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My Dark Knight Review: The Definitive Summer Movie

Be warned, I am not intending to spoil anything but you read at your own risk.

Summary: Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker, whilst other forces plot against them, and Joker's crimes grow more and more deadly.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, and Heath Ledger

My rating: 8.5 out of 10

Up until this point in time, I never found comic book movies to be worth while. They are huge box office draws but they were never done right, they never did true justice to the comics themselves. Often they were made simply for the money or the just fell flat on their faces. The Dark Knight is by far the best comic book film ever made but don't let the fact that it's a 'comic' movie fool you. The Dark Knight is much more then that and it stands alone as an amazing movie. Everything about this movie is excellent from the solid direction to the spot on acting. The effects and fighting is superb and the movie has a haunting score which helps to accent pivitol moments in the movie.

The acting in this film truly is top notch and I'm not just referring to Heath Ledger. Almost every actor in this movie delivers an excellent performance, even the smaller roles are all amazingly well acted. The highlights of this film include Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking), Christian Bale (American Psycho), Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption), Gary Oldman (Leon) and of course the late Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain). I really could spend all day about how great Heath Ledger was but you all know this I'm sure. I'll assure you he is excellent and he does the Joker justice. As a huge Batman fan I loved what he did with the role and he makes for easily the greatest movie villain of all time. A likeable sociopath who truly does scare you. Other strong actors are Christian Bale who really nailed Batman and Bruce Wayne down this time. All the faults and kinks he had his first time around were ironed out and he truly has become Batman. Gary Oldman really stood out to me, he was amazing as Lt. James Gordan. His acting was well done and he was great to see on screen. Aaron Eckhart was the pleasant surprise in this movie. I thought he was confined to being somewhat comedic but he was really steller here and played his role with heart. Two-face is an amazing villain, Eckhart played him very well and I jumped the first time I heard him speak as a villain.

This film looks amazing. The special effects are just top notch as they should be when your budget is as sky high as it was for this film. Explosions rock the theater and the gunshots are all booming. The theater literally shakes whenever the explosions occur and this really brings the movie to life. The fighting and action sequences are among the best in film history. There are many scenes of action and all of them are excellent to say the least. None of them are excessively hectic like in Batman: Begins and are all beautifully choreographed. Every single punch and yelp of pain is really amazing, the bass just comes through and it just feels right. The theater experience really makes this movie a ride, if you can see it in theaters rather then on your TV at home. It'll still be great at home but it'll lose its punch, no pun intended.

What sets The Dark Knight apart from it's counter-parts is the fact it is so dark. This is no kid's movie and the demographic at the theater I was in represents that. Almost everyone is over 18 with the exception of a few teenagers like myself there. This movie is amazingly dark and explores a variety of themes which are relevant in modern society. This movie is excellent and should be seen by anyone, fans of Batman will love it, fans of cinema are sure to enjoy it. It's an excellent summer blockbuster and the two and a half hours just flies by. The story is captivating and the movie will have you on the edge of your seat. Christopher Nolan has crafted a tale and movie that brings Batman from the crap (Jim Carey as the Riddler? Come on) it once was to a serious and great movie.

Simply put, you'd be hard pressed to find a better comic book movie

Today is my birthday :P

Well, in a few hours at least

I turn 16 today, I can finally drive

This is tight, of course birthdays mean money for video games...can't wait to play some stuff I've been wanting to get

Orange Box (PC)
Call of Duty 4 (360)
Assassin's Creed (360)
Double Agent (360)
The Darkness (360)
Burnout Paradise (360)
Crackdown (360)
Fallout 3 (360)
Resident Evil 5 (March 13th 2009)
Fable 2 (360)
Rockband 2 (360)
Final Fantasy XIII (360)
Far Cry 2 (360)


Thats the list, most of it isn't out yet but the stuff that is, I'll be playing as soon as I can

EDIT: Ah yes, and I'm seeing The Dark Knight today, my most anticipated movie of the year. I'll review it later.

