Much has been made of the provocative handling of “class issues” in “Rises” and, indeed, those of a conservative worldview, especially of the American variety, have embraced not only “Rises” but the previous instalment in the trilogy, “The Dark Knight”, as some sort of cinematic recognition of their much maligned (in pop culture) ideological perspective.
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nestor Carbonell, Matthew Modine
I had my doubts that Christopher Nolan & Co. could top The Dark Knight and … yup, they couldn't.
Oh, The Dark Knight Rises is still a fine, fitting finale to the trilogy that Christopher Nolan built – one that wraps up its main character's arc nicely while leaving the back door to the Batcave open.
What it fails to do is follow through on the buildup and promise of the titanic, near-mythic clash between our titular hero and the man who (in the comics) broke the Bat, the brutish criminal genius named Bane.
The filmmakers do something to Bane very close to the end of the movie that so utterly diminishes the character, it renders their earlier tension and struggle somewhat inconsequential (cue: it happens in City Hall).
That, and having every line uttered by this baddie come across like Goldfinger speaking through a voice synthesizer ("No, Mister Bat, I expect you to die!"), keep this chap well out of the league of Ledger's quintessential Joker.
The movie's confusion about the stature of its villains costs it a good deal in my estimation; that, and a silly scene where an army of mostly unarmed cops charges down an open street at an army of well armed thugs.
It should also be noted that there's nothing in this one that is as knuckle-whitening or as profound as that killer Dark Knight scene set on the two explosives-laden ferries.
Generally, though, most everything else rises up to the enormous challenge of capping a film series after a middle chapter that was so riveting.
TDKR is set eight years after the death of Harvey Dent. The Batman has retired, Gotham is relatively free of organized crime, and Alfred (Caine) is constantly nagging Bruce Wayne (Bale) to move on with his life.
Along comes a seductive thief in the form of Selina Kyle (Hathaway), whose … acquisition of the Wayne family pearls masks a larger and more insidious criminal conspiracy.
Of course, Bane (Hardy) is at the centre of all this and it isn't long before his brazen strikes at Gotham City bring the Batman out of retirement.
It takes a while before this happens, but I found my attention held quite nicely by the unfolding intrigue and barely noticed the close-to-three-hour running time. Balk not at that, for TDKR will reward the loyal – and patient – viewer with a good number of fan-pleasing moments.
If anything about it seems a little emo, well, I guess it's justified after this arduous journey undertaken by the characters, performers and filmmakers.
The same goes for those of us who bought right into Nolan's interpretation of the Batman for three movies.
Pardon us if we're a little misty-eyed sitting next to you. It isn't easy saying goodbye to a saga that brilliantly combined drama, romance, suspense, breathtaking action, hardboiled crime tales, costumed heroics and bizarre villainy, all bound together with heart – a heck of a lot of heart.
A FIVE-day-old baby girl died at a government-run hospital at Jalandhar after her father was unable to pay Rs200 (RM11) for treatment.
Painter Sanjeev Kumar and his wife Anita accused the staff of killing the baby who was born prematurely in the hospital on July 20. The staff had allegedly asked Sanjeev to deposit 200 rupees for the use of an incubator.
He was unable to pay and the staff allegedly withdrew all treatment and handed the baby over to the mother, reported Tamil Nesan.
Within hours, the condition of the baby deteriorated and it died in Anita's arms.
Hospital staff tried to shift the blame to the parents, arguing that a written request was needed for the use of the incubator.
> A 23-year-old salesman murdered his ex-girlfriend by slitting her throat inside a garment store in Thirumangalam on Tuesday.
The man then tried to commit suicide and is now fighting for his life. The murder was recorded on a CCTV camera at the store.
Police said the victim M. Bhavani, 19, a resident of Gandhi Nagar and a sales assistant at the store, was confronted by her ex-boyfriend Muruganandham.
He drew a small knife from his pocket and slit Bhavani's throat. As she collapsed on the floor, Muruganandham slit his throat.
