July 23rd, 2008

Movies

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Over the weekend, we snuck out with a couple cool cats to see The Dark Knight. In addition to being just about the best comic book movie, ever, this is also just a damn fine movie. Ledger's death before the film's release will always cast a shadow over things, which is a shame, because his performance is nearly flawless, and deserves to stand on its own merit. Same goes for Aaron Eckhart, who really turned Harvey Dent into a convincing character in short order. I fully did not expect some of the plot twists, and, other than the Batcycle, there's very little I would change. The movie is long, but I don't think it overstays its welcome, and the box office take from this weekend backs that up. Definitely the best movie I've seen this year.

One spoiler on a favorite scene in comments.

I'll take care of trailers in a later post.

News

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"Political appointees at the Department of Labor are moving with unusual speed to push through in the final months of the Bush administration a rule making it tougher to regulate workers' on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins."

Oh, ugh. The Explainer covers pre-emptive pardons that crap is unacceptable.

"When the constraints of the law are unlocked by people at the pinnacle of power, terrible things happen in the real world."

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Neat! Harnessing the power of the web to solve complex problems by appealing to the masses. (Courtesy lemonruss.)

"How did a group of women pull off a TV show in a country where women can't drive, can't vote, and really aren't supposed to hang out with non-related males?" (Courtesy kittenscribble.)