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Sunday, 03 April 2011


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J.S. Nelson

I need to watch Begins again. I recall liking it, but feeling that something was amiss. When I first saw it, the editing really weirded me out, because it seemed like the tone of a lot of the scenes and individual shots would have fit better with something that was a little... slower? Almost like Nolan had made a slow, careful look at batman but when it was edited, someone with a shorter attention span just went and trimmed a few seconds off of almost all the shots with people's faces in them.
I remember being like "I'm intrigued, I wonder what he'll do with the next one."


Honestly, the film reads like someone gave the director of a small-budget film like Memento a gazillion dollars and complete creative control, so said person went ape-shit with the number of takes, repositioning of the cameras, cheat shots, etc. It is, in a way, the best first film ever, if only because Nolan had, at that pre-Inception time, a deep commitment to plotting.


Put differently: Wayne's scared shitless when he jumps off that roof. He only revealed his identity because he thought he was, in fact, going to be killed. He didn't know that the folks he'd be attacking would view him as some sort of video-game-sky-demon -- he thought he'd had to fight his way to Ra's al Ghul's henchmen, then throw down with the man himself, and he wasn't certain he could do so after having been trapped beneath a burning log, etc. It's a scene that's stunningly set up, and I think the lurching pacing at that point is actually poignant. We don't want to think about the futures we might lose before jumping into the activities that'll cost us them.

Stratos Moustakas

Just caught the last third of Begins on TV, then came back here and reread this... Still taking shit for it?


Still taking shit for it?

Not in the least, anymore. I've basically proven that I'm worthy of having a free hand, and that I'm not teaching "down" to students' low capabilities, but using so-called "low" culture to teach them how all culture works. I'm a bit blessed, in this regard.

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No offense, but if there's a facebook like button, it'll be much easier for me to share.

John Prue

This is one of the best car chase scenes I've ever seen. The action just keeps getting better. I can't wait for the next Batman to be released. I'd like to see what the next Batmobile would look like.

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