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Old 07-25-2012, 11:44 PM   #1486
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yes, it was worth it. saw the midnight show, 2 hours sleep before work. saw it again saturday. plan to see it at a 15/70mm imax theater.

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my only real complaint is the way bane was put down. i really wanted to see batman finish bane himself. i thought he was going to pull his mask off. instead he gets blasted by catwoman, oh well
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:56 AM   #1487
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Is it asking Hollywood too much to think up a new super hero?
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:45 AM   #1488
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Fantastic movie. I think the three movies together are the best set of movies ever made. I struggle to find any other set of movies to even compare. Perhaps the original Star Wars movies but let's be honest...go back and watch those. The stories are great but the movies aren't nearly as good as they are given credit for. Harry Potter maybe is in the ball park.

I found myself leaving the theater terribly disappointed though...knowing there wouldn't be another Nolan Batman makes me sad. The three movies are all in my top 5 movies of all time. I would watch any of them any time. I can say that about maybe 1 or 2 other movies. Shawshank, Usual Suspects...
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:14 PM   #1489
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saw it for the 3rd time last night, still awesome. and by this time, i think i picked up all of bane's speech
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I guess I'll be the resident whipping boy here. I thought TDKR is Nolan's worst movie, by far... even moreso than Insomnia. But considering his overall body of work, his worst is still better than the majority of blockbusters out there.

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A few WTF moments (I'm so glad ramps are everywhere to save the day), atypically awful Nolan dialogue ("I came back to stop you!") and very uninspired/disjointed editing (bay bomb scene would have been enhanced with quick cuts between Batman's face, Rachel, his parents and Alfred right before the explosion). The score was less effective than TDK's... I think Zimmer's coasting on blaring tones since Inception. I'm sorry, but I was highly disappointed in Bane's death (even though fanboys are arguing whether he died or not)... I'm a big Tom Hardy fan and he was actually a decent villain- but like the final act, his character became derivative and his death was anti-climactic. I've heard the arguments that since this was PG-13, you really can't see Bane getting blown to pieces... whatever, it was a let down.

The Batwing just looked clunky to me... Still enjoyed the Batcycle tons. The one misgiving I had before the movie (Anne Hathaway as Catwoman) actually turned out to be a positive... She had a damn good interpretation, even though I felt her character was fairly unnecessary to the script (beyond saving our hero at the end). Liked the kangaroo court scenes, led by Scarecrow (big Cillian Murphy fan, too). Speaking of great actors, I was happy to see Ben Mendohlson cast as Daggett... too bad the writers didn't take full advantage of his abilities (watch the Aussie flick "Animal Kingdom"). The themes of poverty vs. greed are interesting, especially in these widening times... but the ideas remained undeveloped.


Maybe my expectations were too high and some may say I should take the movie for what it is. But this isn't the series where you "take it for what it is." I did that for Avengers and actually enjoyed it... BB was a game changer for the genre. TDK was a great first watch experience (I started liking it less with subsequent viewings). I'm probably going to watch TDKR once more when it comes out on blu-ray just to see if I was being too critical. But my initial impression? The execution fell flat for what many consider the darkest part of the story line.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #1491
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You guys need to learn how to post spoilers. Put the text in white and people can highlight over it to read them.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #1492
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You guys need to learn how to post spoilers. Put the text in white and people can highlight over it to read them.
Done... Hopefully, the "Major Spoilers" warning included in the original post dissuaded people from reading on. I looked on the coding page for a spoiler tag before I posted, but it seems none exists (it's an actual line of code)... Thanks for the white text heads up.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #1493
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So to change the topic from the Dark Knight Rises, I watched a HBO documentary on the west memphis three called Paradise Lost. It is a 3 part series starting in 1994 and the third being done in 2011. All I can say is this film blew my mind. Not sure if it has been mentioned on here before but watch it if you can.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:28 PM   #1494
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Haven't watched the filim but I've heard about the case. Haven't read up on it in a while either but isn't it the one about 3 teenage boys who were accused of the grisly murders of 3 kids, and it being a Satanic ritual? And even though the evidence wasn't there, they were still convicted anyway, in part due to their image before the crime happened? I've been meaning to see it but never got around to it, I heard it's an excellent documentary.
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Haven't watched the filim but I've heard about the case. Haven't read up on it in a while either but isn't it the one about 3 teenage boys who were accused of the grisly murders of 3 kids, and it being a Satanic ritual? And even though the evidence wasn't there, they were still convicted anyway, in part due to their image before the crime happened? I've been meaning to see it but never got around to it, I heard it's an excellent documentary.
Never seen anything like it before. The access HBO has during the whole process is just short of them being there for the murders. I had heard about the case before I watched the film but didnt pay it much mind. These kids are about the same age as me and listened to metalica and wore all black, which I did in 1993. Only difference is I'm from the DC area and they were from bum F Arkansas. I remember it happening and remember the celebrity outcry years later but never paid it any mind. The film is non bias in nature and was agreed upon by both the victims families and the defendants. The footage starts right after there arrests. For those with weak stomachs there are some pretty heartbreaking footage of the crime scene at the beginning( I almost turned it off in the first 10 minutes).
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Saw Batman on Saturday morning, I loved it. My only wish is that there would have been a movie in between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, where Batman was in his prime and you saw him cleaning up gotham. Spoilers below so don't read down if you don't want my opinion on some things....





