Saturday, 21 July 2012
In conjunction for the opening week of Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (read my review here) around the world, here's my in-depth review on his first chapter in the Batman trilogy, BATMAN BEGINS back in 2005:
The history of Bob Kane's legendary Batman comic had gone through all kind of various facelifts spun by an assortment of comic-book writers and the history of Batman behind the filmmaking experience shared the equally similar trial and tribulation. After BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997) flopped critically and commercially in the box-office, all blame pointed out directly to director Joel Schumacher who has single-handedly damaged the once-profitable Warner Bros' superhero-movie franchise into such embarrassing loss until the proposed fifth installment of BATMAN series is kept in hibernation for a long period of time.
Typically, trilogy doesn't usually goes well with the third movie especially when a sequel had already sets the bar high. Such bad examples are X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006), THE GODFATHER: PART III (1990) and SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007). When THE DARK KNIGHT hits theaters four years ago, the sequel was widely regarded by many as the greatest comic-book movie ever made and also earned a spectacular $533.3 million at the U.S. box office alone (a then-record breaker for such genre, before THE AVENGERS finally beat that tally with more than $610 million and still counting). So here lies the biggest question: can Christopher Nolan repeats the same massive success with his third and final Batman chapter of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? Personally, I think it's a tough act to follow, considering the way he has set the bar so high in THE DARK KNIGHT. But being an extraordinary filmmaker as he is, Nolan manages to pull it off so well it's totally exceeds my expectation. This is no doubt his magnum opus, even though he doesn't reach some of the dizzying heights he has done successfully in THE DARK KNIGHT. Well, more on that later.
Monday, 16 July 2012
In three days' time, Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will finally hit theaters worldwide. Since this epic blockbuster is confirmed to be Nolan's final take in the Batman saga, it's natural that (everyone) are expecting him to pull out all the stops and gives his very best here. Well, here's 6 things we certainly like to see him pull off in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Sunday, 8 July 2012
A decade ago, director Sam Raimi has made his near-perfect masterpiece of SPIDER-MAN (2002). He raised the bar again with SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004), which was highly regarded as one of the finest superhero movies of all-time. Then came SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007), which was condemned by many as a creative disappointment (even though I personally beg to differ) and even failed to capitalize the first two box-office successes that had set remarkably well before. Between 2008 till 2010, Sam Raimi was originally set to return with SPIDER-MAN 4. At that time, he wanted John Malkovich to play Vulture but Sony Pictures didn't see eye to eye with his idea especially with the reportedly awful script had turn up. With subsequent revised script and the studio's insistence to release the movie on May 6, 2011, Sam Raimi chose to leave the project completely and SPIDER-MAN 4 was ultimately scrapped to make way for the reboot instead.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
The story revolves around the two-member team of Hong Kong's "Invisible Squad", Cheung (Shawn Yue) and Lo (Anthony Wong), both cops who disguised as regular drivers until they track down any traffic offences and pull the person over. At the beginning of the movie, Cheung abandons his partner Lo on the road to chase over the fleeing offender. As a result of his reckless action, both Cheung and Lo are summoned to radar gun duty by their superior (Gordon Lam). During a somewhat routine job, Cheung manages to pin down a driver by the name of Jiang (Guo Xiaodong) who has gone beyond the speed limit. In an ensuing chase, he manages to stop him and arrests him. Apparently, Jiang has a plan of his own. Once he is brought back to the police station, he takes his chance to help his partner-in-crime, Huang Zhong (Li Haitao) escape from the prison. Nevertheless, Jiang's superior driving skill and smart getaway plan manages to outwit the police and especially Cheung, who fails to capture both of them. But of course, Cheung refuses to give up and discovers that Jiang knows a lot about unique driving skills. He tries to master some of his driving skills so he will have his chance to apprehend him one day. At the same time, this is where Lo, who has so far only cared about his retirement plan, starts to reveal his old self and teaches Cheung a few things about driving skills.