Poll Results: Best Christopher Nolan Film + Weekend Roundup

Had a busy weekend so this post is a bit late. It turns out we had a close race for Christopher Nolan’s best film, but there could be only one winner:

The Dark Knight poster

– The Dark Knight: 11 votes
– Inception: 9 votes
– Memento: 5 votes
– The Dark Knight Rises: 5 votes
– Batman Begins: 1 vote
– The Prestige: 1 vote

The Dark Knight and Inception were neck-and-neck all week, but the much-loved Batman film prevailed. Interesting to see five votes already for TDKR, but only one vote for The Prestige?

This Week’s Poll: I thought it would be fun to reflect on the year so far, now that we are a full seven months deep. My question for you is: what is the best film from this year so far? Even though 2012’s best will almost certainly be released during the fall/winter, there are still many excellent candidates right now. Will a huge blockbuster like The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers win out, or will a beloved indie flick like Moonrise Kingdom or Beasts of the Southern Wild be victorious?

Saturday: Work, work and more work. After a long day, I did have a fun evening of gaming with a good buddy of mine. We played some Borderlands, which I hadn’t fired up in nearly two years. For some reason, the game immediately sent us to the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, a DLC pack that I bought a long time ago but never played. We busted through a handful of quests and I knocked out a couple achievements. Seems like a pretty cool expansion, though I was definitely a little rusty at first. I had no idea the sequel is coming out next month, so I will probably play some more to prepare myself for the new one.

Sunday: For the first time in AGES, both my girlfriend and I spent an entire day free from work, and we didn’t even turn on a computer at any point. You have no idea how rare that is for either of us. We had a much-needed getaway out of the city and took an epic bike ride up north. We spent the day riding along bike trails through various suburbs, played some mini-golf, hit up some batting cages, ate some great food and even took in a movie at a really nice theater. We saw The Intouchables, which was quite good. I was a little skeptical at first because we have seen enough of the “rich white guy” helps “poor black man” type movies, but this was actually really well-executed. Great performances from both leads, especially the very charismatic Omar Sy. I’ll be writing a full review of this one soon.

So yeah, a really fun Sunday, though I am certainly feeling the aftereffects of the long bike ride today. It was worth it.

How about you guys? What did you do over the weekend?

Poll Results: Favorite Live Action Batman Film + Weekend Roundup

Was this ever really in doubt?

The Dark Knight

– The Dark Knight: 12 votes
– Batman Begins: 3 votes
– Batman Returns: 3 votes
– Batman [1989]: 2 votes
– Batman [1966]: 1 vote
– Batman Forever: 1 vote
– Batman & Robin: nada

Yeah, no surprises here. I’m starting to think that I should have waited and posted this poll this week. Maybe it would have been a little more competitive… Would any of you have voted for The Dark Knight Rises instead?

This Week’s Poll: As most of you are aware, the best show currently on TV is back on the air: Breaking Bad! As expected, the new season has been off to an awesome start, and I thought it would be fun to share a poll based on the show. The question is: who is your favorite Breaking Bad character? This could be a two-horse race, but there are some great supporting characters who could enter into the discussion. Bottom line is: it feels damn good to have the show back.

I may be the only blogger who didn’t go see The Dark Knight Rises over the weekend. I promised my girlfriend I would see it with her, and, unfortunately, she was completely booked with weddings this weekend. We have plans to catch it next weekend, so it won’t be too long of a wait for me. Regardless, I capitalized on my large amount of free time by getting caught up on work projects while also partaking in a surprisingly long movie marathon. During this two day event, I saw eight movies, which has to be some sort of personal record. Here’s the rundown of what I saw:

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery — a formidable duo

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Saw this for the movie project, so a full review will be coming shortly. Let’s just say this beat the hell out of the Temple of Doom.
Bronson: Holy crap. What a punishing film. Best performance I have seen yet from Tom Hardy, and the soundtrack is fantastic as well. Loved it.
Valhalla Rising: Thought I’d stick with the Refn theme with this one. Pretty disappointing, actually. Some beautiful cinematography does not make up for what is an utterly slow film with little engaging content.
Switchblade Sisters: I dug the hell out of Coffy and Foxy Brown so I thought it would be fun to see another Jack Hill cult film. While not quite up to the level of the Pam Grier classics, this was still a lot of fun with occasional bursts of brilliance. It was interesting to see Quentin Tarantino’s inspiration for Kill Bill‘s Elle Driver character here as well. Apparently he’s a big fan.

Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy

Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy: The next two were bumped up in my queue since they will be expiring from Netflix in the next few days. Gus Van Sant’s second feature film is a pretty damn good portrayal of a junkie and his “family” of fellow addicts. Doesn’t glamorize drug abuse or preach against it, just lets the actions speak for themselves.
Ip Man: Allegedly a biographical film of Yip Man, Bruce Lee’s mentor, this is a highly entertaining martial arts flick that overcomes some painfully obvious Chinese propaganda. The choreography is beautifully done, and I really enjoyed Donnie Yen’s lead performance.
Lost in Translation: Rewatch. Loved it the first time, loved it even more this time. I can safely say this is now one of my favorite films, as it is damn near flawless. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play off each other fantastically, and I love the hell out of the soundtrack. That “Alone in Kyoto” scene? Perfect.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Rewatch. I felt I needed to give this another viewing since my tastes have changed drastically since I first saw it years ago. Second time was a charm, apparently, as I enjoyed it much more. I was a little worried at first since I did not like Kate Winslet’s character at all, but man, I loved the way it all came together in the end. Beautiful.

All in all, a much better batch of films than last weekend. These reaffirmed my love of film, and the fact that there are still a lot of brilliant movies out there that I need to see.

How about you guys? See anything good this weekend? Anyone else NOT see The Dark Knight Rises?