I’ll go watch it anyway

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Best paragraph of my day, from a NY Times review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:

There’s a serious disconnect in the movie between the image of power that those GM brands are meant to convey and the bankrupt car industry they now signify. That disconnect only deepens with the introduction of two new Autobot characters, the illiterate, bickering twins Skids (Tom Kenny) and Mudflap (Reno Wilson), both of which take the shape of Chevrolet concept cars. The characters have been given conspicuously cartoonish, so-called black voices that indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas. For what it’s worth, the script, by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, also includes a crack about Simmons, who’s coded as Jewish, and his “pubic-fro head.”

When you movie characters are being compared to Jar Jar, you’re doing it wrong.

10:45 p.m. UPDATE: It appears I spoke too soon:

Megatron is pulled from the sea to assist the original Decepticon, Fallen (a metaphor for Lucifer? No: For [Director Michael] Bay’s limp junk).

Pajiba FTW!

The Dark Knight

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Take my word for it: you should see it at your earliest convenience. This is the movie my generation has been waiting for ((I hate that this sounds like an Obama slogan)) – it’s authentic in every way, not just to the source material but to humanity in general. Like the Bourne franchise and the revamped Bond films, The Dark Knight deals in storytelling, and nothing more. The inside jokes are gone, and while the setting and some of the action is fantastic, it’s not unbelievable.

It’s simply a sincere and serious movie. The loud explosions, incredible action sequences and visual imagery may hold your mind while you leave the theater, but there’s more to it than that. Gotham in The Dark Knight is a vision of America, one which is both stunning and unsurprising, and the story and characters do what film is supposed to do: serve as a mirror for what our society has become.

Every good word you’ve read is true, every bit of hype was honest: Heath Ledger’s performance was incredible.

Also: if you can see it in IMAX, you will not be disappointed. It’s an experience like nothing else.

Updated: There’s some minor spoilers (unless you’ve know Harvey Dent), but Wired has a great article on Nolan and the IMAX process.