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eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:00 PM

THE DARK KNIGHT

“The Dark Knight” on Sunday became the second movie in Hollywood history to top $500 million at the domestic box office, raising its total to $502.4 million, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros.


I haven't seen it. Anyone else? Is it really that good or is it sensationalized because of Heath Ledger's untimely death?

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:04 PM


My daughter and a friend went to see it last night for the first time. I was informed that they were the only two kids in her entire high school (4000 students) who hadn't seen it yet. Although surely an exaggeration, it must be very popular.

Both girls loved it! They also said that Heath Ledger was the most enjoyable villain that they'd ever seen, and they love him. May he rest in peace!

Susan

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:17 PM

I liked it a lot but wished I had watched "Batman Begins" again, right before I went to see it.

I don't think it deserves to be the 2nd biggest earning film of all time though!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:24 PM

That's good to know - I think I'm 2 or 3 Batman's shy of having seen them all so maybe I should do that before seeing this one.

(yeah like that's ever going to happen)

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:29 PM

Isn't it a tad misleading to say a film is "the biggest grosser of all time"
when they keep astonomically increasing the cost of movie tickets????
Certainly not an indication of the merit, or even the popularity, of the film.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:31 PM

good point Rowlanda!

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:39 PM

My 22 year old son keeps telling me not to miss it before it leaves the big screen. He says it's awesome as well. He's seen it twice.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.5 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:43 PM

I saw it in IMAX, and I'm sorry I did. The movie might have been all right in the regular movie theatre, but in IMAX it sure was in your face. I spent the first half hour being vaguely naseous.

It's not a movie that anyone older than my daughter needs to rush to.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 5:56 PM

I can't go to IMAX movies for that same reason. It fouls up my equilibrium and makes me dizzy and nauseous. 360 degree video games do the same thing. Weird...I know there's a medical resaon for it but I just avoid them.

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 6:00 PM

Did you ever see a movie in Cinerama?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 6:05 PM

Did anyone see "Everest" in IMAX? Wow, great story, great photography. I don't know if I ever saw anything in Cinerama, what is it (was it)?

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 7:49 PM

My son, who is 19, said its one of the few movies that have lived up to the hype

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 7:54 PM

My son and I saw it - it was awesome! Heath Ledger will probably get a well deserved award for his performance. Too bad he's not around to know just how great everyone thought he was in this movie.

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:01 PM

As of March 2007, these were the top 10 movies when adjusted for inflation:

1. Gone With the Wind
2. Star Wars
3. Sound of Music
4. ET
5. Ten Commandments
6. Titanic
7. Jaws
8. Doctor Zhivago
9. The Exorcist
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

I thought the Dark Knight was excellent. Heath Ledger nailed the Joker's insanity.
I loved all his little quirks. The story is compelling, though a tad confusing in the
end when it gets rushed.

Hard to tell if it will stand the test of time. It's not an epic like GWtW or 10
Commandments. But Jaws was sort of a bubble gum movie and look how it's fared.



papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 8:17 PM

I saw the Ten Commandments in 1958 , downtown Chicago ., first run movie for 75¢ matinee price. I was 14 then.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 5079)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:09 PM

How come there is nothing in the top 10 from recently? Why do we pay huge money to go see crap in the theatre? I haven't seen a movie in a theatre in 5 years, there isn't anything I'll pay $15 to see.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:13 PM

It costs you $15 for a movie ticket? Holy crap!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:16 PM

I'm old school. If you ask me, the 1966 Batman movie is all you need.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:25 PM

Kaufman, that made me smile

Remember the cheesy opening in the boat?

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.5 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:27 PM

Lately we see all movies for free (except the IMAX). We have internet, phone and TV from the same cable company, and they own a whole string of movie theatres. If you have all free, you can go to the movies on Tuesdays for free. My husband goes every week, whether or not there is something decent. I go with him maybe once/month. Last week we saw the new Woody Allen film - very sweet.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 10:33 PM

Haven't seen "Dark Knight" yet. But, I have gone to the sing-a-long version of "Mama Mia"!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 11:09 PM

That's a neat perk, bigbird. I have Time Warner Cable for TV, internet, and phone, and I think the biggest bonus we get is On Demand. I'd be all over that movie thing. Just for the popcorn.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 12:13 AM

The Dark Knight was a great movie and mostly because of Heath's performance. He was so gorgeous in real life that in this role you kinda forget it's him and then you think, "Whoa! That's Heath!" He outshines everyone else, but the movie still has a good story line as well.

