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movies / July 22, 2012

 

Dear Reader,

This whole review’s a spoiler, so if you’re not prepared to handle an all-spoiler review, take a hike. (You know the drill.)

Yours in despair,

Eileen J.

So get this. At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is supposedly dead and gone, having sacrificed himself to save Gotham City without the public appreciating it—ungrateful bastards! Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) gives the eulogy at the sparsely attended funeral. In tribute to Batman’s heroism, Gordon reads Sydney Carton’s final lines from A Tale of Two Cities.

Yeah! He really does! The whole “It’s a far far better thing I do than I have ever done, it’s a far far better rest I go to than I have ever known” bit!

Now, this takes some nerve. Those are among the hammiest lines ever conceived by the human brain, and they take considerable justification to lead up to ‘em. Charles Dickens spent about 500 pages carefully building to the big lugubrious sockeroo. Sydney Carton’s noble death on the guillotine is an absolute triumph of careful handling by a master of lurid melodrama who was all for incremental social change but got very, very squeamish about revolution, no matter how necessary and justified…

Wait, hang on—why the hell is Batman being compared to Sydney Carton, the guy who saved an aristocrat by taking his place in the tumbril, sacrificing himself to a French peasant mob represented by Dickens as vile, bloodthirsty, and insane?

Well, it seems Christopher Nolan had hisself an idea, he and his writer-brother Jonathan, when writing this Batman-movie-to-end-all-Batman-movies. They thought they’d angle it so that the populace of Gotham City, finally rebelling against the vicious plutocrats in control and demanding a more just society, would turn instantly into a French Revolution-type mob and go all Robespierre on the rich and powerful.

First the Nolans pulled a lot of rhetoric straight from the Occupy movement and put it in the mouth of Bane (Tom Hardy), the masked, muscled-out gargoyle with the silly voice who’s the villain of the piece. Bane’s up on the steps of City Hall or wherever, exhorting the people to rise up and take back control of their city from the Wall Street thieves and billionaire bloodsuckers. But during this oration, Nolan never cuts to reaction shots of the crowd—he’s pulling the old camera trick of making us, the audience, the “mob.”

Take that, you 99%-ers, you mob-waiting-to-happen, you incipient villains!  Let this be a warning to you not to listen to any charismatic rhetoric about your rights as citizens!

Because sure enough, the dreadful working class hordes dressed in sinister motley casual-wear—hoodies and the sorta thing—are manipulated by Bane to take back their city. So the first thing they do is buckle down to releasing all the violent psychopathological criminals in the prison—that’s the first thing protesters always do, it’s Step One in the Social Justice Playbook. Then they go around looting violently and attacking women in fur coats.

Later on, the brainwashed mob follows Bane through the streets to a confrontation with the cops, where the Nolan boys continue to get all topical on our asses. The brave men in blue, the vulnerable uniformed “thin blue line” of police, armed only with pathetic small handguns against tanks and assault rifles, and badly outnumbered, march right into the terrifying mob of savage sans-culottes, I mean protesters, who mow them down.

Ripped from today’s headlines, see, only reversed: now it’s the police who get mauled and the protesters who do the mauling.

Soon it’s hand-to-hand combat, cops versus protesters, in some of the rock-bottom worst staged fight scenes I have ever, ever witnessed. Has Christopher Nolan never even watched any news footage of street fights or riots? They’re generally scary-looking because they’re so ragged and random and chaotic, with surges of crowd motion and sudden bursts of mayhem, arms flailing, legs kicking, people falling and getting stepped on and tripped over, violent pile-ups in one area while other areas open up as people scatter. Nolan’s fight is so badly choreographed, everyone’s fighting in pairs, trading phony-looking, equi-powerful punches like guys in old Westerns, and all the pairs seem to be maintaining an even distance from each other like it’s a barn dance.

Maybe Nolan figured we’d be paying too much attention to Bane fighting Batman in the foreground to notice the rest, but seriously, you can practically hear Nolan yelling though a bullhorn at the extras to do another take, and this time try to punch more like John Wayne.

