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I’ll likely remain in the minority here, so let’s just get it out in the open first thing: I thought The Dark Knight Rises was a better overall film than its predecessor The Dark Knight. That’s not a diss to the second film; I thought it was good, just not the return of the cinematic messiah. That said, Rises is not perfect either, but I was able to dig it more and appreciated the thematic callback to Batman Begins. This third chapter is a bit jumbled at times but for all intents and purposes definitely closes out Nolan’s trilogy.
Anyone who has read much John le Carré is probably well acquainted with George Smiley, the quintessential British spy character of the Cold War era (no, it’s not James Bond). In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is the first book in the Karla trilogy (released later as the omnibus The Quest for Karla), Smiley is tasked with eradicating a KGB mole who has infiltrated the sanctum of SIS (British Intelligence). In the film, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson paints a picture as raw and uncompromising as the 1974 novel and more engrossing than the 1979 BBC miniseries with Gary Oldman turning in an Oscar worthy performance as the MI6 veteran.
When we sat down with Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson to discuss their adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 Cold War espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I was prepared to interview two men with the same reserved demeanor as the characters in the film. Instead, a lighter mood seemed to engulf the Chimney Stack room at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton where they invited us to talk about their re-creation of the classic spy novel, as well as their experience with the legendary British author.
To save you a couple of dollars at the cinema this weekend, we’ll just cut to the chase and say that Kung Fu Panda 2 was not as funny as the first one.
Now the first Kung Fu Panda was not necessarily a masterpiece, but it did have it merits. It was smart, snarky and a definite improvement over previous Dreamworks films (I’m looking at you Bee Movie). Kung Fu Panda 2 seeks to duplicate the success of the first movie by upping the production value and going for an even more complex plot, but sadly falls short.
When I see a trailer in the theaters and it peaks my interest, I generally anticipate the release of that film. Trailers are designed to make the film look appealing, showcase some of the good scenes and entice you to purchase a ticket on opening weekend. The majority of people out there only see one or two films per month and Hollywood competes within itself for your hard earned money. So when I get excited to see a film and what I watch on screen is an utter mess, I have to wonder how they were able to take a horrific movie and make an appealing trailer out of it.