It’s Not Who I Am Underneath, But What I Do That Defines Me – Batman Begins

27 07 2011

Batman Begins (Warner Bros. - 2005)

Christopher Nolan is back, the ace director who created the mind bending world of Inception and directed the Highly Successful The Dark Knight returns as we travel back in time. You may remember that the first 2 reviews I did were Inception and The Dark Knight well this month it is time to go back in time and see what came before The Dark Knight. I have an interesting story about Batman Begins. It was about a year ago and I was watching Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Straight after that was Batman Begins on ITV. I missed the first 40 minutes and after watching Batman Begins I could clearly see that Batman Begins is better than Lord of the Rings (all 3 Lord of the Rings films).

Batman Begins takes a different look at the Caped Crusader by putting the character in a more realistic world than the world of a Super Hero; it makes the film more like a Crime Thriller than a Super Hero Film. This also adds to the characters with them being realistic and not having any supernatural powers. It is also an origins story explaining how Bruce Wayne went from having his parents killed to becoming the Caped Crusader. The story was written by David S. Goyer with Music provided by Hans Zimmer. The film was the first film to be produced by Legendary Pictures.

Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman. He is joined by a marvellous cast which includes Michael Caine as Alfred (Bruce Wayne’s Butler), Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox (The man who supplies Bruce Wayne with all the Technology needed to be Batman), Gary Oldman as Sgt James Gordon (one of only a few uncorrupted police in the city), Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard (the man who trains Bruce Wayne in martial arts and to fight injustice) and Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes (a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne and a Gotham City District Attorney).

The film starts out with a boy called Bruce Wayne who is playing with a friend of his called Rachel Dawes and he falls down a well and is attacked by Bats. Then the narrative changes to an adult Bruce who is in a prison in Bhutan. He is approached by a man called Henri Ducard who invites Bruce to train with an elite group of warriors called The League of Shadows which is run by a man named Ra’s Al Ghul. The narrative returns to Bruce as a child and he goes to the theatre one night with his parents. His parents get shot and die, the man is then captured and Bruce is raised by the Family Butler Alfred. Many years later Bruce returns to Gotham from University to attend the court appearance of the man, who killed his parents, he is to be set free so he can testify against a major crime boss. Bruce intends to kill him but one of crime bosses assistants gets to him first. Rachel discovers what Bruce was going to do and tells Bruce that his father would be ashamed of him. That night Bruce goes to see the Crime Boss named Falcone. Falcone tells Bruce that Bruce would not understand. Bruce then decides to travel the world and get into the mind of a criminal and eventually gets put in prison for stealing from his father’s company.

The Narrative returns to the Present where Bruce is trained by Henri Ducard and once fully trained the truth is revealed. Ra’s Al Ghul wants Bruce Wayne to lead the League of Shadows and destroy Gotham City which Ra’s Al Ghul believes has become so uncorrupted that it must be destroyed. Wayne refuses and destroys the palace of the League of Shadows and saves Ducard’s life in the process. Bruce then decides to return to Gotham City.  

On the journey back to Gotham Bruce learns that he is technically dead because the CEO of Wayne Enterprises wanted to take the company public. Bruce explains to Alfred of his plan to turn himself into a symbol to scare criminals. Bruce discovers a cave underneath Wayne Manor where bats are living and then chooses his image. He visits Wayne Enterprises and discovers a science division and meets a man named Lucius Fox who allows Bruce to use some of the equipment that has been created there. Bruce enlists Gordon’s help in disguise and then begins prepare his equipment; he also gains access to an armoured car.

Batman then stops a Drug Shipment, Captures Falcone and gives Rachel the evidence needed to convict him. Batman also uses Falcone’s body on a big light and uses it as a signal for the police to follow (creating the Bat Signal). Falcone is sent to Arkham Asylum with help from its corrupt administrator Dr. Crane.  Crane has been paying off Falcone to ship a toxic Hallucinogen into the City. When Falcone wants a bigger share Crane uses the Hallucinogen on Falcone making him go Insane. Batman later finds Crane and the toxin is used on Batman. Alfred finds him and takes him home. A few days later Bruce wakes up on the day of his birthday and is given a cure for the toxin by Lucius. Rachel then visits Crane and Crane shows her that he is pouring his toxin into the water supply, he then sprays her some of his toxin. Batman arrives and rescues Rachel and then evades the cops in his Black Armoured Car. He takes Rachel to his cave and injects her with the cure. He then gives her 2 vials of the cure and puts her to sleep, Alfred then takes her home. At his birthday party Bruce finds out from Lucius that the toxin can only be used when it is in a vaporised state, he also finds out that Wayne Enterprises has lost a device which turns water into a vaporised state.

