Episode 9: From Outer Space

In this episode, Tim and Marcel talk about their remaining summer plans, appreciate some cinematic art, and finish last episode’s interrupted Skype conversation.

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One thought on “Episode 9: From Outer Space

  1. Response to Dark Knight Via Speezy:
    I think there was some parts of the ending that were unclear, and briefly cut through, but most of it I got, and asked my friends about the things they caught I didn’t right after watching it.

    Some clarity: Speezy mentioned Batman flew the bomb out of the city, but Fox found out he fixed the autopilot (which meant Batman would have jumped out at sometime), and Alfred sees the very much alive batman at the end…on their whatever “vacation” they were all having. Joseph Gordon-Levitt reveals his real name at the end with the orphanage as Robin, so in a way a it was “Robin Rises” as well, so him finding the batcave was more or less Batman giving him access to his hidden life (whether or not he wants robin to take over or just join him is unclear). This begs questions about a Robin sequel. The title The Dark Knight Rises refers not to Batman rising and falling in terms of the main plot, but to the overall story arc Nolen set out to achieve: that is that these three movies are the “Prequel” to batman becoming Batman. There was talk between director and composer about the music, in that Batman never got a full-out theme (it’s been one simple interval throughout), because he hasn’t yet deserved one.

    I do however agree that the first act with his broken leg was kind of dragging, and made it kind of an excuse than rather a decision not to be batman, which is a weaker story. The back breaking I thought was better done in the comics as a big moment than the movie; I wish the sounds of the break were more…epic.

    Bane’s voice: I was watching inception the other day and noticed Tom Hardy’s voice is very much the voice Bane had, with some effects (darth vadery as it was) that was hard to decipher at times. I think the way it was pumped out of the system made it seem like it wasn’t coming from the character, but from all around you, either that’s a decision or poor mixing, but it didn’t bother me much.

    Catwoman: Talked about the direction of her a lot with friends, and mostly about her fight scenes. We felt she couldn’t pull off fighting a bunch of guys with that body type, and felt she should have had a more quick cat-like dodging technique, with a few trips here and there, and/or because she’s a thief, her strength would be to escape the fight altogether, but in the film she, instead, fought a lot. We also agreed the relationship between her and Batman didn’t gain enough…say “history”…for that kiss near the end.

    Nolan: Very bold decisions. I felt the overall threat of a nuclear bomb in a city you can’t escape was well explored here (even more than any world ending movie I have seen so far), and I felt on several occasions what it might feel like to actually have this part of our reality. Would the rest of the world help a place of corruption and crime? Is there some American vs the World, or Africa vs World overtones here? Is this already a reality? Random killing at the stock market: Bane shots a random banker as they break into the stock market…one that isn’t in his way. I felt it to be quite a dark moment, and my friends agree. Overall we thought there was something that separated it from the Joker’s Dark Knight, and if were to compare, the evil in this lingered mostly in the day, was not behind closed doors, was more “serious”, and affected more than just the people of Gotham.

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