Re-Watch: Batman (1989)

Batman
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
Based on: Bob Kane‘s and Bill Finger‘s comics character
Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall
Seen on: 8.12.2017
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Plot:
Gotham City is filled with corruption and basically run by crime boss Grissom (Jack Palance). But then a new figure enters the playing field, shifting the power dynamics quite substantially: Batman (Michael Keaton). Photographer Vicky Hale (Kim Basinger) is intrigued by the phenomenon and decides to find out who is behind the mask. Hoping to speak with Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle), she attends a charity eventy hosted by Bruce Wayne – not knowing that he is the man she is looking for. Meanwhile Grissom’s right-hand man Jack Napier (Jach Nicholson) is sent on a mission of his own – a mission that is about to change him very much.

It’s been many years that I watched the older Batman movies, and while I love them all, this one was probably the one I remembered least. Re-watching it with a bit of distance made it feel a little disappointing, although there are still many good things about it.

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How Do You Know (2010)

How Do You Know
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn

Plot:
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a professional softball player but she’s just been cut from her team. A little bit at a loss with her life, she starts dating Matty (Owen Wilson) who is sweet and an asshole at the same time. In the meantime, George (Paul Rudd) who works for his father’s (Jack Nicholson) company is informed that he is being investigated for fraud and suddenly his life starts to fall apart – right after he got Lisa’s number from a mutual friend. On the advice of his assistant Annie (Kathryn Hahn) he calls her up but they don’t really hit it off straight away.

This movie is not exactly bad, but it isn’t any good either. There are some nice things about it, but somehow it’s neither fish nor fowl.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

I’m sure that most people know Ken Kesey‘s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, mostly through the Milos Forman movie with Jack Nicholson. For those, who don’t or who need a reminder, it’s the story about some patients in an asylum. Their daily routine is broken by the arrival of a new patient – Randle McMurphy, who stands up against the iron rule of Nurse Ratched.

So far, so easy. The book itself isn’t. It’s a read you have to work for and it takes its time. But it’s worth it. This book is an instant favourite.

The story is narrated by Chief Bromden, a huge half -Native American, who pretends that he is deaf and mute and has been pretending for years. He’s quite definitely paranoid, seeing machinery in everything and the Combine (the combination of all authority figures ever, which keeps surpressing the “common man” without him even noticing) everywhere. But his craziness is very poetic and definitely metaphorical, giving Kesey a huge playground for adding layers of meaning.

It’s at the same time depressing and not at all. The ending’s ambivalent, but it’s also the only logical one.

Loved it.

[I wanted to watch the movie again, because it’s been ages that I did, to compare it to the book. I was convinced that I own the DVD, but apparently I don’t. So, first, I need to get access to the movie. Then I’ll do another post for the comparison. :)]

I guess you all know what this blog post will be about…

In case you don’t: The Dark Knight, Batman, Christian Bale, Christian Bale’s yummy ass, Christian Bale’s other yummy features, Bruce Wayne, The Joker, Jim Gordon, Harvey Dent, Rachel Dawes, quotes, but also, sadly, refrigerators. And anything else that keeps me from swooning in the middle of this post.

So, yesterday was Christmas. And Easter. And my birthday. And every other holiday in the world that means anything to me or anybody else. And of course, yesterday was the premiere of The Dark Knight in Austria.

Where should I start? I guess, best by saying that my expectations were so high, they were nearly beyond achievable, but this movie did it anyway. It’s a wonderful feeling, when you can expect so much and still leave the movie theatre completely satisfied.

[If there’s anybody left, who hasn’t seen the movie yet (like all the Austrians, who didn’t get premiere tickets), be warned, after the picture and the break, there will be SPOILERS!]

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