Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Adam McKay, 2013) Review



Plot: Ron Burgundy moves from San Diego to New York to headline the worlds first 24 hour news station.

Review: Proving the rule is true “You can’t make a good comedy sequel”. From The Hangover 2 (& 3) back to Caddyshack 2 and Ghostbusters 2 you just can’t repeat the same jokes and make an enjoyable film. As much as I loved the original upon a recent screening I realized that it wasn’t that great either. Will Ferrell has been great in Zoolander and even Step Brothers however his character Ron Burgandy is rather flat and one-dimensional. He’s a womanizer, a drinker and a sexist – the quintessential man of the 60s and 70s. This shtick gets old pretty quick. His sidekicks Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell) fair better with their material and add a lot of laughs to proceedings. Anchorman 2 brings everyone back but can’t spark the same magic as the first as the characters plod along in an overlong plot about Ron moving on to working at Global News. Nothing is memorable and you will forget everything you saw by the time you walk back to your car from the cinema or hit stop on your remote. Not recommended.

Rating: 1 Star

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) Review



Plot: Based on the bible story; Noah’s Ark. Noah is chosen by the Creator to build an ark and save two of each animal before an apocalyptic flood wipes out humanity. Noah struggles to get his family, including wife, Naameh, three sons, Seth, Japeth and Ham and an adopted daughter, Ila, safely onboard. While outsiders led by Tubal-Cain try and infiltrate the ark and save themselves.

Review: Aronofsky has crafted a visually stunning portrait of Noah and the story of his ark. Although Aronofsky took many liberties with the short tale of Noah’s ark they pay off in a well-plotted and emotionally compelling story. Matching the visual beauty Russell Crowe shines as the conflicted hero. His quiet determination recalls his earlier roles in Gladiator and The Insider, which remind us how amazing he was and still can be. Also Emma Watson is beginning to shake off her Hermione days as Noah’s adopted daughter Ila, who brings the light and soul to this ultimately dark tale of loss and redemption. Overall a satisfying film, with beautiful imagery, strong plot and acting, Aronofsky has created another great film. Not his best however a strong film to start off 2014’s blockbuster season.

Rating: 3 Stars

Google Alerts: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer Review


Google alerts is a free and easy way of keeping track of topics without having to search your favourite sites every hour for the latest news. I set up my Google Alerts to notify of news regarding three things of interest to me. They are:

  •          Marvel films 2014
  •          Ninja turtles film 2014
  •          Christopher Nolan

My first alert regarding ‘Marvel films 2014’ will warn me about films based on Marvel comics which are coming out this year. Google alerts sends a notification to my gmail alerting me of the latest news regarding Marvel’s four big blockbusters including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. As excited as I am to see these four films it was actually the topic of my second alert which caught my attention this morning.

Since I was a child I have loved the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. I watched the late 80s – early 90s cartoon religiously.


I also saw all three live action films at the movies and still find myself watching them for a laugh nearly every year.


I listed this topic as my second alert because news regarding the new film had been minimal. However this morning my Google alert for ‘Ninja Turtles film 2014’ gave me an email directing me to the latest trailer. 

I have to say I am pretty excited for the film after seeing this footage. Although the reaction online has been quite polarising, I am happy with what I saw. I believe the studios have gone in the right direction with Michael Bay as producer. He brought another 80s classic cartoon, Transformers back into today’s pop culture and for all those films flaws, they have made a ton of money and are enjoyable popcorn films. The trailer for the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, introduces a new origin story for the turtles. As William Fichtner’s narration suggests that he and April O’Niel’s father were responsible in creating the mutants. The trailers aesthetic is similar to Bay’s Transformers films, with lots of quick cuts of action unfolding and rare glimpses of the turtles. It shows a city under attack and a new larger scale unseen in previous Turtle films. The trailer ends with a reveal of Leonardo and Michaelangelo as he tells April that “It’s just a mask, see?” as he takes off his orange head band naïve to what she’s really afraid of. This shows that they are keeping Michaelangelo’s trademark humour and innocence.

