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The Dark Knight gets kicked in the balls by The Oscars

 

Well, the Oscar Nominees have been announced and I. am. pissed. To be perfectly fair, I have only seen a handful of “Oscar contenders” as of the moment, but what the hell happened? The Dark Knight got served: no Best Picture Nomination, no Director Nomination, no nothin’. effff.

Sometimes I feel like Oscar and I need to go to couples’ counseling… Why? Because I hate him.

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The Dark Knight NES Game

I’d sure dust off my old Nintendo if this was real.  Someone make some gameplay and release this thing!


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WB seems confident about Watchmen, asks for bump-up in decision

… Warners is asking that the hearing be moved up to as early as Monday because “time is critical,” the studio argues in papers filed this week. The studio must soon commit tens of millions of dollars in marketing for a film it isn’t sure it can release.

Dark Knight rocks the People’s Choice Awards

“The Dark Knight” was the big winner at the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards.
The summer blockbuster won for favorite movie, action movie, cast, superhero (Christian Bale) and onscreen matchup (Bale and Heath Ledger) during the ceremony, carried live Wednesday by CBS.

Transformers 2 poster

But who really cares?

Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘Frost/Nixon,’ ‘The Reader,’ ‘Revolutionary Road,’ ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Golden Globe website names Anne Hathway as winner

he only problem is, Golden Globes are not announcing their winners until the Golden Globes air on Sunday.

Hints about Spider Man 4?

While this is obviously not confirmation that Morbius will be in Spider-Man 4, it’s our first hint at a villain we might see in the upcoming sequel. I’m sure most people would claim that the excess of villains was what hurt Spider-Man 3 the most. So is using Morbius next time an improvement?

 


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Harry Potter 6 to be PG

Kind of weird.

… is this expected, or did WB catch the MPAA in a lenient mood?

Jan. 20th: Will The Watchmen be released?

The drama surrounding the Watchmen movie is getting ready to hit it’s climax. As some of you may not know, Fox studios has taken legal action against Warner Bros to prevent WB from releasing the movie. The reason… WB made the movie they didn’t own all the rights too… turns out Fox owned the right (all or in part) and never gave their consent for WB to proceed with making the movie. Fox tried to communicate with WB about it, but apparently WB just ignored them until the movie was done and Fox had to go to court with it.

Slate’s ten best films of ’08

Batman gets WGA nomination

Add writing to Batman‘s bag of tricks. “The Dark Knight” has earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

UPDATE:

Rourke and Rockwell = Iron Man 2 villans (maybe)

Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Sam Rockwell (Frost/Nixon) are in talks to star as the villains in Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2, being directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Theroux, according toVariety and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Dark Knight and The People’s Choice Awards

The Batman film will vie for awards in such categories as favorite cast, action movie, on-screen matchup and superhero

One of the best RT lists, if not THE best, I have seen: Grumpy Old Men

Best part? Star Wars Episode II made the list.. and, of course, Royal from The Royal Ten.s

we at Rotten Tomatoes thought it would be a perfect time to compile a list of some of the stodgiest, crabbiest, most curmudgeonly old codgers ever to grace the silver screen.


OP’s continuing coverage of the 2008 election: hardest hitting edition yet; 4th edition

OP continues to keep you updated on the 2008 election with a series of videos – from rap to folk to skits to hits, this is one of the hardest hitting editions yet. Hope you enjoy.

Are you tired of CNN, Fox, even Reuters? Well, I’ve got the perfect prescription for your pain: GaNooze. This guy is crazy (funny) and a blast to watch. I may disagree with some of what he says, but his meter makes up for it. Give him a try – he won’t disappoint. He. is. insane.

McCain just can’t seem to get a win lately. From making a joke about a gorilla molesting and battering a woman to not knowing that Czechoslovakia no longer exists, he’s making a fool out of himself. Here’s another example of him hurting his chances to become our next president (Montanans, you are sure to enjoy this funny little skit).

Hip hop has definitely made it into youtube election analysis and advocacy. We’ve got a kid proposing a branch to branch hip hop song (he’s actually pretty good), a Russian dog trainers analysis (through rap) of the election, McCain as the Prince of DC, and a youtube channel called “Hip Hop for Obama”: here’s an example.

Speaking of Hip Hop for Obama, Jay-Z was making calls on behlaf of Obama during the primary: hear a message he left on a voter’s phone. I wish I had gotten that call.

And I’ve got more for you relating to phones. Here’s a video of John McCain calling Clinton and burping/farting, leaving her very confused. You say you want more farts? I know it’s a bit juvenile, but I never really get tired of these. I also have a (fake) phone conversation between Obama and Bill Clinton for you.

This video may be the best reflection on the Obama/Clinton primary, yet. Monty Python fans are sure to get a kick out of this one.

And did you think The New Yorker‘s cover featuring Obama got too much attention? Well check out the cover they did of McCain.

While we’re on the subject of McCain, I’ll throw this video out there – it explores the anger that is McCain (through song).

I know that the OP election “coverage” has been a bit biased, so I thought I’d bring attention to the McCain girls (which are essentially a youtube answer to the Obama girl). What do you think? I’m not exactly sold.

