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[insert regular Scottish whine about the heat (all of 27 degrees or something, probably) here]

I should probably be out Doing Things In The Sun. Instead I am reading LJ, playing Guitar Hero and reading Buffy comics. (I did think about taking the Buffy comics to the park, but the "park" near here is...um...interesting, and I can't be arsed going further afield.)

Anyway. Dark Knight last night at the IMAX was fantastic. Although we were in the second row, and it might have been even more fantastic from slightly further back - bits of the screen were in my peripheral vision, so kind of unfocused; I couldn't tell what was going on in the fight scenes; and I don't think I could properly appreciate the directing and cinematography due to being practically inside it. But yeah, brilliant. The filmed-in-IMAX bits, especially the car chase, were just mindblowing, and the stunts were fab, and the props and make-up were amazing. But I mostly liked it because it was a thinky superhero film. It was political and psychological and had interesting story structure. I want to watch it again to see more of that - Batman Begins used dialogue to structure things, with what seemed like half the dialogue in the film being straight-up or subverted quotes or paraphrases of what other people had said earlier. There was a bit of that in DK, but mostly I think it did the same thing with actions and themes. The mirroring at the end, with Batman taking responsibility for Dent's deeds for noble reasons, as Dent had done for him earlier in the film, was lovely.

Much love for the acting - Heath Ledger, obviously, but also Bale and Eckhart, and especially Oldman as Lieutenant Commissioner Gordon. What else? The bit with the ferries stands out as a powerful message - the convicted murderers acting more morally than the upstanding citizens. (But the Joker really had the triggers primed to blow up their own boat, right?)

I must read some of the graphic novels. Also, WATCHMEN TRAILER IN IMAX ZOMG. And the film is gonna be (partially?) in IMAX. In nearly a year, argh!

laerad brought over Guitar Hero: Aerosmith which I hadn't played yet, but might have to buy. I forgot how many Aerosmith songs I liked, and it's got a bunch of good covers, too. Not sure, given the limited amount I've played GHIII, but I was playing it this afternoon for a while. We'll see. I'm not sure what to do about consoles at the moment - I can't justify buying a PS3 AND a Wii. Well, I can't really justify buying either, and certainly not both, heh. Also my DVD player seems to have died - can't really complain, I bought it about four years ago for £40, and it's been fantastic - so I'm going to go look for multi-region DVD recorders and so on. Any recommendations?



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Jul. 27th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
The fairly recent Jeph Loeb graphic novels heavily inspired Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and are highly recommended, particularly the first one; The Long Halloween, and Dark Victory. Good, solid stories. Think there's another one but I can't remember at the moment.

If you haven't already read them... The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughs, and The Dark Knight Returns are also pretty good (and pretty essential) Joker reads.

Back to the movie, yeah it was so good! Like really good. I also figured that the Joker had switched the primers on the ferries, but I loved that both boats went with trust. Loved his 'hyper sanity' genius which is pretty much lifted from the comics.

Definitely planning to see it again and IMAX if possible!
Jul. 27th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Also - Batman: Year One is classic.
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Arkham Asylum has the most terrifying depiction of the Joker. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

See here. Or here.
Jul. 27th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Watchmen trailer: that's an American date format, not UK.

Voila! I just made it three months closer for you. I'm magic, me.
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
*adds Welsh whining*

Just because some people enjoy summer doesn't mean we all have to spring forth in glee everytime the sun shows itself.
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