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  1. Ben Osborne

    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...
  2. Ben Osborne

    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...
  3. Ben Osborne

    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...
  4. Ben Osborne

    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...
  5. Ben Osborne

    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.
  6. Ben Osborne

    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...
  7. Ben Osborne

    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...
  8. Ben Osborne

    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.
  9. Ben Osborne

    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...
  10. Ben Osborne

    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
  11. Ben Osborne

    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...
  12. Ben Osborne

    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...
  13. Ben Osborne

    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.
  14. Ben Osborne

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Is there some reason that Hugo Weaving isn't mentioned in that press release?
  15. Ben Osborne

    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...
  16. Ben Osborne

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    What in Christopher Nolan's file résumé makes people think that he's going to any lecherous shots of Anne Hathaway, or feature any kind of adolescent pandering? I don't remember anything like that in The Following, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, or Nolan's other Batman movies...
  17. Ben Osborne

    "Count of Monte Cristo"

    Todd, I agree that Dorleac is a repulsive character, but when you say that Dantes should be able to unilaterally decide that he deserves to die and then execute him, that's getting into some pretty dark territory. If the movie is taking that position on revenge, then Dantes could, by the same...
  18. Ben Osborne

    "Count of Monte Cristo"

    I enjoy this movie, but I think it's confused about what it wants its audience to think about revenge. When Dantes escapes from the Chateau D'iff, he purposefully drowns Dorleac, the prison warden, out of revenge. It was an act of murder, and it's not even mentioned later in the movie. The...
  19. Ben Osborne

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    Greg, I also find a lot of the humor extremely crude and tasteless, and wish the reviewer would tone it down. I have friend who will not watch the reviews because of the language and crudeness. I won't show them to my wife, even though I would like to for the sake of the good arguments that...
  20. Ben Osborne

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    Well, most of the points raised were new to me, and I've been discussing the prequels since before the release of the TPM. It's not clear to me at all of that no one's opinion of the prequels is going to be changed. I had problems with them before I watched any of of the Stoklasa reviews...
  21. Ben Osborne

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    Mike Stoklasa (Plinkett) has thorough (and equally scathing) reviews of all of the Star Trek:TNG movies too, so I don't know if he's singularly obsessed with Star Wars. In one of the TNG movie reviews, he even says something like "Why would I review a 10 year old movie?" and responds with...
  22. Ben Osborne

    New Bond Film: Skyfall

    The only Bond films I've seen have been some of the Brosnan ones, all of which I though were terrible, and the Craig ones, which I didn't like either. I'm definitely not a fan of the franchise, but Richard's posts make me want to give the old Bond movies chance.
  23. Ben Osborne

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    I'm not concerned about the next villain living up to the standard set by Ledger. If the story is good, and the villain is a credible threat to Batman, I'd be fine with an understated performance. I'm very glad that Nolan doesn't do casting by popularity and bring in some scenery-chewer like...
  24. Ben Osborne

    Titanic to be RE-RELEASED 2012!

    Cameron's just doing this to secure the #1 and #2 all time box office spots, given the Star Wars 3D re-releases. I'll get around to seeing Titanic some day, but not in 3D.
  25. Ben Osborne

    *** Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VI) Discussion Thread: Part 4

    The movie is such a patchwork at this point, Lucas should just re-do the entire thing in CG. Would anyone object to that who hasn't already objected to the constant alterations?
  26. Ben Osborne

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    Paul, are you saying the two boats sequence shows that the people of Gotham can act virtuously even without "white knights" as examples of virtue? I'm not sure I understand your argument.
  27. Ben Osborne

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    Regarding Anakin in episode I -- it's not just that he was introduced late in the movie, but that he doesn't understand what's going on or what's at stake during the events of TPM. TPM was released as a separate movie, so it needs to be looked at in isolation from the other two when judging its...
  28. Ben Osborne

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    There's another film reviewer on YouTube called "Confused Matthew" who criticized Attack of the Clones pretty thoroughly, particularly the problems with the plot. He's not as good as Plinkett, but he's pretty good. I think Plinkett deliberately avoided repeating Confused Matthew's complaints.
  29. Ben Osborne

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    You want production shut down because you don't want to see a certain take the material? Will its existence bother you so much that simply not seeing it won't be good enough? Are you just as ardent in hoping that paintings, songs, video games, etc. that "expand on" Tolkien's creation don't get...
  30. Ben Osborne

    Batman III starts shooting next year - Gary Oldman tells SDCC earlier today

    That's print media for you. Running with something throughly debunked before it even hit the newsstands. It's a good think they'll be out of business soon.
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