But how about the lil Bush girl vs the Obama girl? Ok, obviously this is another pro-Obama video.

And here are some great musical numbers about this election, etc. (not very funny, but still good):

“We Don’t Like McCain”

“Fuck a dog in the Ass”

a folk song about Ron Paul

“Bush went to war”

“Vote Obama”

Because The Dark Knight is getting so much (well deserved) attention on OP, I thought I’d put up this video. It’s a bit amateur, but is nonetheless enjoyable.

I only have a few more videos for you, but they’re all good. Like The Onion‘s piece on No Value voters and the message to all those who will be voting for Obama or have voted for Obama and have a Mama. Or the message to that boob of an egoist (I used to not mind him, but every day he grinds on me a bit more).

Three videos left.

A lot of attention is given to Bill O’Reilly, but how about Headline News’ tool, Glenn Beck? This video remix is priceless. Watch this creeper in action.

I have two more videos for you in this edition of election coverage. The first video, like others in this edition comes from Barely Political and it provides you with a quick, but accurate summary of this year’s election. Watch it. It’s been one of my favorites for a while now.

And finally, Mike Gravel may be out, but this video from May(?) is one of a kind. You have to see Mike Gravel (the real Mike Gravel) sing and rap in an attempt to win over the Obama girl. This video also comes from Barely Political, which is hit of miss, but hits more than misses.

Hope you enjoyed this edition of OP’s continuing election “coverage.”


Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, I was expecting greatness, especially because I was a marginal fan of the first film. Hellboy 2 wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great. I’d say it had more potential to be great than it did to be bad, but fell short.

There is a strange level of attempted comedy, most of it actually succeeded. The attempts at dramatic romance were painful. An example of this would be a horrible fight/lovers’ tiff, which left me thinking “why the hell am I watching this?” Then, shortly after, Hellboy and Abraham are drunk and singing their woes – that was funny.

I think the previous juxtaposition of scenes serves as a pretty accurate metaphor for the film: the good was always followed by the bad and then followed by the good.

At moments I would be thinking film was awful and then I would think it was great – it’s a roller coaster of despair and enjoyment.

The one thing this film really has going for it was that it set-up, very well, sequels and I mean that in the best way possible.

B-

NOTE: I am not a Hellboy graphic novel reader, so I was looking at this film solely as a film.

and then… I saw The Dark Knight and I felt like I had been baptized anew in a fire fueled by angel hair. It is honestly one of the best films I have EVER seen. Only twice in my life have I left an entertainment event with the feeling I left Batman with last night.


The Dark Knight

Dir. Christopher Nolan; Writ. Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan; Starring Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhall, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart

Yes, I got to it first. It may be a little unfair, but I feel a bit entitled. I’m the one who put it on the marquee; I’m the one who tries to con people into 45oz of more popcorn for 50 cents; and I’ll be the one paying for taxi cabs after missed, last buses. It’s all worth it for an early screening of Batman.

Coming out of the Dark Knight, I have to say I was a little sad. I wasn’t disappointed, and I wasn’t mourning Ledger’s death (not at that particular moment anyway). I was a little sad because I doubt I will ever see a better comic book movie.

Let me say, every good remark or hope you’ve heard or had is true.

Ledger’s Joker is infallible. Never is there a moment where you see the actor behind the villain. There was only the slightest of seconds when I was able to pull down my awe and terror of the Joker to contemplate Ledger, and without the bathroom break I took I doubt it would have happened at all(I wouldn’t recommend drinking much soda during this film. At two and a half hours, your bladder is liable to explode and it’s impossible to find a scene you’re worth risking). In that moment, my only thought was, “Hit me with brick! If that’s Heath Ledger, who in this galaxy was in First Knight?” Don’t get me wrong. Everyone knew he was great after Brokeback, but that gay cowboy is peanuts next to the Joker.

The Dark Knight is a Batman movie. Heath Ledger makes it a Joker movie. Bruce Wayne is Batman and we all get to watch him evolve in a deteriorating world. He confides in Alfred; loves Rachel, and trusts in Harvey Dent. Yet, the Joker’s transformation is so much more sensual and pronounced. The script does provide insight into the Joker’s maniacal philosophy, but, through madly visual and vicious acts of violence alone, Ledger’s subtle and impeccable acting creates a vivid evolution that passionately shanghais the film.

Gosh, from his beginnings in Gotham as criminally-insane mastermind with a couple of great magic tricks, to his climb to being an impassioned psychopath on a big playground with a casual stroll to a school bus, Ledger as the Joker is a powerhouse. He so dwarfs everyone else, you wouldn’t give a horse’s patoot about Bale, Freemen, Caine, or Gyllenhall if they were sitting right next to you at the theater.

The special effects, the acting, the story they’re all great, but a review of the Dark Knight had to be a review of the Joker.

A+

If you’re on this site and have read this review, it probably means to at least some extent you appreciate movies (or if not, art). So, I feel safe saying, you’re an idiot if you don’t see this movie, and you’re probably a loser if you don’t see it soon.