My Most Anticipated Games Pt. 3

I figure with all these new announcements and information coming out of E3 I should post the new games I am interested in. There are only two so far and both of these games look like must buys to me.

1. Final Fantasy XIII (360 and PS3)

Final Fantasy always makes the definitive RPG games of whatever generation it is in. From Final Fantasy on the NES, to Final Fantasy VII on the Playstation 1. Final Fantasy XIII has been under wraps for a very long time and it has amazingly high production values. It looks outstanding and from the brief gameplay I've seen in the trailer is looks amazing. I can't wait for more to be revealed and for this game to be released. The fact that it was announced for the 360 excites me.

2. Rockband 2 (360 and PS3)

Rockband 2 never had me very excited, I kind of went along with Guitar Hero because it was cheaper. Now that both are the same price, Rockband 2 is killing Guitar Hero. It looks amazing, the graphics look a lot better and Harmonix really puts their heart into this game. Guitar Hero has become a shameless cash in now thanks to Neversoft, Rockband 2 looks like the game to bring back the fun. The gameplay looks amazing and a lot more fun with other people and the soundtrack is top notch, it fits well with my taste. I like half the songs in this game a lot, with Guitar Hero I'm lucky to find 10 songs I like let alone 43 (I counted). I saw some gameplay on Gamespot's E3 live show and I just can't wait for this game.

Can't wait to see what the rest of E3 holds, I hope some more games capture my interests

Microsoft has made me happy to own a 360

Buying a 360 was one of the smartest decisions I ever made and this years E3 has definately proved to me I made the best choice possible. They really know how to make the console appeal to everyone and I love the ideas they have for Xbox live, it really makes it worth the money over PSN. Netflix, Microsoft's own home style thing made by Rare, and a whole load of new stuff like a new interface, etc. I'm happy to see we get what we pay for from this because after all they said they've made more then a billion dollars off of Xbox live.

The games all look amazing, Resident Evil 5 just confirmed my wildest dreams of online co-op and a release date, I must have this game and I plan to buy it day 1. Online co-op or co-op in general was always the one thing missing from Resident Evil and it looks to me like they've perfected the faults of Resident Evil 4 and they also took the best parts of Resident Evil 4 and put them all into a sequel. Definately my most hyped game for sure.

Final Fantasy XIII, this is the biggest blow to Sony I have ever seen. They just took one of Sony's flagship games and brought it to the 360. This is like if Zelda went to the PS3, this is amazing that this happened. Sony better follow up with something amazing or else their E3 conferance will fall flat. I can't wait for this game now and I'll be buying it for sure.

Gears of War 2 looks promising, I didn't like the first but I'll give the second a rent none the less. The rest of the games all look great as well and I'm checking them all out. Fallout 3 looks outstanding and so does Fable 2.

Rockband 2 is now my must buy rythem game, it looks better then Guitar Hero 4 and I really love the tracklist. I like it a lot and it has a lot of stuff besides pure 'rawk'. Guitar Hero 4 has lost my purchase for now but if they have a better tracklist I'll get that instead. The weekly DLC and promise of 500 tracks for RB2 really has me swooning though.

Can't wait for the other two conferances.

So I have decided to go back to World of Warcraft

I think it's about time and will be a welcome change to how I typically game, now instead of half of my day it'll be an all day affair which I'm tottally cool with. All my friends are out of town and I really have nothing else to do. I see no negatives, some of my greatest gaming memories take place in World of Warcraft and I have a lot of fun there. Best of all I can play with my friends who are overseas visiting their families abroad, it'll allow me to connect with them in ways besides chatting.

I don't see why World of Warcraft gets all the hate it does, it doesn't do anything more destructive then other games but it just had a lot more people playing it who get affected by crippling addictions. The fact is this stuff exists in other games too like Call of Duty 4, Team Fortress 2, and various other multiplayer games. Most people who hate the game never played it and whine about the cost. I won't argue with them, they're cheap.

Just to put it in front of you

1 month of the game is 14.99 or 29.99 for a 2 month card
Entertainment Length: Hundred hours plus in a month, no other games needed.

