Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Batman 3 is now 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Yes, The Dark Knight Rises, is the name of Christopher Nolan's third installment of the Batman franchise.  Obviously, the title is pretty similar to Frank Miller's graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Returns,' but we all know the plot will be quite different. 

Nolan had already confirmed that The Joker wasn't going to be recast appear in the new movie.  And today, in addition to announcing the the movie's title, he also confirmed that The Riddler would also NOT be making an appearance.  I see that as a good thing even though the idea of Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying Edward Nigma did sound like the perfect casting.  But I want to be surprised with this movie and would rather have a lesser know villain. 

Oh yeah, the Inception director also convinced Warner Bros. that they don't need the unnecessary element of 3-D.  Instead he will continued to use IMAX and HD technology.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Modern Family: Showing Glee how to Tell a Story (about God)

I would like to open this post with a couple of funny lines from the episode.  I am doing this because I am actually only going to discuss the Jay, Gloria, and Manny storyline.

"No, ma'am.  I'm not stepping into that one.  We're not going to play good cop, mom."--Phil

"I want to go the museum of tolerance."--Alex
"Fine, how far in tolerance?"--Haley

"Double it again and make it ten weeks"--Haley
"Oh my god! Do you not hear how much you need to study?"--Alex

"I was going to bring you wine but you finished the big bottle last night."--Luke
"Okay, off you go"--Claire

"You know what you are.  You're like a mob wife.  You look down on me an my ways but your happy to wear the mink coat that fell of the truck"--Mitchell

Two shows from the 2009-2010 TV season showed that the networks could still launch critically and commercially successful programming.  Of course they were in the genre which the networks do just as well as cable: comedy.  The two comedies, Glee and Modern Family, won the Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Comedy, respectively.

This week, the shows dealt with the issues of God, atheism, and skepticism.  After watching Fox's promos for the episode of Glee I decided I wasn't going to watch it.  I made this decision not because the episode was going to deal with God but because it was going to overdo it this week and then never bring it up again.  Glee is a show of themes.  That is, every episode deals with one specific theme that gets mentioned an infinite amount of times in that hour and then never gets brought up again in future episodes.

Now, I don't want to dwell on Glee too much.  After all, after everything I've heard and read about the episode, there is no possible way I can bring myself to watch it without thinking about all of the politics regarding the issue of Church and State.