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05 August 2008 @ 15:20
The Dark Knight only just came out over here, whereas in America it's been out long enough for people to start saying 'shut up about Batman'.

...Is there any point writing about it, I wonder?

I really, really loved Harvey Dent's character. I have a thing for fallen angels and I also didn't know that Two-Face was going to be in it since I avoid all spoilers (there was no way I could avoid knowing about the Joker). When I heard his name at the start, I assumed they were foreshadowing for the next film, as they did in the first movies.

The Joker was pretty good too. I empathised with him as I was in the process of drinking a large carton of ice coffee and eating pick'n'mix candy. Believe me, if you consume enough caffeine and sugar, you'll start seeing things the Joker's way too. If it weren't for the circumstances surrounding Heath Ledger's performance, I don't think I'd even mention him (apart from the nurse's outfit and waistcoat, which deserve their own paragraph). Or perhaps I'd be going crazy over him, as I'm a contrary person.

I want another waistcoat (US: "vest"). Green and collared, of course. I did the same thing during the Indiana Jones movie, where everyone was wearing three piece suits with lovely waistcoats. It doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the film, I just really, really like waistcoats. I really started liking the Joker though when he put on the nurse's outfit... his conversation with Harvey was quite intense, wasn't it? He selected him to be turned towards the dark side. I know Two-Face died at the end, but I've always been a Marvel fan. Characters never die in our comic books!

I saw this article on the BBC, on the rating chosen in Britain. I'm not surprised they gave it a 12A certificate (recommended for kids over twelve, but anyone can see it with an adult), but I think it was a poor decision. I noticed that it was consistently bloodless, but with extreme and sudden violence and concluded they were going for a low rating. Look at the sequence when the Joker appears and makes a pencil "vanish" -- that stuff was nasty but carefully edited (okay, I LOL'ed). If it's done by a comic character with no blood, it's fine. WTF, people?

Poll #1235400 Dark Knight

You're on one of the two boats and have the choice of pressing the detonator.

I press the detonator.
I choose to wait.
I don't press the detonator because it's OBVIOUSLY linked to my own ship. Duh.

Two Face and Joker. 'Switch' is not an option. Who tops?

Batman is the seme of everyone.

Who's going to be the villain in the next film?

As promised, more of my Japanese homework.











夏の草 ばばのガゼルも 美味しいの

誰?ダ~レ!?意味分からねぇ~! どうして、草原には警察いないの?





It's now my summer holiday... I went to a great fireworks display on Friday with some friends (including aionwatha, dilettantka, hinoai and starrbeam). Because it was her birthday, hinoai had a Red Velvet cake. I've no idea what that is, but it was delicious. The picnic was lots of fun, but I figured it was okay to drink a hell of a lot of rum because I had just finished work for the next six days.

It was a wonderful feeling, watching the dragonflies' wings catch the light of the afternoon sun and then sparkle in the lantern glow later as the sun went down. When we walked across the grass, little grasshoppers flew out with every step. I suppose that when I leave Japan, these will be the days I remember.
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 5th August 2008 07:28 (UTC)
If you have any time, I'd love to hang out with you again soon. <3 I miss you hun..
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 07:29 (UTC)
Any time! Do you still need to go to IKEA?
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 5th August 2008 07:36 (UTC)
I went, but I probably need to go back once my visa gets paid off.. I still don't have a kitchen table or a shelf.
Though tomorrow if you have time, I would appreciate company while I wait for everything to get delivered to my house and while i put it together.. If you want that is. <3
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 07:38 (UTC)
Sure... let me know where you live now and what time.
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 5th August 2008 07:45 (UTC)
ummm I hafta be at my apartment by 10 AM and it takes me 15 minutes to walk there from the station... cause the appliance company is coming between then and 1... and I dunno when my furniture is being delivered yet... If that's too early, its okay. <3 I live at Oimachi station, out the central exit though.

I can bring my laptop and my DS's to keep us company or something if you want :3 <3
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 09:06 (UTC)
Sure! I'll charge my DS up so we can exchange Pokemans, maybe. I don't know if I have any yet that you don't. Do you has Pearl or Diamond?

So... I will go to Oimachi for 9.30 maybe?
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 5th August 2008 09:36 (UTC)
:3 I have Diamond right now... I technically have both, I've just only played diamond so far. I'll bring my laptop too and everything and all my games, and maybe a tenimyu? How about Higa or something?

