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  Christopher Nolan bids farewell to The Dark Knight
Posted by: Mike on Jul 24th, 2012 2 Comments »

In a recent interview with Christopher Nolan, he big farewell to the franchise that’s probably made him enough money to retire. (Though I doubt he will stop making films just because he has an epic pile of cash stored away.)

Here’s what he said, courtesy of ComingSoon.net:

“Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.”

“People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him.”

“I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.”

“I never thought we’d do a second – how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath.”

“We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out – a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on – destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.”

“I never thought we’d do a third – are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.”

“Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.”

“Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.”




  The Dark Knight Rises
Posted by: Mike on Jul 23rd, 2012 1 Comment »

The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises

It’s no secret that not only is Christian Bale my man crush, but so is Batman.  I’ve been waiting for this movie since The Dark Knight‘s credits rolled. (Which coincidentally I just re-watched on Friday afternoon.)

To say I went in with high hopes would be an understatement.  Thankfully, this movie does not disappoint.

Some will argue that it’s too long.  Some will argue that Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is kind of lame.  Some will argue that the middle of the film feels kind of boring.  And those people could all be right.  However, there’s so much awesomeness jam packed into the entirety of the movie, that it’s very easy to overlook its flaws.  It’s not a perfect movie – in fact, as much as I loved it, I still prefer The Dark Knight more.  Mainly because Heath Ledger knocked his role so far out of the park.  (According to the trivia on IMDb, the Joker isn’t even mentioned in this film out of respect for Heath.)

Remember in The Dark Knight where the Batpod pops out of the Tumbler for the first time, and you’re like “OH MY GOD, THAT IS AWESOME!”?  There’s a lot of that in The Dark Knight Rises.  There’s many scenes where you expect something to happen, and it does, but way more awesome.

I love Tom Hardy as an actor, and have since I saw him in Inception, and he doesn’t disappoint at all as Bane, the film’s main villain.  I will admit I had a hard time understanding some of his dialog at times – which I later read him saying was intentional in an interview.  He reported that he was trying to sound like Bartley Gorman, an Irish bare-knuckle boxing champion.  To me, he sounded a bit like a drunk Sean Connery. In a bad way? Not necessarily.

You’ll read many reviews over the next few days (assuming you even care about reviews) that talk about spoilers and “what happened at the end” and whatnot. But I’m not that guy, I never have been.  I loved the ending of the movie.  I loved the story-telling that the Nolan brothers put together for this franchise wrap-up.  I may have not seen what was coming towards the end of the film, but apparently it was because I was distracted by all the shiny flying things, and fist fights to have seen it.  I felt there were two very distinct AHA! moments towards the end of the film. But in discussing it with others after the film, I’m alone in those AHA! moments, and everyone else had seen them coming.  Don’t fear, though, even if you see the “twist” coming, it’s still an excellent movie.

I was a little disappointed by the lack of Michael Caine, though.  Probably because I could just listen to him talk for the next 50 years, and not care.  That guy’s accent is just awesome.  (Side note, I’m going to watch The Prestige later today, just to hear his opening voiceover again.)  While disappointed, I understood why there was a lack of his character. It fit into the story, and I didn’t get the “Well he’s just off filming some other movie and phoning it in” feeling that sometimes you get when a big actor is missing from a franchise.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is amazing, as always.  Talk about a child actor that really grew into his own. Look back at some old episodes of Third Rock from the Sun, and you can clearly see that this kid was going places. (It’s funny that I call him a kid, he’s barely a year and a half younger than I am.)  He fits right into the already well established franchise, and feels like he’s been there all along.

I really want to love Anne Hathaway in everything. I honestly do.  It’s just getting harder and harder.  And I feel a bit badly.  When news first broke that she was being cast as Catwoman, everyone flipped out. Don’t lie, you were mad, too. People said “Why her? She’s going to ruin it!” and the like.  But I defended her. I said things like “Remember when Heath was cast as the Joker, and people felt the same way? And look how that turned out!”  I knew that there was a reason Christopher Nolan had her cast.  Nolan is one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our time, how could he possible make a blunder and not fix it?  If she was terrible, he’d have recast her.  AhemKatieHolmesAhem. (Say what you want, Katie Holmes wasn’t in The Dark Knight due to scheduling conflicts.  She sucked in the first movie, and they re-cast her. Plain and simple.)  Thankfully, however, Anne Hathaway isn’t in the film enough to ruin it.  Which I’m glad for, because the scenes she’s in really didn’t do it for me.  She has quite a few fist fights, but I don’t buy it.  I don’t get that a tall, skinny, lanky girl could overtake a 6’2″ 220 pound dude with a gun.  If that makes me a sexist, so be it.