In The Dark Knight, he was almost there....but by the time TDKR, Batman is shot physically and has to rely on gadgets and trickery even more.

Loved the 1st bane fight, i don't know how anybody couldn't. Batman goes in unprepared with no gameplan, Bane dissects him pretty handily. Batman tries his gadgets, they don't work against bane. Plus the music score is haunting and it's very sad to watch as Batman gets angrier and angrier while losing to Bane and you realize it's pretty much hopeless.

I teared up a little bit when Alfred talked about how from the moment he heard Bruce's cries in the house he cared for him and always wanted to watch out for him and keep him safe. The scene at the end with Alfred standing in the graveyard and crying out to Bruce and his parents how he failed them all, it was heartaching to watch. Alfred had gave it all and had nothing left....very emotional moment...
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I thought it was a great movie and you have to sustain belief in these movies,but I hate when characters suffer bad gunshot wound or injury and the film just blows these injuries off.When Batman is stabbed and she twist the knife in his stomach,Im thinking that is a fatal injury,yet he gets in his plane and flies off as if nothing happened
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Never seen anything like it before. The access HBO has during the whole process is just short of them being there for the murders. I had heard about the case before I watched the film but didnt pay it much mind. These kids are about the same age as me and listened to metalica and wore all black, which I did in 1993. Only difference is I'm from the DC area and they were from bum F Arkansas. I remember it happening and remember the celebrity outcry years later but never paid it any mind. The film is non bias in nature and was agreed upon by both the victims families and the defendants. The footage starts right after there arrests. For those with weak stomachs there are some pretty heartbreaking footage of the crime scene at the beginning( I almost turned it off in the first 10 minutes).
I watched this the other night as well, really hard to swallow the whole thing. What is sad through it all I feel like the dead boy's memories have been lost.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #1498
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Saw Dredd today and I have to say that I was simply amazed at how good it turned out to be. THIS is how the first Dredd movie should have been. Karl Urban played a great Judge Dredd.

Dredd 3D | How to Survive a Plague | End of Watch | Trouble With the Curve | Vivid Dredd 3D Makes Rival Thrillers Look Flat | Film Reviews by Joe Morgenstern - WSJ.com



Hell, even Rotten Tomatoes gave it a fresh rating. (78%)

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:09 AM   #1499
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Just watched Oldboy. Wow. There really isn't any words I can say that can give this movie justice. I'm at a loss for words here. And it's not even in a good or bad way. I just don't know. Mind****ed, to be sure. Not mind****ed in an "Inception" sort of way, more of mind****ed in a "wow someone, somewhere, came up with that idea. Gross" sort of way.
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Been watching a bunch of film noir/crime thrillers for my film class lately. Double Indemnity, Murder My Sweet & Scarlet Street are the most recent ones I've seen... good stuff.
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