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Odds on this is one of the Australian members here. The bit about cleaning shoes is the give away.
I sent blahman up to Sydney to open a branch office.
You guessed it!
What are all these Batman/Catwoman references...
Haha no, seriously - I loved it, I'm going to watch the film again tomorrow night. Hope everyone got to see it in IMAX or at least VMAX. I'm very glad Christopher Nolan chooses not to use 3D. It's so overdone, IMHO.
Very classy film, well directed, scripted, acted and costumed. I do like a film that goes for a decent amount of time and at around 2 hours 15 minutes this one never seems too long.
Although dressed up (small word play) as a period romance - it is a meaty examination of the Enlightenment and the spread of those ideas thorough Europe in the late 1700s and gives an insight into why some of the ideas still struggle to be translated to policy, laws and actions.
Aside from the humping scenes and a bit of the unverifiable domestic dialogue etc the film seems to be remarkably historically accurate.
Those who have even a passing interest in the development of clothes (mens in particular) will also have much to occupy their eyes if the sex, romance, intrigue, politics, blood and intellectual shenanigans are too tame.
Look, they have a great store and have a wonderful history in Melbourne as a menswear hub. There is nothing else like it that I know of in Melbourne with their range of brands. In my opinion they are from an different generation of menswear and do not feel they have to give you a certain retail experience, my guess is that they feel the quality of the product is enough. My kind of retail is sitting down with a client and getting to know them, so you can understand what they need. When selling products of this price, I like a personal feel, especially with the Internet undercutting prices in all brick and mortar stores. I think this experience should not be expected everywhere you go. You may not agree.
The owner is a lovely chap and has a great eye.
We are calling out for a decent menswear store here...something like Boggi Milano, my favorite store. Something in the style of Bunello, at a price where you don't have to remortgage your house for a pair of flannel trousers....
Saw it on Saturday at Gold Class. Here are the thoughts that I posed over on whingepool shortly after (a la The Simpsons Comic Book guy):
While I loved the film, but I don't think that it stands up as on its own unlike the other two movies. BB was obviously the start of the trilogy, which had to work as a stand alone film, but I would argue that TDK could easily be watched without having seen BB. In my opinion TDKR, on the other hand fits in well with the established story arc, but would not stand up on its own without them.
Reviewers have often pointed out that with trilogies, the second part always has the easiest job for the film makers, in that they don't have to spend the time establishing characters and backgrounds like in the first part, or wrapping up the story like in the third part. It is often argued that this then allows the film maker to let loose and is why we have in the past often found the second acts of trilogies are the most loved (eg Empire, the Godfather, Back to the Future, etc).
What I liked about TDKR is that although it had the clear aftertaste of BB and TDK (probably more so BB than TDK) it is distinctly a different type of film (eg Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I agree however that Chris Nolan was overly ambitious and did take on too much with this film, and it would have benefited from being split into two volumes (a la Kill Bill) or another solution (like an animated back story). I do agree that it did feel rushed in some places, which I think is more a function of the scope of the task of trying to wrap up the trilogy whilst making the connections back to TDK at the same time establishing a new criminal threat for Batman. That said, I think that while not perfect, I can't imagine many film makers coming anywhere close to Nolan's effort.
If I was to nit-pick, I did find that some of the hints dropped at the start that drove some of later the plot developments went subtle enough. For example Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I must confess, while I have never really rated Anne Hathaway, she is certainly growing on me. Her performance I think was perfect, rooted in reality and while she probably didn't steal the show, she came close to it. I also agree with most reviews that say that the Bane performance would have been much more powerful sans mask. I was more or less indifferent to Bane as a villain in this movie, and felt that the films real villain was Bruce Wayne's inner demons. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My biggest fear is what the studio will do to the series in future. I think most fans of the trilogy would be begrudgingly happy to leave it as is, but I have no doubts that WB will push for a fourth installment by some second rate film making team (probably Michael Bay!). I would be happy to see an animated spin off series or film where Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Overall however I loved it, and will be watching it again for sure.
Having recently returned from a very pleasant 4 week holiday in England and Italy, I wholeheartedly agree with you Christian. I purchased a number of items from Boggi, when I was in Milan. Massimo Dutti - the upmarket sibling of Zara - is another retailer I like, which I wish existed here. I don't want to spend $200 on a t-shirt or $500 on a jumper!
I purchased a number of items from Massimo Dutti at full price - I would be paying double in Melbourne.
Fxh: Avoid visiting Florence and Milan at all costs: Pitti men are ubiquitous there ...
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