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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Matthew Modine's character, Foley, isin the movie for several reasons: * Someone had to be in charge of the police while Gordon was hospitalized * He was an obstacle for Batman, making the Gotham PD hostile to him * He was an obstacle for Blake, denying him the resources to properly investigate...
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Even what Bilbo observed before he was knocked out was pretty epic. The book spends only 4 pages on it, but each page is loaded with stuff happening. And once Bilbo wakes up, there's another page where Gandalf explains what he missed. I think it would make perfect sense to show all the...
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Here's the challenge -- if the Hobbit was to be adapted into one 3-hour movie, Smaug's death would happen around the 2.5 hour mark (in the book it happens at 85%). That leaves 30 minutes for the falling action after Smaug's death, the build up to the battle of the 5 armies, the battle itself...
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    Plinkett's Review of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is Up

    I can't see Stoklasa going after Return of the Jedi. It takes more than simple flaws earn the scorn of RedLetterMedia. There has to be something conceptually wrong -- almost ill-intentioned -- with the whole approach that was taken to produce the movie. For the Star Trek:TNG movies, it was the...
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    It does have turbofans on what appear to be movable arms. That would theoretically let it take off vertically like a Harrier jump jet. I also thought it might have additional thrusters in the rear. In any case, it's a moot point now that Zack clarified that it's a helicopter.
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Pretty cool Batwing. It's not beautiful like the Batwing in the Burton movies, but it's consistent with Nolan's more realistic take. With the fake snow, it seems that this film will take place in the winter. That might explain the predominantly while color scheme in the the teaser, and also...
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Ah, I forgot about the League of Shadows. But I would imagine that there's a front organization that they hide behind, which could be some kind of private defense contractor. Marion Cotillard's character's official name is Miranda Tate and not Talia Al Ghul, after all. Perhaps the League is...
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    For anyone who hasn't seen these yet, here are some set pictures taken last weekend. They may contain some minor spoilers. What I say below is just speculation, but since my speculation is informed by the photos, some people might consider my comments to be spoilers.
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    I find the fan trailers absolutely nauseating, and not one of them had me fooled for even a second. Some fan thinks, "hey, Batman 3 should be about the Riddler. Let's completely saturate this trailer with green, because that's the Riddler's color!" For one thing, that's been done in the...
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    Tricky Jason Bourne question

    You should take a screen capture and post it. Or, you could ask on the Bourne Wiki: http://bourne.wikia.com/wiki/Jarda
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    A lot of the outdoor Gotham scenes in Batman Begins take place in the narrows, which have a distinct dirty, dark, and claustrophobic look. The Dark Knight has many more scenes of the city during daylight and in more open areas. Nolan also chose a blueish color palette for the Dark Knight in...
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    The character of Elrond was changed from how he was in the book. That's not Weaving's fault, and the change doesn't bother me that much. The changes to Elrond added additional tension to the conflict to Aragorn & Arwen's romance. Elrond's portrayal is similar to the character of Thingol in...
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    I'm assuming that 3D is something the studios pushed hard for. Only a director who is really against it, like Christopher Nolan, would have resisted. Jackson either likes 3D or is willing to go along with it to make the studios happy. I'll be seeing it in 2D.
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Is there some reason that Hugo Weaving isn't mentioned in that press release?
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    Ebert says the debate is over, 3D lost

    The payoff for being able to easily read subtitles is that you're able to watch and understand movies that you otherwise would not be able to. For me, the payoff for developing the "skill" to watch 3D films is pretty unsubstantial. I personally don't percieve having to work any harder to...
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