Just watched the Criterion blu-ray of " Pierrot Le Fou" last evening. Splendid! Lovin' me some French New Wave. Next up: "Last Year At Marienbad."
A noble effort, Chris. I'd give you at least a silver. Not your fault the American judge was distracted by Phelps.
I saw some of the team archery and thought it was awesome. My only complaint about the coverage of it (in addition to how it wasn't all archery, all the time) was that you could see the archer and the target but didn't get a sense of just how far away they were from each other. Movies have spoiled me into thinking that I get to see the flight. I'm no fletcher, but for my money the flight is the best stage in the life cycle of the arrow.
Chris: you admit the Olympics are all about nationalism and then you complain that an American TV network, supported by ads paid for by predominantly American companies, anchored by American journalists, beaming its coverage to an American audience, focused, almost entirely, on American athletes? Do I need to tell you which team the BBC focused on (check out this video of the BBC's over-the-top celebration for one of Britain's athletes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDx177y71fM), or Sky Italia--and so on? Come on, dude, get real.
I would have admired your mission considerably more if you had said you were bound and determined to watch every commercial, which, still and all, is the primary purpose of televising the Olympics. Now that would have been an endeavor worthy of its own Olympic status.
Thanks for the great article on our work with Youth Villages!
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I like Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow better than Bane. Also, Red Mist. And maybe Jonas from Special if that counts. Also, in the so over-the-top it's awesome category I've always had a soft spot for Shiwan Khan from The Shadow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tEr7ryVxjg
"Kneel before Zod." The chief heel (played by Terence Stamp) in Superman II belongs in the conversation.
I do think Ledger's role as The Joker was outstanding. Oddly, if you close your eyes when he's on screen and listen to his voice he sounds a bit like Richard Dreyfuss.
I disagree about Ledger. Everyone marvelled about how good it was, so when I finally saw it, I was completely underwhelmed. Nicholson did a better Joker, in my opinion.
I certainly miss thrifting in the US. Love the furnitures. Good spot! I blog on the thrift stores in Adelaide, South Australia. Over here, we call them op shops. I love to share my blog with you. http://opshopdiva.wordpress.com
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A gentleman working in the former-DAV thrift store last time I was there told me that's where the remnants of Bojo's ended up...that would explain the primo furniture and vintage pieces!
compared to many trilogies that usually offer a disappointing third instalment this Batman trilogy is among the best in the comic movies and as a whole it proves effective which is quite an achievement. One can argue between the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight returns as to which is preferred but both though tied into each other through certain incidents and characters, they are also different - the final one, I believe, tends to reveal more aspects of the somewhat traumatised Bruce Wayne, who now a recluse of sorts cannot live without The Batman - in a way its a type of schizophrenic character that could just as easily be a super villain as well as a superhero, yet by adapting a certain moral code (No guns) he stops himself becoming like the crazed murderers he has come up against. Bane in the dark knight rises is no joker, he is not meant to be, he comes across as a sad intellectual who is psychopathically motivated by his past - The ultimate adversary to Bruce Wayne - One whose origin bears a certain amount of similarity. The main difference is that Bruce wayne became the ba because of his parents death whilst Bane is who he is because his whole life was encased in suffering and pain and yet both he and Bruce Wayne share certain levels of pain. Bane however has experienced his art from childhood, Bruce Wayne had to learn it and strictly discipline himself into it, this is what makes Bane the ultimate adversary for the Bat and the fact that he understands the Bat, he understands his "box of tricks" use of darkness, and various forms of deception, Bane has lived within it he cannot be outdone by it and that is another aspect that makes Bane more dangerous than the maniacal Joker. One can argue about the way the characters were acted but as an end to the trilogy I think that The Dark Knight Returns works perfectly well although I suspect there will be debates about this trilogy and which was the best movie within it for ages to come.
DKR had an intensity that somehow exceeded that of DK (something I never would have foreseen, having witnessed Ledger's performance in DK). And I'm convinced this had everything to do with the rampage in Colorado. I can't imagine anyone taking their seat for DKR without having innocent victims (and a murderous villain) in their thoughts before the film even begins. This atmospheric "enhancement" made me uncomfortable, to be honest. Made Bane seem more insane/grotesque/monstrous. And with Batman actually near death himself . . . just an uncomfortable "superhero movie" to endure.
All that said, I enjoyed the trilogy as a whole. Best package of Batman stories on film we've yet to see. So mission accomplished for Mr. Nolan.
One man's Expand-o-matic is another man's Sansabelt.
remember the names of the people who cancelled Memphis Beat and make damn sure we don't support anything they do. what a bunch of morons.. write their names down and whatever they produce, un-produce it for them.. JERKS
Well put David, Jack, etc. I'll weigh in officially in next week's issue.
You may not like the play, you may not love the play. But as a Memphian you Should see this play. The play opens up a dialogue about race relations, male/female issues and confronts feelings that are long overdue for examination. Shame, guilt, fear all a part of the collective psyche of racial politics and interpersonal relations are laid bare in the tableau of a law office mounting a defense for man accused of rape. Guilty or innocence? Facts or truth?
The Director Brian Fruits is to congratulated for putting together a fine cast and crafting a worthy and honest performance from his talented players.
After the performance, I overheard one patron say: 'this drama could open the door'. Indeed.
You have taken away a truly unique show and have added "Perception" which is another copycat of "The Mentalist" and "Castle". When you have something original and very good, keep it. Whoever is in charge of your programming needs to rethink this. "Memphis Beat" has a great ensemble cast, good writing, and a chemistry that you seldom find in today's lineup. Please rethink this and bring this show back.
I was telling everyone at work about this show,, how great and funny it was and the singing at the end. I looked up the show to see when it was starting again and SO SAD to see it was cancelled. If you would keep a show constant at the same time, so people could follow, you would do better.
Saw the show Sunday. It is a hidden gem. Strong casting, thought-provoking, didn't expect this quality and solid thrust direction and staging. See it. Short and sweet show.
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