Blockbusters

The Dark Knight (2008)

First published by Little White Lies as part of a series on the best blockbusters of the 21st Century In Chris Nolan’s deadly serious Caped Crusader reboot Batman Begins (2005), Batman may ultimately defeat the League of Shadows and their campaign of (chemically-induced) panic waged against a Gotham clawing its way out of corruption, but…

The Dark Knight (2008)

First published by musicOMH Every generation gets the Batman it deserves. The television series and movie spin-off of the mid-sixties was pure camp comedy dressed in a pop-art colour scheme. Tim Burton’s cinematic revamping of the late eighties was all gothic style (and little substance). Then in 2003, with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, the shadier aspects…

Batman Begins (2005)

First published by Movie Gazette Since his first appearance in 1939, ‘The Bat-Man’, masked vigilante over the streets of Gotham City, has proved to be an enduring favourite of the comic book superheroes, due to his darkness, his mortality and, most importantly of all, the adaptability of his myth to changing times. On the big…

American Hustle (2013)

Review first published by Little White Lies “We don’t do new — we renovate!” So declares Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), a salt-of-the-earth politician in New Jersey 1978, as he shows Sheik Abdullah (Michael Peña) around the Atlantic City building that he hopes to turn into a casino. Carmine’s big dream depends on Abdullah’s investment, but…