The Dark Knight, Eragon, Man Bites Dog, Shinsengumi Assasins of Honor, Golem Reviews

The Dark Knight. The latest Batman movie with Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Christian Bale reprising their roles, but Rachel is acted by Maggie Gyllenhaal instead of Katie Holmes. Heath Ledger in his final role as the Joker plays him as a psychopath. There isn’t anything lovable about him at all. He is not a flashy dresser like Jack Nicholson or Cesar Romero. But I was pleasantly surprised at how well he came off.

This movie started off slow with the setup being a bit confusing. However the pitch heightens to nonstop action and a very satisfying conclusion. The bat costume has been redesigned-more matte, smaller ears, more flexible and very cool in the air. The batmobile is all it can be and a transformer, too! The workspace for Morgan and Batman is splendid although I miss the ole mansion. It’s being rebuilt, so hopefully it will return for the next movie.

And what do you think? Does the batman get the girl? Doesn’t the superhero always get the girl? Or is the Dark Knight to dark for the women? Personally, who would want a man that stays out all night and falls asleep during the day. Okay, maybe it’s his money. Of course he’ll always have Michael Caine and Gary Oldman. These guys are great actors, and will always be there for him. I don’t mind that Rachel is a different actress, but I will be po’ed if these two guys don’t come back again. But who knows if Christian Bale will come back? Hmm. Who out there can be the next Bat?

Eragon. I have the book in my reading queue. This movie was entertaining, but nothing really special. It’s difficult for me not see influences of Lord of the Rings and Highlander. Jeremy Irons is no Sean Connery in the tutor the naive mythical hero department. The ending left me hanging. The girl rides off. He flies off a hero. He smiles way too much. The bad guy lives. But entertaining nonetheless. The dragon is way cool.

Man Bites Dog. This is Belgian fake documentary about a film crew that follows a serial killer. The directors and writers say they are actually making a film about the art of film making and just happened to pick a serial killer. It is black and white. It won prizes at Cannes. I didn’t get it.

Shinsengumi Assasins of Honor. Toshiro Mifune stars in this reenactment from a period in Japanese history that was full of turmoil. The rest of the world is knocking at Japan’s door, 300 years of Tokugawa shogunate rule are coming to an end, the sword is being replaced by the gun, and the emperor is poised to be renstated. It’s a confusing period to me. The current NHK Taiga drama takes place right before this movie. Atsuhime has married Shogun Iesada, 13th Tokugawa shogun. The Americans are threatening Japan and force a treaty. Atsuhime has been planted to urge childless Iesada to name Yoshinobu to be his heir. He eventually becomes the 15th and final Tokugawa shogun.

The Shinsengumi was a group mostly non-hereditary samurai. The lived by and strict code and the punishment for breaking one of the five articles was death. There were at least 3 factions of the original group, but the Shinsegumi were a pro-Tokugawa force that was supposed to keep order in Kyoto.

Recommended for those interested in this period of Japanese history.

Golem is silent movie based on Jewish myth of a being created by a sorcerer to protect his people from persecution. I loved the costumes and the beards. The story was a bit like Sorcerer’s Apprentice.


1 Comment

  1. movie buff said,

    August 29, 2008 at 12:15 am

    i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted…

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