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It was Monday August 16th 2010, new City Strip day. Issue #20 titled “iWouldn’t”, a clever play on words taken from the Apple branding handbook. Genius.
Flash forward to February 16th 2011, Warner Bros. announces it’s taking steps to innovative their home market by releasing two of their hit movies (Christopher Nolan directed), The Dark Knight and Inception, as “App Editions” for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The App Edition of Inception will cost you $11.99 while The Dark Knight will cost $9.99.
As a person who doesn’t use either of those pieces of technology and loathes the already unnecessary digital copy that so many DVD’s come with just so they can call it a “3-Disc Special Edition”, this news is meaningless. That was until our very own Kevin Fraser, the man behind the ink of The City Strip contacted me, out of breath and crying he said “They stole our joke Graham!” I quickly hung up on him and went to the Internets. He was right.
Here is our August 16th 2010 comic:
Here is Warner’s February 16th 2011 press release:
BURBANK, CALIF., February 16, 2011 – Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD), a market leader in video-on-demand and electronic sell-through, today announced the groundbreaking launch of the “App Editions” of feature films “Inception” and “The Dark Knight,” giving consumers around the world an entirely new way to own special edition movies with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The “Inception: App Edition” and “The Dark Knight: App Edition” are now available on the App Store.
App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards. The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.
Here is what David Lynch thinks:
No one really watches movies on their hand devices do they? I seriously just thought that was a joke, that’s why we made a comic about it. If we knew people would get hurt…we’re sorry, just so sorry.
As if the madness hadn’t started already during the final credits of The Dark Knight, the words coming from director Christopher Nolan can finally lay some rumors to rest and we can start getting facts about the next Batman installment.
We’ve assumed that Christopher Nolan is to direct the third Batman, even if there has been no official statement made by him or the studio…until now. Nolan recently told Empire that it is safe to assume he’s directing.
It’s becoming inevitable, I’ll put it that way…I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing so… If I haven’t announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I’m doing it.
Asked if “we can safely assume you’re directing,” Nolan replied “I think you can at this point, yes.” Christopher Nolan confirmed he will be back to direct, and is currently revising a draft of the screenplay written by co-writer Jonathan Nolan. Nolan can pretty much do anything at WB now after making The Dark Knight and Inception – mo money, mo movies I always say. I don’t.
Check out: Batman 3 – Who’s The Next Villain
Mark it down in the calendar kids. I would mark it with erasable ink, but maybe I’m being pessimistic. Last week, IMAX announced that they had signed a 20-film deal with Warner and Batman 3 was listed as one of the films which might be released sometime between 2011 and 2013. Nolan has only said that he was working on a story/script with David Goyer and brother Jonathan Nolan. Premature? Or are they just keeping quiet.
Well, Warner Bros has just now announced an official release date for Christopher Nolan’s Batman 3. July 20th 2012, the same weekend as The Dark Knight. You can breath now.
It took less than 10 weeks for James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all-time. Now, in just four days, it has sold more DVDs and Blu-rays than any previous home video release. The bare bones disc, released on Earth Day, sold 6.7 million copies, 2.7 were Blu-rays.
Those numbers beat the previous champ and the highest-grossing film of 2008, The Dark Knight, which took 18 months to top out at 2.5 million units sold.
“The extraordinary initial sales for Avatar are clearly a game changer for the Blu-ray format,” reads the press release. “Blu-ray players for the first time are surpassing DVD players at retail outlets across the country as fans are upgrading their systems to experience the best picture and sound quality available. The phenomenal theatrical success of Avatar resonated across different cultures all around the globe and that is now translating into record-breaking results for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.” - Keith Feldman, general manager and exec VP of international for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Internationally, 400,000 discs were sold in France, 450,000 in Germany and over 3,000 were stolen from a delivery truck in Mexico, for real. Who is waiting for the true edition? Who loves The Money Pit?
I can’t imagine how annoyed Christian Bale is going to be very soon, with all the press he has to do with Terminator and the inevitable questions he will be getting about another Batman movie. I guess it could be worse; we could have type cast him as a newsie paper boy.
Totalfilm caught up with Bale recently and here is what he had to say regarding the next Batman movie.
“Will we do a third movie? It’s got to be the right story. You can’t make something like The Dark Knight and then come out with something disappointing. I would like it if people say, ‘You’ll never make a good third movie.’ I say, ‘OK, let’s make a third movie in that case, let’s prove them wrong. But that’s just me. The fact is, I have to! I’ve signed up! Chris doesn’t. So I’m in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn’t want to!”
Ok, so The Dark Knight is one of the best movies ever made and the expectations on the 3rd one would be so high I don’t know how Nolan could do it. Can he? My best bet for a better Batman movie if possible would be for Nolan to take some much needed time off from that world and focus on some other projects. Then in a few years time he will come punch us all in the face again with a great story. We will thank him.
Everyone likes a list, so here are the top movies of 2008 as chosen by me. There were many great movies, some of the best in years actually. So after much thought and multiple viewings of some of the titles, I made as tight a list as I could. Meanwhile Ebert made a top 20 this year…cheater. Here is my favorite 15 of 2008.
This was an amazing film. It felt so real and reminded me a lot of Beyond the Mat. The story, one of the best in years takes you in right away. Fine as the writing and direction are, it’s no insult to say that they are overshadowed by the performance of Mickey Rourke. My heart just broke in a scene where a neighbor kid is asking him about Call of Duty 4, and Mickey plays it so well, he is lost and has no idea, just as your own father might if you tried to explain the difference between 1080p and 1080i. Welcome back Mickey.