While at the party a woman introduces Bruce to a man named Ra’s Al Ghul. Then he sees Henri Ducard who reveals to Bruce his real Identity as Ra’s Al Ghul. Bruce pretends to be drunk to get his guests to leave. Ra’s then tells Bruce about how the League of shadows has worked for years. They destroy a civilization when it’s reached its pinnacle and becomes a home of corruption, they previously caused the Black Death and set London on Fire. They have previously attacked Gotham before and failed. They have been working with Crane to poison the city with Insanity and are now about to cause the whole city to lose its mind. The League then traps Bruce in Wayne Manor as they set it on fire. Alfred returns and saves Bruce.

The League then release all the convicts from Arkham Asylum causing all the inmates to escape. All the cops in Gotham turn up as well as Gordon and Rachel. They are then trapped on the island as Ra’s Al Ghul turns on a machine designed to vaporise water causing everyone in the area to go mad. Gordon uses one of the Vials of the cure from Rachel and meets Batman. Batman tells him what is going to happen and gives Gordon the Batmobile. Batman then saves Rachel and a small boy and reveals to Rachel his true Identity – “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”. Batman then fights Ra’s Al Ghul on a train which is heading to Wayne Tower which is also the central hub of the whole water supply in the city. Gordon uses the Batmobile to destroy the train tracks stopping the train from reaching the water supply and Batman leaves Ra’s Al Ghul on the train just before it crashes.

The next day Bruce takes control of Wayne Enterprises and put Lucius in charge as CEO. At the burned down remains of Wayne Manor Rachel meets up with Bruce who says to him that Batman is who Bruce really is. Batman then meets up with Lieutenant Gordon who tells him that they have a long road ahead and also tells Batman of another criminal who leaves a playing card at the scenes of his crimes. Batman says he will look into it and then leaves.

Batman Begins is a Brilliant film with many enjoyable pieces. The new direction created by Nolan and Goyer makes this an incredibly enjoyable film for everyone. The story is well written and the cast play their parts well. Katie Holmes in particular is very good as Rachel Dawes and is a lot better than Maggie Gyllenhaal who plays the role in The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight is a lot better than Batman Begins but there are some pieces in Batman Begins which should be in The Dark Knight. The fight between Batman and Ra’s Al Ghul is brilliant whereas the Fight between the Joker and Batman could have been better. Also Begins has a lot of appearances from the Batmobile which gets destroyed in The Dark Knight.

Hans Zimmer has created some amazing pieces of music in films in recent years but his work in the Batman Films is probably his best with a brilliant theme for the lead character which is also heard in The Dark Knight, it is truly an iconic piece of Music. Batman Begins is a very enjoyable film and one of the Best Super Hero films around. Nolan and Goyer have made something excellent and it continues with The Dark Knight and the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. Batman Begins is Excellent from start to finish and an extremely enjoyable for everyone.

GENEPOOL

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Sam’s Rant – Football

20 07 2011

World Cup Trophy (Wikipedia)

I do not like Football. Football just seems a waste of time for me to watch. What is the whole point in watching a bunch of people kicking a ball around a pitch. Also why do the fans take it so seriously, it’s like life or death with the fans or to put it in another way it is Football or Death.

When I was at school people took it far too seriously and you get told off if you don’t want to play. I remember getting told off a lot at school for not getting involved and taking it seriously. I don’t want to play, leave me alone (ok it was all sports at school except Athletics because I did not mind it, I enjoyed the throwing events). I don’t mind having a kick about and a bit of fun, I actually enjoy football when it is fun but when you take it too seriously it takes the fun out of it. Particularly when the whole team starts breathing in your face because they are taking it too seriously when they are losing and you are trying to have fun. 

