Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Batman Begins (to look like a return to form)

Check out the cast for the new Batman film, and watch the trailer too.

I like the way they've pinched our icon...

26 comments:

mmChronic said...

Cheeky fuskers! I hope you've notified our Legal Department.

Merg said...

I saw the trailer last week, t'was at the end of Film 2004. Dodgy.

mmChronic said...

Isn't there some sort of rule of thumb with Batman like there is with Star Trek? with ST every odd numbered one was shite and even was good - or vice versa.

The Batman rule is probably 'all Batman films are shite'.

Merg said...

Well... of the Batman flicks, I liked the old campy Adam West one, and the two Keaton flicks were okay tho the first was much better than the second... the Kilmer one had its moments ("Holey metal rocks, batman!") and a great "comic book" look to it but was otherwise less than wonderful (and had Val Kilmer... yerg). I won't mention what followed due to sheer awfulness.

Dogs said...

What followed was an outstanding entry into the Best Use of a Camp Latex Body Suit Competition

Dogs said...

But I just can't bring myself to mention what happened to the Batmobile

mmChronic said...

I reserve the right to amend teh Batman Ruyle to 'All Batman sequels were shite'.

I forgot about the 60s one - I quite liked that but I don't think I've seen it since I was 13 or something.

Merg said...

"Five" runs the ol' Adam West Batman flick occasionally. It's still pretty funny.

As for camp rubber suits... it was so much worse than just dodgy costumes. Words fail me on just how bad it was...

Dogs said...

Ay up Merg

Have you seen the new Crouching Flying Hidden Daggers.. you know the one I mean? I saw Hero and enjoyed it so just wondering if this one's worth seeing too.

Merg said...

I liked Crouching Tiger far better than Hero, personally. Same sort of fantasy-martial-arts coupled with a better story, IMO. As usualy, your milage (and opinion) may vary.

mmChronic said...

I HATE flying kung fu movies. Hero just didn't appeal to me.

Give me an old fashioned kickabout in a tea room any day.

Merg said...

I wasn't that much of a fan of Hero... I did like Crouching Tiger tho'

Dogs said...

Noooooo. I mean the new one...something to do with Flying Daggers...hang on..just go check...

Ok it's House of the Flying Daggers but apparently it's not released until the 24th. Sorry. My fault. I shall go flagulate.

Looks good though. Kick ass with Zhang Zyi getting her bits out. I hope.

Merg said...

ahhh.

Dunno, not seen it. :)

mmChronic said...

But does it involve flying Kung Fu?

And has your boss died?

Dogs said...

Yup. It's kick ass flying blind woman story.

Boss has just gone off on holiday this afternoon. And it's Christmas so I am allowing myself this indulgence...in between doing lots of work that requires very regular breaks. Obviously.

mmChronic said...

So what you're saying is you need to be supervised to be effective. Peon. ;)

And Flying Daggers is shite. Because it's a Kung Fu On Strings movie. Pah.

I've got a load of borrowed Jet Li / Jackmaster Chan Chinese language Kung Fu DVDs in the house to watch over Christmas. Tremendous.

Merg said...

Love the old HK Jackie Chan stuff... sadly, it looks like this year C4's breaking tradition and not showing loads.

Still, I've seen all the good ones they have several times now... (particlar favourites of mine are the Police Story series and Wheels on Meals).

mmChronic said...

I just watched the one with the old bloke out of Drunken Master and Jackie Chan - Eagle Claw Something Or Other. Tremendous.

Tremendous stuff. C4 are usually THE Jackie Chan-nel. Twunts.

Merg said...

Indeed.

hm... the one you're on about... Drunken Master?

mmChronic said...

Yeah? Old bloke in straw hat doing kick ass moves.

Merg said...

I'd mis-read your comment.

There's a Jackie Chan just called "Drunken Master", and I'd missed you'd mentioned that.

Could be one of those where the western version (ie with subs) has multiple names... they tend to give the UK a fairly straight translation, and then totally rename it to something "flashier" for the US market.

I've seen Drunken Master, yonks ago (on Channel 4!).

mmChronic said...

I've just looked and the film we watched the other day is Snake In Eagle's Shadow. The bloke that appeared in this and Drunken Master is apparently called Siu Tien Yuen.

It's been a while since I've seen DM but the character looks pretty much the same (same clothes / manner /etc) in both films.

Looking at the other DVDs there they are mostly early Jet Li. And not a single one of them is Kung Fu On Strings. W00t!

Merg said...

Heh. I'm not much of a Jet Li fan.

I mostly like the Jackie Chan flicks for their comedy -- and of course the outtakes reel at the end, seeing people get reallly hurt!

Talking of which, if you get the chance to see the Chinese comedy, Ghost Story, do it -- it's hilarious.

mmChronic said...

The HK Jet Li films are good - I've only seen a couple but the fights are fscking awesome. One was about 2 kids growing up in a Shaolin Temple then getting expelled. One sides with the evil Lord type and the other sides with rebels. The final fight scene between the two is one of the best fight sequences I've seen.

I've heard the name of that Ghost film but that's it. No doubt that will end up on C4 or BBC2 at some point.

Merg said...

I've seen Ghost Story twice and both times it was late on a Friday on BBC1.

As for the Jet Li flicks, I saw some of the recent Jet Li season, again in the late Friday slot on 1.

They were okayish but didn't really hold my attention all that well.