Go see The Dark Knight (like you need me to tell you)

I’ve always been a Marvel comics guy, so I never got into Batman all that much. It was Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Punisher, Captain America, etc. Superman? He was completely irrelevant to me growing up. I still don’t get the attraction to Superman, and the recent remake was so bad I actually couldn’t get through it.

When the first Batman movie came out I was just out of high school, and I kind of dug it, but the second one was horrible. It was literally one of the five worst movies I’ve seen in a theatre. I don’t even remember the next couple of batman’s all that much, but I know this: whoever made them should be embarrassed after seeing the last two installments of the comic movie.

In case you were unaware, Director/Screenwriters Jonathan and Christopher Nolan have completely re-invented the franchise, and it’s good they did because Batman is totally bad-ass now. Not trying to be bad-ass, like in the other movies, he actually is, and the movies are as a whole. The first one was dark, and terrific. As for the new film, it’s off-the-charts in terms of overall entertainment. I love Spidey and the movies, but even though I totally understand how Spiderman was a nerd in the comics, I still have to favor a superhero who is a bad mo-fo, like Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne. The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie ever made, bar none. In fact, per the ratings on IMDB.com (my favorite site on the web, by the way), the Dark Knight is the #1 movie of all time with a rating of 9.5 stars out of 10. It’ll probably slip as the months and years go by, but that’s damn impressive.

I’m not going to do a full movie review here because that’s not exactly my thing, but I will say this: If you haven’t already, go see The Dark Knight…like tonight. The only issue I have with the two films is their choices of leading ladies. Katie Holmes in the first one could have ruined the movie, but it was so good otherwise. In the new one, it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I do like a lot overall, but this was not a good role for her. For one, she’s like 30 yet looks 40, and she’s not overly attractive. She is in an artsy sort of way, but not in a Batman movie sort of way. She just wasn’t believable in this role for some reason. She’s just not a big-budget, action, leading lady type actress. Even though she’s getting older now, someone like Naomi Watts would have been more appropriate.

And finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Heath Ledger’s performance. Obviously, it’s gotten a lot of attention – and all of it is deserved. I like Jack Nicholson a lot, but Ledger’s performance as the joker destroyed Nicholson’s. There was something of a different spin on the characters, I suppose, but it doesn’t matter; Ledger blew Jack away. Mark it down now: Ledger will be awarded posthumously an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. That’s a done deal. They said Ledger would be remembered for his role in Brokeback Mountain? Bull-$hit.

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17 Responses

  1. bjchapin1 says:

    John, do you think I pay for your site for your movie reviews and childhood comic addictions? Back to football please.

  2. John Hansen says:

    bjchapin1: Thanks for subscribing. I’ll do whatever the heck I want on my blog.

  3. JOOCE says:

    i’m going to see it in imax on friday… had to buy tickets 3 days in advance… it’s gonna be bad ass on the massive crystal clear screen with awesome sound!

    and for those who don’t like the non-football stuff, don’t read it. i can’t believe you took 10 seconds out of your life (and mine) to tell the site’s publisher to get back to football. yeesh.

  4. jbeau says:

    Wow, bjchapin1..pretty dumb statement. But back to Dark Knight.

    Dope, dope, dope movie. Ledger was incredible and definitely made the movie. Couldn’t wait for him to hop back up on the screen. Totally, agree with you about Gyllenhal. She was horrible, and the only poor actor in this flick. She was interrogating someone with a smile on her face!! Couldn’t believe that scene wasn’t shot over. Other than that, you can’t ask for a better flick. A little dark, a little funny, a ton of good action. Sucks we gotta wait like 3 years for another one.
    No doubt that Heath will get nominated. Not sure if he will win, but I would vote for him.

  5. CCarter says:

    Can’t wait to see it! Loved the first one with Bale! Major man crush on Christian Bale. Can’t wait to see him as John Conner. He’s signed up for 3 new Terminator movies.
    I hope Ledger is as good a Joker as everyone keeps saying!

    bjchapin1, move out of your mother’s basement.

  6. jbeau says:

    Carter…Heath is probably better than you anticipate. He really delivers.

  7. spudballscott says:

    You’ll buy the ticket for Batman, but you’ll stay for the Joker. Amazing performance by Ledger, a fine salute to his talent. You review movies anytime you want, Hansen!

