Cloverfield

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Saw Cloverfield on DVD tonight. It was OK. It was well shot for a movie that was supposed to be from the point of view of a guy with a camcorder but the story was pretty lame. There wasn’t enough screen time for the monster or its its vicious ticks. I am not a fan of the first person view through a camcorder type movie anyway – I have yet to see a good one – so I guess I only have myself to blame for watching it. Not one I will be revisiting in the near future.

TDK

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So it has finally opened in the UK and I am sitting at my computer for the first time since seeing it. I’ve got to say that I thought it was great! It was brilliant!! It was awesome!!! It was any superlative that you want to enter here …

Despite the name, I feel that was not a Batman film but a Joker one and as such it rocked my world to bits. Heath Ledger was outstanding as the Joker. For me he nailed a perfect portrayal of the dark and twisted clown prince of crime. He was psychotic. He was funny. He was a joy to watch.

Some people have expressed dismay or disappointment with the Joker’s makeup – I loved it. I think it fit in well with his fractured mind and the need to hide the irregular scarring around his mouth.

Finally, I also loved the makeup job on Two Face very much. All my attention has been on Ledger and his take on the Joker and I have missed any talk or pictures of Two Face. I wasn’t expecting something so graphically visceral. Excellent!

The Best Martial Arts Movie Ever?

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[ Listening to Beautiful Future - Primal Scream Currently: Listening to Beautiful Future – Primal Scream ]
Maybe not but I have just come back from watching Kung Fu Panda at the cinema. This is certainly a great, fun film and, for me, probably the best animated feature that Dreamworks have produced since Shrek.

The fight sequences are really exciting and well done and somehow seem more believable when it it is animated animals leaping and twisting 30 feet in the air than seeing the same thing in live action.

The story may be typically moralistic for a children’s film but the animation, cinematography and choreography were all excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this after not having high expectations going into it. An essential DVD purchase when it comes out.

White

[ Happy Mood: Happy ]
Picked up a copy of Captain America: White #0 today. This is the next project by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale in their colours series for Marvel.

I was pretty excited when I found out that they were working together again – I loved the stuff they did with Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Spiderman and the Hulk – but having read this prelude to the mini series I am now really, REALLY excited. This looks like it is going to be just as great. I can’t wait for the series to get going properly. Very Happy

The Amulet of Samarkand

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[ Eating my lunch Currently: Eating my lunch ]
I was in the middle of this when the After Harry: Big List was posted. The Bartimaeus trilogy, of which this is the first volume, was on the list.

I won’t try to summarise it – Deanna has made a good job of that in the link above – but just say that I liked this book very much. It has been part of the post Harry Potter explosion of magic books for children but this one is something special.

It is set in a modern day London where magicians are the head of society and run the country. The magic is darker than in Harry Potter since all magic involves summoning djinni – with candles, pentacles and ritual – and making them obey commands. I kept forgetting this modern setting and was constantly startled by mentions of cars and trains.

A great book with some unresolved plot points for the next book which I will be diving straight into next.

Gotham Knight

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This DVD landed on my doormat this morning. It is a set of six loosely related but separate episodes by different writers and anime directors.

This is a pretty solid set of stories and fills the gap nicely as we wait for the next movie to open. The stories don’t add too much for long time fans. They concentrate on Batman and different perceptions of him.

There are not many costumed villains in evidence – Killer Croc and Scarecrow appear in one story but don’t really do much or add anything. Deadshot has the most to do in the finale episode on the DVD.

It was interesting seeing the different takes on Batman but only two of the episodes were in what I consider to be a classic anime style. I was disappointed that it was quite short at only 70 minutes or so.

A strange release in a way as there is not much new for the dedicated fan but this treatment of the mythology of Batman may not appeal to newer fans.