Still later Bane and the protesters and all the other bad guys have lost. The protester-perps are all kneeling down with their hands clasped behind their heads, guarded by the standing cops, as the cops gaze out manfully at the horizon. Virtue triumphant!

I go into all this at such length because the critics and bloggers who’ve already mentioned these embarrassing facts about The Dark Knight Rises aren’t getting half-enough play. The wild charge by Rush Limbaugh that the film is actually a left-wing smear because the villain Bane is meant to refer to Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s corporation, is getting more traction than the film’s amazingly in-your-face pro-plutocrat, anti-protestor plot development.

Plus there’s so much other attendant madness swirling around the film, first the death-threats against critics who disparaged it, then the midnight-show mass murders in Aurora, Colorado, then the latest round of debates about violent media and its potential effects on violence-prone people—it’s hard not to feel addled by it all.

Critics who love and defend the film note the anti-99% rhetoric, but hurry to contextualize it as all part of Christopher Nolan’s dark vision, his wonderfully profound portrayal of a whole world gone mad, which is so great it justifies a certain “provocative” topicality. Here’s Andrew O’Hehir of Salon going absolutely bonkers over this film:

I would argue that Nolan is mostly being provocative with this tale of underclass resentment, of an uprising by the lower half of the 99 percent that is turned to evil purposes. If so, it works. In its tremendous, almost apocalyptic action sequences, “The Dark Knight Rises” suggests a reverse-engineered version of a Soviet-era revolutionary epic, in which the masses are the villains and their onetime overlords the heroes. Bane’s attack on a football stadium right after kickoff concludes a simultaneously brutal and elegant sequence, set against an angelic boy singing the national anthem, that’s worthy of Martin Scorsese at his best.

HAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAA!!! That idiotic football stadium scene, with its stupid cliché-kid singing a fey, tremolo “Star-Spangled Banner” as part of the buildup to bombing the place? I swear, I thought there might be some intentional black comedy going on there. But no—turned out to be UNintentional. Especially the finale with the football player running for a touchdown not realizing the field is exploding behind him, killing all the other players (is he a DEAF football player?), and turning around triumphantly in the end zone only to see a giant smoking crater. Far Side cartoons have been made out of images like that!

That’s “simultaneously brutal and elegant…worthy of Martin Scorsese at his best”?! Martin Scorsese!! Guy who did Raging Bull!! Scorsese oughta SUE Andrew Goddamn O’Hehir for defamation of character!!

Anyway, my point being…gotta calm down here…my point being, this movie isn’t just ideologically rotten to the core, it’s rotten in the regular way, too. Bad, stupid, lame, embarrassing, and seemingly interminable, full of main characters delivering long-winded speeches explaining their histories from childhood so we’ll be sure to understand their motivations, which are murky and trite in equal measure. Famous and excellent actors do their damnedest to put all this crap across. But don’t let all the cinematic embiggening fool you! Nolan lays on bogus profundity with a trowel!

See, you enamored critics and fans, you’re all giving Nolan way too much credit, you always have.  Just because Heath Ledger gave a terrific performance as the Joker before he went to the Great Oscar Party in the Sky—just because the production designs are large and well-lit, just because Nolan’s cinematographer Walter Pfister can shoot some good angles—you all give Nolan credit for being some kinda deep, edgy nihilist showing us the infinite corruptibility of humanity or something. But Nolan signals who the good guys and the bad guys are just as simplistically and strenuously as any old-time Hollywood hack who used to rely on white hats and black hats to keep things clear.

We all know who’s “good” in The Dark Knight Rises, no matter what their tiresome human frailties are. Batman/Bruce Wayne, Commissioner Gordon, the “angry orphan” who sees himself in Batman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), John Blake aka soon-to-be-Robin, Batman’s faithful flunkies Alfred (Michael Caine) and Lucien (Morgan Freeman), and all the cops who fight on Batman’s side, upholding law ‘n’ order no matter what.

