something’s gonna go down. Whether it’s the intense look in his eyes that’ll make you quake in fear or the way in which he delivers dialogue that’ll shit your pants, Bane is just a beast of a guy. What I love about Bane is that he is a villain with a mission, who has loads of followers willing to do his bidding, but he also isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and get in on the action himself.

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Outside of Batman, Bane and Catwoman there are few other notable characters that made this film work, like Alfred. Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Trilogy has always been one of the key aspects of what makes Nolan’s films work, and while he doesn’t have as much screen time as I would have liked when he is on-screen it matters. He is still the reliable butler supporting Bruce throughout all of his endeavours, but in this film when Bruce is clearly up against a force far beyond his physical and mental capabilities he voice concern for Bruce’s safety and when he delivers his lines in this film it is so heartfelt and emotional that you can’t help but well up and maybe shed a tear for the old man. Caine is still incredible as Alfred and his character in this film has never spoken truer words. Another notable character whose relevance in this trilogy of films is massive is Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. It was great to see his character dealing with the events of TDK and feeling guilty for covering up the death of Harvey Dent, but what is also more interesting is when the city falls into chaos and how he deals with it as he spring into action. I was glad to see the return of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, I was interested to see where his character would go after TDK and I was glad to see how his character had changed since the last film and how he was relevant in this film too. And lastly Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake was fantastic, Blake was an intelligent and self-aware police officer who plays a big part in the film and he had some great scenes with Cruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, he was agreat addition to an already stellar cast and I believe Joseph Gordon-Levitt was almost as great as he was in Inception with the way he handled his character in this film.

There is a great deal of interesting interaction between different characters too whether it be the character dynamic will work between Batman and Catwoman or the confrontation between Batman and Bane or the more intimate moments between Bruce and Alfred or the scenes with Commissioner Gordon and John Blake. Most of the cast members all interact with each other at one point or another and it is just lovely to see how they bounce off of each other. The key thing that has my interest in the fight between Batman and Bane, finally we’re going to get a big one-on-one fight with Batman and another enemy which is totally necessary in my opinion.

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Presentation

Visually the film is great, everything looks stunning and while the small special effects used on stuff like The Bat look good, the main reason TDKR succeeds its down to the cinematography. The way the film is shot is simply amazing, so many times I was just taking in all of the beautiful shots of the city and those wonderfully shot scenes and sequences in the winter. Never before has a film with so little CGI and special effects ever impressed me so much. I just love how real everything is and how much practical effects they used on the film, the visual side of TDKR is truly a sight to behold. Also outside of the intimate scenes with the main characters there are some absurdly cool scenes of destruction and chaos going down. Football fields crumble, buildings are demolished, explosions happen in many locations and mass panic ensues. TDKR also gives us the best fight scenes in the entire trilogy, whether it be Catwoman throwing down against her adversaries or the incredible fight scenes between Batman and Bane. Now most Batman films seem to be lacking in the fighting department because Batman’s never been a proper fight before, but in this film the fight scenes are not only good, they are hella good! They are well-filmed, well-choreography and they’re shot in some really interesting and beautiful ways and the music that comes with these scenes only amplifies the awesomeness by 100%!

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The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is great. The previous soundtracks done by Zimmer and James Newton Howard in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have been damn good, but this soundtrack is my favourite so far. This soundtrack captivated me deeply (much like when I saw Inception). Zimmer’s work is simply incredible, it is a combination of the two previous Batman films with some new themes brought into the mix for this third film. It was soft and touching in the emotional scenes or it can be loud and insane in the tense action scenes. I think my favourite track was “Gotham’s Reckoning“, it builds from the beginning to end and just becomes this ferocious and chaotic beast of a song.

Obviously there is another big question that needs to answered; is The Dark Knight Rises better than The Avengers? For me that is a tough call, I fell in love with The Avengers and watched it 4 times in the cinema, while I’ve only seen TDKR once, but I feel that I would still put The Avengers ahead of TDKR because it was everything I wanted and more. The Avengers for me was the definitive version of what a comic book film should be while TDKR gives a realistic form of a comic book film.

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Conclusion

So in conclusion The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t just great, it was amazing. To be honest I was just expecting a film that was just going to be good but not as good as The Dark Knight, but luckily the film exceeded any expectations I had of it. It was big, loud and proud. This was my favourite of the Christopher Nolan films because it gave me everything I had wanted from a Batman film; a dramatic story with amazing dialogue, deep and interesting characters, brilliant, brutal and well-choreographed fight scenes, incredible cinematography and a fantastic soundtrack. While the film does a few nitpicky issues and many may argue that TDK is still the best Batman film around, I however beg to differ. This is my favourite Batman film, I was hooked from beginning to end and I was thoroughly satisfied with the end result. I REALLY WANT TO BAG TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW! I feel gutted for the person who has to reboot the Batman film franchise, he’s got a tought act to follow.

