Knight of the Living Death Threats: TDKR Reviews

TDKR reviews

Nerds are always arguing over the quality of comic book films. The Amazing Spider-man earlier this month elicited just such a debate. On the podcast we have taken part in many of these debates. However, rarely do you see them resort to death threats. This was not the case with the rating of The Dark Knight Rises on Rotten Tomatoes. Nerds, such as myself, are not use to anything less than an A. Well, The Dark Rises rating was a punch to the gut of oh so many over-achievers. Rotten Tomatoes reported a rating of 87 percent fresh for The Dark Knight Rises. Apparently a B+ is unacceptable in the eyes of Nolanites.

The film's fervent followers began bombarding the site with comments. The extent to which this escalated would lead one to believe that several reviewers had lambasted the film. However, at the time that this took place there were only two reviewers that had made given less than stellar reviews, Marshall Fine and Christy Lemire. Beyond the death threats, that were pointed at both Fine and Lemire, there were other nasty remarks. We discussed the misogyny that often rears its ugly head on the Internet on the podcast Episode 41. These comments on the site were of course directed towards Ms. Lemire. Look Internets stop being DICKS! Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to act like one!

Beyond the legitimate reviews were those posted by trollers in order to stir the pot. Good job troll-y, pour gasoline on the fire. The comments became so bad that the comment section for Rotten Tomatoes had to close. All in all this is just dumb! Stop being whiney ass bitches and relying on external validation. Wait until you see the movie on Friday and decide for yourself. Or are you just too afraid to rely on your own judgement?

Rush Limbaugh crosses the ultimate line!

Infamous radio show shock jock, Rush Limbaugh said the following:

"Have you heard, this new movie, the Batman movie -- what is it, the Dark Knight Lights Up or something? Whatever the name of it is. That's right, Dark Knight Rises, Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in the Dark Knight Rises is named Bane. B-A-N-E. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran, and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time, the release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane? ... Anyway, so this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there's now discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful, and whether or not it will influence voters. It's going to have a lot of people. This movie, the audience is going to be huge, lot of people are going to see the movie. And it's a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd. And they're going to hear 'Bane' in the movie, and they are going to associate Bain. And the thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital, but Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie -- 'Oh yeah, I know who that is.' There are some people who think it will work. There are some people think it will work. Others think -- 'You're really underestimating the American people who think that will work.'”

Now I don’t write about politics or even get into it on this site or our show, I save that for my other podcast. However, this topic crosses two things I love the most: movies and politics. If you are a Rush Limbaugh fan I would advise you to stop reading this right now, your glorious dittohead leader is about to be trashed on this blog.

I was going to go into how this was silly because the character was created in 1993 and the movie, The Dark Knight Rises was written in 2008. However, clearly logic can’t penetrate that thick bulbous skull that sits akimbo on Ole Rushbo’s shoulders. So why not break it down in terms he can understand. I promise not to use too many big words for the dittoheads out there.

In 2005 BEGINS the senatorial duties of one Barack Obama, maybe you have heard of him. He had a pretty decent career as a senator but quickly decided he needed to do more, so he ran for President and won. Fast forward: In 2010 a force of pure insanity came to Washington and tried to destroy everything. This force didn’t have any real reasons, it just wanted to “watch the world burn.” After months of battling this force, lets call them the Joker's Tea Party, died down and became just a joke. However our hero was wounded by them severely. It was if they were destined to do this forever. Once the Joker's Tea Party was defeated our hero had to take the blame for their shenanigans. He was quoted once as saying “Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes...the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” When asked by the media what she thought of Obama taking the heat for the Tea Parties tricks, Hillary Clinton said “...[he needs to be a] silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.” Strange quote, but whatever! So fast forward to today, Barack is back and he has to take on Bane (Mitt Romney) in the 2012 election to truly RISE to the occasion...

Ok I’m going to stop right there. I can’t do this anymore. This whole thing is so damn stupid. Is Rush Limbaugh really under the illusion that Christopher Nolan planned this? Look, I know Nolan pulled off Inception but the man can’t predict the future! If you read the words that Rush said and thought...genius, than you are a moron. He is a liar and a snake oil salesman at best. The level of misinformation that he puts out is unprecedented. Rush Limbaugh is a moron! Breaking news, I know, but more importantly he gets people to believe just about anything. If there is one thing that we here at The Nerdpocalypse believe its this: You don’t fuck with The Batman...period. You can say whatever you want about anything else, but you don’t trash Batman. I’m not talking about Nolan’s Batman...I’m talking Batman in general. If you don't know who Bane is or anything about that world, just shut it! So to Rush Limbaugh I say, “Shut your mouth you mewling quim!

