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The Dark Knight

Andy Buening, author of the now infamous The Simpsons Movie review, returns with a review of the summer sensation The Dark Knight.  No spoilers included…

Two words: WOW!

Now, if you have been reading my movie reviews on a regular basis you know I’ve been dropping hints at my eager anticipation for this film. Let me say this, it did not disappoint. The Dark Knight opened everywhere July 18th, so this is a late review. Sorry, my press pass never showed up. Damn Joker.

Like a modern rollercoaster The Dark Knight does not need time to go up a hill before it starts to move fast. The film makers shoot you off right from the start. When the ride does slows down you check your pockets to make sure your keys and loose change have not fallen out just as the well-orchestrated ride suddenly pulls you back in the air and you forget about anything in your pocket just to hold on. There was a point at which I thought the movie was ending, thankfully it kept going. The film did not feel nearly as long as its almost 3 hour run time.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the movie)

Today’s movie review is written by my Harry Potter loving wife, Donna. To give you a taste of her fandom, she received HP7 the Saturday it was released at 5pm and finished it less than 12 hours later, around 4:30 am Sunday morning. Book 5 was released one month after we were married. For the few days following the book’s release, I thought Donna married the wrong guy with a big scar on his forehead. She re-read books 1-6 in a week before book 7 was released. She re-read books 1-5 before book 6 was released. Her review does not contain any blatant spoilers for books 6 and 7, but it does speak vaguely about their outcomes.

This past weekend I finally went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I am a huge fan of all of the Harry Potter books, but have yet to be inspired by any of the previous four Harry Potter movies. I had heard very good reviews about the 5th movie and went in with a very positive attitude. As in the previous 4 movies, I walked away very disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

V for Vendetta

I had little to no interest in watching this movie. Donna recorded it and recommended I give it a shot and I’m glad I did. I’m a sucker for Shakespearesque soliloquies and this 1984 meets Count of Monte Cristo meets Phantom of the Opera flick had just enough of them so it stayed on the right side of the cornball line. The less than original premise could be forgiven because of the engaging and thought-provoking plot that had the hero V seeking vengeance on a totalitarian Great Britain.

As is expected, Natalie Portman and Elrond (Hugo Weaving) both put in excellent performances. Check it out if you have the chance.