i wrote this for Joe - hope you all like it! :) (Timestamp = 2.50-3.41 approx.). = Joe's paragraph! Stand-out performance - Inception is now in my Top 3 - BAFTA's/Oscars cannot be far away for all of you Congratulations! I'm actually @ the Bafta's on the day of my 21st - Sunday Feb 13th - hopefully see you there Joe!
Another of my reviews - but as I say, I really wanna collaborate on new material too! Open to new suggests and feedback! Thanks guys :)
Season: Summer 2008
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy.
Running Time: 152 mins. Approx.
Certificate/Classification: 12A (Contains moderate violence and sustained threat).
Seen Twice At: Parrs Wood Cinemas, Didsbury, and The IMAX Experience, PrintWorks, Manchester.
On: Thursday, 24th July 2008 (Parrs Wood), and Saturday, 16th August 2008 (The IMAX).
My favourite Batman film of the original Burton/Schumacher quartet is 1995’s Batman Forever. It was fast, funny and nowhere near as dark and gloomy as its Burton predecessors.
Then, Joel Schumacher made the somewhat unwise choice of descending into the depths of excessive CGI-laden silliness with 1997’s Batman and Robin. It was a juvenile, loud sticky confection, which focused only on succeeding to be a technological extravaganza – the Batman formula was looking distinctly tired.
A full eight years later, visionary director Christopher Nolan gave the franchise a much needed boost with 2005’s Batman Begins. Darker, moodier, gloomier, edgier – retelling the complex origin of the caped-crusader from the very beginning – not to mention the inspired casting of a brand new actor to play Batman. Christian Bale dared to go even darker than Michael Keaton – taking the winged vigilante’s depth and vulnerability to new heights – making him conflicted, compassionate and brooding, complete with a truly scarred psyche.
Now, Nolan and Bale reunite once again for The Dark Knight, the second installment in Batman’s early saga.
This time, the tone goes even darker still, as Batman must save Gotham City from the dastardly, megalomaniac Joker – whose reeking havoc on the streets of Gotham with a terrifying killing spree. This chaos couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bruce Wayne; muscle, training and technology are his allies; and he’s considering whether or not to hang up his cape for good…
Prior to the film’s release, it was already embroiled in scandal in January this year, due to Heath Ledger’s tragic death - it was a great shame that such a talented actor’s life was cut short so suddenly.
Ledger’s Joker is completely amoral – menacing, sadistic, chilling, gleeful and totally anarchic – daubed in his smudged, clown make-up and lip-smacking delivery; he puts Jack Nicholson in the shade. It is an absolutely revelatory, powerhouse, masterpiece of a performance – he steals the show from Christian Bale completely – he definitely should win a posthumous Oscar for Best Actor at next year’s Academy Awards. Visually, Nolan’s Gotham City is no longer the gloomy, gothic comic-book creation that Burton’s once was – more an ultra-modern 21st Century metropolis. I was lucky enough to see the movie twice – once at a special IMAX screening. Seeing the film in this unique, revolutionary format is highly recommended – particularly in the case of the thrilling batpod/truck/helicopter chase – it is a blistering, unforgettable and exhilarating experience. A rousing musical score makes up for the fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal proves to be a less successful casting choice to replace Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes – a minor flaw that doesn’t detract from this not only being the film of the summer – but also (even at an epic 152 minuets) the definitive and unbeatable film of the year.
A great little remedy when feeling bored
I really found it by mistake - when watching a different vid,
But boy am I very, very glad I did!
What a great, original idea,
Most really far away, and yet all feeling so near,
Whether streaming live or just posting a blog @ home,
There's no need to get your agent on the phone.
And now what's this I hear? A broadway show?
In the big apple? What a fantastic place to go!
One thing's for sure this projects not over,
In fact it's only just begun - Best of Luck for the Fall Formal on the 28th of October!
And now finally, a breif shout-out,
To the man we none of us, could do this without
In Treasure Planet, all 500 days of Summer and now the mighty Inception, we know he must love it,
So here's to you Sir - and the thanks we all give you:
Mr. Joe, Gordon-Levitt ! :)
Just an initial idea for a monolouge - needs some development - to help elaborate on the 'AnglerPod' record. Such a brilliantly made piece of work :)
May or may not be used later, feel free to contribute!
Anglerpod (New York film noir): When you've lived on these streets as long as I have you learn who not to cross. Dirty cops, who'll rat you out at a moment's notice. Dames won't even look at ya twice. So, as I wriggle down these streets of a night - I nurse this lampost thinkin'...how did I get here?. So now, it's just me and Jimmy Cagney...'.
A little celebration of Dan:
You were, and forever will be, such an important part of Hitrecord's life - touching the heart of each and every one of us in the community - with passionate, fierce commitment to your craft - which, even though I never had the pleasure of meeting you - showed in abundance through your enthusiasm to the work.
A more apt symbol than a heart on HitRECord we could not have found. Together, all of us were and are, deeply inspired by the love and commitment for all the projects you, Joe and your team showed in spades and will continue to do. This inspiration helped everyone no end to lift the standard of this extraordonary artistry into the very tip top of the creative stratasphere.
On a personal level, if it wasn't for you and Joe's boundless generousity and exceptional creative talent - I certainly wouldn't be having the most original, inventive, fantastic experience of my adult life - just having the oppurtunity to work with you and Joe on this project - is indescribably special to me. It's been an absolute honour to work with you.
On behalf of all of us, you were, and always will be an inspiration.