Okay!! I can meet you there at 9:30, central exit. *excited* <33333
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 09:57 (UTC)
Aww... I chose Diamond! I haven't seen the DVD of Higa yet. Would love to see something with Viking Horn in it. *hangs head in shame*
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 5th August 2008 10:09 (UTC)
awww what pokemon did you start off with? :o

YAY! I'll bring the Higa dvd then X3 <3 *glomp*
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 10:19 (UTC)
Err... can't remember. I named it Taneo because it was a male grass Pokemon though.
susperia1: mononoke4susperia1 on 5th August 2008 08:18 (UTC)
wow these fireworks sound awesome, i love firework displays as well
i haven't seen the dark knight but most of my friends are saying it's really good but too long, i haven't seen it but i don't think 12 certificate is wrong (i don't know how violent it is) but british people love to complain about anything lol
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 09:10 (UTC)
I don't know whether it's suitable for kids around twelve, but it certainly does /not/ have the low level of violence I would expect in a 12(A). 12A is for things like Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings, neither of which had much violence compared to this Batman. I didn't think it was too long though.

I love fireworks in Japan, but they're always so crowded. It was really nice to set up a picnic with friends and wait.
Cosmic Kath: Batmancosmic_kath on 5th August 2008 08:45 (UTC)
Characters never die in our comic books!

As a DC fangirl who has lost 4 favourite characters in the last two years, i say DAMN YOU! XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 09:11 (UTC)
Well, Marvel fans have seen a few characters stay dead. But others... Go on, ask us about Jean Grey. :P
百加☆nitaspitas on 5th August 2008 08:57 (UTC)
lol @ the hippo journal (skipped dk stuff because i still haven't seen it, despite being in the states for the summer...)
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 09:12 (UTC)
Oh, you should see it! It's pretty good and worth seeing on the big screen because there are some great cityscapes. But... I really preferred Speed Racer. Don't tell anyone!
reichsfreiherr on 5th August 2008 09:47 (UTC)
Poll slot being too small
Scarecrow Scarebeast, that’s technically a different entity… sort of. Though that requires the Penguin to happen.
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 10:01 (UTC)
Re: Poll slot being too small
I definitely want to see more of Scarecrow... don't know who the Scarebeast is. My knowledge of DC is filtered through a Marvel lens.

From the POV of an outsider, the Penguin seems a little silly (Danny Devito and all), but I suspect the comics are different.
reichsfreiherr on 8th August 2008 16:50 (UTC)
Re: Poll slot being too small
Scarebeast is essentially Scarecrow with bells on due to ‘genetic manipulation’ by Penguin. He’s not likely to happen in the films I suspect. I’m just still being annoyed at Scarecrow in a suit with a burlap sack on his head driving a van at the start of The Dark Knight really. The entire thing could do with more Scarecrow rather than Nolan’s prettyboy!Crane. From other images I’ve seen of Cillian Murphy I’m even beginning to suspect that they prettied him up to play Crane, possibly because Nolan likes his eyes.

Penguin’s probably been done to death with the earlier films and there’s the danger that Poison Ivy might have been as well. Having Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy working together would probably be the best solution really though admittedly, I’m not even sure what branch of canon that alliance comes from since my knowledge of the entire franchise is rather sporadic.
ext_109169 on 5th August 2008 11:57 (UTC)
I went to see Dark Knight last night, having waited until the fuss died down. Good film, but it did leave me wondering if there was going to a dvd release which included all the nasty bits which had been edited out for the certificate. Perhaps the answer is not to market violent movies at 12 year olds?

And yes, the nurse's outfit (not to mention the wig, and the girly gestures while wearing it). I'd like to have appreciated that a whole lot more but it feels disrespectful.
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th August 2008 12:19 (UTC)
Oh, I hadn't considered that. Did they leave in the pencil scene? The bit that was really tense for me was when the Joker had his knife inside an unnamed man's mouth at the fundraising party (wasn't too worried about Batman's gf as she was clearly going to survive). And 'jump scenes' with the hanged Batman? This was definitely not what I would expect from a 12A film. If I, as a 26 year old, am wincing from the "implied violence", then it's not right that it should be given this certificate. Not that I'm arguing 12 year olds shouldn't see it, but a certificate gives an indication of the level of violence. Wrongly, in this case, depending on the level of editing.

Yeah, with Heath Ledger's death, it's very difficult to know how to react to The Joker, although 'disrespectful' is not a term I would have initially thought of.
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Williamgenkischuldich on 7th August 2008 06:52 (UTC)
I like the way you think. That must be it then.

When I saw the first one, it was in Britain and a mother had brought her six/seven year-old. He cried through the first half (it was boring for a kid) and finally, when Scarecrow appeared in the climax, the mother snatched up her kid and ran out.