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 5:15 AM

Holy Bat-Shark Repellent Kaufman!

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:07 AM

Am I the only person who has never seen a Batman movie? Quit going to movies regularly about ten years ago when the talking and noise made my "industrially impaired" hearing too much of a handicap. And then cell phones started becoming popular forms of harassment. Rather than go to jail for assault I decided that the video store was a nice option and now we use Netflix exclusively. Haven't been to the video store in nine months and have watched many newer movies that were always "out" at the store.

bradd
Bradd  (Level: 193.7 - Posts: 43)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:17 AM

To really determine the top all-timers you have to adjust for more than inflation.

In 1939, the average moviegoer went to the movies once a week, there was no competition from television, he/she was an adult, and you got dishes for showing up. In a (US) population of 140 million, GWTW wins hands down as most popular movie of all time.

At the other end of the scale, Titanic was viewed an average of 25 times by 9-12 year old females, so its popularity is vastly overstated. (I don't know if that's actually true but I like to use the word "vastly").

The Ten Commandments with Charlton "I am Moses" Heston swallowing the scenery was goofy in 1958, but has improved as I get older.

Snow White was a true story.



donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:24 AM

So was Cinderella.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:27 AM

I should know.

Be back later, must go do housework with my mice & birds.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 11:38 AM

My name is Bev, and I am a Batman-aholic.
There, it's said....I feel so much better now!!

I have not seen the latest as yet......but waiting to savor the experience!!

~Bev

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 1:35 PM

As I understand it, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are two parts of a story that is separate and different from the original Batman story. I'm not enough of an afficionado, but I'm told that the earlier Batman movies are not connected in any way to this series, so watching them would not help understanding this latest one.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 1:49 PM

Good to know. I would never get around to watching any older batman stuff anyway. I may not get around to watching the latest one. I'm not really into the depressing & dark.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 2:25 PM

I enjoyed The Dark Knight, but I'm glad I didn't take my 8-year old daughter. I saw people taking their children out of the theater.

I hadn't seen any of the other Batman movies (not really a big fan), but I'd see this one again.

S.

nerd
Nerd  (Level: 233.1 - Posts: 13)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 10:38 PM

Ledger's Joker is one of the freakiest movie bad guys since Hopkin's Hannibal Lecter and Dirty Hary's Scorpio.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 3:43 PM

That's what I thought too, Jack Nicholson's joker was so different, goofy and comical, whereas this joker was dark and violent, and not cartoon violence like Nicholson's. I enjoyed this joker more, and the whole movie as well. Two thumbs up! Well, worth seeing more than once anyways....

jsterling03
Jsterling03  (Level: 65.8 - Posts: 19)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:05 PM

THE DARK KNIGHT is one of the worst films I've ever seen. I don't have room here to list the reasons why, and here is unlimited room.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:12 PM

Tell us how you really feel John!! lol

jsterling03
Jsterling03  (Level: 65.8 - Posts: 19)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:51 PM

Okay Jeremy, I will.

I HATE this movie because it is like the sick/sad side of the world we live in. The Joker is nothing more than a mad bomber in bad clown makeup. I'm sorry Heath Ledger died, but I'm also sorry that everyone dies! If someone I knew has passed on, it hits me hard. When an artist dies that I admire and has influenced my life, it gets to me on a different level. But being human, and being humane, it gets to me all the same. Ledger's work has never really moved me, and it seemed to me that the media lined up to over sensationalize his sad passing, and at the same time were beating the drum for the public to line up to see this movie.

This is a film about a terrorist and terrorism. I can turn on the news any day, at any time, and I'll see that.

And when I'm watching the news, I'll also see Heath Ledger, and more details about his life and death, and I'll probably see something about this movie and how much money it's made.

I'll give you this. That an actor, dressed as a bat that sounds like James Earl Jones speaking through a cracker box into a voice modulator is the only thing that is saving us from our own doom is one of the most frightening things I can think of.

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