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August 18, 2012 at 12:15 am 1 comment

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises (4 of 5)

This isn’t going to be a detailed review.

I saw The Dark Knight Rises alone because neither my wife nor daughters wished to see it, even though my girls love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They weren’t excited by the trailers and after the Colorado shooting, weren’t even willing to see it just for dear old Dad.

It’s a very good movie.  Not as good as The Avengers, I’d rank it about the same as The Amazing Spider-man except that I’m more interested in seeing Spidey a second time in the theater.  I not sure exactly why, except that I had lower expectations for Spider-man and he exceeded them while I had high expectations for TDKR and he didn’t quite meet them.

Now I loved The Dark Knight.  I saw it a couple of times in the theater including once in IMAX.  But TDKR has no one to match Heath Ledger’s Joker.  I also think there were too many characters in TDKR and we didn’t get to spend enough time with them.  If you read my review of The Amazing Spider-man, I explained how less is more.  Few characters means we get a better feel for them.

In The Dark Knight Rises, we have:  Bruce/Batman, Alfred, Gordon, Selena/Catwoman, Bane, Fox, Blake, Miranda, Foley, Daggat, Stryver and the two guys in the pit.  Each of these characters had significant dialogue and multiple scenes.  They could have dropped Foley, comgined Daggat and Stryver into a single character and combined the two guys in the pit into a single character without changing the plot one bit.

There were also several scenes that pulled me out of the movie which is never a good thing.

So I do recommend it, but not as highly as I would have liked.

August 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

A Liberal Definition of Fair

I read a nice post over at Borepatch about the mixed feelings some people are having about wanting to support Chick-fil-A for their free speech rights, but not harm friends in the LGBTQ community.  As a compromise, Jeniffer suggests donating $1 to The Trevor Project for every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A.

I don’t know Jeniffer’s political persuasion, but her suggestion is classic Liberal Fairness.

Every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A (or any other business) has to cover the cost of the food (merchandise/service) that you purchase, including material, labor, equipment, facility, utilities, taxes, permits and licenses. What little is leftover as profit is divided amongst shareholders and used to cover their living expenses with an even smaller amount that actually goes to charity.

So even if every dollar of Chick-fil-A profit that is eventually donated to charity goes to an organization opposed by the LGBTQ community, the actual amount is no more than a few percent of the total revenue.  So Jeniffer’s compromise is to give the Trevor Project 50x the money that the “objectionable” charity might receive.

Great compromise.

Really fair.

August 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Did You Ever Notice …

that Progressives cite precedent and object to any suggestion to modify any New Deal legislation or Great Society legislation because they are established law, yet think of the US Constitution as obsolete and irrelevant to modern society  because it was created by a bunch of dead white guys – uh, like Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson.

July 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Common Ground

So Schumer, Lautenberg, Feinstein, et al, are up to their old tricks – slipping an anti-gun amendment into the Cyber-Security bill being considered by the Senate.

“Maybe we could come together on guns if each side gave some,” Schumer said.

And earlier this week, Obama stated that AK-47s (and implied all “assault weapons”) were only properly used by the military and all other uses were criminal.

So here’s my proposal to Obama and Schumer:

A complete ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with the appearance of military weapons, and all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition by all federal, state, county and local law enforcement throughout the United States.  The President and Congress have direct authority to insure compliance by all federal employees (FBI, DHS, DEA, ATFE, DEA, USDA, EPA, etc…) and can use their funding requirements to bring states and local municipalities into line.

Any objection to such a law would constitute an admission of lying to the American people.  Law enforcement, not even the Secret Service, are military personnel.

After 10 years of enforcement, the results can be evaluated and if removing these weapons and magazines from law enforcement can be proven to reduce crime, then we can discuss implementing a similar law for the general public.

So that’s my proposal, Mr Schumer.  Give a little, like you proposed.

Or else Go Fuck Yourself and leave my rights alone.

July 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

Why I Do Not Respect Your Authority

I do love The Great One – Jackie Gleason.

However, I do not respect his or any person’s authority.

Authority does not deserve respect, but I will tell you what does deserve respect:

RESPONSIBILITY

The purpose and justification of any authority is to fulfill responsibilities .  Authority without responsibility is tyranny.  Our government is based on that simple fact.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and insure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Before creating the Legislature, the Judiciary or the Executive, We the People first defined the responsibilities of government.  No mention of laws, taxes, military, regulations, bureaucracy or courts.  Those things are the means to an end – to meet the responsibilities laid out in the Preamble to our Constitution.

July 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Mary Jane, You Ignorant Slut!

In my review of The Amazing Spider-man, I mentioned how I didn’t like Sam Raimi’s version of Mary Jane (MJ) Watson.  In the past week, I’ve watched Spider-man, Spider-man 2 and most of Spider-man 3 (I turned it off after Spidey blows up Harry Osborn and before his song and dance number).  Through the course of just the first movie, I realized that I didn’t like MJ and felt that Peter could do much better, and after each additional movie my dislike grew.

In Spider-man, we first see MJ on the bus sitting next to Flash Thompson (she dates the school bully).  Yes, she does defend Peter a little, but not much.  She lets him take her picture on the field trip, but it appeared that had more to do with getting her picture in the school paper than anything to do with Peter.  Then we find out that she lives right next door to Peter and has for over 10 years!  They talk when Peter’s taking out the trash, but she ditches him when her boyfriend pulls up in a new car (MJ is very excited by this).  She breaks up with the jerk after graduation for no discernible reason, but then dates Peter’s best friend Harry (who is very wealthy).  While dating Harry, she gets the hots for Spidey and shares a passionate kiss while he is inverted (important later).  She breaks up with Harry only after Norman belittles her and then can’t decide between Spidey and Peter until the movie’s end where she confesses true love for Peter which he denies because he doesn’t want to endanger her.

Then we come to Spider-man 2:

MJ has a successful acting career (good for her) and is dating astronaut John Jamison, son of Daily Bugle editor, J. Jonah Jamison.  She tells Peter that she’s writing him off as a friend since he can’t make it to one of her performances (admittedly, it seems like Peter’s missed numerous opportunities).  Next thing you know, she’s agreed to marry the guy (but won’t invite Peter to the wedding).  Peter tries to change her mind, but to no avail.  Then once he gets his head on straight and knows what he wants to do with his life, she meets him for coffee and tries to make him admit that he loves her – even though she’s engaged to another man (what the hell did John Jamison do to earn himself this kind of crappy karma?).  After the final confrontation with Doc Ock, MJ learns the truth about Peter/Spidey and Peter explains to her that he won’t be with her because it is too risky.  Then her FIANCE shows up, worried sick about her.  Does she tell him that she’s having second thoughts?  Hell no, she waits to dump the guy at the alter – in writing! – by having her bridesmaid deliver a note, not even bothering to dump the guy in person!  Sure, Peter gets her at the end of the movie, but why would he want her?

Spider-man 3:

A lot can be said about this movie.  It wasn’t a total disaster.  Much of the first 1/2 – 2/3 of the movie is great fun.  But this post isn’t a review of Spider-man 3, it’s about what a horrible person is Mary Jane Watson (as presented by Raimi).

When the movie starts, everything is going great for both Peter and MJ.  NYC loves Spider-man and MJ has a lead role in a musical (it takes 3 movies before we find out that she sings?).  She gets horrible reviews for her singing and optimistic Peter tries unsuccessfully to cheer her up.  Now to be honest, this scene was very realistic.  Any married man knows that when his wife is upset, he should just nod and KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT!  He can’t solve her problems and she’ll resent him if he tries.  Which Peter tries and MJ does.

Then MJ gets fired from the show in a cold brutal fashion, but doesn’t tell Peter because it’s Spider-man’s big day (good for her).  But during the public recognition ceremony, he allows the presenter, Gwen Stacy, to kiss him while he’s inverted (like MJ kissed Spidey in the first movie as noted above).  MJ is furious that Peter shared THEIR KISS with another woman, though from Peter’s reaction he never realized the importance of the inverted kiss in their relationship (and there were no scenes in any of the movies where she tells him so prior to this).  Peter plans to propose to MJ, but she arrives at dinner clearly upset and things go downhill from there (understandably, MJ is not to blame here).

Yet, what does she do next?  She goes to visit her rich old boyfriend Harry.  He tries to cheer her up … they dance … and she kisses him.  WHAT THE HELL?  In the last movie, she loved Peter so much that she left a famous astronaut standing at the alter and after losing one lousy job, she’s making out with Peter’s best friend!

Well, Harry gets his memory back and decides to take another shot at Spidey, so he ambushes MJ at her apartment and threatens her so that she’ll do what he wants.  And that is?  Break up with Peter and lie to him that she’s in love with another man.  Uh, what?  Your boyfriend is Spider-man, yet you allow some jerk ex-boyfriend to blackmail you into dumping him?  ARE YOU NUTS?

 

July 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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