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2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Jonathan Romney THE BIG TICKET Long gone are the camp portrayals of Batman and his various enemies - Heath Ledger's terrifying Joker is way too dark for the kids Film The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan 152 MINS, 12A It was Tim Burton who supposedly brought the darkness back to Gotham City, but in retrospect, Burton's 1989 Batman wasn't all that Stygian. Underneath those rubber ears, after all, was a callow- looking Michael Keaton, and even Jack Nicholson's Joker came across as a...

2008-07-26 00:00:27

With a record-breaking opening weekend in America tucked under its utility bat-belt, Christopher Nolan's dark, brooding sequel swoops on to these shores amid a storm of hype and feverish anticipation. No film could live up to such expectations, but The Dark Knight soars tantalisingly close, probing the inner demons of Gotham's favourite crime-fighter as he duels with his most famous adversary. The death of Heath Ledger from an accidental overdose of prescription medication casts a long...

2008-07-25 21:00:26

By John Beifuss Nobody thought to call Adam West's Batman a "Dark Knight." The screen Batman of the 1960s was pop, not noir; the Joker he battled was not an "agent of chaos" but an icon of camp. "People ask me about the new Batman movie, which I haven't seen, but I've seen bits and pieces of it, and the trailer, and some of the ads, and my only impression at the moment is that if you like anarchy and nihilism and Gotham City in desperation, you might enjoy this," said West, 79, now a...

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2008-07-25 21:00:00

By Jesse B. Gill Not only is "The Dark Knight" the best film of 2008 thus far, it's the best film I've ever seen. I'm one of those guys who has been watching the Internet for any little bit of news surrounding this movie. I had the release date checked on my calendar and I was counting down the days like a kid counts down for Christmas. I've read the reviews. Just about everyone has raved about this movie. I had friends tell me, "Now, don't let your expectations ruin the movie." Going in,...

2008-07-25 18:00:40

GONE are the days when Batman was a just a camp comic character in tights. Now, the superhero is brooding, shadowy and even political - and he's now darker than ever. We got our first taste of this new complex Batman when British actor Christian Bale gave his intense interpretation of the Caped Crusader in 2005 movie Batman Begins. In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne is a millionaire with a mission - to save corrupt Gotham City from criminals like the anarchistic Joker. At the same time, he...

2008-07-25 15:00:48

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Jul. 25--This summer, in terrific films and craven ones, violence threatens the populace. Why should this season be any different? Think of the Joker, fomenting terrorism and nerve-racking pathology in "The Dark Knight" (terrific). Think of Angelina Jolie slaughtering all those deserving losers, or James McAvoy shooting the wings off a fly in gargantuan computer-generated close-up, in "Wanted" (craven). Think of Pierce Brosnan slaughtering "SOS" in...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Anthony Quinn FILM OF THE WEEK THE DARK KNIGHT (12A) Christopher Nolan (152 mins) *** STARRING Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal Those suffering from a fear of heights should have a care on entering the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, for its opening shot looms with a precipitous shock that could make you queasy. The massive Imax screen on which I saw it made Lilliputians of the audience, dwarfing us within the vertiginous perspectives of gleaming skyscrapers and...

2008-07-24 15:00:46

By ALICIA ANSTEAD While summer on the coast of Maine is defined by outdoor activities such as boating and hiking and tanning, for much of the rest of the state - and indeed the country - the most popular seasonal activity is going to the movies. If nothing else, the theater offers an air-conditioned reprise from the heat. And yet this summer, genres associated with younger audiences - Pixar productions and superhero stories - offer little in the way of relief from hot global issues and...

2008-07-23 21:00:30

By JASON SILVERSTEIN "The Dark Knight" is the first Batman film not to feature our hero's name in the title, which can be viewed as a symbolic gesture. "Batman Begins" revived the series from its camp overdose by injecting a dark edge into it, and also paved the way for a more mature series to take flight. "Begins" set the stage for its sequel to take its solemn, thoughtful new path to a whole new level. And maybe that's why they decided on the "Dark Knight" title: This film isn't merely a...

2008-07-23 09:00:46

By ALMOST ALL ACCOUNTS, By almost all accounts, "The Dark Knight" is a terrific movie, a dark and disturbing disquisition on madness and mayhem. But plenty of terrific movies open all the time and don't have people paying $100 for a ticket, or filling seats in sold-out theaters in the middle of the night. Not one of those other movies has ever sold $155.3 million in tickets in its first weekend. Perhaps because not one of those movies ever featured as its villain an acclaimed actor who...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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