Batman Begins

There’s a lot going on in Christopher Nolan’s (wonderful) Inception. One of those things: Cillian Murphy’s Robert Fischer. If you’ve seen the film by now then you already know how truly sympathetic Robert Fischer is. In fact, he’s arguably more sympathetic than the main character, Cobb. Cobb’s problems come from his own undoing while Fischer’s come from his father. Ironically, Fischer and Cobb are extremely similar. They are both looking for catharsis and to let go of someone from the past. The closings to the arcs are parallels. They both, arguably, go through the same change. Fischer raises a big ethical question that really isn’t delved into the film all too much: isn’t Cobb going to ruin a man’s life to save his own? His whole team seems cool with that, oddly. But then again, Cobb is never truly played as a “likable” type of guy. He’s selfish in more ways than one. Fischer is the one that comes out looking good through this whole ordeal, not Cobb. I got plenty of time to speak to Mr. Murphy recently about this as well as throwing possible theories his way.

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Culture Warrior

With all the invention, intriguing plot webs, and overall solid cinematic storytelling that Christopher Nolan’s films are credited for, yet another innovative characteristic of his signature narrative approach is often looked over: his own special brand of antihero. A thread that has connected Nolan’s films (scripted often in collaboration with his brother Jonathan) is the presence of a central male character who possesses some combination of destructive egotism, desperate selfishness at the risk of others, aggressive self-righteousness, willful delusion, or even the first signs of a messiah complex (“asshole” is used in the title of this post simply as an umbrella term for all the negative traits connecting these protagonists). I credit this aspect of storytelling and character development to the brothers Nolan, for filmmakers who work so successfully in Hollywood aren’t often able to bring to the screen characters who contain so many obvious flaws, and further credit goes to them for actually immersing us in their characters’ subconscious (figuratively in the case of all their films not titled Inception), making us give a damn about these characters to the point that sometimes these otherwise obvious personality flaws are only visible upon reflection after the film has been experienced. Nolan’s characters are often complex and intelligent, but beneath any confident exterior resides a deeply troubled psychology – some more obvious than others.

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There’s a musical quality when Hans Zimmer speaks. Sometimes stammering his way through sentences, the native German sounds equal parts Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Jeremy Irons in Die Hard with a Vengeance. All of that is lifted by a sunshine sense of humor that seems to get out in front of him and lead the way. Over a three decade career, Zimmer has built a reputation for quality in film scoring. It could easily be said that he’s had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business, but it could just as easily be said that it is they who have had the privilege of working with him. His most recent work can be heard through the booms, haunting piano keys, and ever-present synth modulations that support Leonardo Dicaprio as he steals around the dreams of Inception. Yesterday, it was I who had the privilege of speaking with the composer about the fear inherent in every new job, the connective tissue between Japanese electropop and Russian choirs, and what he’s trying to say with his music.

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Great. The hype surrounding The Dark Knight lives on as Gary Oldman announces they will definitely be filming the third installment next year. Start your engines!

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This week Culture Warrior asks, just how ‘new’ is the new Star Trek, anyway?

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Odette Yustman in The Unborn

If you enjoy and follow genre films then you’ve most likely seen David Goyer’s work. The question is, will you enjoy his directorial work on The Unborn?

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It’s okay to admit you cry once in a while guys. As long as you beat a gorilla to death immediately afterward, you can still be considered manly. Luckily, there’s a few flicks out there that let us cry at will – here’s ten of ‘em.

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Christian Bale as The Dark Knight... Rocks!

Quite simply, when you see The Dark Knight, you’re going to realize how truly awful the first wave of Batman films were.

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The Dark Knight

The year’s most anticipated summer film is still weeks away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you a first-hand account of its brilliance. Yeah, that’s right — we said brilliance. Behold, the epic spectacle that is The Dark Knight.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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Christian Bale in The Dark Knight

Christian Bale expresses his plans to leave the series if Robin, the boy wonder, was ever forced upon the Batman franchise.

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Batman: Gotham Knight

Take a trip to Wizard World in Chicago, where FSR’s Josh Radde was among a few other press people who got to sit down and talk with some of the masters behind Batman: Gotham Knight.

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The Dark Knight Logo

It isn’t even July 1 yet and all the web can seem to talk about is The Dark Knight. And now, thanks to some statistics from the world of online movie ticket sales, it is time to start questioning whether that interest might just turn into box office records.

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Our friends at Slashfilm have delivered on 40 new images that are a mix of old and new. The new, a lot of which include more of The Joker, are pretty cool. The old… well, those are cool, too. As if you need another reason to be excited…

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Iron Man and Batman Begins

Robert Fure is fed up with crappy comic adaptations. Can Iron Man lead the way to a new age of awesome?

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Iron Man Movie Poster

With the release this weekend of Marvel Studio’s Iron Man I can be certain of two things: Comic book movies are here to stay and Iron Man is among the best of them. Thus, it is time to see just how well it stacks up.

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A friend of FSR comes swooping in with great first-hand knowledge of Heath Ledger’s demonic Joker!

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For the five of you who only read this site, this will be brand new to you.

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Many people saw some Dark Knight footage this weekend in front of I Am Legend. So what did you think?

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The buzz is heating up around The Dark Knight

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