After the credits rolled, I wondered aloud if The Dark Knight Rises was even better than The Dark Knight. I walked into this movie expecting to be entertained but also mildly disappointed. The Dark Knight was probably the pinnacle of comic book movies. I don’t even like to call it a comic book movie. I prefer “crime thriller using characters originated in a comic book.” It really deserves it’s own category. To prepare for the final part of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, I re-watched the first two Batman films. I realized I may have thought too highly of The Dark Knight (TDK) and not highly enough of Batman Begins. As amazing as Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker was and as intense an experience watching that film was, there were some things that bothered me that I may have ignored in my previous viewings. The movie went a little downhill after the Joker was defeated (truth be told, it should have ended there). While The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) definitely had it’s flaws, I think it was a more consistent film from start to finish.
Despite having movies I have been anticipating for years, this looks like a pretty lame year for summer tentpole films. This year, “summer” starts on March 4th. I don’t imagine that I’ll be seeing a lot of movies this summer but I am definitely going to try and see these five.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)
Even though Spider-Man 3 was pretty bad, I still hate how quickly they rebooted it (I know there are legal reasons they needed to do it but still). I think Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectively) are well cast and appreciate that they are going back to the mechanical web shooters (which highlights Parker’s intelligence) but tying Parker’s parents into the origin and that horrible suit have me shaking my head. All I know if J. Jonah Jameson appears in the sequels, they better get J.K. Simmons back.
Is this the best movie I’ve ever seen about dreaming? No. That’s still Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Is this the best heist movie I’ve ever seen? No. That’s still Heat. Is this even the best movie I’ve seen this year? Nope. Toy Story 3 is still number one in my book. But this is easily the most ambitious movie I’ve seen in the last few years and for that, I loved it.
Actually, as I sat down to write this, I found myself in two places: how I felt as the credits rolled and how I feel now that I’ve slept on it and have thought about it.
- More news about the upcoming “Daria- The Complete Series” DVD collection
- Beck and Feist are going to be on Jamie Lidell’s next album
- Daniel Dae Kim loves staying in Hawaii
- Neil Gaiman has written an episode of Doctor Who. Guess I’m watching an episode of Doctor Who.
- I want this canvas clock
- A great piece about the campaign that leads up to the Oscar nominations
- A YouTube video on the cliché Mirror Scare scenes in movies
- I want this camera but by the time I can afford it, a better camera will come out
- While going through their worst season since season five, it looks like the 24 movie is a go.
- Any time I think my tattoos are too geeky, something like this makes me feel better
- A Q&A with one of my favorite TV couples, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
- The AV Club interviews Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) on “the perverse art of love songs”
- February 23rd is IHOP National Pancake Day!
- Looks like Christopher Nolan will be overseeing the Superman reboot
- “Up2 You + Me” featuring Jim Parsons
- No, I don’t!
- Another great Muppets music video, Beaker’s Ballad
- Want to pull off a movie marathon with one ticket? This site can help (when it’s working).
- Even this article is about “10 Ways to a Geeky Girl’s Heart,” I think it applies to impressing any girl
- These minimalist TV posters are cool!
- Who wants to take me to Bonnaroo?
- Next season is going to be the last season of Friday Night Lights.
- A great piece in Vanity Fair on John Hughes (with some bonus quotes)
- John Mayer apologizes for his racist dick.
- The call for Betty White to host Saturday Night Live gets louder
- GQ’s The Verge endorses one of my favorite new shows, Archer
- New trailer for Toy Story 3. Looks great!
- A trailer for the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off, Get Him To The Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill