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Dark Knight nintendo awesomeness
January 16, 2009, 1:53 pm
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2008 Best Of – Film Edition

BEST IN FILM

Rachel Getting Married (USA) (for anne hathaway. for jenny lumet’s flawless script, and inspired cinematography)
Entre les Murs (France) (for authenticity and the desire to generate a debate)
Wall-E (USA) (for being a perfect movie, and pixar’s best to date)
The Dark Knight (USA) (for making batman play out like Nietzche)
Up the Yangtze (Canada/China) (a truly compelling documentary)
La Graine et le Mulet (France) (for the most genuine characters this year)
The Edge of Heaven (Germany/Turkey) (for being true  to human emotions and confirming Fatih Akin’s supremacy)
The Band’s Visit (Israel) (for the sheer simplicity of its story and message).
Happy-Go-Lucky (UK) (for Mike Leigh vision, script and Sally Hawkins’ fantastic performance)
Changeling (USA) (for eastwood’s masterful directing, avoiding any superflousness and focusing on the characters)
Synecdoche, NY (USA) (for awaking the existential demons in me — and making me say “what the fuck@#!@” again at the movies)
Let The Right One In (Sweden) (for being original, moving and creepy at the same time — and having the creepiest scene featuring house-cats)

Update ( January 15) – New films added to the list
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionnaire

NOTE : there are films I have yet to see and that could end up in this list : Slumdog Millionaire, Doubt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon… If needed, I will post an update as soon as I have seen them, in early 2009.

ALSO : non-2008 releases that graced my eyes and ears

Delicatessen (France)
Some Kind of Monster
(USA)
Into the Wild (USA)
4 minutes (Germany)
12 angry men (USA)
Network (USA)



Toy Story : The Dark Knight
October 8, 2008, 10:41 am
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The Batman is Alive and Well.

*** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*****


Saw it last night. loved it.
It took me like 45 minutes to get sucked in properly, but after that, I was totally taken.

Highlights :

  • Every scene with the joker. I thought Heath Ledger’s performance could’ve been overhyped, but it wasn’t! he deserves every praise he’s getting. Most notable are the hospital scene, the prison scene and the now-infamous knife pencil disappearing act.
  • The good/evil themes explored very very intelligently. They didn’t feel old and overdone. They actually felt fresh. Batman’s dilemmas are actually interesting to follow.
  • The many plot twists : Two-Face becoming part of the plot, Rachel dying, Gordon’s “death” etc…
  • Everything that remotely has to do with makeup.
  • Maggie Gyllenhall replacing lamo Katie Holmes. Thank god !
  • Morgan Freeman’s hilarious facial expressions
  • Christian bale : best batman of the bunch.

Still can’t get over the batman voice, the numerous cityscape shots, the lame sonar thing and the mayor’s eyeliner, but I won’t use it against them 🙂

Overall, a very satisfying film that I would recommend for a good night out.

Note : Saw it in Imax. Unfortunatly, only a couple scenes are made for Imax. They’re nice, but not that impressive. So it’s not really worth it…