The Dark Knight Rises – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: It almost seems ridiculous to write a synopsis for the most anticipated film of the blockbuster season, but here it goes.   The final chapter in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the film is set eight years after the events of the Dark Knight.   Bruce Wayne became a recluse, and retired his masked alter ego.   Gotham City is in an era of peace, but all that is set to be ruined by Bane, a character ex-communicated from the League of Shadows.   All this, and many subplots, result in Batman being needed once again.

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30 Day Film Challenge Day 12 – A Film By Your Least Favorite Director

Film Nerd’s Choice: Catwoman


Director: Pitof

Cast: Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone

Synopsis: A reimagining of the Catwoman myth that has few if any redeeming features

Perhaps it is unfair to declare someone my least favourite director on the basis of a single film of his that I have seen.   It appears however that I am not alone in this assessment.   This film effectively killed the fledgling directing career of the former visual effects supervisor, with his only credit after this film being a TV movie which he directed under his Christian name.

I commented on my post for Sour Grapes that most films, with the exception of that one, I find some redeeming feature in.   Simply put, what I find the redeeming feature in this film will not be shared by many.   Halle Berry’s costume.   I fully admit that it is the mere parody of a costume and has little functional or practical elements to it.   But Berry looks damn hot wearing it, and tha is the sole reason I saw the film through to the end credits.

The rest of the film is a steaming turd.   The acting is sub-par, and knowing that some of the cast can act to some extent indicates that rather these stars were poorly directed, in my book.   The convoluted plot lines trying to evoke a “history of Catwomen” stank too much like a rip off of “in every generation, there is a Slayer”.   Then when you roll both those elements with some of the worst one liners in cinematic history (“I’ll have a White Russian, hold the vodka, hold the Kahlua”), there is no surprise that this film was a darling with the Razzies.

Seriously, don’t waste your time.

1 star out of 5 (and that is just for the costume).


Catwoman on IMDB

Catwoman on Rotten Tomatoes

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