Posts Tagged ‘Dark Knight Rises’


This is the big one. It’s been a while coming but here we are. The Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up arrives at arguably the most iconic Batman movie of them all, Chris Nolan’s epic The Dark Knight. Batfan Jon Seymour once again joins ever present hosts Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine and myself, RJ Bayley, for a very long, very nerdy, very passionate chat about the second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy. We cover the what was, what is, what may be and what might have been of this truly seminal superhero saga. This is fully indulgent Bat fandom, so tuck in.


The Stark Night Rises

The Stark Night Rises

Iron Man 3 must’ve felt like an inevitable bump back down to earth for Kevin Feige and the rest of Marvel Studios.

Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the grandest experiment in cinema. A whole studio based upon one shared cinematic universe, reliant on every film it releases being successful and that audiences would keep returning for every film to keep up with the overarching story. A support beam of this increasingly fragile construct was the fact that this was a unique and new venture in cinema, and that many comic fans had never thought they’d see their beloved shared universe of superheroes replicated on the silver screen. 2012’s The Avengers/Avengers Assemble was the the culmination of all this, a film starring all of the Marvel Studios heroes fighting a truly cataclysmic threat. And it carried it off with a bravado rarely seen.

So the prospect of following The Avengers with the now comparatively low-key single hero film would clearly be a daunting prospect. The challenge was to make something that didn’t feel like a step down from The Avengers but couldn’t deliver action on as grand a scale.

Director Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) replacement, Shane Black has wisely decided to make the drama come from a personal journey Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes in Iron Man Three (yes, Three) instead of trying to vainly compete with the action of the previous film. (more…)

Flight-poster-1Let’s get this straight, Flight is a film in which the most nerve-shredding, dramatic part is at the start of the movie? No.

What is true is there is there is a spectacular sequence in which the excellently named Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) manages to roll a nose diving passenger jet before flying it upside down and righting it just before a crash-landing. But it isn’t the most dramatic or powerful section of the film. 

The Protoype2012 was a special year for fans of genre and franchise cinema. Sam Mendes gave us the appropriately excellent Bond adventure Skyfall for the secret agent’s 50th anniversary. Christopher Nolan made it a hat-trick and finished off his Batman trilogy with the stunning The Dark Knight Rises. Karl Urban delivered a rendition of The Law all comic fans were waiting for with the reassuringly violent Dredd. We were also treated to a return visit to Middle-Earth by the man who took us there in the first place via The Hobbit. And perhaps the most nerdgasm inducing of them all; that which I thought I’d never see on the silver screen, a cohesive (not to mention brilliant) comic-book universe culminating in the joyous Avengers Assemble.

But it wasn’t just good news for the superhero fans, the horror fans were well catered for too. Horror studio and British institution Hammer continued it’s triumphant resurrection with the rightly praised The Woman in Black. Tim Burton got back on form with the flawless Frankenweenie. Ridley Scott went back to the future with the retro Prometheus and Drew Goddard almost re-invented the horror-show with the showstopping The Cabin In The Woods.

Also there was blogger Louise Boyd’s must see horror of the year, Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead.

But now we’ve survived apocalypse and will soon be into Twelve Months of Terror then what have we got to look forward to?

Below are the trailers that have got Goats in the Machine most intrigued to see the films they’re flogging. (more…)