Selina Kyle/Catwoman is also unambiguously good in this Batman, because she’s played by Anne Hathaway with her giant doe eyes and schoolgirl pertness, and more importantly, because she renounces “class warfare” at the end. Sickening little scene when Catwoman, portrayed here as battling her way up out of poverty and exploitation, comes upon a looted apartment and shudders with horror at the property damage. A framed photo of a nuclear family has been smashed! It’s unbearable, in a city of poverty and suffering, that the glass in this framed photo of blonde people should get broken!

Then she changes sides and helps Batman save the aristocrats from the tumbrils.

And who’s bad? Lessee. Bane, of course, who comes from some literal hellhole in the Mideast seeking vague revenge on Gotham City, and of course, the 99% proles who are manipulated into following Bane. A few of the evil plutocrats are bad, until they’re attacked by the working class, then they’re seen as victims of badly dressed upstarts and become good again.

The ultimate villain, it turns out, is Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), an environmentalist who’s always talking about her dedication to the cause of sustainable energy. Ain’t it perfect? She spends most of the movie gassing on about the renewable energy sources and saving the planet, then out of nowhere she sticks a knife into Batman.

Fucking tree-huggers—shoulda known!

So how much of a Tory bastard is this Chris Nolan, exactly? His devoted followers might not care, but all of a sudden I do. Anyone out there got insider info? I’m thinking of knitting his name into a shawl I’m working on. (It’s a Tale of Two Cities reference. Look it up.)

 

 

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  • 1. George Kaplan  |  July 26th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Needs more exclamation points.

  • 2. Zirb  |  July 26th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I knew I hated the movie when I saw it, but I didn’t know why. This review is why.

  • 3. franc black  |  July 26th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Yeah, it was a pretty dumb story, and the fights and high-tech props were mostly silly.

    But this review is so negative and obvious in its critique, I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way through.

    Surely I can do better. Next time I won’t even leave a comment. AEC, willing of course.

  • 4. stasis  |  July 26th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Stories are a tool for the transmission of morality. This is why you can search the internet for the many terrible articles labeling the Greeks and Germans as grasshoppers and ants. This is why Atlas Shrugged is still relevant today when so many equally terrible pieces of fiction have been erased from popular memory.

    The inspiration for Dark Knight Rises is overtly political. This is a movie that introduced a special forces squad only to kill them off minutes later so it could reenact the Fallujah hangings. Talia is a stand-in for the Western paranoia over Iran (claims to be developing a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes, actually creating a nuclear weapon for use on a civilian population. You do the math). And as 48 already pointed out, Goyer doesn’t have much of a reputation for subtlety.

    Where this gets truly offensive begins with the “framed photo of a nuclear family has been smashed” mentioned in the review. When Catwoman picks up that picture she says “This was somebody’s home.” Her neighbor turned looter responds “Now it’s everybody’s home!” This exchange is blatant red-baiting as we gasp in horror at the disrespect of the most sacred of human rights: the unlimited right to property.

    From there, our evicted rich folk are taken to a sham trial (ironically presided over by a literal straw man) where they are automatically assumed guilty (of being rich), officially dispossessed of their property, and exiled/executed.

    Ok, boiler plate French Revolution stuff. Big deal, right? The problem is that people being dispossessed from their homes, denied a fair trial, and expelled from society isn’t the stuff of a far off dystopian future. It’s happening, right now, in America, and I guarantee you it’s not the underclass running these trials: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/10/homes-in-florida-seized-without-notice-of-foreclosure-suspicously-large-number-of-the-dog-ate-my-summons-filings.html

    Luckily, Rises is such a sloppy mish-mash of competing philosophies that its ineffective as propaganda, but it’s propaganda nonetheless. The inversion of class dynamics it depicts is disgusting, and for a movie so enamored with the French Revolution, it shows an unsurprising ignorance of the sheer perversion of justice that makes revolution possible in the first place.

  • 5. Ozinator  |  July 26th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I vote Stasis leader of the 99 percent! Well done, Mate

  • 6. Patriot  |  July 27th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    The rabid fans always go into spazz mode about how something is “just entertainment” because they are weak people who live vicariously through their superhero fantasies. Criticize their fantasy life and they will respond dramatically. Look what happened on Rotten Tomatoes, where the editors had to shut down the incredibly abusive and misogynistic comments.

