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PHILm Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Composed (almost) entirely of awesome.

So here we are. At long last the third coming of the Bale-Bat is upon us and we can finally decide for ourselves whether Nolan and company have given Batman the finale he deserves, or merely the film that Warner Brothers needs right now.

I don’t envy Christopher Nolan the weight of expectations placed on The Dark Knight Rises. Where do you take Batman after successfully realizing perhaps the most iconic iteration of Batman’s arch-nemesis… ever? How do you match, let alone surpass yourself with every audience member suddenly a critic out to judge not just whether the movie is good in and of itself, but if it’s good enough to follow on the heels of one of the most highly acclaimed, culturally impactful, and dearly beloved films of all time?

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Movies

 

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Phil & Kellie Go To The Movies – Terminator Salvation

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The Terminator franchise has always left me feeling out of phase with everyone else.

I was 8 years old when T2, which seems to be the touch-stone for the ‘cannon’ of Terminator, hit theaters. While many my age and the young teenagers in the grades above somehow got to see it, my parents wisely decided it was not for my eyes. When I finally got to see it for myself several years later the industry had caught up to T2’s incredible special effects, and to this day I still don’t see much difference between it and the rest of Arnie’s back catalogue.

As for the other Terminator movies, watching T1 gives me the same sense of deja vu as Ridley Scott’s Alien; you already know what’s going to happen not because the film is distilled from a formula, but because it’s the original formula which enough unoriginal filmmakers have since lazily bastardized into mere templates for their own work. As for T3 ? Well… lets just let that sleeping dog lie.

Now along comes Terminator Salvation, which is suffering under the critical eye and the disappointment of fans, and again I seem to have missed the boat because, frankly, I quite enjoyed it.

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Posted by on June 10, 2009 in Movies

 

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