Jul 19

Sharknado?

It seems that everybody is so enthused about the movie Sharknado on the Syfy Channel, so I sat down to watch it last night.

What I saw was a very mediocre and very typical Syfy Channel movie. I mean, let’s face it, “Tara Reid with a shotgun” is not a premise that can carry an entire movie. The plot was predictable and forgettable and the acting was really bad.┬áHad they chosen to play it for laughs, as Syfy sometimes does with the more ridiculous of their movies, it might have been worth my while. As it was, I turned it off after the first half.

Come on, people! Get a clue, get a brain, get a life!

Jul 27

A Big Day

My wife and I decided to make a day of it yesterday. First we went to the local mall and gave blood, then rewarded ourselves by going to see The Dark Knight. Let me tell you some things about The Dark Knight. No spoilers, don’t worry.

This movie takes a good, hard look at some fundamental themes: good, evil, justice, honor. What sets this movie apart is that director/scriptwriter Christopher Nolan pulls no punches. When the situation goes bad, Nolan does not flinch. It’s really great when a filmmaker gives his audience credit for having some intelligence. From the opening scene, you realize that you have put yourself into the hands of a madman, yet the storytelling is so compelling that you can’t look away.

Two of the intertwined themes that infuse this movie are the cost of honor and the cost of justice. How much are you willing to pay? How far are you willing to go? What are you wliing to sacrifice? When the shitrain falls and every direction you look is darker than the other, what do you do?

This is the point where other filmmakers back off and use the time-honored Hollywood cliches. You won’t get that here. Some of what you will see is shocking. Very shocking. All of it is dark. The title does not lie, either.

The Dark Knight is by turns shocking, humorous, terrifying, and tragic. Just like the humans that it portrays. There were moments when I wanted to stand up and applaud, other moments that had me crying. In the end I was wrung out, drained, almost unable to cope with the depth and variety of emotion.

I want to leave you with the following caveats:

  • THIS IS NOT A MOVIE FOR CHILDREN!!! I could not believe that people actually brought young children to see this. This is a serious movie for adults, not a comic book.
  • The movie is two and a half hours long, and you won’t get much time to breathe. Be prepared for a long, dark, train wreck.
  • Do not expect to be merely entertained. You will be forced to think; you will be forced to feel. You will see things that will haunt you for a long time to come.
  • Heath Ledger as The Joker will scare the Hell out of you. He is maniacal, frighteningly real. If his performance does not win a posthumous Oscar, then we will all know the awards are rigged.

Go see The Dark Knight if you want to experience an intelligent, dark vision of humanity in all its glory and awfulness.