    To the complainer: WHY SO SERIOUS? Let’s put a smile on that face…

  8. twallace@peoplescom. says:

    Ok, First, you want to regale me with camping trip stories and what a jerk you think one of the greatest hitters in baseball history is (to you).. Now a movie review. I wonder, who has the mental disconnect—-you or Pete??? WTF, do you think paying customers come to this site for??? I want movie reviews, i go on-line and don’t have to pay for them. Last year for me— oh, btw, your projections aren’t that great this year either. (if you ever update them)

  9. John Hansen says:

    Wow. So let me get this straight: You’re *not* interested in my thoughts on the new Death Cab for Cutie album?

    I guess you’re unable to differentiate the concept of a blog and formal content on a website. I guess it’s lost on you that it’s 7/23 we’re still days away from when all 32 teams are practicing the same day in camp. And I guess you don’t need an information service, anyway, since you already know our projections aren’t that great before the season even starts.

    Moving on….

  10. jbeau says:

    Let me take this over John, since you are a business man and cannot say what you feel. TWallace and BJChap can eat a @#$%. If you know anything about football, then you would know that there is really nothing to talk about. YOu want them to keep ranking people based on ZERO workouts or camps?? Or maybe he should rank Favre a little higher since his bum ass may come back. I don’t think they will miss your small contributions, so keep it shut and go read CBSSportsline. It is a BLOG…do you know what that means??? Or are you too stuck in 1980??

    Sorry John, but I can’t believe people are so ignorant. That’s just the Jackson, NJ coming out in me.

  11. JOOCE says:

    figures a guy like twallace would defend a guy like Pete Rose. Pete Rose played a lot of positions during his career, but never played catcher. twallace is clearly his fantasy league’s catcher, bitter from being on the receiving end in his fantasy leagues… that’s not fantasyguru’s fault, don’t take it out on them.

  12. PackFan says:

    Dudes! Can’t we all just get along?!?

    This is kinda the slow time of year right now … camps are just beginning to open, so there’s not a whole heck of a lot of new stuff going on.

    However, I did take a look at this site, and by actual count I think there’s like 63 major articles to read and re-read … plus Top Headlines, and the Fantasy Tools section.

    Also, you can go to the Teams or Players section and look at whose on each roster and take a hard long look at their stats from previous seasons. You can look at team schedules and see who’s playing who and so on.

    My point is … movie review, band review or not … there’s still enough hard data available for doing your homework and putting together your draft board.

    I would submit to you that this ‘down-time’ is the right time for doing our homework and putting our crap in one sock.

    Just getting ready to kick ass again this year …

    Semper Fi Mo Fos!

  13. John Hansen says:

    We get a lot of complaints every year this week because people expect that just because there have been a handful of practices, the whole site should be updated. These people simply don’t understand what goes into this site and how hard we work. And in 1-2 weeks, some are complaining that there’s too much content to read.

    For the record we did just update our rankings and we’ll post updated player profiles tomorrow that go much deeper, plus a new team report. And to put it into perspective, here’s a word count:

    - The dreaded batman movie post: 525 words
    - Player profiles posted tomorrow: 101,400 words

  14. bjchapin1 says:

    Sheesh, I only stated an opinion that I’m more interested in John’s take on training camp or projections or draft ideas than Batman. How is that harsh? And John, yes it is your blog so have at it.

  15. JK says:

    I went to the movie thinking there was no way Ledger’s Joker could be better than Nicholson’s. 30 minutes into the movie, and I couldn’t wait until the next Joker scene. When Ledger spoke, it looked like every neuron of Joker’s brain was in overdrive. He will definately be nominated.

    Anyway, keep writing the reviews, John. I enjoy reading them. Movies, music, and fantasy football…its all part of our culture, you know?

  16. smileyman says:

    bjchapin1, you did not “only stated an opinion”… you insulted him by saying “do you think I pay for your site for your movie reviews and childhood comic addictions?” And now you insult him again by acting like you cant read what you yourself wrote… dumbass… unbelievable!!

  17. zzanook says:

    well I have not seen the movie yet, and was not in a rush to see it, but john has turned me unto some great bands, so I might just rush and see the dark knight
    I don’t even know how to respond to the 2 jerks above
    john keep doing what you are doing

    I hope you know if you quit the off topics blogs
    I will make the pete rose lover look like an angel

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