The Dark Knight Rises – An EPIC Conclusion indeed.

Seriously? After watching the final film of the Batman trilogy, I think the word ‘Epic’ is an understatement of the century (or millennium for that matter)

First, as with all reviews, here’s the synopsis:

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (Christian Bale) watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City free of crime. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce Wayne out of the shadows. Determined not to abandon the people who he once risked his life to protect, The Dark Knight emerges from his self-imposed exile ready to fight. But Bane (Tom Hardy) is ready, too, and once Batman is within his grasp, he will do everything in his power to break Gotham City’s shadowy savior.

Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Gary Oldman return in a sequel also starring Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

source: http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-synopsis/the-dark-knight-rises/

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Funny (Lots of subtle humour in there). Tragic. Dark. Adventurous. And best of all? Excellent plot, great music, bloody good cinematic effects – doesn’t look the least bit cheesy or corny to me as with some action-pack hero movies. Extremely strong foundation and base in reality.

What I really love about this movie? It was directed in such a way that’s based off very strongly on reality, touching on real-life existing topics such as Terrorism, Family (or anyone you care for), Liberation, Freedom of Speech, Extremist thinking etc. Controversial topics, essentially.

This is one rare movie series that I’ve watched, which is all written out and screened in such a way that makes you think ‘Ho kay, this IS something that really COULD happen to me in real life.’ Because everything is made to be believable. No one has super powers. Batman doesn’t. Bane doesn’t and neither does Catwoman. They all rely on sheer wit, strength, rock hard determination and a very very huge arsenal of weapons. In reality, that kind of scenario IS possible and achievable…or at least more so than having the ability to move objects with your mind and teleporting between places.

Onto the characters: Batman suffers a lot in here. I nearly cried at the torment which he had to undergo but started clapping my hands like a retarded seal once he found his renewed strength to return and fight for Gotham. Bane’s character (Tom Hardy)also looks a lot better in this movie than his previous ones. At least his muscles don’t look fake, bulging out with veins and stuff. This one, is lean…and mean. (thanks to the endless gym trips). Anne Hathaway was wonderful as Catwoman, playing out the damsel in distress in one moment and kicking ass in the next shot. Beautiful, deadly and highly intelligent – mrrrow.

Of course, how could we forget Morgan Freeman as Fox? His oh-so-lovely voice and Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne’s ever loyal butler? Excellent support characters. Without them, the movie would probably not be as fantastic.

The Dark Knight series has been not just a movie about Batman, but it also contains philosophies about which makes you sit and think long after the credits have ended. I now have a ton of questions which I shall go find out…soon…after my sleep.

P.S. A bit of a hint here…Bane is not the mastermind. Instead, the mastermind is SOMEBODY who appears to be one of the good guys in the beginning. And yes, there IS a proper conclusion to the whole story, no cliffhangers people. Don’t worry.

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The Avengers Movie @ IMAX in 3D

I’ve only got one word. Yes. Just ONE BLOODY WORD to describe the experience of watching the Avengers Movie @ IMAX in 3D.

And that’s…

WOW.

The level of awesomeness is SO high that no words are enough to describe it. And I’m not kidding. I’m pretty sure those of you who have actually watched it would agree with me.

Before anything, here’s the synopsis of The Avengers:

Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s Avengers Assemble — the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges threatening global safety and security, Nick Fury; Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins…

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel’s Avengers Assemble hits cinemas on April 26 2012.

The movie was definitely not a disappointment at all. Everyone had their fair share of screen time:

  

Tony Stark aka Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.) with his snarkiness

Steve Rogers aka Captain America(Chris Evans) and his die-heart soldier’s attitude

Bruce Banner aka The Hulk along with his brute strength and intelligence

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his trusty hammer

Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) with Agent Natalia Romanova aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)  equipped with an archery set and pistols respectively, and of course their skills in assassination.

And how can we forget ‘the man himself’ who brought together the entire team –

 Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

and our badass villian, Asgardian Loki (Tom HIddleston).

Each characters have their own personality/quirks, which initially made them a ‘ticking time bomb’ as quoted by Bruce Banner. Stark and Bruce became quick buddies because of their wit and intellect (nobody else understood what they were saying when they spoke about astro-physics). Steve Rogers and Stark hated each other’s guts in the beginning and oh yeah, because of how Thor took Loki away, Stark had a battle with Thor. (Stark headbutt Thor, a demigod, and nearly had his own armor dented when Thor returned one of his own)

Of course, they did eventually learn to work as a team…through some external intervention. Yes. The interventions usually includes being ass-whipped by the enemy, including Hawkeye who…well…had a spell cast on him by Loki and ended up being mind-controlled.