Rating: 8.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another instalment of Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. And today’s post will be on what could be described as the most anticipated film of not only the summer, but of the whole year; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now is there really any need for me to talk about how big this film is? Do I really need to try and convince you as a person to see this film? Chances are you already know about The Dark Knight Rises and are ridiculously hyped for it. But there are a number of people in the world that aren’t that well-informed or in some strange cases may not even care about this upcoming Batman film, so for those people this blog post is gonna be about the info surrounding the film, why I’m hyped for it and why you should see it when it comes out in July.

Now TDKR is the third installment in the series of Batman films directed by the awesomeness that’s Christopher Nolan (director of Memento, The Prestige & Inception). First we had Batman Begins in 2005, which was the first Batman film since the disgusting piece of work that was Batman & Robin from 1997. Luckily Batman Begins was a solid film that was dark, gritty and make Batman seem pretty cool again. That film also introduced us to a more realistic take on the superhero genre, Nolan’s take on Batman was more like a realistic thriller with superhero elements attached to it in my opinion. While Batman Begins was good, it did have it’s fair share of problems like: Christian Bale’s raspy Batman voice, horribly messy fight scenes, the tumbler and the poor use of the villain Scarecrow. Overall though Batman Begins was very successful both financially and critically and the fans became obsessed and wanted another one…

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The film that started this crazy train of Batman madness. A good entry to this Batman trilogy.

So then wait three years down the line, it’s 2008 and we were given what many comic book fans and critics consider to be the best comic book film in existence, The Dark Knight. Before this film came out, the hype for TDK was insane. No seriously it was like the world was going to blow up. The stakes were higher, the scale was bigger and most importantly we had Batman’s best and most recognisable villain in there too, The Joker. The marketing for this film was very well crafted. The viral campaigns were so stylish and the trailers for the film looked insane and was so much deeper, creepier, darker and more realistic than ever. Unfortunately actor Heath Ledger who portrayed the Joker in the film died 6 months prior to the film’s release which shocked man people around the world, that in turn did make more people pay attention to the film due to the media’s coverage of Mr. Ledger’s death and how he was attached to TDK. So anyways The Dark Knight eventually came out in July 2008 and it blew up at the cinema. It was the hottest film of that summer and of that year. It was a hell of a lot better than Batman Begins, there was deeper character development, better fight scenes, wonderful cinematography, a fabulous soundtrack and an incredibly dense and interesting story. Though the best part of the film really was the Joker, he really just stole show in the film. Heath Ledger gave us a dark, twisted and chaotic version of the character who took inspiration from the comics while still offering up something new. Every scene he was in was incredible. It truly was Heath Ledger’s best performance in my opinion. The film blew up as the box office and broke so many damn records, some of which have yet to be broken to this day. For me TDK is a great film, though it’s a tad overhyped for my liking. Some things were still off for me like: Bale’s gruff and raspy Batman voice,  the film’s pace sort of dragged at times and the realistic setting as good as it was it started to feel less like a Batman film and more of a realistic thriller with Batman characters lurking around in it. And I also thought that TDK lacked a bit of the charm that came with Batman Begins too. But that’s just my opinion.

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The film that’s seen by many as the best superhero film in existence.

So after the success of The Dark Knight how do you follow that up? By being Christopher Nolan and busting out another film in 2012, that’s how! After TDK many fans of the film wondered how would one honestly follow-up a film like that when you’ve used the most iconic villain and put Bruce Wayne/Batman through a great deal of pain already. Well, somehow the production moved ahead, we found out that the two main new characters would be Bane and Catwoman and Chris Nolan teamed up with several of his previous collaborators in order to craft what would be his final Batman film.

Now I ain’t gonna lie ladies and gents, as much as I like Batman and have a great love for the many animated TV shows over the years, I can’t say that much of a big Batman fan overall. Technically speaking I’m a Marvel fan, more so than DC. So when it comes to big superhero films I know everything when it comes to Marvel and then casually look at DC-based stuff. So in turn that’s why I’ve been more interested in The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, and that’s also the reason why’s there’s much more information on those films then the amount of TDKR.

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Anyways now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what’s the story of this film gonna be? Well it apparently takes place 8 years after TDK and it seems like Gotham City has been in a state of peace for a while, that is until two new villains show up on the scene in the shape of Bane and Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Batman must then come back into action and save the city from being destroyed. To be honest from what’s been shown in the full-length trailers, this film looks like it’s going to be big and on a much bigger scale than the previous film. I thought that The Dark Knight was the height of epicness that could be reached in Nolan’s Batman films and yet here we see in this film that the stakes are higher, the level of destruction going on is insane and it seems like Batman might actually be defeated or even worse… Killed. I found it interesting back in the early casting days that a few members from Inception was gonna be joining the cast of TDKR in the form of Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And since we’re on the subject of casting I guess now would be as a good a time as any to talk about the cast of this film.

