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Cool Photo: Christian Bale visits Aurora victims after all!!!!

After reports claiming that actor Christian Bale was out of town filming a movie that he won’t be able to visit Aurora victims, it appears that he found the time to get around to that today. Christian Bale the man himself, visits the local Aurora hospital to visit survivors of the shooting rampage. Except he showed up as himself, he didn’t dress up in the Batman costume at all, which is good!

Christian didn’t stay real quick just to see how they were doing, they got way more than that. He actually stayed for a long while to chat with fans that are survivors of the tragedy. He took photos with them as well.

Here is a photo of Christian Bale posing with a survivor, here.

Bale is a good man for that!

Hopefully Christopher Nolan and some of the other cast members will get a chance to visit the victims too.

The survivors are pretty lucky to meet Bale! Just imagine the huge smile on their face as soon as Bale walks in the hospital room. The fan in the pic looks pretty stoked to meet him.

And it’s great for Warner Bros. to donate money to the victims too! Clearly shows that Warner Bros. really care for people!

Kev

About Christian Bale visting injured children in Aurora in the Batman costume…

Well, the world of social media is trying to bring out Christian Bale, to get him to go to Aurora to visit injured children who were victims of the shooting at the hospital, wearing the Batman costume and all. Really? I agree with Christian Bale visiting children and other victims at the hospital, but he shouldn’t wear the costume. He should just go as himself. On top of all this, I’m sure Christian would love to visit victims in the hospital, but he’s a very busy man with his movie career and all. He won’t have the time. Christian just released a statement of the tragedy, read it, here.

I just think Christian wearing the Batman costume at the hospital is kind of a silly idea anyway. The reason why it’s silly is because Batman is a fictional character and they need to leave it at that. The real superheroes are the law enforcement and the victims of this tragedy alive or dead.

I think it would be better if Christopher Nolan or other cast members of the Dark Knight movies would visit the surviving victims. They probably will at some point when they have the time, I’m sure they’ll get around it. Or even better maybe Christopher Nolan can dedicate his next movie to the Aurora victims, I can see him doing that. Maybe the film makers and cast will donate some money to the Aurora hospital to pay for the victims hospital coverage, things like that.

This also shows that going to the movies is not always safe. There have been all kinds of shootings and stabbings at movie theaters, all over. I think I remember one story that some guy got shot and killed at a movie theater ’cause he wouldn’t stop talking. There are sometimes psychotic people that go to the movies. This stuff is nothing new.
Kev

Brock speaks more on the Colorado “Dark Knight: Rises” shooting…

Like usual, whenever a shooting happens in the USA, it’ll spark a huge internet debate about guns and the second amendment. There is also a lot of talk that  movie theaters across the USA will start tightening security. Maybe have metal detectors at theaters or have more security guards keeping a watch out, wouldn’t surprise me if that stuff is coming. There will also be plenty of parents blaming it on dark & violent movies.

There is a lot of talk on why this kid would dress up as the Joker and commit this horrible crime. People are putting the blame on mental illness and this kid is a nutcase, and stuff. You see, while this crime is horrible and shouldn’t have happened, my heart goes out to the victims either alive or dead, these things are bound to happen, the bigger a movie franchise gets. The bigger a movie franchise gets, the more it will bring out all kinds of weird & crazy fans. As I predicted the kid turned out to be a massive Batman fan, and turns out that the Joker is his favorite. So people are asking, why would the kid do this?

Well, considering that this kid turned out to be a massive Joker fan (probably the Heath Ledger era), this kid simply wanted to be like the Joker. The Joker inspired him some mysterious way, so this kid who committed these shootings, just simply wanted to be America’s most well known “villain”. Just like in the comics, you know what I mean? You know how in the comics, when a Batman villain commits horrible crimes, and it’s all over the news in the comics? Well, the same thing is happening here, except it’s happening in real life. I repeat, this kid wanted to be a successful real life villain, like the Joker.

This certainly wasn’t a random act, the kid did his homework and planned it out before hand, and it’s possible, he may have gotten some help from others. Maybe with some friends who are also die hard, Batman, fanatics. Joker and his goons. Violent superhero movies have been getting bigger and bigger, each year. So you shouldn’t be surprised that something like this was going to happen anyway, no offense. The Batman franchise have the weirdest fans out of all superheros though. A lot of Batman fans can be whack jobs.  A lot of them think they really are the characters from the comics & movies.

