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The Dark Knight Rises: DVD release Dec 4th

Postby Phatscotty on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:42 am

I can't wait to see the rumble on Wall Street

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Yet despite the inclusion of many of the now requisite elements for a summer blockbuster — an A-list cast, massive budget, and high-wire action sequences — the success of these films is also partially attributable to Nolan’s ability to tap into the zeitgeist and psychological angst of the day.

This is most evident in the villains of the films who embody many of the contemporary concerns that Nolan’s audiences were grappling with when the respective films were released.

Batman Begins, released in 2005, shows the metamorphosis of Bruce Wayne as he struggles with the murder of his parents as a young boy and evolves into the crime-fighting vigilante that goes on to protect Gotham. During this process Batman faces two antagonists who each represent different concerns that were widely being harbored when the film was released. Scarecrow (played by Cillian Murphy) is a sociopathic doctor who utilizes fear in order to accomplish his goals and neutralize enemies. Paradoxically, Ra’s al Guhl (Liam Neeson) lived by a code of moral order, and sought to implement that order on all who had lost it.

Such a dichotomy was evident in the happenings of the time period. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were escalating, and fear lingered as to whether it was possible to quell the alarming amounts of violence and religious strife that persisted in the region. Another terrorist attack on American soil was a real possibility (a month after Begins was released, London’s public transit was attacked, killing 52). The 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry had been decided a mere six months prior to the release of the film with much of the campaign revolving on which candidate could more effectively handle the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and establish order in the region.

Much would change in the three years between Begins and The Dark Knight. The sequel, released in 2008, has Batman forming an alliance with District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) in order to stifle organized crime in Gotham — a plight compounded as the maniacal Joker (Heath Ledger) tries to plunge Gotham into a state of utter chaos. During the sequence of this movie Harvey Dent is violently disfigured, becoming the villain Two-Face. Dent as Two-Face attempts to radically implement the order that he could not as district attorney.

Here we see echoes of the confusion that surrounded the period. The situation in Iraq had continued to deteriorate, and no weapons of mass destruction had been found, leaving much of the nation angry at the misguidance of our country’s leaders. Katrina struck in late 2005 and became the worst natural disaster in America’s history while also exposing social and racial inequality that many thought no longer existed in our nation. Much of what the American public came to question during Katrina was reflected in Two-Face’s homicidal ponderings of whether fairness under the law was a reality or a fiction that does not apply to some. This disorder and national pain of the day had not been present in our nation since the peak of the Vietnam War, and is reflected the Joker’s attempts at anarchy. Among the Joker’s best lines in the film was “It’s a funny world we live in … Speaking of which, do you wanna know how I got these scars?” While Joker was referring to the scars on his face which formed his perpetual smile, the nation itself was pondering much of the same questions at the time.

Now, four years later the nation has a new set of problems, and, accordingly, a new villain in the Batman franchise.

Bane (Tom Hardy) claims to be “Gotham’s reckoning” intent on inflicting pain to all who stand in his way and oppose his quest on Gotham. Catwoman whispers into billionaire Bruce Wayne’s ear that “the storm is coming … [and] when it hits … you’re all going to wonder how you could ever live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” And while it is not yet evident what Bane or Catwoman’s overarching goals in DKR will be, what is clear is that both are at the helm of a violent class struggle. These new characters’ desire to inflict class warfare is reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown, and the subsequent polarization of American politics. These events have placed the disparities of our own social structure under examination, an issue Nolan will clearly exploit in his newest Batman incarnation.

The Batman trilogy is more than a summer blockbuster or even superhero series. It has become a retelling of American angst, a depiction of our most striking fears.

And while the Scarecrow, Joker, Bane and Catwoman are all villains that seek to capitalize on our biggest fears and failings as a society, we must remember one thing through all of this: the good guy always wins in the end.

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No disrespect to Christopher Nolan, who I'm sure has his anti-capitalist political leanings in the right place, as revealed in the new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises," which has bloggers all over the web salivating about the film's ominous call for class warfare: “You think this can last?" says the would-be Catwoman. "There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.... when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” But this is Hollywood, my friends, and at its best, the film will communicate a conflicted message; at its worst, it will make us all forget what OWS is really about.

Sure, all that talk over the summer about the film shooting at Occupy Wall Street and the trailer's not-so-veiled attempt at raising the spectre of income inequality and some sort of revolutionary uprising -- not to mention the ironic use of a child singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the destruction of an all-American football game -- suggests the film's political undercurrents.

But remember, Nolan's 2008 edition “The Dark Knight” offered a muddled political message, arguably heroizing pre-emptive attacks in a post 9/11 world. Maybe Nolan was trying to raise some questions about America's aggressive policies in its fight against terrrorism, but maybe not. Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:05 am

Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby / on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:07 am

I'm sorry, but anyone who thinks Batman should have less money can get right the hell out.
Even if you don't know he's Batman, doesn't Bruce Wayne give to charity all the time?
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Phatscotty on Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:23 am

My fav scene from TDK
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Phatscotty on Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:16 pm

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Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:52 pm

Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?


No, I just don't find it entertaining. I've lived through enough dark things in the military that I really don't care to see similar stuff in my entertainment, if you must know.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Phatscotty on Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:16 pm

Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?


No, I just don't find it entertaining. I've lived through enough dark things in the military that I really don't care to see similar stuff in my entertainment, if you must know.


like what kind of dark things?

Black Mambas?
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:21 am

Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?


No, I just don't find it entertaining. I've lived through enough dark things in the military that I really don't care to see similar stuff in my entertainment, if you must know.


like what kind of dark things?
Black Mambas?


The Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis in Rwanda, primarily, since you asked.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Phatscotty on Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:49 pm

Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:Maybe people just walked away thinking the Joker was really kick-ass.


I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?


No, I just don't find it entertaining. I've lived through enough dark things in the military that I really don't care to see similar stuff in my entertainment, if you must know.


like what kind of dark things?
Black Mambas?


The Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis in Rwanda, primarily, since you asked.


That was YOU?
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:30 am

Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:I've never been much of a Batman fan. Outside of the very early television show, it's been much too dark for my tastes.


Do the movies give you nightmares?


No, I just don't find it entertaining. I've lived through enough dark things in the military that I really don't care to see similar stuff in my entertainment, if you must know.


like what kind of dark things?
Black Mambas?


The Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis in Rwanda, primarily, since you asked.


That was YOU?


I was unfortunately among those in the area.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby vodean on Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:57 am

Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
The Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis in Rwanda, primarily, since you asked.


That was YOU?


I was unfortunately among those in the area.
well everyone in the area either died, took part, or both. and since im pretty sure you arent dead, you must have taken part.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:39 pm

vodean wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Phatscotty wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
The Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis in Rwanda, primarily, since you asked.


That was YOU?


I was unfortunately among those in the area.


well everyone in the area either died, took part, or both. and since im pretty sure you arent dead, you must have taken part.


Did that actually make sense to you when you wrote it?
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Phatscotty on Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:39 am

OMG!!!!!! the movie was just as awesome as I hoped it would be! I admit, I looked over at the door in the theatre every time someone walked through it, but I knew for 100% certain that I was safe at all times anyways.
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby puppydog85 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:19 am

And the reason you knew you were safe? ;)
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Re: Occupy Gotham!

Postby Woodruff on Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:14 pm

puppydog85 wrote:And the reason you knew you were safe? ;)


Phatscotty claims he knows how to handle a weapon. That's why he worded it the way he did...he likes to talk about it, so people won't think he's just a poser, but he hasn't figured out that's why so many of us think he's a poser.
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