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Aurora Massacre: In Defense of Christopher Nolan and 'The Dark Knight'
Big Hollywood ^ | July 28, 2012 | John Nolte

Posted on 07/28/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT by Bratch

In the wake of the awful massacre in Aurora, Colorado, we're reading al lot of criticism directed at Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," the second feature in the director's trilogy and the one with the memorable "Joker" character that apparently inspired the alleged movie theatre shooter. The problem with much of this criticism, however, is that it portrays the movie as the exact opposite of what it really is.

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If I had to choose the most inexpressibly moving and inspiring moment of humanity of any film released over the least five years, it would be the sequence in "The Dark Knight" when Joker is truly foiled.

In this unforgettable sequence, one ferry carries everyday citizens, another carries hardened criminals. Joker has rigged both to explode and will only save the passengers on the ferry who choose to blow up the other. In the end, both sets of passengers choose to die rather than commit murder.

Whatever drove that evil in Aurora, Colorado -- it was someone who missed the entire point of "The Dark Knight."

And that's not on Christopher Nolan.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: batman; darkknight; hollywood; jamesholmes; morality; moviereview; nolan

1 posted on 07/28/2012 1:19:28 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

One of the best trilogies next to Lord of the Rings. I won’t give away the third episode but I think Batman came to appreciate Cat Woman’s view on guns.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 1:24:07 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Bratch

3 posted on 07/28/2012 1:31:34 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: HarleyD

Yes, Nolan knows how to make a movie. Epics that focus more on character than “mindless”action. Gary Oldman is as much a star of this last film as Bale. And believe it or not, he makes a heavy a sympathetic character.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 1:42:57 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: HarleyD

Yes, Nolan knows how to make a movie. Epics that focus more on character than “mindless”action. Gary Oldman is as much a star of this last film as Bale. And believe it or not, he makes a heavy a sympathetic character.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 1:43:23 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: HarleyD

Bruce Wayne’s parent’s murderer used a gun to kill them. So he will never kill or use a gun. Actually I didn’t like that ending, because it kind of cheapens Batman’s moral rules.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 1:50:28 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Bratch

Caption for the Joker Photo: You have the right to remain Psycho


7 posted on 07/28/2012 2:17:31 PM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs (Gov The People, Buy The People, Bore The People.)
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To: Bratch
""The Dark Knight," the second feature in the director's trilogy and the one with the memorable "Joker" character that apparently inspired the alleged movie theatre shooter. "

Maybe...maybe not. Maybe it was this one.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 2:26:19 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: RobbyS
You nailed it. I saw the movie a week ago and keep thinking about new aspects of it. A totally conservative, traditional message and, as I said a week ago, the action and violence were NOT gratuitous.

It's funny, I saw maybe seven trailers, and with the exception of one (dumb) comedy, they were all one explosion/gunfire/explosion/car chase after another. The only one that stood out was "Expendables 2" for the names. I thought, wow, if I could show my trailer (which I'm sending you in Freepmail), I think it would be the only one remembered.

9 posted on 07/28/2012 2:34:33 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: HarleyD

What I hated about the Batman trilogy most was Bale’s Batman voice. That he was opposed to guns was a bit hypocritical when you consider all of the other weapons he used. Also you had to suspend your belief of physics with a motorcycle that should not have been able to turn and a helicopter with a blade on the bottom. But otherwise I liked the suggestion that the 1% take it upon themselves to help the poor without the government having to twist their arms to do so. But I’ll leave you with a question my niece had about the movies: Who’d want to live in Gotham City?


10 posted on 07/28/2012 2:41:32 PM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs (Gov The People, Buy The People, Bore The People.)
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To: Bratch
Peggy Noonan in today's WSJ: "The people in the theater were jumpy, getting up and going out the exit, coming back. The movie itself is dark—murders, massacres, torture, weird sinister chanting, foreboding music. There's some sort of revolt, and Gotham is taken over by a small army led by a monster. They shoot up the floor of the stock exchange. The homes of the wealthy are ransacked. The thinking or motivation of the monster-leader, Bane, is never made clear."

Other than that, people spend $20 on a movie and then they defend their choice, just like they'd depend buying a Yugo automobile, nothing new in that. To say that a violent horror entertainment vehicle product in Hollywood parlance is conservative, is stretching the excuses for putting money in the pockets of donors to the Obama campaign.

11 posted on 07/28/2012 2:42:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: HarleyD
I won’t give away the third episode but I think Batman came to appreciate Cat Woman’s view on guns.

Oh... so she tells him she likes big guns ?

12 posted on 07/28/2012 2:42:44 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Revolting cat!

Peggy Noonan in today’s WSJ: “The people in the theater were jumpy, getting up and going out the exit, coming back. The movie itself is dark—murders, massacres, torture, weird sinister chanting, foreboding music. There’s some sort of revolt, and Gotham is taken over by a small army led by a monster. They shoot up the floor of the stock exchange. The homes of the wealthy are ransacked. The thinking or motivation of the monster-leader, Bane, is never made clear.”


Peggy must have been watching from the lobby.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 2:47:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
Peggy must have been watching from the lobby.

Seriously. Or texting the entire time.

14 posted on 07/28/2012 2:50:31 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Bratch

Good grief! It’s an F’in movie for God’s sake! Man, people need to grow up. Life is NOT a fantasy in Hollyweird! I’ve never watch any of these P’sOS. You’d have to be insane to go.


15 posted on 07/28/2012 2:52:23 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: UCANSEE2

None of what she described happened? How’s your Yugo?


16 posted on 07/28/2012 2:55:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: UCANSEE2

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

17 posted on 07/28/2012 2:57:38 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Revolting cat!

Did you see the movie?


18 posted on 07/28/2012 3:12:54 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Bratch

Best Joker ever, the one played by Jack Nicholson. He brought edge to it.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 3:26:44 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Srsly! That IS who he reminded me of! That’s great! Thanks for posting!


20 posted on 07/28/2012 3:28:07 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: UCANSEE2

The one version left out was the Jack Nicholson version.


21 posted on 07/28/2012 3:29:31 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: LS
A totally conservative, traditional message and, as I said a week ago, the action and violence were NOT gratuitous.

Maybe that's why it was chosen for a massacre - it was the only way the enemy could think of to block it's message.

22 posted on 07/28/2012 3:34:51 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Hmm. Pretty good point. The spirit world works in devious ways.


23 posted on 07/28/2012 4:02:37 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Doc Savage

That is what movies is all about, escaping.


24 posted on 07/28/2012 5:01:28 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Revolting cat!
How’s your Yugo?

That's kind of personal, and besides, I didn't name him Yugo. I named him Albert Einstein, because he does all my thinking for me.

25 posted on 07/29/2012 12:32:18 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Biggirl
"Wait til they get a load of me."

(tell the truth. When you read those words, did you hear them in Jack Nicholson's voice?)

26 posted on 07/29/2012 12:37:25 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes! What I love about Jack Nicholson’s version of the joker is that he not only brought edge to it, but a bit of humor but not making it campy, balancing it with the serious in his role.


27 posted on 07/29/2012 1:22:44 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: LS

I saw the movie today. I was thinking of logistics and the 2nd amendment. Several thousand bad guys, even with Batman’s arsenal, have no hope if 1 in 5 adults has a gun and used it against the terrorists.
But it’s possible in a disarmed city, where people can’t do anything to protect themselves and the police are powerless and gutless to actually defend the city, a small evil group can take over a realm of millions.


28 posted on 07/29/2012 4:00:09 PM PDT by tbw2
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