1 visit to the theater: 10.00 for a ticket, 5.00 for a popcorn.
Entertainment Length: 1.5 hours to 3 hours max

1 visit to the mall: Depends on the person, 0.00 - unlimited
Entertainment Length: That all depends on the person but 10 hours max for the most hardcore of shoppers

1 visit to a concert: 15.00 - 500.00 depending on the show and seating
Entertainment Length: 2 hours to 5 hours

The game is fine, don't hate it if you haven't played it. If you have I respect your opinion but your constant whining about it won't change my mind.

Back to levelling up my Level 40 Warlock who is on Kil'Jaeden



I'll leave my Level 70 Hunter until Wrath of the Lich King who is on Spirestone

If you are on these servers feel free to add me, my name on Spirestone is Toriko and my name on Kil'Jaeden is Zamurai

My Most Anticipated Games Pt. 2

Part 2 of my most anticipated upcoming games are funny, all are PC exclusive and all come from my favorite gaming company. Blizzard Entertainment.

1. Wrath of the Lich King (PC)

Face it, World of Warcraft is one of the best video games ever made. It changed the way people thought about the MMORPG genre and brought it to mass audience. It made millions of people who never knew what a MMORPG was into this type of gaming and held them playing for months on end. Hate it all you want but any game that can keep someone entertained for years has to be a great game and I can give testiment to this. World of Warcraft is the best especially with a few friends and that is why the next expansion pack is on my eagery anticipated list.

2. Diablo 3 (PC)



Do I need to say anything? It's about damn time. Diablo 2 is one of the best RPG games ever made and like WoW it held people glued to their screens for months on end. It was a great game and this game looks equally great. From the amount of gameplay we've seen it looks very similar to the old Diablo formula with some small but welcome changes. I can't wait but sadly I'll have to. I doubt it's coming before 2010 but I don't mind, as long as Blizzard puts as much quality into it as they can.

3. Starcraft 2 (PC)

Who doesn't want this game, it looks to be definite game of the year material and looks to be one of the best RTS games in the last few years. It will definately be extremely popular and I know it'll be successful. I know this game will be great and a real gift to the fans of the original because Blizzard is making it and they don't try to fix what isn't broken. Starcraft changed the way RTS's were made and I hope this game brings back the old school feel of Starcraft and allows a whole new generation to experience it.

My Most Anticipated Games Pt. 1

2008 and 2009 are great years for gamers, there is a lot of great games coming out within the next two years that I can't wait for. I'll list some off and tell you why I can't wait for these games. All of these are either for the PC, or 360. They are in no particular order.

1. Resident Evil 5 (360 and PS3)

How can I not be excited about this game, Resident Evil 4 was one of the best action games I ever played. Despite the fact it's not the same as the older Resident Evils which I loved as well, Resident Evil 4 was a welcome change to the Resident Evil formula. Resident Evil 5 has the makings to top Resident Evil 4 which scored a 9.6 on Gamespot. It takes place with my favorite Resident Evil character, Chris Redfield, in Africa and the new enemy AI looks smarter and more bad-ass then ever. From the trailers shown and all of the gameplay and screenshots I have seen it looks like a game that can not be missed and a definite game of the year competitor. I hope to see a lot of this game at this years E3, Capcom themselves said to wait for it and I surely will.



2. Infinite Undiscovery (360)

I haven't really heard a lot about it but it looks like one of the best RPGs I've ever seen. A 360 exclusive from Square-Enix, it looks to be one of the best RPGs to hit the system. The graphics look excellent and the gameplay looks fun and engaging and looks to be one of the best RPGs to be available. It's somewhat amazing that this game isn't very talked about but I can see it becoming a sleeper hit for sure. The graphics look beautiful, the combat looks great and it's coming sooner than most think. It comes out September 1st this year and I hope to see a ton of it at E3, I'll definately be looking out for this game and I hope it really does well.

