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The Dark Knight Rises: Did it rise above?

The Dark Knight Rises is one crazy, action-packed film. In comparison to The Dark Knight, where the film was full of weighty ideas, The Dark Knight Rises definitely topped it by a landslide. Director Christopher Nolan, whose has in multiple films, portrayed the darkness of human nature, was not all-in with creating a light and fun summer action film. But what he did was, he decided to pack his trilogy-concluding film with full of ideas, plot points, characters, emotional arcs, and set pieces that even with a 2 hour 45 minute run time, none of it has any room to breathe.

But I can’t say that the man didn’t know how to bring it, Nolan definitely knew how to bring out the goods. With his visual ambition and scope, and about an hour’s worth of IMAX footage backed by a massive budget, he has an impressive canvas to paint his picture. There are multiple sequences in this film that have a mind-boggling scale rarely attempted before. The result is a astonishing spectacle that manages to wow, despite its deep flaws.

I’m not going to try to recap the story, as you’ve likely either read about the basics elsewhere or you’re trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible. What I will say is that from a storytelling perspective, The Dark Knight Rises takes Nolan’s best and worst impulses and magnifies them. With the massive success of The Dark Knight and Inception, it feels as though all restraint is gone from this film. Nolan’s task here was basically impossible: he wanted to bring Batman’s story to a satisfying conclusion, bring to life two iconic Batman-universe characters (Bane and Catwoman), introduce new, minor characters with crucial roles in the plot, dive into a dark exploration of Bruce Wayne’s psyche, all while delivering on the mind-blowing action that we’ve come to expect from his films. Now, mind you, that was the spoiler-free part.

As a result, the storytelling ends up suffering. Moments when characters frequently appear out of nowhere, state their motivations explicitly, only to play out an inescapable action scene or just disappear. Throughout the film, a massive amount of plot developments are thrown onto the screen with reckless abandonment. The dialogue is contrived and trends towards function over form, furthermore, moving the plot along versus revealing interesting installments about the character in a reasonable way. I couldn’t grasp the raw menace characteristics of Bane, and while I think Hathaway brings a much-needed energy to the film, the Selina Kyle angle didn’t fit the way I think the Nolans and David Goyer had pictured it to be. It seems as if the action is intercut with more action scenes being intercut to the point where it’s quite difficult to get excited about what’s happening. The film’s tone deviates wildly from scene to scene and there’s rarely any build up to the payoffs, even though those payoffs admittedly are huge, and perhaps, all we need. There’s essentially enough plot packed into this film for two separate features, and the final result feels like it’s bursting at the seams.

So how did you all feel about The Dark Knight Rises? Was it a fitting conclusion for Batman, or is its ambitious nature ultimately a handicap? When you look at the three Nolan films as a whole character arc for Bruce Wayne/Batman, does that help put the events of this film in perspective? Let us know through your comments.

I’d appreciate it, if you all talk about the film rather than the murders in Aurora, Col. There are many places to discuss that terrible tragedy, so let’s stick to the movie stuff here.

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Christian Bale visits Aurora, Colorado

Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight films, is in Aurora, Colorado visiting victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, Warner Brothers officials confirmed.

Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications. – Denver Post

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the first teaser for Man of Steel

Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for director Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and I have to say, it’s pretty.. Awesome. Unlike most trailers that you watch where it reveals a large portion of information, this one, represents what a true teaser is really about. Towards the end, you start to realize you’re watching a trailer for a Superman movie. Also, the way, the music and visuals set the mood is gorgeous. Man of Steel is simply becoming one of many most anticipated movie of 2013 and everything I’ve seen, tells me it’s going to be something beyond.

SPOILER: Just a heads up, teaser trailer is below.

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Warner Bros. possibly canceling ALL showings of The Dark Knight Rises

It looks like it’s not just Paris, but ALL showings for The Dark Knight Rises may be halted everywhere due to the senseless tragedy in Aurora, Col.

An executive reportedly said that “Warner was watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains“. So it seems that Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, is debating as whether the movie should be cancelled or not across countries worldwide, although there is no certain decision made yet.

There are also reports that there have been opinions on whether Warner Bros. should press forward or halt and re-release a few months down the line. However, nothing has been decided at this point of time. Honestly, I think it’d be best for the movie to be pulled, until we have more clarified information.

UPDATE: E! reports that they contacted their own source at Warner Bros. regarding a possible cancellation of screenings who said, “he’d be ‘shocked if that happened, but it’s such an unprecedented situation.

Reports are coming in that the movie will likely not be halted by Warner Bros. although there’s still no official word. All planned publicity events for the film’s stars have been halted and all advertisement for the film has been removed from television.

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UPDATE: Dark Knight Rises: Gunman Kills 13 At Midnight Film Screening

13 people are confirmed dead and 59 injured (critically state) after a masked gunman reportedly hurled a tear gas bomb and opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

The masked gunman is revealed to be James Holmes, a 24-year-old man who was arrested in a car park nearby and is currently in custody. He was reportedly armed with a rifle and two handguns and told police he had explosives at his home, which has been surrounded by a SWAT team.

UPDATE: This afternoon, officers confirmed that the apartment was “booby-trapped”.

Police and witness reports indicate that a gunman fired into the audience 15 minutes into the midnight showing of the film. Police confirmed that the shooter — who entered theater number 9 dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask and released a canister filled with gas and then fired a rifle multiple times into the audience. Some witnesses described the suspect as wearing a SWAT-like outfit, others say a “Bane-style” gas mask and body armor during the attack.

Aurora police chief Dan Oates said that 10 died during the attack, and four more died in the hospitals nearby. Several children and babies were in the theatre and an 80-year-old is believed to have been shot dead at point blank range. A three-month old is among those being treated in hospital and a six-year-old, believing to be the youngest victims, according to reports.

AMC theatres has issued the following statement:

3rd update: July 21, 2012, 5 p.m. CDT Contrary to media reports, costumes are not banned, but we will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings. We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring

2nd update: July 21, 2012, 2 p.m. CDT Kansas City, Mo. – AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn’t be more grateful for their collective support.

At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.

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ORIGINAL STATEMENT: We are terribly saddened by the random act of violence in Aurora and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. For the safety and security of our guests and associates, we are actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the circumstances, we are reaching out to all of our theatres to review our safety and security procedures. Being a safe place in the community for all our guests is a top priority at AMC and we take that responsibility very seriously.

A statement from President Barack Obama:

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting.”

He added: “We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.

“As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family.”

There is nothing to add to this senseless tragedy. The facts are widely known, and understanding of the situation still progressing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We ask that our readers keep those suffering from this horrific event in their thoughts as well.

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Clear the skies. Iron Man 3 action packed stunt.

Spoiler alert!

Iron Man coming to the rescue in these photos for the upcoming film, Iron Man 3. It’s revealed that the superhero is rescuing a large group of people and based on what was caught on camera, one of the costumes was a flight attendant, and it’s safe to say that this stunt will be a scene where Iron Man flies around catching and saving folks. Stuntmen and women were suspended from cables and above water at Cape Fear River.

Credits to StarNewsOnline

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GOJIRAAAA!!!! …is BACK!!!!

Godzilla, a Japanese movie monster, has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon starring in films produced by Toho Co. The monster has appeared in numerous other media incarnations including video games, novels, comic books, and television series as well.

Producer Brian Rogers expresses interest in rebooting the giant beast’s mythos, and staying true to his roots at its best. Also, expect the 2012 film to feature a monster mash. Oh yes, you heard correct. Godzilla will be taking on others.