It also wouldn’t surprise me that this kid knows everything about the Joker, knows everyone of his jokes by heart and I’m sure he’s sitting in jail acting like the insane Joker from the comics & movies. The fact of the matter is, people. You shouldn’t blame it on guns or violent movies. You should blame it on these geek fan boys who become obsessed with these characters. The kid is probably mentally ill and delusional, yes, but he is evil ’cause he simply wanted to be, like the comics. Think about it, and hope you get the point.

Kev

The “DARK KNIGHT: RISES” SPOILERS DISCUSSION ******SPOILER WARNING*****

I made two separate posts ’cause it seems like the whole internet loves to talk about spoilers of “The Dark Knight: Rises” online. I made one review with non-spoilers and here is the spoiler post, so those who already saw the movie can discuss the storyline here.

Okay, here we go….

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The special cameos that made the movie were Ra Al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson) and the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy). I almost forgot that the Ra Al Ghul character is immortal, and I kind of predicted that Ra’s was going to appear in the movie, anyway. It’s also no surprise that Miranda Tate ended up being Talia Al Ghul, Ra’s daughter.  I was never a big comic book reader but with a little internet research, all this Bane, Ra Al Ghul and Talia stuff were borrowed from various comics over the years.

As for the film’s questionable ending, after Batman sacrificed himself to save Gotham City, John Blake (who was an actual character from the Batman comics, btw), revealed himself as Robin John Blake, then he goes to the Batcave, discovering all of Batman’s secrets. Does this mean that he is about ready to become Robin at the end of it? Absolutely!

Now, it will be pretty cool if Warner Bros. gave Robin his own spin off movie, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt still playing the character, even if Christopher Nolan is not directing. If Warner Bros. is planning on some kind of re-boot, they can still keep the stories going with Robin. Not sure if they will do that or not, but that’s what it’s looking like.

I know it’s sad that Batman dies at the end of the movie, but in the comics, DC experimented with Batman deaths a few times before. Most everything through all the three Nolan “Dark Knight” films were inspired from comics and graphic novels. I wish there could be more Nolan “Dark Knight” films, but I understand why he wants to move on. WB’s would probably have no choice but to reboot Batman again, which would be the 4th re-boot I believe. The two Keaton/Burton films, the two Schumacher films, the three Nolan films, you get the deal. It’s going to be interesting to see how Warner’s going to reboot Batman after this. Whether they will continue the stories without Nolan or re-boot it again, whatever their plans are, will be interesting.

As for the Bane character, throughout the whole movie, I just loved the way how Bane was seen as this menacing monster, and then at the end of the movie, you actually felt sorry and sad for the guy, after it was revealed, that Bane tried to help Talia out of that prison. He got scarred because of it, which explained why he wore that scary mask. After that scene, that’s when you felt emotion for that character, and now understand all the pain Bane is going through, and why he is what he is. It turned out that Ra’s could be Bane’s father.

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Well, this is all I had to get off my chest for the spoilers discussion. Hope you enjoy, feel free to add more to it if you want. It’s too bad Heath Ledger is gone. If he was still here with us, Im pretty sure, he would have definitely been in the movie somehow as the Joker. I’m glad they used Bane though ’cause he has always been a lesser known Batman villain. He shouldn’t be a lesser known villain anymore though. 🙂

Kev

Film Review: “The Dark Knight: Rises” (with NO SPOILERS)

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cottilard

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Today, I just saw, “The Dark Knight: Rises”, the final Chris Nolan/Batman film of the trilogy. I’m planning to do two posts on this movie, one non-spoiler post and the other with spoilers. Here is my review of the film:

Plot/Synopsis: The film is set after the events of the second movie, “The Dark Knight”. While Gotham City is almost at peace from crime because of the Dent act, Gotham City is still in danger when Bane, a terrorist leader, arrives to destroy the city. Batman returns once again, and gets some help from Commissioner Gordon and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.

I’ll keep the synopsis above small and simple, so I won’t reveal too much. This is NON Spoiler review aimed at those who haven’t seen it.

As far as my thoughts on the movie goes, I thought it was the best one of the trilogy. Many critics online are giving this film negative reviews, that’s probably because a lot of them don’t understand the Batman character or the comics. I was very impressed that, “The Dark Knight: Rises” stayed true to the comics. I thought the film was very gripping all the way through. It was dark and intense. The film is a long one, about 2 hrs. and 45 minutes, but the pacing goes by pretty fast. I thought this was a pretty heartfelt and sad, Batman story. I thought the writing was pretty well done.

The movie was pretty much action packed all the way through. Some of the action scenes were pretty breathtaking. Especially the Batman and Bane fight. That whole fight scene had no music playing during it, which made it awesome. The film also had some pretty fun fighting sequences, explosions, and vehicle chases.

