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The Dark Knight Trilogy: Book Review


By Brian Peterson

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Fifteen years ago the Batman franchise was pronounced dead on arrival thanks largely in part to Joel Schumacher’s “Batman and Robin” seppuku that banished Bruce Wayne and his alter ego to languish in pop icon purgatory.  The Caped Crusader was officially deceased, needing more than the rejuvenating effects of a Ra’s al Ghul Lazarus Pit to restore the decommissioned hero back to motion picture prominence.  Enter writer, producer, director and resurrector Christopher Nolan, who in 2005, brought the bat back from the brink with “Batman Begins,” an origin tale steeped in a gritty sense of realism that forever altered the way in which superhero movies were told.  In 2008, Nolan would go on to legendize the franchise in “The Dark Knight,” a sequel to Batman Begins that pitted Christian Bale’s Batman against Heath Ledger’s Joker in an all out war for the heart and soul of Gotham City.   Finally in 2012, Batman was cast out of the shadows in “The Dark Knight Rises,” thanks largely in part to Tom Hardy’s masked terrorist Bane whose weaponized ambitions threatened to baptize Gothamites in a radioactive snowfall of post nuclear soot and ash.  If the Dark Knight saga alchemized you into a believer in Christopher Nolan, then consider making Opus Publishing’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Selected Storyboards” your Batman bible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Brian Peterson, Movies

 

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New Release Tuesday – 11/6/12


The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. — (C) Sony
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New in Theaters – 7/20/12


The Dark Knight Rises

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. — (C) Warner Bros.
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The Dark Knight Rises Review


The Dark Knight Rises To The Occasion

By Brian Peterson

In Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” Ann Hathaway’s Selina Kyle looks at Batman as the climax reaches a tipping point and says, “You don’t owe these people anymore. You’ve given them everything.” “Not everything,” Batman replies. “Not yet!” You can’t help but think this was the stance of Warner Brothers brass when Nolan propositioned them on making a third and final Batman movie. Lucky for us, team Nolan and Gotham’s greatest guardian disagreed with that assessment, and went on to engage us in a final act of theatricality. To call The Dark Knight Rises a sensational spectacle is like calling the Holy Grail just another piece of fine china; it’s so much more than that. This is Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” meets Charles Dicken’s “A Tale of Two Cities,” with enough Batman bravado to stake claim as the best comic book movie of all time.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Brian Peterson, Movie Reviews, Movies

 

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New in Theaters – July 4th Week


The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. — (C) Sony
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Review of Amazing Spider-Man


by Brian Peterson

Along Came A Spider

Marc Webb Weaves The Most Intricate Spiderman Tale to Date

Now stop me if you’ve think heard this one before, a bullied high school student is bitten by a mutated spider and gains extrasensory perception, web slinging capabilities, and the ability to scale walls.  Now I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t I see this monotonous cliché ten years ago?”  Before you go washing this reboot down the drain, do allow me to tingle your spidey sense if only for a little bit.

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Brian Peterson, Movie Reviews, Movies

 

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New in Theaters – 6/29/12


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director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since. — (C) Universal
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