    The rabid fans identify with Batman and superheroes because they feel powerless, and want to feel powerful. It’s a slap in the face for them to think that the message of the movie they idolize is actually that they, the 99% are simply pawns in a war between the gods.

    I might accept that attitude from teenage boys but it is completely pathetic in grown men.

  • 7. Dimitri Ratz  |  July 27th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Humanity has a drive to succeed and to some degree requires control to understand what it wants. What we see, hear, and do determines this for us if even on a superficial level. I mean this obsession with house (hut), guaranteed work (servitude), and general goods are installed peasant mentality. I’m not advocating bum lifestyle, but the demands are so low that there is no negotiating angle from the 99ers, not that I would advocate these bottom feeder needs as goals. The problem with society is made believe ethics. For example entitlement is bad, your not entitled to anything, but to the sweety, walnut smell flavored balls of Gingrich. Until people realize that they are entitled, that existance is not a benevolent gift from some fat ugly entrepreneur, but is within each of us to decide to be as evil or as good as we choose our fate will continue to be forever locked into a hoard of dispensable pawns, because we live in fear of the stupidest instilled religious and social fears. Each of us must look with full confidence to the future despite the end result of failure for most of us, and countless futility of our actions, because things need to be done for sake of doing them, not their calculated end results. Constantly planning for possible contingencies we loose track of reality, become desensitized to it, and forgo the ancient warning that great evil lies looking beyond the day.

  • 8. Fissile  |  July 28th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    @77. adam,

    “The review kind of misses the idea that both Tate and Bane are co-opting the revolutionary and environmentalist message they run on.”

    Right, so the message is: “Sure people have legitimate grievances after having their lives ruined by Wall St and the banksters, but there is NEVER any legitimate reason for violent revolution. People who advocate dragging the 1% to the gallows/guillotine ALWAYS have ulterior motives. We shouldn’t dwell on past wrongs, but instead concentrate on building a better world through niceness, and besides, not all the 1% are complete sociopaths. Just look at Bruce Wayne. He gives money to orphans!”

    So Tate and Bane are co-opting the revolution. Well, what of it? The guilty are at least disposed of.

  • 9. Anarchos  |  July 29th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    The character that Morgan Freeman plays is named Lucius.

    “If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State.”
    -Our Enemy, The State by Albert Jay Nock

  • 10. Ljl  |  July 29th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    i am fascinated by how this review assumes art=politics. I guess you never read comics growing up or anything but they are escapist fantasy in the sense of pulp and crime noir (save ur post-modern critique to this last sentence for another day, we’re both jacking off on the Internet here in in indiscernible directions). If you find the movies cheesy, fine, batman is cheesy . And that’s how I like him. Would you like a new Matrix movie written by Zizek or something? Comic book movies don’t inspire me to start a revolution, thats not their point (if you want one that tries harder than all these mainstream movies you’re so pissed about go read the brilliant Grant Morrisons stuff on the Invisibles), thats what books on politics and philosophy and science fiction are for (for me). Comic movies are genre pieces which has to be explained to the average moron and philiosophy graduate student alike. Comic movies come out of the superhero mythos, again what did you expect?
    I mean it’s batman, were you expecting The Caped Commune Creator?

  • 11. MQ  |  July 29th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    “Tory bastard”? Eileen = John Dolan 100% sure! Good to know he’s still doing a bit of writing…

  • 12. Flatulissimo  |  July 29th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    @110 has either never heard of propaganda and would swear that it doesn’t exist in the USA, or that it has no effect. That 48 billion a year spent on advertising isn’t doing anything, really.

    When was the last time collective action was positively depicted in American entertainment? Like somebody said in a comment on the Spiderman review – “That would set a terrible example don’t you think? After all when these children grow up they might think that collective action is somehow acceptable.”

