Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mamo #118: Batmamo!

Three whole years of Mamo's extraordinary amazingtude have brought us right back to the beginning: Christopher Nolan's done a Batman movie, and holy shafizzle, they don't come any better than this. It's an extra-long anniversamamo, and we are so glad to have you! (Join our Facebook page!) (Pleeeeeaaaase!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the mamo facebook page... what am I missing?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

I never know if direct links into Facebook work, but let's try this:


If not, go to Facebook and search for Mamo, and don't forget to click the "pages" tab on the search results so that you're not looking at the individual people results.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous rot said...

got it!

I look forward to the next Batman sequel, and hope they have the good sense to go with the Riddler/Joker combo and stay clear of Catwoman (even though Alfred hints to her inclusion in DK).

Paul Bettany would be the only one that could make Joker scarier than Ledger. I also think, having had a weird Funny Games vibe from some of Joker's 'play' in thie film, that a great casting choice for the Riddler would be Michael Pitt. thoughts? I think the calculation of the Riddler would play beautifully off the chaos of Joker.

and congrats on making it through two Batmans, thoroughly enjoy the show.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Sameer Vasta said...

Three years? That's so soft. Seriously. I expect at least another 47 years ahead.

And speaking of Tropic Thunder, check it out:



You haven't seen my unleash my ninja skills yet, have you? (Plus, I used to be a college offensive lineman. We can take a hit.)

Maybe instead of a fight, we can just have a lot of scotch and see who ends up the most coherent after an hour. (Not sure what constitutes winning though, being more or less coherent.) Liver damage is much more fun than being punched in the face. Sometimes.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

I have no ninja skills and don't really drink, so it seems either of these challenges I would lose. My only way of survival would to be to stick to something like comic book trivia. :)

Speaking of comics, one of the topics brought up in the MAMO was asking if Dark Knight was the first comic book movie that is considered a real piece of art? Anyone saying that either doesn't like or is forgetting such well crafted films based on comic books such as Ghost World, American Splendar, Road to Perdition. Unfortunately, these kind of films are ignored as many don't see them as comic book movies and think of just super hero movies when they think comic book movies.

As for the comic book movie Hellboy 2, I thought was an okay film but my biggest problem with it was it wasn't a Hellboy movie. It Guillermo del Toro movie going off with cool fantasy creatures with a decent budget and somewhere in feels like last minute he realize he needed to jam in the Hellboy characters. The tone and the characters feel radically different from not just the comic book, but also what was established in the first Hellboy movie.

Despite my complaints it seemed to me that Hellboy was getting really good word of mouth. However, that was all meaningless as there was way too much audience cross over with the Dark Knight. I knew a lot of people who had wanted to see Hellboy 2, but last weekend it was all about the Batman, Batman, Batman!

As for how third film Batman Begins Some More, works out, I'm guessing that Christopher Nolan is going to put the character to rest. That the series will conclude without somehow Batman out of the picture. Either Batman hanging up the cape or something more tragic, some way the series is going to wrap up. Or at least that's what I got out of all of the "world without Batman" theme from this one.

Which I might be in a minority, but I thought Dark Knight was an okay, but not great film. I enjoyed it, but for a film that was sold on being realistic it ended up being very cartoony at times. I referring to things such as someone being able to steal millions of dollars from several banks without the mob who runs these banks or the cops realizing it. Also a motorcycle coming out of the remains of the Bat-tank before exploding and the whole lame sonar vision (with Wayne conveniently getting all of Gotham to quickly buy his brand of cell phone) seemed to me like story devices out of Schumacher's Batman. Also bombs on two boats without a everyone freaking out, panicking, trying to get off the boat or I dunno perhaps trying to disarm the bombs (national guard on one boat, a number of police officers on the other, someone might wanted to take a look at the bomb) killed my suspension of belief, which sucked a lot of the wind out of the ending. There were a lot of great moments, but these and other flaws for me stopped it from being a really great film.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Sameer Vasta said...

Hey Matthew Fabb, let's not succumb to the cajoles of Price and Brown. We can accomplish much more teaming up than fighting...mainly because your comic book prowess scares me. =)

4:09 AM  
Blogger one_monkey said...

Hi Guys,

Wasn't it King Kong?

I'm sorry to report that I don't do facebook. So that party will have to go on without me.

My favourite part of the Dark Knight phenomenon is all the critics who are coming off of it lukewarm almost for the sake of it. Actually, totally for the sake of it.

Okay, so, it's good to mix the backlash in with the enthusiasm I guess.

My vote for Batman III (The Dark Knight Redeemed?) is a continuation featuring the Riddler and the Penguin. Because underneath it all that is the logical continuation of the interplay of ideas across Begins and the the Dark Knight.

I'll leave you to ponder what I mean by that.

All the best,


8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just came from X-Files and it sucked balls. One of the worst of the year. I'm going back to the Dark Knight tonight. Can't get enough:)I agree with you guys the next Batman film will disappoint.
There are already magic trick t-shirts:)

My favourite part of the Dark Knight phenomenon is all the critics who are coming off of it lukewarm almost for the sake of it. Actually, totally for the sake of it.

I agree with you One Monkey.
Some people just want to be contrarians. Armond White is an example. He ripped the film like it was an Adam Sandler flick or something. The fans fired back at him and David Edlestein!

Read yesterday that Watchmen is 180 mins!!!!The studio wants Synder to cut it down.

Ky in Boston

2:44 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Wow look at all the people chiming in!

@ Rot: Michael Pitt is a good fucking call, for someone anyway if not the Riddler. He'd be a great addition to this world.

@ Sameer: You are a ninja hardass.

@ Matt Fabb: I don't disclude Ghost World and the like, they are very dear to my heart. I just think TDK is better, across the board. Looking forward to seeing how Fincher's take on Black Hole shapes up, as another non-superhero comic work that might prove very important.

@ One Monkey: YOU ARE CORRECT! The previous one-hour Mamo was the King Kong show back in 2005. You are the winner of the Mamo No-Prize. It's in the mail.

@ Ky: X Files didn't so much suck as utterly underwhelm. Not worth going back to the franchise after all this time.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please put Shia down for the Deathpool. Its a sure thing.

Ky in Boston

12:40 PM  

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