SEREMBAN: A Nepalese man was killed after the hose of an air compressor machine was pushed into his anus during a fight at a factory in Jalan Seremban-Jelebu here.
Seremban district police chief ACP Saiful Azly Kamarudin said the incident occurred at about 7.10am.
He said Sanjaya Yadav, 25, was fighting with a 33-year-old factory colleague, also a Nepalese, when the latter took the hose and pushed it into his anus.
When Sanjaya collapsed, the suspect informed the factory supervisor who then took the victim to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here for treatment.
However, he said, the victim died shortly after.
Police have detained the victim’s colleague. — Bernama
TEMERLOH: Felcra has allocated RM400mil for dividend payment to its 85,000 settlers this year, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced here.
He said the payment would be made beginning next week and the amount to be received by the settlers would depend on their land size.
"The dividend is for the harvest from Felcra's plantations for the first six months of this year," he said at a breaking of fast function with Felcra settlers at Padang Seri Ketumbit Kerdau.
He said the dividend to be paid to the settlers would be lesser that the amount they received last year.
"This is because of the uncertainty in the price of the oil palm commodity in the global market," he added.
Despite that, he expected Felcra to generate income of up to RM800 million at the end of the year, following improvements in its oil palm planting method to increase yield.
He said there were also plans for Felcra to diversify its investments.
"Felcra cannot rely on harvests from its plantation alone because it is not like Felda which has vast plantations," he added. - Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s young Harimau Malaya team put up a stout performance against a flamboyant Manchester City side albeit a 3-1 defeat at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday.
Datuk K Rajagopal’s boys were able to hold their own against the Premier League champions in the first half, limiting the scoreline to just one goal.
But the visitors did not give the Malaysians time to settle down as play resumed, scoring twice inside the first 10 minutes.
As expected, Roberto Mancini’s side controlled the second half and entertained the 45,000 crowd with some typical premier league football.
City’s goals came from Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson. Azamuddin Akil replied in the 87th minute by collecting a through ball and beating a defender before pushing it pass the goalkeeper.
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Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.
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Many people start a blog simply for fun. Perhaps a blogger is a fan of a particular actor or loves knitting and wants to share that passion through a blog. One of the most important keys to successful blogging is having a passion about your blog's topic, so you can write prolifically about it. Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.
Building a successful blog is a commitment in time and effort. Follow these five tips to choose a topic to write about on your blog that will put you on the path to reaching your blogging goals.
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Starting a blog can seem overwhelming, but in truth, it's one of the simplest ways to join the online community. Follow these tips to ensure your blog is positioned for success.
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8. Ask for HelpEven the most experienced bloggers understand the blogosphere is an ever-changing place and no one knows everything there is to know about blogging. Most importantly, bloggers are part of a close-knit community, and the majority of bloggers understand that everyone is a beginner at some point. In fact, bloggers are some of the most approachable and helpful people you can find. Don't be afraid to reach out to fellow bloggers for help. Remember, the success of the blogosphere relies on networking, and most bloggers are always willing to expand their networks regardless of whether you're a beginner blogger or seasoned pro.
10. Be Yourself9. Keep LearningIt seems like everyday there are new tools available to bloggers. The Internet changes quickly, and the blogosphere is not an exception to that rule. As you develop your blog, take the time to research new tools and features, and keep an eye on the latest news from the blogosphere. You never know when a new tool will roll out that can make your life easier or enhance your readers' experiences on your blog.
Remember, your blog is an extension of you and your brand, and your loyal readers will keep coming back to hear what you have to say. Inject your personality into your blog and adapt a consistent tone for your posts. Determine whether your blog and brand will be more effective with a corporate tone, a youthful tone or a snarky tone. Then stay consistent with that tone in all your blog communications. People don't read blogs simply to get the news. They could read a newspaper for news reports. Instead, people read blogs to get bloggers' opinions on the news, the world, life and more. Don't blog like a reporter. Blog like you're having a conversation with each of your readers. Blog from your heart.
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