Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Dark Knight (2008)


The Dark Knight, the latest installment of the new style of Batman films is amazing, I have always loved the darkness of Batman, but found the installments that were released in the 90's to be too cartoonish, they really failed to capture the extreme drive that drove Bruce Wayne to become the anti-hero that he is. The Dark Knight, takes a real look at the world we live in right now, the terrorist themes, the idea that you can't deal with extremists without running the risk of becoming an extremist yourself. Health Ledger is incredible as the Joker, he portays the character's instability and genius brilliantly, and provides the perfect opponant to Christian bales Batman.
If you like your films dark, with a good dose of political critique and exceptional acting, then you will love "The Dark Knight"

The Plot:

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) continues to eliminate crime in Gotham City with the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). The Dark Knight wants to finally get rid of organized crime for good and be free of their corruption. Batman soon finds that a new psychopathic mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) has taken over organized crime. After the fall of Carmine Falcone, the remaining crime bosses try to pick up the pieces. However, the Joker is killing them off one by one. The Joker's plan is to terrify the citizens and throw the city into chaos, and then kill Batman. Batman takes the fight with the Joker personal, which makes him confront his own beliefs. The Joker is the most dangerous criminal that Batman has encountered, and he will need all his strength and vigilance to defeat him.


Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne / Batman

Heath Ledger ... The Joker

Aaron Eckhart ... Dist. Atty. Harvey Dent / Two-Face

Michael Caine ... Alfred

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Rachel Dawes

Gary Oldman ... Gordon

Morgan Freeman ... Lucius Fox

Monique Curnen ... Det. Ramirez (as Monique Gabriela Curnen)

Ron Dean ... Detective Wuertz

Cillian Murphy ... Scarecrow

Chin Han ... Lau

Nestor Carbonell ... Mayor Anthony Garcia

Eric Roberts ... Salvatore Maroni

Ritchie Coster ... The Chechen

Anthony Michael Hall ... Mike Engel


The Movie:

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)


Roldy and Kumar are back and they have stepped it up. Anyone who is a fan of the first installment, will love this film, the origional stoner vibe is still running strong in this one, but they have used the popularity of the first film to beef up the budget and add a bunch of social and political commentary to this one.

The Plot:

The morning they return from their White Castle road trip, Harold and Kumar decide to go to Amsterdam because Harold doesn't want to wait ten days to see Maria again. On the plane, Kumar lights up his new bong, the air marshals think it's a bomb, and Harold and Kumar are arrested as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Ordered to fellate a guard, they manage to escape, make their way to Florida, and head for Texas to find Kumar's ex-girlfriend's fiancé, the well-connected Colton, and get him to intercede with Washington on their behalf. Kumar still has a thing for Vanessa, the feds are in hot pursuit, and the legal weed of Amsterdam seems a long way away.

The Cast:

John Cho ... Harold Lee

Kal Penn ... Kumar Patel

Rob Corddry ... Ron Fox

Jack Conley ... Deputy Frye

Roger Bart ... Dr. Jack Beecher

Neil Patrick Harris ... Neil Patrick Harris

Danneel Harris ... Vanessa Fanning

Eric Winter ... Colton Graham

Paula Garcés ... Maria

Jon Reep ... Raymus

Missi Pyle ... Raylene

Mark Munoz ... Cyrus

James Adomian ... George W. Bush

Beverly D'Angelo ... Sally

Echo Valley ... Tits Hemingway


The Movie:

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