I don’t think they are making [Superhero movies] an elevated art form. I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. Christopher Nolan’s best movie is MEMENTO and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they’re 20 million times the expense. What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff… That’s really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in “American Cinematography Magazine,” and technically, that’s all very interesting. The movies, to me, they’re mostly boring.
But a superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the fuck they’re talking about.
- DAVID CRONENBERG
i’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that not all quotes = endorsements. nevertheless, this quote totally does.
He has a point. I loved The Dark Knight Rises. I really do. It’s an amazing film and I thought what Nolan did was fantastic and wonderful. (The ending is something you will never see in any other Batman production; comics or film).
But Nolan’s best work is Memento and Inception. And what we consider art in cinema seems to have died away into something mainstream. A place where we congratulate each other on recognizing greatness and originality when in reality it’s the same damn thing that never really challenged us in the first place.
I’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises twice already. Once for the Midnight release, the second when we drove up to Irvine to see it in the REAL IMAX screen. I might be seeing it again on Tuesday and next weekend.
I liked it that much.
So why the Harvey? Because he’s still my favorite. This was one of Eckhart’s best performances and it constantly gets overshadowed by Ledger. Don’t get me wrong. Ledger was fantastic in The Dark Knight. I just find I become haunted by Aaron’s performance versus the chaos of the Joker.
Either way, Nolan has proven once again that he is a master of storytelling. I have enjoyed the ride and look forward to what he presents next.
(PS. Anne Hathaway was fucking fantastic.)
Dream is Collapsing, Inception, Hans Zimmer
Thanks to Hans Zimmer’s work on The Dark Knight Rises, I’ve seem to have picked up my love of his work. The Inception Soundtrack is currently on repeat, particularly this piece. Husband has pushed The Thin Red Line soundtrack into my hands. Should be an interesting, musical week ahead.
Denis Medri Gives Batman and Friends a Rockabilly Makeover [link]
Artist Denis Medri created a series of 1950s-inspired redesigns of characters from Gotham City, transforming Batman’s friends and foes into a stylish cast of rockabilly vigilantes, varsity team sidekicks, and sinister Teddy Boys. From Bruce Wayne’s Batmobile-styled hot rod to Catwoman’s Bettie Page-invoking getup, Gotham has never looked this darn peachy keen.
Pulling inspiration from the ’50s and pop culture, Medri’s rendition of Gotham City is an absolute delight that successfully fuses nostalgia with the Bat-Universe. Barbara Gordon’s redesign pulls directly from Grease, translating the dynamic between Barbara and her alter-ego as Batgirl by borrowing fashion cues from Sandy’s wardrobe. Likewise, Medri’s interpretation of Two-Face resembles a split personality between Happy Days’ Richie Cunningham and an evil Fonzie, while The Riddler greatly resembles 3-D from Back to the Future.
Although most of these redesigns contain a degree of costuming elements with the masks and cowls, Medri’s illustrations serve as fine examples of how to adapt the signature styling elements of the Bat-family and Arkham’s finest into casual yet unique cosplay options, if not wearable retro street fashion. The Nightwing varsity jacket serves as a great styling update to the classic superhero emblem t-shirt, with letterman jackets being on-trend over the past couple of years. The restyling of Harley Quinn and Two-Face are a fine example of the striking effects that simple color-blocking, layers, and pattern mixing can have when coordinating an ensemble.
Check out the entire series of Denis Medri’s rockabilly Batman redesigns on ComicsAlliance!
I am literally shivering with delight! I would so read/watch this!