Chances are, by now, you’ve already seen this movie if you had planned on it, and my review isn’t going to sway you either way.  So what I say here is almost moot.  However, this movie is fantastic.  I’d say it was my top movie of the year so far, but that honor goes to The Avengers, which beats this out only ever so slightly.  The Dark Knight Rises delivers, in major ways.  It wraps up the franchise amazingly.  The story, the action, the characters, the good guys, the bad guys.  It’s got everything I wanted it to have (except maybe some more trailers before it), and I’m glad to have seen it on the big-screen.    If you’re on the fence about whether or not to go see it, spend the money.  If you don’t have the money, borrow the money.  You won’t be disappointed.




  More Added to Nolan’s Inception
Posted by: Mike on May 5th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Like pretty much everyone else, we’ve been keeping a close eye on any news related to Inception.  Well, pretty much anything else Christopher Nolan dips his hand into, too.  But specifically, at this moment, Inception.

Two more actors have been added to Nolan’s next masterpiece.

Ken Watanabe, who Nolan previously worked with on Batman Begins.
Tom Hardy, who isn’t as famous as he should be. But if you saw L4yer Cake, you know who he is.

The more people that get added to this cast, the more excited I am to learn more about this.  We already are pretty assured that it’s going to be awesome, but still, I want to know more.




  Bale on next Batman
Posted by: Mike on Apr 28th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Christian Bale was recently interviewed about the upcoming Terminator movie, and of course the interviewer had to sneak in a question about the next Batman movie.

When asked if he’d do another, Bale responded

Will we do a third movie? It’s got to be the right story. You can’t make something like ‘The Dark Knight’ and then come out with something disappointing.

I would like it if people say, ‘You’ll never make a good third movie.’ I say, ‘OK, let’s make a third movie in that case, let’s prove them wrong. But that’s just me. The fact is, I have to! I’ve signed up! Chris doesn’t. So I’m in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn’t want to!

As of yet, Christopher Nolan still hasn’t signed on to direct, or write the third movie.  I have no doubt, though, that he will.




  Caine officially joins Inception
Posted by: Mike on Apr 25th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

A recent interview with Michael Caine has finally confirmed the rumor that he was going to be joining Christopher Nolan’s next film, Inception.

Caine says:

I have a little part in it, yes. Just a tiny part. Chris and I are very good friends so I’ll do that little part. I think I’ll work about three days. It’ll be extraordinary, wait until you see this one. I think if I say another word he’s going to kill me!

We still don’t know much about the movie. But with the cast that’s lining up, who cares?  We’ll find out on July 16th, 2010 when the film opens nation wide.




  Gordon-Levitt joins Inception
Posted by: Mike on Apr 24th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves.  He started out on “3rd Rock From the Sun” on television, years ago, and moved onto some small time movies.

He showed up on my radar when he did The Lookout, and Brick, and people started noticing that he really could act.

Gordon-Levitt was cast late last night in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Inception, which we still know very little about.

That brings our main cast to: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page.

Inception is set for a July 10th, 2010 release.




  Caine to join Nolan again?
Posted by: Mike on Apr 8th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Caine to join Inception cast?

Caine to join Inception cast?

It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan casts his movies fantastically.  There’s no doubt about that. He knows who he wants, and he gets that person for the role.

Rumor has it, that Michael Caine is in talks to be in Nolan’s next movie, Inception.  Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page have already been confirmed as being cast.  Others have been rumored, but not yet confirmed.

It’s no surprise the Nolan would want to cast Caine.  For me, he was an integral part of The Prestige, and that story would not have been even remotely complete without him playing Cutter.

And who can forget his performance as Alfred in the last two Batman movies?

Should Nolan cast Caine in Inception, I’m sure whatever part he plays would be fantastic.

There’s no talk yet as to what Inception is actually about, but it’s Christopher and Jonathan Nolan writing it.  What more do you need?




  Nolan’s Inception Gets a Cast
Posted by: Mike on Apr 2nd, 2009 Leave a Comment »

It’s no secret that we here at MovieSnobs love Christopher Nolan, and pretty much anything he’s done, or ever will done.  When we heard about his newest movie Inception being green lit, we were thrilled.

News broke last night that Nolan’s begun scouting talent for the film, and is in talks with some big name stars to be in the movie.  Who? Glad you asked.

Ellen Page (Juno), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Red Eye, Sunshine), and Marion Cotillard (Big Fish, Public Enemies), that’s who.

I’m a big fan of Cillian Murphy’s, especially after Batman Begins, and who doesn’t love Ellen Page?  I can’t comment on Marion Cotillard, because I’ve never heard of her, and she’s only mostly done French films (aside from a handful of B movies).

All we know about Inception thus far is that it’s a “sci-fi” movie “based on the architecture of the mind.”  Based on previous Nolan movies, it’s going to be amazing, confusing, and leave you wondering what the hell just happened.

Inception was written by Christopher Nolan and his screenwriter brother, Jonathan Nolan.




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