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The Dark Knight
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I think I may be in love. No, seriously. This movie is fantastic. Where to begin even. OK, plot summary (SPOILERS!!!!!)


This movie seems to be 3 acts. Act 1 is the rise of Joker, if you will. We see him go from bank robber to terrorist. Yes, I won't say murderous psychopath..... that's not accurate enough. He delivers threats on TV, then delivers. One of the more disturbing scenes is him having an "interview" with a fake batman before killing him. The first act also includes the Hong Kong excursion (I liked it personally) and the introduction of the new batsuit, along with the brief fake batman conflict. Also look for the brief but good Scarecrow cameo. The 2nd act is the capturing and breakout of Joker, along with Batman trying to decide if he should turn himself in. The 3rd act is about trying to finally stop Joker and the tragic fall of Harvey Dent into Two-Face. It also truly defines Batman as The Dark Knight. I'm trying not to spoil too much, but this is where I've got to mention my one complaint.... Two-Face died. I think he's too good of a villian and should have had more screen time. However, the way it happened made perfect sense, which is why I can't complain too much. In a way it actually makes more sense that way. I am happy that Joker lived. However, it was highly set up for him to return, which of course won't happen now.

Now for the performance. First Heath Ledger.... I won't try to explain it. I can't do it justice. You have to see the whole thing to truly get it. The clips... the amazing clips.... don't even begin to do him justice. I'll be deeply disturbed if he doesn't at least get an oscar nomination. I really can't picture anybody other then Bale as Bruce/Batman. He nails every aspect of the character. Micheal Caine and Morgan Freeman are as brilliant as always. Maggie Ghylenal adds some much needed life to the character of Rachel. But Aaron Eckhart was what truly surprised me. He perfectly portrays a White Knight who has a dark side. His fall is truly tragic and disturbing. What's most disturbing is you can't blame him for snapping, but the fall is quite deep. Him holding a gun to a young boys head and then flipping the coin (which they made work fantasitically) is probably the most single disturbing moment of the film (though there's many to pick from).

Now I could go on about the cinematography (Imax is amazing), about the deeper moral issues, and so on and so forth.... but you truly need to see it for yourself. And then see it again.

Iron Man
Iron Man (2008)
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Oh, my God. That's pretty much all I can say about Iron Man. Despite the overwhleming amount of positive reviews, I still wasn't expecting much. This is easily the 2nd best comic-book film in years (Batman Begins will have that #1 position until July 18). Well done Marvel. I sincerely hope this is a sign of things to come from the new Marvel studio. It had all the big-time action, silliness (it truly is lol hysterical at moments), and fantastic Stan Lee cameo that you would expect, but unexpected is the fact that there are some serious, if not necerrarily obvious, emotional issues. Tony Stark (played to perfection by Robert Downey Jr.) is a man that is shown the very serious wrong doings he's done. Also, he shouldn't be alive. He's got a second chance, and he's going to use it to fix the mess he's created. The film has minor faults (the beginning seems slightly dragged out), but not enought to make it unenjoyable at all. Oh, and STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!!!! Trust me, it's debatedably the most important part of the film.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Century Gothic]Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
[size=1]A Dark, Twisted, Macabre, and ultimately brilliant musical tale of murder, vengence, insanity, and pie

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]I just finished watching Sweeney Todd. And it's brilliant. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who can name all the musicals he likes on one hand. Note that this review contains spoilers, so read on at own risk. The film tells the the tale of a barber named Sweeney Todd. He used to be named Benjamin Barker, until a crooked, sex-aholic judge named Turpin took his beautiful wife and daughter, and sending Todd away to an australian prison where he is supposed to live for the rest of his life. However, he escapes after 15 years, and comes back for revenge. Without giving too much away, his first attempt to kill the judge fails and it appears that he may never have another chance. It's at this point that he snaps (and breaks into my personal favorite song of the show, Epiphany), and goes onto a spree, slicing the throat of customers that won't be missed when they come from for a shave. It's then that his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, grinds the corpses into meat pies (the whole process, save for meat that could be steak being grinded, is thankfully not shown). While it may not sound like it, Sweeney is a somewhat sympathetic character. Considering what he's been through, it's somewhat understandable that he snaps the way he does. He even reasons it out. Everyone, he claims,deserves to die, including Mrs. Lovett and himself. When you look at everything that happens, you really can't blame him for thinking that way. As the body count rises, his bloodlust becomes an addiction, and he spirals deeper into his dark insanity, losing more and more of himself. There is some fantastic character work here. Props go to the entire cast for fleshing out every single character. It's obvious that Mrs. Lovett really does love Todd, and we can't help but feel her pain. There is a fantastic, surprisingly funny scene where she fantasizes about a life with Todd on the beach, the settings, for one scene, become bright and cheery, with Sweeney still gothic and gloomy the whole time. In one brilliant bit of dialoque where she questions Sweeney, asking if he even remembers his wife, and all he can say is that she was blonde. It's here that we see that he has truly lost himself, and what started as an understandable mission of vengence has turned into an unstoppable massacre that won't stop until Sweeney is dead, or everyone else is. It all comes together fantastically at the end, creating a bloody, tragic, ironic, dark, and absolutely amazing finale. This certaintly isn't for those who can't handle blood, but for everyone else is a can't miss.[/size][/font]
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