  • 13. Trevor  |  July 29th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    For added fun, Bane also has shades of bin Laden. A foreign fighter brought in by the oligarchs to do their dirty work and then it turns out he wants to burn them and their whole world over some two-dimensional conception of justice.

  • 14. Ozinator  |  July 29th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    yeah, 110 is either a rube or thinking a bunch of kids here might be. “oh, it’s comixy and cartoonish, relax”! “Fascinating” that he/she brings up terms like “pulp” and “noir”. fuckwit

  • 15. damn red  |  July 29th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Kind of expected this, now where can I find a “Viva Bane” t-shirt.

    Also fuck comic book readers.

    Kind of happy that batman dies. And he will get the proper corporate shill send off when the franchise is rebooted to put him in the future Justice league movie just to take more money from the comic book reading shit heads.

  • 16. Breitbart Is God  |  July 30th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Breitbart, may he rest in peace, was a pure soul, and he liked watching heroes romp in adult action flicks. I have no idea why he needed all those Kleenex boxes, though. I like this Batman guy because he dresses up like a lot of my friends, but tell me: Has he lost his virginity yet? If not, will he take me to an Asian Spa?

  • 17. Mitchell  |  August 1st, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Le Monde tackles the question, gauche or droite?

    http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2012/08/01/le-batman-de-chris-nolan-est-il-de-gauche-ou-de-droite_1740638_3246.html

  • 18. Nazidethpig  |  August 1st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This movie was so full of hokey schlok I’m surprised I didn’t take the theater hostage and demand my money back even though i didn’t buy my own ticket.

  • 19. Ankita  |  August 1st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Oh come on! Batman is a character created by Bob Kane. Calling Nolan a fascist over making a movie about a billionaire vigilante, is a quite extreme to say the least. Yes Bruce Wayne’s parents re rich but they were different from the other rich white folk, they actually believed in helping the poor. When Alfred tells Bruce that the world doesn’t need Batman but people like his parents, he’s not saying that corporations help people, he’s saying that so Bruce doesn’t get himself killed and that he could make more of a difference from the inside with his company as Bruce Wayne. That is not Bruce/Batman’s thinking though, he believes that he can help Gotham better by not being part of the system. What you said was completely the opposite of what the movie talks about. Also when Bane talks and they don’t cut to reaction shots of the mob is true and is a part of good film making, to get the audience involved and question their own morality not to make them feel like they side with the villain. The League of Shadows is similar to Ozymandias or the other way round I should say, they believe the only way to rid Gotham of evil is to destroy it and rebuild it, the Illuminati agenda basically. Batman/Bruce Wayne like his parents is more optimistic about the situation and believes that he can change the people.

  • 20. Ankita  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Also what Bane is trying to do is destroy the city. He will punish the rich but he will kill even the poor as the LoS believe that no one in Gotham is innocent and that Gotham needs to be completely destroyed and rebuilt and there is no hope for the people. The Joker proves this as well when he turns Harvey Dent, Gotham’s White Knight, into a villain, even Ramirez. Also the LoS in Batman Begins use the city officials to do most of their work and infiltrate Gotham at every level. When Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed by one of the people they are trying to help, it sets up the theme of Gotham being a doomed city that no one believes in but Batman. He is the only saviour of this corrupt city. That is the theme of the comic. Bane’s agenda has nothing to do with the 99%.

  • 21. The Gubbler  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I can only say that I am thankful I watched this on a crappy cam torrent from the ****** Bay (I don’t know why but I just thought it was appropriate to censor myself there, probably a manifestation of the dark side of my radical left wing internet propensities)which was hard enough to take in that form, as it spared me from the full on “Dark Knight Rises Experience”.

    blah blah blah…

    here is a Robespierre youtube video clip…

    REIGN OF TERROR (directed by Anthony Mann)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2cmJhEY5pA

    It was an OK movie (The Black Book aka Reign Of Terror), nothing special, but absolutely fantastic by today’s standards.

    Anyhow, let us all pray for the Demonoid administrator. May your wonderful website recover and continue to thrive!!!!

    Viva Demonoid!!!!