I thought Tom Hardy made a fantastic, Bane. A lot of critics complained about the character, saying he wasn’t dark and evil enough. I’m like, really? I would be afraid of that guy if Bane was a real person, he was fucking scary in that movie. A lot of reviews compare Bane to Heath Ledger’s Joker, saying Bane can’t top Joker, but that’s not a fair judgement. In my opinion, don’t take this the wrong way. I find Tom Hardy’s, Bane, much better than Heath Ledger’s, Joker. Villains are meant to be hated, but instead Christopher Nolan wants to scare people to death with, Bane. For the past two Batman movies, Batman has always been this unstoppable superhero, but Bane was the only guy who is capable enough of making Batman look weak. Most Batman villains try to kill Batman with an army of men, but Bane could do it all himself. I thought Tom Hardy looked great as Bane, and he did a good job with the speaking voice too. I’m glad the film stayed true to the, “break the Bat”, thing which is what Bane is known for.

I also thought Anne Hathaway, made a perfect Catwoman. I knew that from day 1 ever since she was first casted for the role. Have you ever noticed that the costume that Anne Hathaway wore as Catwoman, is very similar to the Julie Newmar Catwoman from the classic TV show? I bet not many people noticed that. Some of the cast members from the past few films returned of course, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman. I’m glad this film did more with Morgan Freeman’s character, Fox. The Fox character wasn’t in the last two movies that much, but this time, they gave Fox some more screen time which is good to see. Plus, there’s a few surprising cameos in the movie, I don’t want to say right now but in a different post with the spoilers later.

Of course, Hans Zimmer’s score never disappoints. His Batman scores are always amazing and the music of this film is the best of the trilogy.

While the ending of this movie was a bit too predictable, not surprising at all, I thought, “The Dark Knight: Rises” was an incredible film. I was at the edge of my seat throughout most of it. It was nice to see a more emotional Batman. It’s nice to see that Batman can have feelings and can be more human. Not always being the tough guy that everyone wants him to be. I love how the film went into more insights about Bruce Wayne’s life and childhood.

As far as the “Man of Steel” trailer shown before it goes. That was pretty freakin’ cool, too! Although, I was kind of disappointed that the trailer was much shorter than the SDCC version. It’s just a teaser though. I’m sure, “Man of Steel” trailer #2 will show a lot more. Hopefully, they will reveal what General Zod looks like in the next trailer.

Score for “The Dark Knight: Rises” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)

Kev

Christopher Nolan needs to move on from superhero films at some point, let the man move on already!!!

So Christopher Nolan made three Batman movies and after that, he wants nothing to do with superhero films whatsoever. Of course, typical Hollywood keeps begging him to do more superhero films. I’m glad he’s not going to make the “Justice League”, movie. Would be cool if he directed it, but I understand he wants to move on after years of making Batman movies. He’s made three Batman movies and that’s enough for him. Like everyone else, I would like him to do more superhero films, don’t get me wrong, but keep in mind, this guy is a film maker himself. He needs to move on to other projects.

I wish people would respect his work outside of the superhero genre. Well, people did respect his work outside of superheroes before, and that film was “Inception”, so it’s close enough. People need to respect more of his work. I’m pretty sure most Batman and “Inception” fans haven’t even seen “Following”, “Memento”, “Insomnia” or “The Prestige”. The man is a master of film making. He still needs to finish the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, since he’s producing it. Then he’ll be done after that.

When the “Dark Knight: Rises” comes and goes, don’t worry folks, I’m sure the man will still make amazing movies outside of the superhero genre. The man’s a genius. It’s going to be interesting to see what he’s planning to do next after, “The Dark Knight: Rises”. Will he still do action adventure movies or something different? Christopher doing Batman movies will help his film making to a whole new level. I’ve explained this before, but I don’t mind doing it again, just to help get people to back off on him doing superhero movies. If he doesn’t want to do anymore, that’s his decision.

He’s a writer and storyteller himself, let him tell other stories. Give him a chance, and you will realize that he is way more than just a superhero film maker. Congratulations to Chris on his new star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Well deserved!

Kev

Cool Video: “The Dark Knight: Rises” full trailer is here!!!

Oh wow! I’m totally stoked to see, “The Dark Knight: Rises”. This could be the best superhero flick of the year, for sure. The trailer looks impressive.

It is sad that this is the final, “Dark Knight” film with Christopher Nolan directing, but I understand that he needs to move on. He can’t do Batman films forever, he needs to do other projects. I’m sure the three Batman films he did, helped make him a better director than before, and will help him make better films in the future.

Thanks, Mr. Nolan! In Nolan, I trust!

Kev