Batman: The Dark Knight
Waaaaay too long. The ending doesn't really make sense. Ledger is very good. The rest less so. But it's pretty to look at, goes like a train and you never feel patronised which makes a nice change.
Batman: Gotham Knights
Set of anime Batman's to bridge the gap between the last film and the new one. Some nice animation and some really piss-poor characterisations wrapped up in a series of tales that veer from mediocre to middling.
Batman: Under The Red Hood
Another in the line of knock-em-out animations that DC have been doing lately. Ugly and pointless. Go look at the trailer for the new DC Universe game and then tell me this thing was worth the effort or the money.
Batman: Year One
A fairly faithful recreation of the comic book but desperately missing the beautiful artwork.
Made on a budget of Tic Tacs and giggles this is the story of two baseball players travelling the back roads of New England in order to avoid become lunch for zombies. It's Clerks of the Dead with the carnage replaced with chit chat. It's got some very nice set pieces, a great beard and both the dialogue and the cast sparkle, especially in the final part - although why they didn't put that quiver of arrows to some sort of stabby-stabby use to ease their predicament is beyond me.
Bravo to all involved and I really do hope they're going to take us into the Orchard next.
Go watch this, it's wonderful.
Battle Los Angeles
I kept wanting to shout "Oorah!" or "Semper fi!" or to whistle Dixie or sing something about banners spangled with stars whilst watching this.
It made me quite depressed. It's a really nicely made movie. It obviously had an enviable budget, it looked good and had a strong cast but it was essentially a very long recruiting advert for the US Marines.
I had to watch it. I just had to. Wish I hadn't. But I had to.
The Book of Eli
A movie seemingly funded by God.
For some reason that never becomes apparent an epidemic of sudden contagious blindness strikes and people are losing their sight left, right and centre. The early victims are isolated in a hospital where apparently they are of no interest or concern whatsoever to the medical community at large and are left to their own devices to fall into some sort of clichéd survival of the fittest dystopia. Luckily for the earliest arrivals one of them can still see and is there simply to accompany her husband.
It's a ridiculously inept movie that has such a dumb narrative that for the most part you sit there wondering why anyone bothered at all.
Burke and Hare
The accents! Dear God, the accents! and that's as far as I got.