theronster

Name: Aaron Abernethy

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    August 1, 2012 2:15 pm I guess liked the trailer, but one thing I'm always struck by with adaptations like this is that the very first thing you lose is the art that we loved in the first place. Which then makes me wonder, what is it about comics that we love? Is it the artwork, or the story, or the combination of the two? If it's the latter, then it's a pity that the animation style doesn't look more like Miller's artwork. One of the MANY problems I had with the Watchmen adaptation was just that. Gibbons, who was responsible for at least half of the storytelling in that book, was clearly very excited by the transition to screen. Except... his art isn't ON the screen. Someone else's approximation or 'improvement' to his art was. This is less of a problem with things like Iron Man or Superman, when the adaptation isn't of one particular source or story, but when the book is as iconic as TDKR, I feel a more concerted attempt to at least get the look VERY close to the comic.
    July 21, 2012 5:09 am Oh, i couldn't care less if he likes it or not, that wasn't my point. It's just that we're all encouraged to have opinions and stand by them, but I'm interested in why people rarely examine the thought processes that have us believing that our opinion is also the RIGHT one. For example, I have a good friend who thinks The Godfather is a crap movie. She also accepts that her opinion may be wrong. See what I mean? Her reaction to that movie is a negative one, but she readily admits that the failing may be in her, and not the art. It's something I've been throwing around as an idea for a while, that certain ideas or pieces of art also don't just need to be good to gain traction, you also need a populace that has the receptors, if you will, for that particular idea to take root. The Avengers is a good example - the vast populace clearly has something in them that responds to the world presented in those movies. If they didn't, it wouldn't gain traction. So when I say someone's feelings about a movie may be wrong, I guess what I'm saying is that the possibility is that they don't have the 'hooks' in them that are looking for what the movie is offering, to interface with its ideas etc, and that it mightn't be the movie's fault, especially if the VAST majority of people enjoy it. This also works for negative ideas like racism etc - explains why it takes root better in some societies than others, and why those who reject negative ideas in societies like that have trouble understanding everyone else's bigotry. It's just a fun thought experiment I've been running with for a while, and it's one that has resulted in me looking inwards at my reaction to books, comics, film and TV a lot more than I used to. For example, if I'm repulsed by something in a movie, I accept that there's something in MY experience or psychological make-up that is reacting to it. Person B might not have the same feeling at all. I'm now prepared to be shot down.
    July 20, 2012 2:56 pm How does it feel though, to have a fringe opinion? I mean, either you're right, and the movie sucks, or the vast majority of people here are wrong, and the movie is good. Can BOTH be true? Or, and this has become somewhat of a motto for me in the last few years... what if you're just WRONG? I wish more people would ask themselves that one to be honest... I try to use that any time I'm about to offer an opinion that's strong.
    July 20, 2012 2:46 pm Doesn't say crocs, says alligators. SHOULD have said crocs though...
    July 20, 2012 2:35 pm Can't believe no-one has mentioned the fairly big editing snafu: Ok, so when we get to the end of one of the kangaroo court scenes with Scarecrow, Bane turns to a henchman and says 'Bring her to me', meaning Miranda. Shortly after Bruce Wayne arrives at the court having been 'captured' - he chats to Gordon and asks that Miranda be looked after - she's right beside Gordon at that point. THEN, when Gordon has his moment in court and is sent onto the ice, he tells Batman that Bane had Miranda. I think it's pretty clear that the shot with Bane asking for Miranda to be brought to him was meant to happen at the END of Gordon's 'trial'. That gives a sensible chain of events. Somewhere along the line that piece got tacked at the end of the wrong court scene, thus breaking Miranda's chain of custody, as it were. It's simply fixed though, just by moving the shot and, if they have it, putting in a reaction shot of Gordon seeing Miranda being taken. End of editing lesson. Didn't spoil my enjoyment if the movie one bit though. Loved it.
    July 18, 2011 1:07 pm As a 'brit', I can say with certainty that not everyone here thinks Dr Who is worth watching.

    Me, I find it incredibly dull, and packed to the hilt with ridiculous Deus Ex Machina endings - where the Dr 'magically' has all the answers.

    I actually think the more recent Dr Who series speaks more to American sensibilities than British ones... 
    June 15, 2011 11:23 am Actually, now that you've said it - a 1960s period set Spider-Man would have been actually Amazing. I really hope that happens some day...
    June 3, 2011 10:50 am I thought the movie completely worked at the level it aimed to. So what if it wasn't faithful to the comics - I've long said that movie makers HAVE to ignore the comics fans - they actually make up a small percentage of the movie audience.

    Nope, all the producers and director have to concern themselves with is making a good movie in it's own right.

    I couldn't care less about continuity - it's pretty much ruined mainstream comics anyway, so the less of it there is in movies the better.  
    May 31, 2011 5:56 pm Can someone, for the love of god, please explain to me American's obsession with the phrase 'day and date'?

    Basically, you just mean 'same day'. 'Day and date' is just tautological nonsense.

    Oh, and I think all of this DC shenanigans can only be a good thing. Wee golf claps all round.