GUEST REVIEW: “The Dark Knight Rises”

I didn’t have an opportunity to see the latest Batman flick in a movie theatre (long story) but I did read an informal review by sophomore journalism student Sara Katherine  when it popped into my email box and, since I respect her opinion (and her ability to express it in an astute and informative manner), I asked her if I could borrow a few quotes until the film comes out on DVD.

Sara says she has mixed feelings about the flick. On the one hand she liked Anne Hathaway’s version of Catwoman.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman: Purr-fect in the role!

I definitely preferred her portrayal of Catwoman over Halle Berry’s but I would’ve been okay with a little hint of Michelle Pfeiffer, but only a hint. Hathaway had a bit of  je ne sais quoi going on.  She brought a little class to Catwoman that I enjoyed seeing.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “The Dark Knight Rises”: Accept no substitute

She thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt was  ” completely convincing in the heroic, dedicated cop role. I am so very glad they didn’t stick him in the Boy Wonder’s costume at the end of the movie! I also liked that the script didn’t hound the point to death that he was foreshadowed to be Robin.” Although, like many young female moviegoers. Ms. K admits she has a blind spot when it comes to Mr. G.  ” I can’t criticize him because to me he will always be Tom Hansen of one of my favorite movies, 500 Days of Summer.”

Getting In Touch with Their “Dark” Side: from l. to r. Joseph Gordon Levitt, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon; Christian Bale as Batman; Tom Hardy as Bane; Anne Hathaway (Catwoman)

” I like that they left it to the end for the audience to find out that the child who escaped the prison walls was not Bane. That was very well executed.”

I enjoyed that Batman wasn’t the only hero. One reason I tend to root for Batman and Iron Man over characters like Green Lantern or Superman is because it’s more inspiring. Okay, yes, Iron Man is technically like a bio-human with his electromagnetic arc reactor, but that’s beside the point. The point is: they don’t start out with something superhuman about them. Being part of the 1% is amazing and gives them an advantage but it feels more hopeful. It took the police force (mainly Blake/Robin and Commissioner Gordon), Fox, and Alfred in his own way, for victory to be achieved. Let’s face it, Wayne couldn’t have done it all himself.

Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: Inventive performance
Michael Caine as Alfred (pictured here with Christian Bale): The Butler Didn’t Do It

On the other hand, Sara felt that … There was a lot of themes trying to be crammed into one plot.  Is it a morality story? Is it about government/political statement? The citizens were definitely too wishy-washy for me. They’re afraid, then they’re siding with Bane and his minions in government executions which felt very French Revolution, and then, they’re honoring Batman again at the end. Is it about being a hero for others even when you don’t feel like it?

And then there was the ending. “The last ten to fifteen minutes ruined it all for me. I know they have to keep hope alive and all that jazz, blah blah blah. It was just too tidy for my taste. Everything wrapped up so beautifully in a wonderful justice always prevails package. Which, I know, is the way these superhero gigs usually work, but I would’ve liked a nice little exception. It was too clean and shiny in the end. I really actually would’ve enjoyed Batman dying instead. I mean if they seriously make another movie with Batman and Robin together, the people of Gotham should be angry. Batman Rises–AGAIN! I don’t think so. If he’s going to be dead, let sleeping dogs lie. Even though right now there’s no talk of another movie (it was supposed to be the end of a trilogy after all), you do truly never know with Hollywood .

The complete review is on Sara’s blog.

And while I’m at it let me throw in a plug for Ms. K’s blog. She calls it “Hope as an Anchor”. It is divided into sections such as “Books You Should Read”, “Poems I Adore” (everything from e.e. cummings and Edward Lear to some poets I haven’t heard of … and I’m an English major!), “Some Quotes I Fancy” (from John Lennon, Ferris Bueller and Albert Camus, to name just a few) and “Websites You Should Check Out(yes, she`s on Pinterest.)

To check it out click on the link below:


Low Budget New Zealand Horror Flick Features Some Real Cut Ups

Review # 2

Trent Sez:

“I enjoyed this movie even though it was very cheesy. At one point I had to question the logic of the ghost skeletons having sex but I think it was suppose to be funny lol.

The DVD case describes it as funny as “Shaun of the Dead” and more horrific than “Severance.”

Both of those movies I own and I have to kind of disagree with that. It wasn’t as  gory or horrific as “Severance” but its humor did mirror Shaun of the Dead in a scene.

I would say it is a mix of  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” but mixed with “Gothika” ghost elements but with the light taste of “Shaun of the Dead” humor lol.”

Drag Me To Hell (or Saskatchewan, whatever is closer)

"That's the last time I drink a bottle of whiskey with a wheat sheaf on the label"

I sent my gorehound nephew TRENT FRANCISCO a couple of  DVDs for his birthday and he volunteered the following reviews.

Since I no longer write a weekly DVD review column I decided to post the reviews in this blog:


“I have seen Drag Me to Hell and I loved it.  Jason Long and Alison Lohman  are kick ass and the whole style of the movie  is like a well orchestrated B movie.

I think that is the kind of vibe (writer/director) Sam Raimi  was aiming for, like “Evil Dead”, where it is kind of funny and kind of gross.

Nothing is scarier then an old hag gypsy spitting up her oozing dentures close up while she sucks on a candy.”

"Take Me to Kindersley ... Now!"