  • 22. The Gubbler  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Did I mention, whatshisname sucked as The Joker in the last one???

    Oh yes, I think I did (in a previous thread).

    Kudos to me!!!!

  • 23. The Gubbler  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Viva Dickens!!!

  • 24. The Gubbler  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Kudos to you Eileen for mentioning the utterly confusing Star-Spangled Banner scene.

    Was that Oliver Twist’s boarding school twin singing????

  • 25. Counter PUNCH!!!  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 10:23 am

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/01/deranged-angels-of-self-preservation/

  • 26. Bert  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Is this the same Eileen Jones who loved that Go Galt mess Iron Man 2?

  • 27. Ljl  |  August 3rd, 2012 at 12:35 am

    @ozinator

    Nice ad hominem. Logical fallacy for the win. YOU WIN! Great rebuttal, really phenomenal.

  • 28. Mr. Bad  |  August 4th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    @116. Breitbart Is God

    OMFG I laughed, I really “LOL”. Thanks Ames, if that’s who you are, you dog.

    “Because you’re the hero Amerika deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt you because you can take it. Because you’re not our hero, just a stupid hopped up journalist with no class. You’re a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark Kike.”
    Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”

    THANK YOU AND GOOD (K)night!!!

  • 29. Mr. Bad  |  August 4th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    @116. Breitbart Is God

    OMFG I laughed, I really “LOL”. Thanks Ames, if that’s who you are, you dog.

    “Because you’re the hero Amerika deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt you because you can take it. Because you’re not our hero, just a stupid hopped up journalist with no class. You’re a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark Kike.”

    THANK YOU AND GOOD (K)night!!!

  • 30. The Gubbler  |  August 5th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    The Stranglers – La Folie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwFhRigCHzY

  • 31. The Gubbler  |  August 5th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    OMFG!!!!

    I just dunno anymore.

    It seems like… well, nobody cares anymore.

    Humans don’t care about the animals.

    Humans don’t care about other humans.

  • 32. Alex  |  August 5th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I didn’t see it as anti-99%er so much as Bane inducing anarchy. (I went to the bathroom before the prison breakout scene so maybe I missed something) I mean, he did have a nuclear bomb and he had the people trapped on the island. Most of what he/they were doing was to torture Bruce Wayne for murdering Talia’s dad. Basically, “if I’m going to die anyway may as well have as much fun as I can and torture this guy.”

    One anti-1%er scene though, was the attack on the Stock Exchange. It’s a real shame they didn’t break out the Joker and have him induce anarchy/take control.

    Let’s be grateful for one thing though…. at least Ben Roethlisberger gets killed in the movie 😀

  • 33. Punjabi From Karachi  |  August 8th, 2012 at 5:52 am

    With all your spoilers in this review, why didn’t the reviewer and all you eX-holes, include the fact that “The Exile”, in this movie, is a punishment maneuvre, and an especially sadistic, crypto-entertaining one.

    You guys suck donkey balls for not bringing up “The Exile” punishment in The Dark Knight Rises.

    Seriously.

  • 34. Punjabi From Karachi  |  August 8th, 2012 at 5:54 am

    The Exile.

    😀

    Lol. Don’t complain that you lot aren’t having an effect on the culture, cause subconsciously… 😉

  • 35. The Gubbler  |  August 20th, 2012 at 4:43 am

    It’s been on my mind for some time and, well, here it is….

    Burt Lancaster is the only person who could play Batman.

    Thanks for listening.

  • 36. The Gubbler  |  August 20th, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I suppose Chris Hayes could be Robin, but he would have to do a bit of soul searching and shape up his act.

  • 37. Nkulus Destiny  |  August 25th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Top review. Havent been on eXiled in a while but this and Ames’ Romney Mormon expose are pure gold.
    As always many butthurt libertards, who apparently also can’t read, on the comments (for me #66 Dillon Mckenna takes it for Pig headed shit-eater comment of the day) but at least u can’t be accused of merely preaching to the converted ..