3. Soul Caliber IV (360 and PS3)

Given Soul Caliber's past quality I have no doubts this game will be great. Soul Caliber for the dreamcast is one of the few games to hold the illustrious 10 from Gamespot and the other games have all received great scores. Soul Caliber 2 was one of the best games I've ever played and the few hours I played the third one had me sold on a fourth for the 360 and PS3. This game looks fantastic and from the gmeplay I've seen it looks to destroy every other fighting game out there. The graphics are gorgeous as well and with such a strong following this game will surely have fantastic online play. I can't wait to be Yoda as well, I hope to see some more of this game in the future as it comes out later this summer. I am sure to buy this one.



4. Far Cry 2 (PC, 360 and PS3)

With graphics like these who isn't excited. Far Cry was an excellent game which was critically acclaimed and remains of the best FPS games ever made. Despite the fact that many lackluster Far Cry titles have spawned from Ubisoft exclusive to the three consoles, Far Cry 2 aims to be the first true sequel to the critically acclaimed original. The graphics look stunning and all the gameplay footage we've seen looks amazing. In my mind it looks a million times better then Crysis and I can't wait to see how this turns out. I eagerly await to see what Ubisoft will unvail at E3.

One more reason 2008 > 2007

Diablo 3 was announced

That is the most ultimate win of all time, Diablo 3 happens to now be my most anticipated game and I'll be going through Diablo 2 a couple more times waiting for it to come.

Blizzard has delivered people

Grand Theft Auto IV: Thoughts From a Lifetime Fan

Grand Theft Auto is my favorite videogame series, I have said it many times before and I will say it again. Grand Theft Auto is the series that solidified my existence in life as a gamer. Grand Theft Auto is in my mind and in the mind of many esteemed publications around the world as being the most revolutionary video game in recent history and is the greatest series of all time. Masterful story telling, top notch gameplay makes this game a cultural icon and a gem of a video game. It may not surprise you to know then that a month ago I purchased a pre order for the next installment, GTA IV, a game I waited on for about four years after San Andreas came out for the PS2. Yesterday I picked up my game, popped it in my xbox and witnessed a new chapter of Grand Theft Auto and a great one at that.

Grand Theft Auto IV is a special game, from the bat I was amazed and the cinematic story telling of the game has reached a new level of perfection. Every cinematic ranges from playing with the players emotions, sometimes one can not help but laugh uncontrollobly, other times you feel anger and feel the intense feelings that are in the main character of the game Niko. GTA IV has brought the series to a new level of greatness much the same as GTA III did. The graphics are amazing, I was wowed by them and the fact the city has no load times once loaded is an amazing technical feat. The gameplay is excellent and feels more realistic then ever. Though for a veteran GTA player it is hard to grasp at first once you get the hang of it it comes easy and naturally.

I am nothing but impressed with this game but I'm only about 6 hours in. I haven't done too much so do NOT spoil anything in the game if you comment or I will report you and have you banned. I didn't spoil anything therefore you should not! I will have a review up for the game once I complete it, look out for that.

PS: The multiplayer is amazing

Why 2008 > 2007

2007 was no doubt a great year for gaming especially on the Xbox 360 and PC. I think though that 2008 is easily going to be a better year for me and the games I enjoy. It has sequals to games I love more then the sequels that came last year and not to mention it has the sexiest game to come out in the last four years, I think you all know that one. Games I want in 2008.

GTA IV
Soul Caliber IV
Far Cry 2
Spore
Brothers in Arms 4
Battlefield Bad Company
Tom Clancy's EndWar
Halo Wars
Alan Wake
Ninja Gaiden 2
Mercenaries 2
Resident Evil 5 (I can wish)
Unreal Tournament 3
Fallout 3
Midnight Club: LA
Saints Row 2
Banjo Threeie

These games are all looking to be excellent and I can't wait for all of them. Some of them may already be out for other consoles but not on my beloved Xbox 360. Either way both years are amazing and I just can't wait for these titles. 2007 and 2008 are all looking amazing, let's hope 2009 and the years beyond prove to be the best years ever for gaming. Gaming is going nowhere but up and with the acceptance of it no longer being a thing just for kids but rather a form of entertainment for everyone, I just can't wait to see what will come.