Another thing which is annoying is the football fans. The fans take it too seriously; they think it’s the End of the World when their team loses. They shout at the TV and at the players telling them they are rubbish. There was an incident at the world cup last year when an English football goal keeper (or Goaleeeeeee) when he dropped the ball and all the football fans started getting loud and shouty in a way that makes them think that they are better at football than someone picked for the football team. England fans are the most annoying, they celebrate the start of the world cup a whole year before it starts and they try to find signs in the year like in 2006 when it was 40 years since England won it and the fans saw this as a sign that they were going to win – They Lost. England should know by now after 45 years of LOSING the world cup that they don’t stand a chance of winning it. The only chance England has is if they had super powers. They also had those STUPID Vuvuzalas which were just annoying; I would quite like to do a Pete Townshend (Guitar Smash) to one of those STUPID things. Fans also have their ridiculous songs they have to sing all the time, it’s a good thing they don’t do much in the way of Rock or Heavy Metal because they would ruin them. I was very happy when it was announced that England would NOT be hosting the world cup in 2018 or 2022 because I knew it would be a bad thing. Usually the world cup is All In Your Face but last year I managed to escape most of it (i did like what Charlie Brooker said about the World Cup in his 2010 Screenwipe). Fans are also unable to behave themselves as well. They have riots when their team loses. I think what should happen is if a riot breaks out at a football match the 2 teams playing get relegated (whatever that means) for a while. Not 1 year that is not long enough, I think the teams should be relegated for at least 5 years and then with the threat of their team being relegated their fans will learn to behave themselves more often and Football would be a lot nicer then – won’t it.

Why does Football take forever, it’s 90 minutes long plus extra time if they need it. Why have extra time. Extra Time is so annoying, we have had 90 minutes of it, that’s enough. It’s extra time which can cause GOOD TELEVISION SHOWS TO BE MOVED AROUND AND RESCHEDULED. I have come up with several ways to make football more exciting like having Iron Footballs, Footballs on Fire but my latest Idea is the best one. You have the Goals on conveyor belts and as the game is playing the nets move closer together and after EXACTLY 90 minutes they shut together and the ball cannot get in. Then the GOOD TV SHOWS come on and don’t have to be rescheduled.

The best football match I have seen was Harry Enfield’s Association Football, there was also Pit Ball in the Channel 4 show Full Metal Challenge.

Football can be fun but when it is taken too seriously it becomes a matter of life and death and it becomes boring. FOOTBALL IS RUBBISH.

GENEPOOL (I might do some more Football Ranting in the Future)





Godzilla News – Super Heroes to Super Lizards

16 07 2011

Godzilla 2012

It has been some time now since the latest news on Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film. Well yesterday I found out that some Bad News and Good News. The Bad News is that the film may not come out in 2012 and may come out in 2013 or 2014. However the film finally has a Writer. David S. Goyer who wrote the Blade Films, Blade The Series, Batman Begins and the upcoming Man of Steel is now moving from Super Heroes to a Super Lizard.

Godzilla (Heisei - Toho Co., Ltd.)

Now I like Batman Begins it is an Amazing Film but I for this film I still want the Proper Godzilla not just another Monster Movie. America has access to all this amazing CGI Graphics but when it comes to their own remakes they have to do it their way and make something completely different. The 1998 (RUBBISH) was not a Godzilla Film. OK Legendary Pictures has previously stated “Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has.” Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures (Wikipedia). So for this film we should get a Giant Lizard who is a Giant Force of Nature with an Atomic Death Ray. Now Gareth Edwards is still on board to direct and he is a fan of Godzilla. With these two components David S. Goyer will have to write something based on the Japanese Godzilla.  So we should get a proper Godzilla Film and with David S. Goyer writing the script it should be an Amazing Film.

Godzilla (Toho Co., Ltd. 1954 - Present)

Also 2014 (60th Anniversary of Godzilla) is the planned return of the Japanese Godzilla. So if Legendary Pictures does release their version of Godzilla in 2014 then we could get two Godzilla Films in one Year, FANTASTIC.

GENEPOOL





Chocolate Cake

13 07 2011

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake is one of the easiest recipes to do and does not come with extra surprises that you may find in a coffee shop Chocolate Cake (like Jam). This recipe tells you how to make a Simple Chocolate Cake that is just Chocolate and no hidden extras (like Jam).

Ingredients:

6 oz. Self-Raising Flour   6 oz. Margarine                

1 oz. Cocoa         6 oz. Caster Sugar           

3 Eggs

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/5 I usually put it in the middle (if you don’t have a Gas Mark Oven……….). Weigh out your ingredients into a large-ish bowl, you can sieve your flower into the bowl but I usually don’t.  Then using an electric whisk mix the ingredients together, start on a slow speed and then go at Full Speed. Then when the ingredients are mixed together stop the whisk and then using a knife scrape off the mixture from the walls of the bowl and into the main mixture. Then use your whisk again at Full Speed (Muhahahaha) and make sure that all the mixture is completely mixed in.

