Sunday, July 29, 2012

Discussing 'Batman' and other things with Sean


Hello fellow readers, what follows is an email conversation that I had with one of my best friends, Sean Novicki (the biggest Batman fan that I know), in which we discuss The Dark Knight Rises, and occasionally other cinematic topics (but mostly The Dark Knight Rises). Originally, I just asked him what he thought of the new film. This is what followed.

SN:  While I know it has it’s critics, including yourself to an extent, to me The Dark Knight is a perfect Batman story. And story is really the issue when it comes to these films, at least to my mind. I think it’s hard to argue against the artistry of vision, blockbuster ambition (in the best sense of the term), and technical mastery that Christopher Nolan and his production team have brought to all three of their Batman films, so any criticisms you have about these movies you want me to take seriously will have to revolve around story.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Waiting for 'The Master' (from a P.T. Anderson fanboy)

Has anybody seen the new trailer for new Paul Thomas Anderson film, The Master? Well, if you haven't, here you go...


It's unbelievably Andersonian, from its astonishingly crisp shots to it's unorthodox but effective music (working again with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood after their spectacular combination in There Will Be Blood). And I know you're probably foolish for judging a performance from a two-and-a-half minute trailer, but Phoenix looks to be at his fierce finest in a role that could probably bring him back into the public's good graces after his much noted failed experiment I'm Still Here. And the cast around him, including Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, are some of the most consistent talent in Hollywood right now, and working with a genius filmmaker known for his work with actors, it's easy to assume they'll be superb. I've had a friend tell me that Anderson only looks like an "Actor's Director" because he only gets the good actors. Well, let's stop to see why they want to work for him in the first place.

The film is slotted for a very cozy October 12th release, which pleases me since I won't have to sort through the December prestige film glut. Hopefully I will be in New York by this time so that way I won't have to wait till Thanksgiving for it to get to my town. PTA FTW!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (***)


It must take some kind of film event to bring me out of film review hibernation. Alas, The Dark Knight Rises comes along and leads me back to the keyboard, one year after my last post to pontificate cinematically. Not that I'm doing anything original or new in going to the internet to talk about what will probably be the most talked about, most dissected, most hyperbolic-opinion-spreading movie of 2012. As soon as the screen went dark on The Dark Knight in 2008, there has been a large mass of the population waiting for this film, the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which is probably some of the most beloved and praised comic book films in the history of the genre.