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The Dark Knight Rises Prologue

One could easily wonder how can it be possible to top the last instalment in the Batman franchise. With The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan gave a second life to a character that had lost a lot of credibility in recent years, directed one of the most brilliant villains in modern cinema with Heath Ledger as The Joker, and produced the highest-grossing movie of 2008. With the third and final movie of the trilogy coming out in July 2012, fans expectations are limitless, and it could be easy to deceive them.

Well, rest assured, I don’t think Nolan plans on not living up to its name. I was lucky enough to have tickets to the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiere Thursday night at IMAX, and before the movie, we were treated with The Dark Knight Rises 6-minute-long prologue, in full 70mm IMAX celluloid on Canada’s largest screen.

As epic as the last prologue was with the bank heist scene introducing The Joker, this new preview gives TDK a run for its money right away. I’m not going to spoil surprises here, but let’s just say that you’ll get a nice first look at Bane, the new villain played by Tom Hardy, whose voice can unfortunately be hard to understand because of the mask he’s wearing, in a gut-wrenching, bigger than nature plane-hijacking scene that is sure to make you hang on the edge of your seat.

Even if you’re not into the Mission: Impossible series, I highly recommend you take the time to go see it just to enjoy the 6 minutes of epicness that Christopher Nolan has to offer you as we wait for 2012’s most anticipated film.

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

Christopher Nolan released the teaser trailer for the third and final instalment of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Ironically, the teaser premiered during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, the same movie that beat Nolan’s record for best opening weekend, that he held since 2008 with The Dark Knight. The final movie of the Harry Potter series beat TDK by 10 million dollars, earning 168.6 million dollars for its first box office weekend.

The Dark Knight Rises teaser doesn’t show much, but as we can guess, Batman has retired after the Harvey Dent/Two-Face incident, and Gordon (lying in a hospital bed) prays that the caped crusader returns to save Gotham. We also see that Bane should be the main bad guy, played by Tom Hardy, but the IMDB cast credits Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, so that remains to be seen. Honestly, I hope Catwoman will not have a huge role in this movie, because I frankly think she is one of the less credible bad guys to ever appear in a comic book series. Then again, if Christopher Nolan would do a remake of Bambi, I would still believe that it had a shot to win an Oscar, so he’s definitely able to make a believable Catwoman.

The teaser launched pretty much precisely one year before its release in July 2012, so we have a long wait in front of us to answer all these questions, but this is definitely the movie I’m most looking forward to see next year. Nolan never dissapoints.

Heavy disapointment by Public Enemies

I rented Public Enemies on Blu-Ray today, and it was by far the biggest let down of the year. Where to start ? I’m not a big of Michael Mann, but I really liked Heat and Collateral. When I saw the all-star cast that Public Enemies had, I had high expectations. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marillon Cotillard…is it really possible to make a bad movie with these guys ? Apparently Mann managed to do it, and did it really well.

I have to admit that I’m not one to easily notice good or bad character development. I usually make my opinion on how much I rooted for the good guy or how much I hated the bad guy for that matter. But Public Enemies is just totally off as far as character development. The characters are shallow, it’s hard to tell one gangster from another since they’re all alike and you barely know their names. You get no background on any character, and not a single character “evolves” during the story.

I also found the story totally uneven. The rhythm is so up and down all the time that it’s hard to get into the movie.

But what really, really sucks about Public Enemies is the photography. It’s a shame that a $100 million movie shot with a $150 000 Sony camera has the same quality of image I could get out of my $4000 camcorder. Some clueless people will blame this on the fact that it was shot in HD, but that is a weak argument. Many great-looking movies have been shot in HD, the best example being Slumdog Millionaire. It isn’t the case for Public Enemies. The footage has no depth, is often very grainy, as if the scene lacked lighting, or as if the camera’s settings were totally off. It feels like watching the 6 o’clock news. And speaking of lighting, it is a total failure. Some shots just don’t feel right. *Spoiler alert* When Depp’s friend is dying in the backseat of a stolen car at night, he’s almost not lit while the back of Depp’s head looks like it is in broad day light. It’s weird because Dante Spinotti was director of photography, and I think he’s been nominated twice for an Academy Award.

Mr. Mann, you’ll have to do better next time…

Is the Terminator-series surfing on Bale’s wave of success ?

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Watching X-Men’s Origins: Wolverine the other day really brought back the doubt in me about long movie-series. Yesterday, Warner Bros. launched a 4-minute trailer for their upcoming summer blockbuster, Terminator Salvation. As with Wolverine, this movie will be the 4th installment of the Terminator series, and the previous one, T3: Rise of the Machines, with none other than governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a disaster.
Salvation stars Christian Bale, who has brought success to every single movie he starred in in the last 5 years. For those of you who may have been sleeping under a rock lately, here’s the list of movies he starred in. This leads me to ask myself: did the Terminator Salvation producers choose Bale because they knew their scenario was weak and Bale could sell the movie only with his name ? Let’s hope this is not true, but I think it definitely is a legitimate question.
After watching the 4-minute trailer (check out the HD version), I have to say the movie looks amazing. Christian Bale looks like he really fits his role of an older John Connor, and the special effects seem completely sick. But again, how many horrible movies have I seen which had kick-ass trailers ? I stopped counting those a long time ago.
Bale will also co-star with Johnny Depp in Michael Mann’s next movie, Public Enemies, a film about the American gangster scene in the 1930s. If had to make a bet, I’d say Public Enemies will get way better reviews, but won’t even get close to Terminator Salvation at the box office. We’ll have to see.