Warner Brothers has released the latest Batman sequel, titled The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight has several returning cast members from the 2005 movie Batman Begins, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/ Batman), Morgan Freeman, (Lucius Fox), Michael Cane (Alfred Pennyworth), Gary Oldman (James Gordon) and Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow). Newcomers to the cast are Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), and the late Heath Ledger (The Joker).
From the very opening scenes of the The Dark Knight, you realize you are seeing something special. This is Heath Ledger’s last role before his untimely death. His acting ability shines in the The Dark Knight. Ledger’s Joker is unlike any you have seen before. This Joker is psychotic as hell, and somewhat creepy. This might be a Batman movie, but the Joker steals the show in the Dark Knight. In fact, his role is so mesmerizing, you will forget that you are watching a comic book movie. Yes, he really is that good.
The Dark Knight has a good story, a ton of action, and just enough special effects to keep it over the top. The level of intensity is extremely high throughout the film.
There are a couple of small drawbacks in the movie. Sometimes things in the Dark Knight happen so fast, it is hard to tell what is going on. This is only a minor complaint though. The amazing thing about The Dark Knight is how real it feels. Their wasn’t a whole lot of comic book campiness that is usually found in this type of film.
Aside from Ledger’s amazing role as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart does an excellent job playing Harvey Dent, and later at Two Face. Maggie Gyllenhaal who took over Katie Holmes roll as Rachel Dawes makes you forget that someone else played the role. Christian Bale proves once more, that he is the best Bruce Wayne and Batman to date.
The Dark Knight raises the bar for comic related movies. With the Dark Knight, Warner Brother has created the best comic book movie the company has released to date, if not, one of the best ever made.
I highly recommend catching this one in the theater. I loved the Dark Knight, and think you will too!
Rating:Out of 5
I have seen and enjoyed many horror movies, so I found it impossible to pass up the new DVD release, Attitude for Destruction.
I knew going into this movie, that it would probably be a low budget “B” flick, but I didn’t let that stop me. (It should have.)
The movie description drew me in: “In the tradition of ROCK AND ROLL NIGHTMARE MONSTER DOGS and KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM comes the rock horror film ATTITUDE FOR DESTRUCTION an epic tale of Sunset Strip-era metal murder and mayhem that critics are calling “Freddy Krueger with a Stratocaster…a REAL appetite for destruction!” The GUNS N’ ROSES-esque band HOLLYWOOD ROSES fronted by vocalist DRAKE is on the verge of superstardom courting a major record deal with Diamond Star Records. One small problem – the label doesn’t want Drake in the band. So the remaining band members do what any fame-hungry performer would do – they kill Drake. But Drake’s girlfriend has made a pact with the devil and brings her deceased lover back from the dead. Drake then goes on a slashing spree of blood and guts against all who have crossed him leaving behind a horrific trail of gruesome gory revenge.”
I was really hoping that this movie would deliver, but sadly it does not. Attitude for Destruction features a no name cast, a weak predictable story, poor acting, a cheap production, and the most bad wigs that I have ever seen in film history.
Yes, there is plenty of blood, guts, midgets and (unnecessary) nudity, but nothing can save this flick. The soundtrack isn’t too bad, in fact, the music is mixed in so loud it often over powers the poorly scripted lines. The music featured in this flick is actually by …..drumroll please….. Hollywood Roses featuring special guests Tracii Guns. It also has a awful version of Round and Round that was recorded by Stephen Pearcy. Additional songs by Dopesnake and Drama Addict can be found in this movie. The horror-film stars real-life, rock and roll vocalist Colby Veil from the band Hollywood Roses, whose debut album was released last year by Cleopatra Records. If anything, the movie exposed me to the new music by Hollywood Roses, and that is the only thing positive I can take out of watching this DVD.
This is the kind of movie that you and your horror loving friends will want to rent, only to make fun of it.
Rating: Zombie’s Out of Five
Jumper reunites two former cast members of Star Wars, Samuel Jackson and Hayden Christensen.
No light sabres are found in Jumper, but once again, Hayden Christensen(David Rice), finds himself at odds with Samuel Jackson (Roland).
The story quickly establishes David Rice as a Jumper (someone who can teleport to any location he can think of).
You eventually find out that he is not the only one who can jump.
There are a second group of characters called Paladin’s who have made it their goal to kill all Jumpers. This puts the Jumpers, and their families and friends in danger. That is the premise behind the whole movie.
The story itself is kind of weak, but the action, locations, and special effects, almost make up for the weakness in Jumper.
The cast (Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Samuel Jackson, Jamie Bell, Michael Rooker and Diane Lane) is well rounded, and they make the best of the story that they have to work with. Jumper isn’t the best movie I have seen this year, but it is mildly entertaining.
Science Fiction fans may get a kick out of this flick. This movie takes you to another place, and will have you wishing that you could Jump!
Rating:Out of 5
This movie is based on the Graphic Novel by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith.
When the tiny town of Barrow, Alaska has their 30 Days of Night, some unwanted visitors come to town, A pack of blood thirsty and ravenous vampires. It is up to Eben (Josh Hartnett) and Stella Olsen (Melissa George) the husband and wife sheriff team to save the town.
I have seen many vampire films in my time, and I didn’t expect to see anything new with 30 Days of Night. Not only did 30 Days of Night show me some new things, it exceeded my expectations .
This movie has plenty for horror fans to love. Some Scenes will make you jump. Some will have you on the edge of your seat. Some scenes are extremely gory. Nonetheless, 30 Days of Night is the best horror film on the market during the Halloween season.
I enjoyed this movie and think it is well worth your time and your money! Go Check it Out!
Rating:Out of 5
30 Days of Night Trailer
The Number 23 is a murder mystery of sorts, with plenty of twists and turns.
When Walter Sparrow gets a copy of the book, The Number 23, on his 32nd birthday, his life will never be the same.
Once again, Jim Carrey pulls off another great, very believable performance. I think I prefer the serious side to Jim Carrey, rather than the slapstick rubber-faced comedy that he is often cast in.
This movie only pulled down 35 million at the box office, so it was by no means a big screen hit. It is definitely worth a rental.
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the trailer for the movie: