Ultimate 2000s Blogathon: The Dark Knight (2008) by MovieRob

Next up is one of the most avid and frequent movie reviews in our blogging community, MovieRob. If you haven’t been to his blog, he just reached his 5000th review milestone. His reviews are straight and to the point, features a cool quote, some trivia. Its a blast to join in and see everything he watches and reviews. If you haven’t been there before, you should definitely head there and check it out.  This time he takes us to a great film in the 2000s, no doubt a lot of people’s favorite, The Dark Knight, the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Do I really need to introduce it more?


dark knightI just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!” – The Joker

Number of Times Seen – More than 10 times (Twice in Theater including opening Day, DVD, Jun 2012, 13 May 2014, 20 Apr 2017 and 8 Jan 2019)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a new villainous threat begins to terrorize Gotham, Batman teams up with Gordon and the new DA, Harvey Dent to try and save the city.

If you have never seen this movie, I urge you to stop reading this post, read my two original non-spoiler reviews (linked Here and Here), watch the movie and finally after you’ve seen it, absorbed it and even cheered a bit (I did every time that I’ve watched it) then come back here for a review and analysis full of spoilers.

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I have always been a fan of superhero movies and always enjoyed watching the Tim Burton version of Batman.

When Christopher Nolan made this film he found a way to completely raise the level of genre and it no longer was considered just fun but it now also could be a powerful storytelling device.

Bat man Begins was also great, but this film did so much near perfect and remains even after 11 years the very best superhero movie ever made and will probably remain that way for quite a long time.

No one (not even Nolan) himself have been able to find a story to top this one no matter how hard they have tried.

Heath Ledger does a superb job as the Joker and also remains the best portrayal of a superhero villain on film.

With this performance, he was able to break free of the stigma that Superhero movies are not just for kids.

Ledger won an Oscar for his performance and the film itself caused a change in the whole Oscar voting system because how could a film this powerful fail to get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

The music by Hans Zimmer is haunting and allows us to get into this complex and amazing story of good vs. evil so well it resonates for days after watching it.

The action sequences are planned extraordinarily and the story is filled with so many twists and turns that you are in for a helluva thrilling ride.

This is no children’s superhero film because they let some of the main characters die which helps make this story feel even more realistic because no one is truly safe from the terror of the villain.

The kinds of ‘tricks’ tat the Joker plays works really well because they give the viewer so much to think about.

This isn’t just a villain who wants money or carnage, he is one who will do anything to mess with the minds of those trying to stop him.

This is all apparent from the first scene because we see how the bank heist moves in ways that are quite unique and allow us to get an idea as to what kind of chaos the Joker is trying to put Gotham through just for the very fun of it all.

The fact that we learn nothing about the Joker also works really well because it adds to the unpredictability of it all.

The Joker pours his heart out twice during the film about how he got his scars but both stories contradict one another which leads us to believe that he just likes to tell crazy stories and it doesn’t matter if they are true or not.

It’s too bad that playing this character put such a toll on Ledger that he ended up accidentally overdosing while trying to recover from this transformation.

He was quite deserving of his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role and remains one of the best screen villains to date.

The story is very dark, yet still feels so realistic throughout and this is still Nolan’s best film that even he will have trouble topping one day.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The bus crashing backwards into the bank in the opening sequence was much harder to pull off than was anticipated. The bus had to be taken apart and reassembled inside the building (a disused post office), concealed behind a large false wall, and then propelled backwards with an air cannon. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)


A huge thanks to MovieRob for joining us with this fantastic choice to share his favorite film of the 2000s. Its one that ranks pretty high with us as well. Remember to head over and check out his blog and give him a follow!

As always, you can find the full list of entries updated daily HERE!

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Game Warp Podcast: ‘Batman: The Telltale Series’ Review

Game Warp Podcast’s new episode is here!
We are looking at our March featured game, Batman: The Telltale Series!

This episode, Elwood and I sit down with Youtube Gamer Slaymate, aka Insomnia Knights, to talk about Batman: The Telltale Series. We talk about what we thought about the story arcs that Telltale Games choose and how they made it their own. The conversation lead to the choices that tailored the story and game flow along with the game mechanics which are mostly the quick time events based. We end the conversation with whether we think there will be a sequel and what heroes or villains we’d like to see if it did happen as well as pitch other franchises that Telltale Games should do that could be fun.

Thanks for watching!

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If you have any games to recommend, do tell us.

Also, remember that we’ll be streaming this weekend over at Twitch.
Follow us on Facebook/Twitter @GameWarpPodcast to get the announcements.
I’m looking at Saturday afternoon some time. 🙂

Game Warp Podcast: Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)

Over at Game Warp, Elwood and I have been getting into the Christmas spirit as we dove into Batman: Arkham Origins which is set on Christmas Eve in Gotham. Batman: Arkham Origins is a 2013 open world action-adventure game and the third installment in the Arkham trilogy. We start with a younger Batman who follows a lead to track down Commission Leob who may be in danger at the Blackgate Penitentiary and learns that Black Mask is behind everything and has put a bounty on his head which eight assassins have gladly accepted. While he could hide away from all of them and stay as Bruce Wayne, Batman just couldn’t let others get caught up in his mess so he goes out to follow the lead to put an end to this.

We would like to apologize for the minor audio issues! Its something we are working hard to remedy.

Hope you enjoyed it! If you did, don’t forget to subscribe!

Happy Holidays!

 

Opinion Battles Round 16 Favourite Batman Villain

Its time for Round 16 of Opinion Battles! Its all about our favorite Batman villain. Of course, I chose to be extra unique and pick Catwoman who is kind of a villain but I love her the best. Regardless, its no doubt that I think the choices are great and everyone was as I expected with The Joker being a fave.
Drop by and check out the other choices and vote!

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Opinion Battels Round 16

Favourite Batman Villain

Suicide Squad is hitting the cinema with a host of Batman enemies getting their own film, we always need a good villain to go up against the Dark Knight and we have had plenty to pick from.

If you want to join Opinion Battles our next subject will be Time Travel Movies, if you want to enter the closing date is 20th August 2016 and email your choice moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk

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Scarecrow first appeared in Batman Begins and was his first appearance in film universe, this was a risk to do because in the reboot we could have just jumped in with a more iconic villain for the non-comic book fans like myself could relate too. Scarecrow isn’t even the lead villain in this film but his scenes come off as the scariest in the superhero genre and…

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Unboxing: 1UP Box [July 2015]

I’m sorry that this is a little late.  I received this the same day as the Arcade Block but since I didn’t do a video for this one, it took me longer to put together. Now that Fantasia Festival is officially over and I only have one post left to do (which will be posted soon), I have a few of these backlogged posts to catch up on.  Let’s kick it off with an unboxing!

This month’s theme for 1UP Box is JUSTICE!

1UP BOX

Let’s unbox July’s box!!

1) Justice League Wind Ups – Green Lantern

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I’m starting to really enjoy these boxed up figures.  Be it wind ups or Pop! vinyl ones.  I think I need a new glass cabinet.  Question is where to put it. I’m not a huge fan of Green Lantern since it brings back bad memories of the movie but Justice League is cool 🙂 I’m down for superheroes.

2) TMNT Turtle Topper

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I didn’t even have pencil toppers when I was a kid.  It always felt somewhat useless.  I am a huge fan of TMNT though so this has its nostalgic value 🙂

3) Batman Super Hero Shades

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Look, I love Batman.  And its because of this absolutely useless gear that I get a little turned off with 1UP Box.  I guess its because there isn’t a age limit or something.  I’m all for nerdy stuff but unless I want to be Batgirl or Batwoman or something for Halloween, I won’t use this.  Anybody want it? I’d gladly send it to you! 🙂

4) Princess 007 Magnet

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I’m not a huge Star Wars fans like a good amount of people out there but I love these mash-ups.  Princess Leia and James Bond! C’mon! That’s so cool! 🙂 Plus, I love magnets.  My fridge doesn’t look so white and sad anymore.

5) Exclusive Justice Tattoos

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These are some cute tattoos. I won’t wear it but maybe I’ll pass it on to the nieces and nephews in the family 🙂

6) T-Shirt: Super Rangers

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To wrap it all up, we look at the T-Shirt.  Like I said before, mash-ups.  I wasn’t a huge Power Rangers fan, mostly because it didn’t play on TV or at least I didn’t get the channel that it played on.  But I knew enough 😉 Now Super Ranger with a mix of Super Mario Bros which I LOVE LOVE LOVE (!!!) and Power Rangers. So awesome!! 🙂

This is the last 1UP Box for now. My subscription ended and whether I resubscribe down the road is still unknown.  However, I needed to drop one of these subscriptions at least so here we are! Waving my goodbyes to 1UP box.  Its a mixed bag, like I’ve said many times before.  There’s a lot of useless geek gear that I can’t think of what to make use with and its turning into clutter. Its nice to be away sometimes.  Let me organize it all and see what I can give away or alternate uses or whatnot.  I still had a lot of fun opening these boxes.  When it was cool stuff, it was pretty awesome 🙂

What do you think of this month’s 1UP Box? 

1UP Box: April 2015

What do you know?

1UP Box got their act together and got back on track with April’s box and it arrived on last Thursday!

What’s even more awesome than arriving early? Its that this month’s theme is in anticipation for the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron and themed HERO!

How many of us aren’t even a little anticipating Avengers: Age of Ultron? So this superheroes theme comes right in time!

Let’s check it out!!

1UP Box April 2015

Funko Pop! Captain America

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I’m not exactly sure how to not geek out over this! Other than the fact that I like Captain America and its all Marvel and whatnot, its because I’ve been hoping to get an ACTUAL Funko Pop! figurine thing since I’ve been ordering these boxes.  I got the weird Walking Dead one that winds up and the keychain but finally, an actual one!

I probably shouldn’t start another collection but isn’t this one just awesome!!!!

Super Key Cover: Batman

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Super Key Cover: Batman

Remember how I geeked out over getting Boo in the last box.  I really like this one as well.  It was 50/50 that I might have gotten Superman.  I’m not a huge fan of Superman so this one was perfect 🙂

Legendary Hero Necklace

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Legendary Hero Necklace

This is possibly a Zelda item again.  At least that was me and my boyfriend’s deduction.  It does look pretty cool 🙂 I don’t think I’ll wear it ever but it might look nice as decoration or maybe just put it in my display cabinet.

Superhero Iron-On Patch

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Superhero Iron-On Patch

I haven’t ironed on a patch since elementary school.  That’s quite a while back.  This does look incredibly nice so I’m actually thinking where I could iron it on.  Probably on a messenger bag or a backpack? I don’t know yet.  I’ll think about it 😉

Spiderman Air Freshener

1UP Box April 2015

Spiderman Air Freshener

If you sniff this stuff long enough, its going to be bad for you.  This air freshener looks alright.  I like Spiderman but I don’t love the smell of this air freshener so I think this might end up going into the trash soon.  Its making everything in the box smell like it and I’m trying to air it all out as this goes up. I’ve been trying to figure out what the smell is.  It might be a really strong citrus smell or at least its trying to be? But then, smells are pretty subjective so who knows…maybe someone else enjoyed it more than me.

1UP Exclusive T-Shirt: Mushroom-Signal

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Mushroom-signal T-Shirt

This T-Shirt just won me over to think about whether I want to continue subscribing to 1UP Box for another round.  Mario & Batman themed shirt! Let me go freak out with excitement first, k? Go ahead judge my life choices but 1UP Box just upped their game even more.

1UP Box April 2015

April 2015 1UP Box pin: HERO

And that’s a wrap for April 2015 and my 3 month subscription for 1UP Box! I’m putting some serious thought into whether to subscribe again. One of the main factors is money. I’m still human and gotta worry about the bills 😉 It also depends on the theme.  Decisions, decisions…that I will ponder.  We will see if I’m back for more, right?

This box (and the last one here) is all sorts of awesome! Funko Pop, Mario, Batman: all of these things win my heart over so easily! I’m pretty pleased with it all (except the air freshener).

Happy Monday! 🙂

Arcade Block Unboxing: March 2015!

A month passes by so quick! We’re at March’s Arcade Block unboxing! Just received on Monday and I headed over and unboxed it!

This month is a special one because there’s two shirts in the box! It also marks the end of my first 3 month subscription of this block.  While I had originally wanted to give the other two blocks a shot, the final decision was that we’d continue with the Arcade Block for a 6 month subscription because we just love gaming stuff too much 🙂  I probably will give Horror Block a go at the end of the year around October. As for Nerd Block, I ordered the Nerd Block version of Grab Block which is stuff from last year’s inventory or something. I don’t quite mind.  So a few things coming in the mail soon! The fun never ends! 🙂

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s check out the March goodies!!!

Arcade Block

Arcade Block

Gameboy Notebook

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Gameboy Notebook

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Guess who is using this? 😉 Same as for the Tetris notebook in January!!

Stress Controller 

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stress controller

I’m really hoping that they stop with stress balls in whatever cute style it is.  If I keep up with this, I’ll have to start giving them away or using them to cushion the wall or some other useful substitute for its original purpose.  I’m stressed but not THAT stressed…

Street Fighter  LED Flashlight

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arcade block march 2015

I’m not great at combat games but Street Fighter was iconic.  Mortal Kombat and Tekken was also a phase but nothing really compares to Street Fighter and the awesome characters.  I’ve already found a use for this flashlight in my new and really not very well lit neighborhood.  Haha!

Batman: Arkham Knight Comic Book

Arcade Block March 2015

Batman Arkham Knight Comic Book (Arcade Block Exclusive)

This looks really cool. The whole exclusive item being Batman Arkham Knight and honestly, its one of the reasons I want to get a PS4.  The upgrade will happen eventually this year.  But all this is right now is paper in a plastic bag because the boyfriend is forbidding me from opening it.  Apparently its how comic books retain their worth x amount of years down the road. Excuse me, if thats the case it works, how do you read comics, eh? I don’t understand….  I’m too practical for this hobby apparently.

Double T-Shirt Month!

Arcade Block March 2015

Far Cry 4 (?) T-Shirt

Arcade Block March 2015

Super Smash Bros T-Shirt

I’m not gonna lie! I had to research that Kyrat shirt up there.  Far Cry 4 was never anything I was interested in.  Still, I’m not even sure if it actually is that.  Haha! But, I like love Nintendo so I know about Super Smash Bros.  I haven’t played much of it but I do know what it is 🙂

Here we go! March’s Arcade Block! Everything was really cool! 🙂

I should have another unboxing sooner than the next month!
And unboxing will get its own spot on the menu up top. Look for it!

Thoughts? Anything goodies this time that you like?