THE DARK KNIGHT
What can be said about The Dark Knight that already hasn’t been said about free candy? It’s awesome in every way, a masterpiece. We all know that Ledger as the Joker is something to see, but take in the entire film. This was a crime thriller on the same scale as HEAT. The story and execution make this stand out above every comic book movie ever made and that will ever be made. A line has been drawn in the sand, and here we…go!
Sam Mendes of American Beauty fame makes this bitter, nerve-wracking, ugly and relentless drama done right, a mesmerizing look at desperate lives, wrong moves and spoiled dreams that hits hard right from the beginning and never lets up. DeCaprio’s and Winslets best roles to date.
It may be slight, it may be derivative, but this comedy for adults is also deliriously funny. Jane Lynch (40-Year-Old Virgin) steals each of her scenes as the charity project leader and reformed cokehead. The predictable ending comes at a cost, constant laughter. A price I will pay again and again.
When the smartest man on TV makes a documentary about the biggest lie in the world, you sit up and listen. Again I have to plead a bias on this seeing how I am a “non-believer” and have been since I was old enough to think on my own. This movie is well put together, thought-provoking, and quite funny. My girlfriend seemed to be bored during the movie, after I asked her what’s the deal seeing how her and I have had some great talks on the subject. She said she wasn’t bored, rather she was angry that there are so many people out there with their head in the sand to the idea that it is possible to NOT KNOW SOMETHING! God love her.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
I need to see this one again. Not because I am not sure it belongs on the list, because it does and would stay for another few years perhaps. I need to see it again because it needs repeat viewings like Citizen Kane needs repeat viewings. The set design alone is brilliant, large and something right out a tall tale. A heartfelt and loving film that is meant to help you remember to not take life for granted and not to take these kind of movies for granted either.
I can only think of a few characters born from film that stand the test of time. And Eastwood created a number of them. Walt Kowalski, a disgruntled Korean War vet – and by that I mean a racist who hates his spoiled family and is old school in every way. Who knew Eastwood could be this funny too, the theater was laughing most of the time, mostly out of shock at some of the obscenities. It was predictable, but Eastwood doesn’t set out to make the next SIXTH SENSE “gotcha” ending, he tells a story on screen, and that’s all I ask for these days.
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
The film works first and foremost because of Segel, who knocks it out of the park in both his first starring role and first produced screenplay. Sarah Marshall is a movie of hilarious moments and memorable scenes, lovingly crafted characters and smart one-liners. Comedy was high this year, and it started with this one. Don’t miss out.
KUNG FU PANDA
Color me shocked. The campaign for this movie had me so annoyed and turned off I didn’t see It until it was on DVD. I wish I had seen it in theaters because this movie is gorgeous. DreamWorks has had its share of disappointments like Shark Tale and Flushed Away; finally the studio has released an animated movie everyone can agree is a fantastic underdog story that has instantly become the studio’s best animated flick. A movie has to be more than just visually beautiful, and Kung Fu Panda brings substance as well as beauty along with some of the best action scenes out of any movie of the year.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
I know they are different movies in a sense, but Let the Right One In is a much scarier vampire movie than the hit Twilight, it’s also a much better love story. I hear this is already getting the remake treatment for American audiences, I smell quick cuts and PG 13 rating. The best vampire movie in the last ten years? Oh I went there.
A stoner action movie, who knew? That is why comedy is on the comeback, we didn’t know. An original idea can go a long way Hollywood, take note. Apatow does it again and Seth Rogen and James Franco make it memorable. A buddy stoner action movie is more like it with these guys. Pineapple Express descends from comedy to action send-up in the best way, through a solid script and direction.
Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that’s both entertaining and powerful. Danny Boyle’s finest since Trainspotting. In fact, it’s the best British/Indian/Gameshow/romance I have ever seen. A lot will be said and many awards have been provided, but the proof is in the movie. Find it and watch it.
A very dark comedy that gets sillier and bloodier and less funny as it nears its violent conclusion. This was a surprising movie to me, Colin Farrell didn’t do much for me ever. That was until In Bruges. I can see it being missed and hitting the bottom shelf right away like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Every once in awhile, a film will come out that just slaps you in the face, this one still hurts.
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
(si-nek-duh-kee) Kaufman has succeeded in portraying an unflinchingly honest and deep examination of the soul of a person without jumping through traditional hoops of this happened here, this happened next by resisting description. This film is dark and witty. I have a feeling sadly that it won’t be remembered.
I should explain my bias on this movie. I have been watching Ricky since The Office first aired on the BBC. And then Extras, his podcasts, his standups, and I even visit his blog every other day. This film with anyone else might have been lost, but Gervais brings his one sense of timing and quick wit to the script to pull off a great romantic comedy. Ricky Gervais said, “Just what people want: a fat, British, middle-aged comedian trying to be a semi-romantic lead.” Yes, yes we do.
For those of you who think this list is missing movies like Milk, Wall-E, Happy-Go-Lucky, Tropic Thunder (it bothers me that Tom Cruise has to do ridiculous dances for being crazy to get forgiveness) or any of the other films on most peoples’ lists, please don’t assume I just didn’t see those films. I did. I saw every film you’re saying “but what about…” to. They just didn’t make the list. But I liked a lot of them. Just not as much as you. And for those wondering what I thought the worst movie of 2008 was, Jumper. A concept so high in possibilities ended up being one disappointment after another. I predict a TV series based on this, with awesome Stargate effects.