Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Dark Knight

A Mini Review
Last night Ally and I went to the late showing of The Dark Knight (which, for my money, is the best time to see this one). I was skeptical, expecting a good movie for sure, but not an epic on par with Heat. Perhaps that's too strong, it's not really as good as Heat, but it feels like it is because it's a superhero movie done right. Now, I didn't pull Heat out of my butt either, that's the movie that Nolan modeled his second Batfilm after, so there ya go. I will say, it does suffer a bit from not being rated R. I have struggled with this though, on if it would be better or not to go balls out, R-rated violence in this one (steering clear of language and nudity, for sure), and I think that yes it would. That said, an R-rating is not keeping with the spirit of Batman from the comics, but would work for this particular picture which stars the nutbag protagonist in it.

Part of The Dark Knight's charm is that it is, oddly, an ensemble piece. Batman (the book) is known for its rogue's gallery of interesting, if odd, villains. With this in mind, its not such a weird choice, but still, it's a movie for crying out loud! In the movies the lead character is the lead character! And, if ever there was a lead character, it's The Batman. But, Nolan hit the nail on the head, giving equal screen time to the Bat, The Joker, and the duo of Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes. I would have preferred a little more on screen time for Jim Gordon, but that would have pushed the run time from two and a half to three hours.

Of course, I have to talk about Heath Ledger's portrayl of The Joker. There are no bones about it, he is phenomenal. Yes, surpassing Jack Nicholson (and Cesar Romero). I enjoyed the fact that Nolan, for the most part, decided to shy away from an origin story. The first time we see Ledger's Joker, all we know about him is that he looks like the most horryfing clown this side of Tim Curry. Ledger played the character with a subtlety that Nicholson lacked. Don't get me wrong, I dug Jack...a lot. I didn't think he would be topped, becuase, let's face it, the man is really insane. But Ledger nailed what the Joker should be like for Nolan. He was twitchy and psychotic, he wasn't funny at all. His jokes were awkward and only funny to him, sorta like Galen, but that's what made it so great.

The only real problem I see with the movie is (and SPOILERS AHEAD, mind you) is the short shrift given to Two Face. Nolan spends two hours building up the Harvey Dent (played admirably by Aaron Eckhart, by the by) character, and setting him up as the counterpiece to Batman, but then blows his load two hours into the movie by unveiling and (possibly) killing him off! What's that? For my money, Dent was a fine character that would have been able to easily make it through a movie and a half before having to rely on turning him in to Two Face to switch things up a bit. But, that's just me.

Overall, this is Batman done right. Batman Begins was a small step in the right direction, The Dark Knight bounds in to at least a tie for the best of all Batman movies (wtih Burton's 1989 effort). Seriously, for your sake, see this one in the theater at night.


- Jordan M.
Sulphur Springs, TX

Clip of the Week

Mortal Kombat vs DC

That's right. MK vs DC. Who woulda thunk it?

- Jordan M.
Sulphur Springs, TX

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Clip of the Week

Star Wars Video Game Retrospective

These dudes have taken it upon themselves to actually go through and chronicle every single Star Wars videogame...

Now, that's only the first episode. There are currently six, and more to follow. And, Mr. Thunderchunks, pay close attention at about the sixteen minute mark of episode two.

- Jordan M.
Sulphur Springs, TX

Monday, July 7, 2008

Clip of the Week

Rowdy Roddy is Nuts

I mean it, the dude is bonkers.

- Jordan M.
Sulphur Springs, TX

Friday, July 4, 2008

The 'Choke Turns One!

One Year Anniversary

That's right, kiddies, not only is today Independence Day, but it is also the one year anniversary of your favorite blog. With the fan base growing so much, I thought I had to come up with a nice graphic to memorialize this occasion:

Keep on 'Chokin.
- Jordan M.
Silver Stuns, TX

Top Ten List of the Week

Top Ten Upcoming Games

There are a whole lot of promising video games that are getting ready to come out, and it's time to count down the top ten best looking ones:

10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Light Saber Duels - 11/08 - I am really not sure what this one is all about, but it has "Light Saber Duels" in the title and it's on the Wii, so that's promising.

9. MLB Power Pros 2008 - Wii - 7/28/08 - Powero Pros 2007 was really fun on the Wii, but lacked a lot of depth in the "Wiimote" mode. Apparently they have fixed a lot of issues for 2008, so this one is supposed to be good.

8. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Multi Platform - 10/08 - This game was rumored for so long that I have to put it on the list. The in-game footage looks pretty slick to me.

7. Fable 2 - Xbox 360 - 10/08 - The sequel to Fable (natch), this is supposedly the game that Fable was supposed to be...with primitive guns!

6. Fallout 3 - Xbox 360 - 10/08 - To be honest, I have never played a fall out game, but the trailer makes me want to be a better man.

5. Left 4Dead - Xbox 360 - 11/08 - Co-op zombie-bustin' fun, I am always down for new zombie franchises, and Left for Dead looks very promising. It's from Valve, and the multiplayer sounds to be Counterstrike-ishly innovative.

4. Street Fighter IV - Mult Platform - TBA 2009 - That's right, it's a new entry in the Street Fighter saga. What took so long? Who knows, but this game should be sweet.

3. Call of Duty 5: World at War - Multi Platform - 11/08 - With Call of Duty 4 being so awesome, part five has to be on the list. This time, we are going back to the big WWII in World at War.

2. Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360 - TBA 2009 - It's Resident Evil and the NAACP already wants to boycott it. Why? Because black people are portrayed as zombies, I guess. In parts one, two, and three all the zombies are white people, but I never complained. Anyway, the game looks phenomenal.

1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Multi Platform - 9/16/08 - I plan to buy this game on three different platforms, I am that excited about it. This looks cream your jeans good. I can't wait to try this puppy out on the Wii!

You can check all these out at

- Jordamn
Sulphur Springs, TX

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Clip of the Week

Adam West/Burt Ward Screen Test!

Check it, you fanboys!

- Jordan M.
Sulphur Springs, TX
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