Batman Begins

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  1. AlanC

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    A thumbs up from me as well. It's a nice take on Miller's Year One with a number of elements from the Dark Knight series, too (the batsuit and the Batmobile were more DK than Year One). I thought Bale was a convincing Bruce Wayne; the supporting cast was very good. I didn't mind Katie Holmes, although I, too, am getting tired of the Cruise-Holmes hype.

    I have told my fan guy brother-in-law in the past that I wanted to see a Ra's al Ghul movie, I wanted to see Batman outside of Gotham and I wanted Scarecrow as a villain. This movie has all three, although Ra's was changed somewhat and I think the Scarecrow is a strong enough villain to carry a movie himself.

    This Batman is strong enough to stand alongside the recent Spiderman movies. It's probably the best DC comic adaptation that's been made (fingers crossed on Superman).
     
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    I love SNL, it is a shame it isn't on tv here... But that wasn't a particularly good skit imho. It's not bad either, how can it be with Chris Walken in it [​IMG]
     
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    (faustian bargain @ June 16 2005,13:28)
    Maybe he can cease and desist jumping around like a fairy and causing me mental anguish by making an ass out of himself on television, so that anytime I turn on the T.V. I am subjected to his frenzied love-psychosis. I have a fever. And the only cure is... more cowbell (and less Tom Cruise)
    In that case I would recommend turning off your tv until maybe mid-July. what does "cow-bell" refer to?

    i want to know the cowbell reference too - i heard a morning show playing that sound bite over and over one morning several weeks ago, and i never heard what it was about. /andrew <- too lazy to google
    One of the all-time funniest SNL skits ever. Â Blue Oyster Cult is in the studio recording "Don't Fear the Reaper." Â Will Farrell is a guy playing the cowbell and Christopher Walken is the producer. He keeps stopping the recording and marching into the studio and saying "More Cowbell." Â It's funny as hell when you see it in context. What really works is lurking in the back of your mind is all the psycho characters played through the years by Walken. I don't know if that skit would have worked so well had someone else played the Walken part.
    LOVE that skit; but the quote actually is, "Guess what. I've got a FEVAH..and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL" [​IMG] koji
     
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    Anybody else watch the Charlie Rose interview with Christian Bale and the director, Nolan?

    I'm confused about the statement that Nolan made that this was the first time, including all the comic books, where anybody ever addressed how Bruce Wayne became Batman. Haven't seen the movie, but I don't see how it somehow did something differently than Batman: Year One or any of the other origin stories out there.
     
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    Surely he meant just the movies. It would be hard to count how many times Batman's origin has been retold in the comics.
     
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    No, he specifically mentioned comic books as well.

    And, in some of the PR about the movie, they also make the same point as well.

    That's why I thought it was such a strange comment, and was wondering what he meant by it. What did the movie cover that none of the comics ever have?
     
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    I love that skit. It rivals the best of the CELEBRITY JEAPORDY skits.

    After a hard day's work, I should be sleeping like a this. Mr. Reynolds?

    Chinese Whore.
     
  9. Stu

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    (Stu @ June 18 2005,09:38)
    Maybe he can cease and desist jumping around like a fairy and causing me mental anguish by making an ass out of himself on television, so that anytime I turn on the T.V. I am subjected to his frenzied love-psychosis. I have a fever. And the only cure is... more cowbell (and less Tom Cruise)
    In that case I would recommend turning off your tv until maybe mid-July. what does "cow-bell" refer to?

    i want to know the cowbell reference too - i heard a morning show playing that sound bite over and over one morning several weeks ago, and i never heard what it was about. /andrew <- too lazy to google

    One of the all-time funniest SNL skits ever. Â Blue Oyster Cult is in the studio recording "Don't Fear the Reaper." Â Will Farrell is a guy playing the cowbell and Christopher Walken is the producer. He keeps stopping the recording and marching into the studio and saying "More Cowbell." Â It's funny as hell when you see it in context. What really works is lurking in the back of your mind is all the psycho characters played through the years by Walken. I don't know if that skit would have worked so well had someone else played the Walken part.
    LOVE that skit; but the quote actually is, "Guess what. Â I've got a FEVAH..and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL" [​IMG] koji
    I thought that was just one of the many quotes. If I recall, he kept stopping the recording right after that intro, and walking into the studio. He said something on the cowbell thieme every time and his comments got increasingly more ridiculous. It was really kind of a stupid skit, but it worked because of Walken, who is one of the finest actors ever to grace the planet.
     
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    I saw the movie. I liked it a lot.

    Less campy and more realistic (if you can use that term about a comic book movie) than the others.

    I thought it was right up there with the two Spiderman movies, which I also enjoyed.
     
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    Is it a good adaptation? Does it capture the 'mood' of Year One? I'm dreading watching the movie since I hold Year One dear to me. No Ras al Ghul or Scarecrow in that one....
     
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    It's not really an adaptation at all. One or two scenes share some elements with Year One, but that's about it. The first act of the movie is basically set before Wayne arrives in Gotham at the start of the book. It is very good, though. I'd see it again at the cinema, and I'll buy the DVD when it comes out. One particular element towards the end is a little bit scientifically implausible, but just go with it. It's a "bad thing", so Batman must stop it. [​IMG]
     
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    Found a clip (though blurry) of the cowbell skit on the web.[​IMG] SNL Cowbell Skit Enjoy. "I'm tellin' ya, fellas, you're gonna want that cowbell on the track" [​IMG]
     
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    What other villians that the non-fanboy would recognize can they use for any Batman sequels at this point? Other than Bane, I can't think of anybody else that would be a major villian.

    Would they really dare to have another actor try to reprise the Joker role?

    T4Phage: interesting note. I read that when they were considering adapting that Batman story in the future, their first choice was going to be Clint Eastwood.
     
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    How about King Tut to camp it up a little? Or the Minstrel? Or, for those Simpsons fans out there, the Scoutmaster? SNUH. NEWT. MINT.
     

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