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Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Batman: The Dark Knight Rises"......INDEED!

My Reel of the week is 2012's "BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES". Christian Bale reprises his role as Batman, for the 3rd and final time and I am grateful. :).
The opening scenes were full of unexpected excitement.You are immediately introduced to Gotham City's latest foe, BANE. From there, DARK KNIGHT RISES Keeps your adrenalin flowing. Can Gotham free Itself from BANE'S grasp or will it fall into a nuclear winter. Has Batman met his match?
Christian Bale delivers the tortured BRUCE WAYNE we all know and love with an added side of sizzle. Ann Hathaway plays Selina, AKA Catwoman . I was back & forth regarding her performance. Her first scenes, definitely seemed awkward  and forced, even a bit wimpy. She found her way as the movie progressed, but I think what was missing was maturity and the world weariness she needed to bring to the role.Tom Hardy played the villain BANE. He was fantastic , his character was full of anger and menace, but I hoped for his redemption. The only downside? Sometimes the mask his character wears made some of his dialogue difficult to decipher.
Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, who has been steadily growing as an actor since I first saw him in "A River Runs Through It" in 1992, plays BLAKE. A cop who is still full of idealism and firmly believes that good always conquers evil, that right and wrong are always clearly delineated.

Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman return as COMMISSIONER GORDON and FOX, the President of Wayne enterprises. Both do not disappoint and give impeccable performances. My favorite of all is Michael Caine as ALFRED, BATMAN'S biggest champion and ever faithful attendant & confidant. Michael Caine gave his usual flawless & moving performance.
DARK KNIGHT RISES was chock a block with action. I loved all the bat....stuff!!!
Lots of things exploding and actually a few great surprises and plot twists.
This may be the swan song for Christian Bale & Chris Nolan's BATMAN, but they left plenty of room for the franchise to continue. Kudos all around.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"Friends show their love in times of trouble"

My Reel of the week is 2008's " Frozen River". It's the story of two women from two very different worlds, drawn together by a shared goal. Taking care of their families. Both have been betrayed by the men who purported to love them.
Lila (Misty Upham) is a Mohawk woman trying to raise the money to get her child back from the mother of her husband, but finds herself resorting again & again to the quick money that comes from walking on the fringe of the law on and off the rez.
Ray (Melissa Leo)who is desperately seeking a new life for her kids is thwarted at every turn, by her husband choosing his love of gambling & drinking over his love for his family.
The two meet when Ray, who is once again on the brink of starting a new life, finds her husband has absconded with the money she has saved. She goes off in search of her errant husband and finds his car leaving the Mohawk Bingo hall, being driven by Lila.
This chance meeting and the love these two have for their children is the catalyst for a foolhardy plan and a downward spiral, neither woman anticipated.
A tentative and at times antagonistic friendship develops with unexpected results.
I was really moved by the human drama of "Frozen River". I am always pleased to see stories with Native Americans , along with other minorities they get too little attention and are, continually under utilized or misrepresented in Hollywood. "Frozen River" told a great story, a relatable story. The acting was admirable with a surprisingly fresh performance by "The middle" star Charlie McDermott, it was sensitive and well thought out for one so young. "Frozen River" for me, was memorable.