Initially simply portrayed as an action-filled show, I was very surprised to find a hell lot of comedic scenes in there as well. None of which came across as lame to me. The humor is subtle yet it tickled my funny bone enough to give me a tummyache laughing.

Here are some favourite scenes of mine from the movie: (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

1. Loki gets whacked by Hulk after declaring himself a god, with Hulk walking away saying ‘Puny God’ (chibi comic: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/150144_309750869101909_259499150793748_757050_1386423082_n.jpg)

2. Thor and Ironman (Stark) have a headbutting session during their fight scenes, with Ironman getting a dent in his suit.

3. After Nick Fury uses the ‘flying monkey’ reference with regards to Loki’s mind control ability, everyone turns to Captain America (Steve Rogers), as if wondering if he caught the reference, which he did.

4. How Black Widow acted (either that or made a supremely quick recovery) during her interrogation of Loki, getting the necessary information for the team.

5. Thor getting slammed into by Tony just after he telling Loki to listen up, to which of course the Asgardian simply sat and smiled in reply, ‘I’m listening’ to thin air.

6. The fight scenes between the aliens and the Avengers. All of it.

7. Loki announcing to Tony that he has an Army while Tony simply replied ‘We have a Hulk’ in a nonchalant manner.

8. Hawkeye twisting and turning around mid-jump off a building and shoot. *fangirl mode activated*

9. Loki’s costume morph from a normal tuxedo suit into his god costume.

10. Thor receiving a random punch from Hulk and he flies off-screen.

11. ALL THE AVENGERS WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM DESPITE THEIR INITIAL DIFFERENCES TO AVENGE EARTH!!!!!

And there’re some subtle references to other movies as well…(Twilight and Starwars) go fig XD

So yeah, that’s about it.

Really, go watch it. You will NOT regret it I tell you.

ENJOY EVERYBODY!

P.S. Go onto Youtube and have fun watching the clips if you haven’t ^^

Titanic – Behind The Scenes

Lalalala ~ I decided that the best way to NOT cry or bawl my eyes out during the movie was to watch ‘Behind The Scenes’. Call me crazy but it’s what I usually do when the movie evokes a very strong emotion in me and I would like to dull it =p

So anyway…this series of videos (none of which are owned by me and all are from Youtube though I have no idea which show it came from) shows you the creation and animation of the tragic tale of Titanic.

Enjoy ~

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 1

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 2

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 3

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 4

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 5

Titanic: Behind the Scenes Part 6

Titanic Exhibition ~ at MBS Museum

Ahh ~~ Titanic. The tragic tale of a ship that never made it to it’s destination. A story of love and lost, hope and despair.

A couple of weeks back, I was at Marina Bay Sands with my partner and we decided to pay the Titanic Exhibition a visit, partly cause I was bored and didn’t wanna go home so early.

So we queued and before entering the actual exhibition, we were given ‘tickets’. In this case, they resembled the boarding tickets that were used in the past. Here are mine and my partner’s:

'All aboard the Titanic with these passes!'

Sweet huh? Talk about a unique way of presentation. Seriously loved it. And thus our journey began…

Many things were shown in the Titanic Exhibition, namely:

  1. The history of Titanic from its conceptualization/designing all the way till its last breath (and everything in between of course) – with various dates being put up to give the patron a better understanding of what was done during which date/day.
  2. Many  artifacts (all original) collected from the Titanic’s wreckage and what remained of it (toothbrushes, compact mirrors, dining ware, sinks, taps, clothes etc.)
  3. Mini previews of what the various rooms of different classes looked like – first class, second class and third class
  4. A preview of what the grand staircase looked like was also re-enacted for us to see. (a professional photographer was there to help take photos but since neither of us were dressed up, we gave it a pass)
  5. A block of ice was also part of the exhibition. There were many handprints on it – some quite shallow, while others very deep. Apparently some people must have bloody thick-skinned to withstand that level of cold. Sadly I didn’t even last for 3 seconds before deciding to pull back lest I had frostbite

And of course…stories and quotes of Titanic’s original passengers were shown. That was probably the most touching part. There were similar tales of ‘Rose and Jack’ told across, with some women even staying behind with their husbands. ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ indeed.

Here’s a video of the Titanic Exhibition (in Singapore) for those of you who are curious:

Do drop by if you have the time. Really, it’s absolutely worth it.