  • 38. Liz K  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Hello. I used to really hate most of this writer’s movie reviews, syndicated on Alternet. (See her spiteful, cynical-toned meanderings on the animated features Up and Wall-E for an example of the irritating stuff I’m talking about! Well, I mean, if you can’t like a kids’ movie.. :) )

    But she’s spot-on 100% right about this one! Way more on the mark than Andrew O’Hehir! :)

    I wonder why when I Googled up TDKR movies, on several occasions, I never found it? (I still didn’t, today: I came here via a link from another skeptic, a blogger.)

    Anyway: more like this. (Instead of trashing cartoons, Eileen!) I think we need on the whole more SKEPTICAL, “unconvinced” reviews of blockbuster movies, especially from womenwriters, against movies which have macho themes, and which tend to monopolize the “propaganda market” – as superhero movies – and war movies – tend to do! I wonder what Ms Jones thinks of Ms Bigelow? Hope she hasn’t given her an easy ride just for being a woman propagandist. I shall have to see!

  • 39. Liz K  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Um – I’m sure I’ve put a comment on here about the review – so where is it? (Because when I sent it again, it said “you’ve already said that”. There surely wasn’t time for it to get censored – ! so is there moderation on here? or am i here by the grace of the AEC?)

  • 40. Liz K  |  December 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 am

    What is the AEC??

  • 41. mijj  |  January 15th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    > 110. Ljl : i am fascinated by how this review assumes art=politics.

    every act is a political act .. especially the construction of “art”.

  • 42. Mars  |  February 14th, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Yay – Batman doesn’t die – autopilot fixed before flight so he bails-out – Catwoman wearing the pearl necklace in the restaurant, etc…

    Great movie – must suspend disbelief re the political wishful-thinking of other posters here.

  • 43. Kristofer  |  February 17th, 2013 at 1:59 am

    What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this paragraph i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible piece of writing.

  • 44. Darren  |  May 12th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    This is the 3rd article I’ve read Eileen Jones, and all I can say is, you write so goddamn well it makes me want to slit my wrists and stop polluting comments sections. But I’m too much of a coward to do either. I’ll just keep following your great writing. Thanks!

  • 45. dark tykes  |  May 23rd, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    The trailer to dark knight said it all. Look for the shot not in the movie where Batman holds a cell phone to his ear watching Gotham on a tall building with cell phone towers behind him and who is funding your hero? Watch and weep as JP Morgan Sacks(pun) Chase Bank comes out from behind and shows it self to be the foundation for Nolan’s Batman. Ever since I saw that trailer it has enraged me more and more thinking Americas paid a lot of money to watch the wall street knight kick down the little guy and cheered it on. It just goes to show if the right guy does it people love tyranny. Batman does everything that the last few presidents have taken part in America claims to loath and everyone loved it. It’s a sad truth people want to be mislead they just need a daddy figure to talk them through it.

  • 46. dark tykes  |  May 23rd, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I love these ignorant people who say things like you assume art=politics, well I’m a film school student and you people need to keep your mouth shut about things you know nothing about. Art not only equals politics the people who make movies call them self your culture industry. I had film classes on Theory that focused on nothing but the politics of every film, this is required for any film degree. Here is an example as taught in film class- Thelma and Louise is a film about women trying to free them self from their place in society. One of the first scenes is Gina Davis in the kitchen. So she leaves the kitchen gets assaulted becomes a criminal and ultimately has to die because there is no place in the world for a free woman. Oh Its just a movie about two girls who get into trouble to the rest of you but to the educated like myself I see the message loud and clear. Get educated or get out of the way people at least this writer has an opinion outside of warner brothers programming. You know nothing about film something that pulls your emotional strings like a puppet before I went to school I was an idiot who really thought art was imitating life. Now they taught me the goal is to get people to mimic the product. You want proof go watch people dance today. Since film doesn’t show feet people now think flopping your arms around and writhing your waist is dancing when in reality they are mimicking extras told to flop around more by the director. You know how many life long Micheal Jackson fans go ooh when you tell them watch MJ’s feet. But yet every person I know who never had a single dance lesson always says its in the hips. Hollywood?


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