Movie Reboots, Remakes, and Retries...Let's give it a second look!

In the modern world of cinema there are many adages that are true. One of the more prominent ones is, if the movie fails we can just reboot it! We have seen this general thought process come in many forms. Whether it is because of the lack of success in a movie, to retain ownership rights, or to just avoid coming up with new ideas Hollywood is currently crazy for movie reboots. With the newly released remake, The Amazing Spider-Man, we are once again put on the train to Rebootsville and told everything will be alright, but will it? The general consensus about big budget Hollywood reboots is, they are bad news and shouldn't be done. However, I would like talk about why we might actually be wrong. Queue menacing music and table flipping gestures.

In the comic book movie and action genres reboots are clearly the most prevalent. We have seen reboots of Batman, Judge Dredd, Total Recall, Spider-Man, Daredevil and many others done or put in the on deck circle for future remakes. All of these are horrible ideas and none should be remade? Arguably Christopher Nolan's Batman movies have been leaps and bounds above what Burton and especially Schumacher were able to accomplish. The much more serious tone and progression in film making in general have made the Batman trilogy accepted as amazing films not just a superhero movies.

Another massive franchise that has received a soft reboot of sorts is Fox's X-Men. With the release of X-Men First Class audiences were re-introduced to some crowd favorites and some new comers. While I would have preferred a full reboot I think this works alright for Fox. I think a large part of not full dismissing the previous films was to not be saddled with the label of reboot. X-Men First Class allowed for a kick in the pants to a stale and failing franchise. While I thought X-Men First Class was not as good as X-Men 2, it served as the jumping off point that Fox needed to make up for that atrocity they called X-Men 3.

So are all reboots a bad thing? Surely not, but what about if my favorite movie gets remade? What if they remake Back to the Future starring Zak Efron!? Well they just will make it and I will choose to see it or not. The creation of remakes doesn't diminish the originals. Sometimes movies are for different generations. While I love Goonies and Back to the Future more than my unborn child I think younger kids would get less out of it than I did. Context is everything. When kids see the new Spider-Man they are wrapped up in the awesomeness of the CGI and story. If you showed them the Raimi ones, they might like it but probably not as much. The reason being, they have seen better CGI on Saturday morning cartoons. The tech is always pushing forward. I watched some Raimi Spider-Man clips and guess what...they look very dated, not bad, just dated.

Now with some movies we have out right failures from the jump and they NEED to be rebooted. Take Superman Returns for instance. This thing was a giant failure and really let down tons of fans, me included. However, the upcoming Man of Steel promises to be a real game changer in the world of Superman. I for one can't wait. Should they just make a sequel to an abhorrent movie and hope we ignore the super kid and a terrible Lois Lane? No, they need to wipe everyone's mind of that movie. So something like Superman, who is the granddaddy of all superheroes needs to be done right. Reboot AWAY!!!!

So that begs the ultimate question. What is the track record of the recent reboots, remakes, and retries? Well pretty damn good actually. Lets take a look:

Batman: WAAAAY better than previous tries! Spider-Man: In my opinion much more character driven, better effects. X-Men: Better in some parts. Far better than X-Men 1 and 3. Total Recall: Trailer looks promising. Original is fun, but not a great movie. Judge Dredd: Oh Come couldn't be worst! G.I. Joe: Soft reboot but looks to be light years ahead 21 Jump Street: Reboot of a show, but hilarious movie. Conan: Ok that was a FAIL. Original not amazing, just nostalgia drives it. Robocop: Great original, cast in new movie has amazing potential.

Lastly, there is some Hollywood scuttlebutt (that term is hilarious) that a remake of The Twilight Saga is going to happen pretty quickly after the movie series is done. Well to that I say, fuck you! I have my limits. Redoing a movie series immediately after it was done before is just trying to cash in. While all movies are designed to make money that is just craven. Also, those movie SUCK OUT LOUD! So I don't think we should dismiss reboots out of hand so easily, but I do think there are bounds of reason. Put your thoughts in the comments!

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