So let’s start with Tom Hardy as Bane because I’m always more interested in the villains then I am in Batman. Now I remembered when he was signed on to the big bad villain role and most of us who had watched either Inception or Bronson knew what the deal was with Hardy so we knew we had a good actor at the ready. Now when the first few pictures came out, a good number of fans were complaining that he was too small and that he needed to look more in-lin with the comic book material. Though you’d think a lot of them would have learned that Chris Nolan’s Batman world is much more realistic than those of the conventional comic book movies so there are bound to be liberties taken with character design. And let’s remember that a great deal of stuff from Nolan’s Batman films only bare small resemblance to their source material. But anyway moving on, I remember when the first trailer came out and Bane’s voice was soooooo muffled and I had to listen really carefully to understand him and that was a major factor with all the people who saw that 6-minute preview of the film back in December. Luckily by the time the latest trailer came out Bane was as clear as day and he looked and sounded like a badass. He just seems like a big badass man of destruction. Not only is he more than a match for Batman himself, but he also seems like a calculated man ready to bring a new type of chaos in a different way from the Joker.

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Now let’s take about Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Okay we’ve seen him in the previous two films and he’s a been through a lot, but in this film Bruce/Batman looks like he’ll be put through hell and back physically and mentally. I’m just curious to see what’s been going on in Bruce’s life in the 8 years between the last film and this one. And I also wanna see how the story develops his character too. Compared to a lot of other superhero films, Bale’s version of Bruce Wayne/Batman I’m not overally interested in, he’s alright and I’m sure there are people who love it but for me there’s never been a point where I’ve been attached to his character.

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Okay now let’s move onto Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I think it’s fair to say that when Ms. Hathaway was cast as Catwoman a lot of people weren’t too keen on her. I mean she’s hot, that’s a fact. But outside of that not many of her films have ever been amazing and she’s not really the first actress you think of to take on the character as interesting and as complex as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. But most us trusted Chris Nolan’s judgment as he’s never made a film where the cast didn’t work in his favour. The first screenshots we got of her were interesting, but lacking the more ‘cat-like’ aspects of the costume which lead a lot of fans to go into frenzy about it, complaining in many of the forums I passed through. Other people just thought she looked hot in leather and never questioned anything else about her haha. Eventually we did see the full uniform and she indeed have the cat ears and to be honest that’s all I needed. In the trailers she seems very suspicious, provocative and acrobatic; all the key aspects hat Catwoman requires, so I am curious to see what Anne Hathaway does with the role and hopefully she’ll do her comic book character justice.

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Now I know that there are many other additional cast members that’ll be part of this film, but to be honest I’m only mainly interested in a few specific people outside of Batman, Bane and Catwoman. Like Alfred, I love Michael Caine in these Batman films and I believe him to be one of the key aspects of what makes Nolan’s films work, he is the reliable butler always supplying helpful information and supporting Bruce throughout all of his endeavours. I’m also curious to see what’s been going with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and I also want to know what the significance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character as John Blake. Outside of characters I’m looking forward to some absurdly cool scenes of destruction and cool spectacle. I also am ready for another kick ass soundtrack from Hans Zimmer who I swear is a composer of music who can never do wrong! I’m also curious to see how the character dynamic will work between Batman and Catwoman. The key thing that has my interest in the fight between Batman and Bane, finally we’re going to get a big one-on-one fight with Batman and another enemy which is totally necessary in my opinion. I just want to see Bane break Batman! 😀 We haven’t seen a proper representation of all of Batman’s martial arts skills and how he’d use them along with his gadgets in a fight. Fights in Batman films seem to lack style, choreography and that ‘cool’ effect you’d get the X-Men or Spider-Man films which excel in their fight sequences (sure they have super powers but they are still done well and that’s what counts).

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In conclusion The Dark Knight Rises is looking like an epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman films. Its got action, drama, atmosphere and so much more. Any fan of Batman or Christopher Nolan shouldn’t miss out on this film. It really is one of the biggest films of 2012, people have been patiently waiting for the arrival of this film, but now that it’s so close fan are starting to blow up. This film along with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Hobbit is in the list of the most anticipated film of the year. Now The Avengers already started off the summer film season with a bang and has proven to be a success with fans and critics. It has now set the standard for good films this year, it’s also broken loads of records financially and has now become the 5th highest grossing film of all time! So TDKR has some pretty big shoes to fill, however if history is anything to go by, then by the time we get to July 20th the Batman fans will come in great numbers and destroy Marvel like they did in 2008. However times are different and The Avengers is no simple comic book film, it is the definition of the ultimate comic film and has been anticipated for 4 years (even more for comic book fans of the older generation). Either way I know TDKR is gonna be a big deal this summer and I’ll be there to see what the deal is. 🙂

If you still need convincing of the awesomeness of this film watch this trailer:

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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