1. So like most people in my age bracket I will be seeing The Dark Knight this weekend, and let me tell you something – after the amount of hype this film has received, it better be good. It better solve longstanding historical controversies. It better balance the Federal budget. It better make everyone who watches it lose 10 pounds. It better give me an above-average haircut. It better make Godfather II look like a high school play interrupted by fighting hobos.

The bar, it has been set high.

It looks good. It looks like it will be better than other movies coming out this summer. But for christ's sake, people, settle the fuck down. It's a Batman movie. I know too many people who are beside themselves with excitement and fully convinced that this will be Citizen Kane for the 21st Century. Perhaps if we keep our expectations grounded more firmly in reality we can avoid crushing disappointment.

I'm optimistic, though. If Christopher Nolan figures out how to film an action scene (which, don't forget, he can't do to save his soul in the first film) it might be a 10 out of 10. But seriously, let's all settle down.

2. I/we have been immortalized in cartoon form in NUVO, which is Indianapolis' version of the Reader or Village Voice. Contrary to the impression that this creates, our singer is not Fidel Castro.

5 thoughts on “NPF: HYPE”

  • Re: Batman Begins Action Scenes; It has been postulated that the close-in, choppy, can't tell what-the-heck-is-going-on style is supposed to make the viewer feel as though actually a participant in the fight. Fine and dandy but I satisfied that particular curiosity when I was 13, and got a fat lip and a concussion for my trouble.

  • Christopher Nolan is a pretty good director. I really like Memento and his remake of Insomnia. I agree that he doesn't really strike me as an action-type director, more of a drama/play type. But, if he could add this dimension to his repertory, watch out!

  • I'm sort of sad that your singer's NOT Fidel Castro… despite liking Pat very much as a singer, and stuff.

    I'm hoping the new Batman movie will give me a blow job and a martini while fetching my slippers and serving me a hot dinner.

  • Funny post, and very true. I keep telling myself to settle down so that I will actually enjoy the film. I haven't read your blog in a while. I like the letter from John McCain. I hope you haven't been contacted by his lawyers.

  • I'll settle for the movie solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, eliminating world hunger, and getting Dick Cheney to admit that, yes, he really is the Anti-Christ.

    If those are unattainable, I'll hope the concession stand at the theater hasn't jacked up the price of Raisinets again.

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