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The Dark Knight Rises, but only so high

30 Aug

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Everything comes to an end in Christopher Nolan’s ambitious conclusion to his Batman Trilogy. Set eight years after The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a guilt-ridden recluse content with his tarnished reputation. A powerful, new villain, Bane (Tom Hardy) has a complex plan to destroy Gotham.

The Dark Knight Rises is a good film, but not a great film. Nolan tries to do too much with Bane. A “revolution” of convicts running around didn’t work well in the first film and it doesn’t work in this one either. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was brilliantly played, but she became one of Nolan’s unnecessary moving parts, although she contribute in the end; she serves as Batman’s deus ex machina rather than something she can stick her claws in.  The expectations were unreasonably high for the third film, but it cannot be used as an excuse for some basic story problems. The Dark Knight Rises, but only so high.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade for IMAX: B+
Chuck’s Grade for Standard Screen: B-

Chuck and Adam’s Top Five Films of 2012

31 Dec

Chuck’s Top Five Films of 2012

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1- KILLER JOE
William Friedkin has not lost his touch when it comes to shocking audiences.

2- SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
Surprise hit of the year. I couldn’t stop laughing.

3- HITCHCOCK
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren will be standing on the Oscar podium this year together.

4- THE RAID
One of the best, but bloodiest international martial art films to get a rare national release in 2012.

5- MARLEY
I used to like Bob Marley, but after watching this documentary…I love Bob Marley.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Looper, Lawless, Coriolanus

Adam’s Top Five Films of 2012

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1- MOONRISE KINGDOM
Wes Anderson’s best film to date.

2- THE MASTER
Joaquin Phoenix delivers the performance of the year.

3- ARGO
Captures the time period and the crisis at hand.

4- SKYFALL
Easily one of my favorite Bond movies all-time.

5- THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Nolan’s final installment rises to the occasion.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 21 Jump Street, Prometheus, Looper, Django Unchained