The Dark Knight Rises: Batman Through the Years

Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight Rises”
Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros/Sportsphoto Ltd (Source)

So this week I had a fantastic time hanging out with my sister and her boyfriend in Whitby, Ontario and we had a Batman mini-marathon starting with “The Dark Knight” in preparation for seeing him “Rise”. I confess that I didn’t remember a lot about “The Dark Knight” other than Heath Ledger’s artful and disturbing performance as the Joker and that it was action packed. The plot itself was a little muddy in my mind now four years later and, because Christopher Nolan’s series is intended as one continuous story, it was good that I had the refresher. Continue reading

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Savages: “Why do movies have to be so violent?”

Before I went to see Oliver Stone’s latest offering, “Savages”, I was talking to my sister (who is awesome and totally gave me permission to tell this story). She had already seen it and when I asked her what she thought, she responded by issuing me a challenge: “Blog me this”, she said. “Why do movies have to be so violent?” Well sis, this one’s for you… Continue reading

“Casablanca”: Bigger & Better Than Ever!

How old do I sound if I start off by saying they don’t make ‘em like they used to?

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my 38 years (I mean, a LOT of movies) and I have to say that “Casablanca” is perhaps my all-time favourite. I know that’s a BIG statement – it’s hard to pinpoint a favourite movie of all-time –  sort of like choosing an all-time favourite dessert. But “Casablanca” is mine and despite being 70 years old, snappy dialogue and intriguing characters never go out of style. I didn’t grow up in a place where we had routine access to independent theatres playing classics on the big screen, therefore my previous exposure to “Casablanca” had been alone in front of my TV.

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I Love Movies

Now, when you say that to someone, it’s kind of like saying, “I love ice cream”. Well, who doesn’t like ice cream (other than those who suffer the ill effects of lactose intolerance)? There are so many different flavours, textures, serving options (sprinkles or nuts?) – there is literally something for everyone. Like movies. When you tell someone you love movies, they generally respond with an enthusiastic “Me too!” and it’s an instant rapport. What often becomes painfully clear within the next five to ten minutes of discussion is that this bond over a mutual love of movies is conditional. People say they love movies when what they really mean is they casually enjoy movies, like they’ve had a series of one-night stands with movies. However, movies and I are in a long-term, committed relationship. Continue reading