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watched 21 jump street tonight and it's hilarious. very self aware, very funny
I've been watching the Batman films recently, starting with the 1989-1997 series which I don't think I'd ever seen before and I've re-watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight too
I was surprised at how poor the earlier series was, even the first two. I knew Batman Forever and particularly Batman and Robin got a lot of criticism (and rightly so, it's one of the worst films I've ever seen) but the first two were pretty average. Batman himself is dull, the villains range from boring to annoying and none of the plots are very good. Maybe they'd have been better if I'd seen them years ago before Nolan starting doing Batman films
Seeing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again has made me change my mind on which I prefer, when I first saw them I thought Batman Begins was better but now I'm pretty sure I prefer The Dark Knight. The first half or so is pretty much flawless and I don't think I appreciated quite how good the Joker is before, I still think it's a bit too long and gets a bit convoluted later on with all the plans and counter-plans and bluffs and twists but that bothered me less this time round. On the other hand, I slightly over-rated Batman Begins the first time round, I really like it and I think the origin and training stuff and the Scarecrow are great but it goes a bit toss when Liam Neeson comes back later on. Watching them has got me really excited for the Dark Knight Rises though, I might even go to the cinema for the first time in ages to see it
Just watched Full Metal Jacket for the first time in ages. Feel so MAN
The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus will be my only cinema trips in 2012 I'm pretty sure. So hopefully I'll at least do Dark Knight Rises properly at the large iMax (the proper ones as well, not the digital fauxMax).
I made my housemates watch The Happening last night. Both refused to believe it wasn't meant to be a spoof or a comedy.
I forgot just how bad it was and how completely wooden everyone is in it.
Why? Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher rarely make films that are not pap.
I watched the Conan remake... ah it was so bad, in every way. No plot, shit acting, worse script and poorly directed battles that never satisfied. The experience was a painful one.
Joel Schumacher made The Lost Boys, he doesn't need to make any more great films, he's done his bit.
I was just under the impression that the first two were supposed to be good, I hadn't really thought about the directors
Saw The Hunger Games earlier on today and loved it.
I'm a massive fan of the books and wasn't too sure how they could do them justice within the 12A rating but through some really fast and clever editing they've managed it. Some little minor details from the books missing in the film annoyed me a bit but that's just me being picky and they've added in other little bits, such as what's happening in the Gamemakers control room, which give you a different perspective.
Can't really fault any of the performances either, they were all excellent.
Really looking forward to see what they do with the sequels. I don't think there was as much focus on the wee 'love triangle' in this as there was in the book so hopefully that can take a back seat and they stick to the reality T.V. satire, gritty distopia type stuff.
All in all, highly recommended!
These two and probably Avengers.
Best Laid Plans
Nothing special... such a waste of a great cast I think.
Gone Baby Gone was pretty good but seriously picked up at the end.
Fucking love Casey Affleck.
I was about to say "you've got to remember that these were targeted at a younger audience" but apparently, according to IMDB anyway, Batman was a 15 (I could have sworn it wasn't, although maybe I saw a tv edited version first). Still, I think they suffer a lot more in comparison to the recent films than if you could look at them purely independently. In my memory, the first one is good, the 2nd one was too silly, and the other two were abominations on film. I may have drawn that opinion without ever having watched Batman and Robin (I saw Batman Forever, why on Earth would I carry on?)
The first one certainly had some great design, particularly for the time. It was a huge influence on films that came after (The Crow, for one) in terms of creating modern Gothic. Plus it has a Prince soundtrack.
I think Batman Returns was a 15 too. Forever and Robin were more kids films though, especially the latter. The first two were good as they were sort of comic book-like and what I imagined the Batman universe to be like. Not that I read the comics, but... The new one just seems like it's trying too hard to be cool. It's kind of like comparing the old James Bonds with Daniel Craig's Bond, they're seperate things and both good in different ways.
At the flicks Batman was a 12 (the first 12 ever) but there was no 12 certification for a long time on video, so they automatically became a 15 on video release.
I think the first two look great but there's not much else there. I found both of the stories dull and there's barely any character development so I wasn't particularly interested in any of the characters in either film. In Batman films I think you really need to care about either Batman or the villain/s, if not both, but I wasn't told anything about Batman in either film to make me care about him and his relationships weren't interesting or believable. As for the villains, in the first film the Joker was too over the top and silly so just became annoying and in the second film the Penguin might have been interesting but for some reason they also included Christopher Walken's character and he ruined it. The Catwoman was just weird, although I think that may be the point. I don't know, they're not bad films, I just felt like I was looking at them rather than feeling involved or like I cared what happened. I think both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have got flaws but the characters (Rachel aside, who's pretty shit in both films and is one of the big problems in The Dark Knight for me) are really well developed so I care what's happening. It is quite possible I'd like the first two more if I'd seen them without having seen the recent ones though, as it is I find it really difficult not to compare them
The new ones follow the comic arcs they associate with really quite closely, more closely than did the originals I think - didn't they do a run of comics for the first films because they were totally different?
Although, there are Batman comics that have him as a victorian detective rival of sherlock holmes so you know, the cannon is massive anyway, there isn't really a definitive "batman".
Watched 'The King Of Kong' on Netflix earlier, a documentry about a guy trying to beat the all time high score on the Donkey Kong arcade machine, the cuurent holder playing the part of the pantomime villian of the piece. Really is quite staggering how one camp conducts itself throughout and found myself rooting for the little guy in it. Worth a watch.
Billy Mitchell is an excellent movie villain.
I recently watched Snowtown over the weekend. It's such a dark film, so gritty and uncomfortable in places (something I haven't felt in a film since Martyrs) which built a disturbing atmosphere. Very well made and would recommend for those who like dark and dramatic films.
We watched The Grey which was fucking incredible and Cowboys And Aliens which was fun if a little long.
I meant like a comic book generally, a cartoony Gotham feels more 'real' with weird shaped buildings, Christopher Walken and strangely dressed henchman than with Christian Bale taking out the trash. But that's probably because without reading the Batman comics I'm only basing my idea of Batman on the old films (and the Batman cartoon maker that came with the first PC my mum and dad owned)!
Anyway, films I've seen recently. Seven I was gripped too despite knowing the ending. I think it kind of helped because I knew what was coming up and watching it was at least an explanation of why! Thor I enjoyed and a lot more than I expected I would. I'm not normally a fan of the cheesey summer blockbuster film types, but this was fun. I think it was just Natalie Portman's friend was so annoying, but then again, Natalie Portman, so you can't complain. Avatar was alright. It looked amazing and was massively predictable but at least I've ticked that box and won't ever need to watch it again. Finally, The Woman in Black. The sort of horror film I like, eery ghost story kind without it turning out to be the devil or something ridiculous. It was good enough to watch but I'd have liked it to be a bit darker, somehow. Maybe just with a different lead to Daniel Radcliffe, he still looks about 12.
I'm pretty sure that is Elseworlds, and therefore not cannon.
Being pedantic over my use of the word cannon is somewhat missing the point.
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