Chocolate Cake Mixture

Put the mixture to one side and Grease 2 cake tins (short in Height but wide in Diameter). I prefer to use margarine, put a dollop of margarine in the tins and then use some kitchen roll to spread it around the tin until the whole tin is covered (LIGHTLY), and then repeat for the second tin. Then pour the mixture evenly into both tins, then spread out with a knife. Put your tins on the top shelf of your oven and cook for 30 Minutes, and then lick the bowl.

Cake Tins

After 30 Minutes take the tins out of the oven and use a skewer to test if they are ready. Basically put the skewer in the cake and take it out, if it comes out clean your cake is ready, if it is not clean it is not ready, put it back in the oven for a few more minutes then test it again. When your cake is ready give it a few minutes to cool down and then remove the cakes from the tins and put them on a cooling rack to cool down (obviously). Your cake is now ready for some icing.

2 Cake Halves

Icing

Ingredients:

4 oz. Margarine                 8 oz. Icing Sugar

1 oz. Cocoa

Method:

Weigh out your icing sugar and cocoa into a jug (it helps when mixing the sugar), put no more than 1 oz. of Cocoa in the mixture (if you put in 0.4/0.5 oz. you can make it look nice and light – almost like coffee). Separately weigh out you margarine and put it into a (different) mixing bowl. Mash up your margarine with a fork until it is nice and soft. Then pour some (not all) of your icing sugar and cocoa into your margarine bowl and mix it round with a wooden spoon. Continue to do this until all the icing sugar is mixed in.

Icing Mixture

Then take one cake (one tin) of your two-part cake and put a big dollop of icing on it and then spread it around with a knife or spoon. The put the other cake and put that cake on top of the cake with icing. Then add the remaining icing to that cake remembering to spread it around evenly. Once that is done tidy the cake edges by removing excess icing from the edges just so it does not drip all over the place and then lick the icing bowl.

Cake Icing

Finally you can either leave the cake alone or decorate it with Chocolate Sweets, Hundreds and Thousands, Coconut (not a whole one) or with just Icing Sugar through a sieve like I did. Your cake is now ready to eat.

Chocolate Cake

GENEPOOL





Jasper Carrott And Robert Powell Are The Detectives

6 07 2011

The Detectives (BBC 1993 - 1997)

WARNING: If you like the TV show Holby City do not watch The Detectives or continue to read this post because you will not be able to take Holby City serious again.

The Detectives is a BBC Comedy Series about two bumbling Detectives who solve crimes. Created by Comedy Legend Jasper Carrott and was written by Steve Knight and Mike Whitehill. It was originally a 5 minute sketch from Jasper Carrott’s stand-up show Canned Carrott. It was then turned into a TV series. Every episode the two Detectives somehow manage to solve crimes while completely messing things up. In one episode they bring a whole area of London to a standstill when they accidentally leave a briefcase in a bank and the police think it’s a bomb. At the beginning of one episode they lift a car out of a river and then it turns out to be their own car.

Robert Powell is David Briggs who acts like a leader and comes up with plans but is hopeless when it comes to flirting with girls. He tries to look Intelligent but looks Stupid as he does it. Jasper Carrott is Bob Louis who is usually better than Briggs in some ways, for instance Bob can play the Guitar while Briggs can only play Feelings on his Mouth Organ. However he is as hopeless as Briggs when it comes to flirting with girls. George Sewell is Superintendent Cottam who usually sends David and Bob on dangerous missions to get rid of them, even though they always manage to solve the crime one way or another. Even though it is a comedy series many top actors are in the show including John Nettles, Anthony Head and Comedy Legend Barry Cryer. 

Every episode sees Briggs and Louis ending up in different predicaments. In one Episode they travel to Jersey to investigate some illegal horse breeding and run into trouble with local police detective Jim Bergerac. In another episode after bringing London to a standstill they play pool in an east end pub with a blind man and his dog. Another episode sees the pair investigating a report of drugs being found at a girl’s school while trying to hide from the press when they accidentally kill a rare breed of turtle when they feed it a Kit Kat.

With Briggs and Louis getting in themselves into trouble every week and somehow managing to solve the crime The Detectives is an extremely funny show and enjoyable for everyone.

GENEPOOL








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