Overall I think a new look and new direction for the Turtles is what’s needed to bring them back into today’s pop culture. The last time we saw the turtles in cinemas in TMNT (2007), the studio decided to disregard the live action element of the earlier films and have them in an animated film. Although the animation allowed the characters to have a more fluid sense of action the film flopped. The only way to bring them back was through mixing CGI with live action. A concept that was too advanced for the early 90s puppet/animatronic featured films. I think that this new film will reintroduce the turtles to today’s audiences who love Transformers and Marvel’s superhero blockbusters. The time is right for the turtles to return to the big screen with Nickelodeon having a hit animated TV show on at the moment. I think this film could be a hit and hopefully we can see the Turtles back in action for years to come.

Media Objects – Single Shot Video Critical Reflection


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For the assessment task – Single Shot Video, the students of Media Objects were to get into a group and develop an idea for a one-minute single take video incorporating the theme of “success”. On the first day of our intensive I met Brenda, Bo and Mari. We got together and worked on a practise task, which enabled us to work together and get to know each others strengths and weaknesses regarding the production of a short single take film. Our practise task was successful and with our newfound confidence in filmmaking, we began developing our single shot assessment task.

Success as a theme can be represented in many ways. The night before I had watched The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese. That film explored the idea of success by tracing the rise and fall of a Stock Broker who cheated his way to the top. The character of Jordan Belfort played brilliantly by Leonardo DiCaprio believed success was directly tied to being rich. Money was his main motivation throughout the film, and he would stop at nothing to ensure he had as much as possible. After hearing that our theme was success I automatically thought of that film and of doing something similar. However every good idea that I had would require a multiple cuts. The single take was limiting to my vision and I had to rely on other ideas in order to be successful in this task. We eventually decided on the idea of someone being robbed and chased and then being rescued and that would be the “success.” It would be shot with an in your face, action aesthetic similar to director Paul Greengrass of The Bourne Identity films. These films incorporate a lot of handheld action, which give you the experience of actually being there. It is thrilling and leaves the audience with a dizzying effect. We knew because of the constraints of having one shot, we had to make it as thrilling as possible so the audience would be able to experience something new in this format. We decided on including a chase scene, which would give the viewer a sense of the real time action. As we developed the story further we agreed on a location and who would act and film.

The story would be as follows;

Brenda would walk down the stairs of a train station, walk down an empty alleyway where she would get a phone call. As she answered the phone, unbeknown to her, Bo would snatch her bag and run down the alleyway. I would play a local merchant who just happened to be there. I would intervene, get the bag off her and return it to Brenda. The success would be her getting her bag back.

We filmed the scene in a few takes and were happy with the results. As we returned to class our tutor Jeremy took a look. He gave us feedback and said that perhaps we could include a bit more to the story, perhaps some form of a narrative twist. We all agreed and decided to meet up the weekend after and re-film our scene. During the week we kept in touch via email and discussed how we could improve our one shot film and add a twist. We decided to have Brenda have an envelope with something important inside and put it in her bag. As she is robbed by Bo, I would again intervene and rescue her bag. However the twist is that Bo and I are in it together and I get the envelope from her bag while I return it to her. As Brenda leaves happy her bag is returned. I meet Bo and tell her I got the envelope and that’s our “success”.

Our second round of filming took longer than our initial film, however due to the advanced storyline, many takes were required. We had up to 19 different takes and the last one was the best. As we filmed that day problems with the film included the actors not being able to keep a straight face and shaky handheld filming. We didn’t use the Sony Video Camera we used the week before, we used a Canon DSLR, which unfortunately wasn’t as stable as the Sony Camera from the University. The smooth filming from the first day was lost in the process. Our final cut is shakier however it does incorporate the handheld action aesthetic that we originally wanted. Our video now looks more in the style of the action films of Paul Greengrass and Michael Bay.

Our final cut will be uploaded to youtube for public viewing. I will advertise it through my blog as well as social media such as Twitter and Instagram. I am happy with our final cut and hope to make a film with my group again.

Title: The Envelope


Written & Directed by Bo Dechphant, Mari Guren, Daniel Hennequin & Brenda Au-Yeung


Brenda Au-Yeung as Lady with envelope

Bo Dechphant as Thief

Daniel Hennequin as Stranger/Helper

Director of Photography: Mari Guren


Basic Audio Editing



As a High School Media Teacher I have become familiar with the basic audio editing program, Adobe Audition.

As I began teaching Media in 2008 I had access to the Adobe Creative Suite CS3, which included editing programs such as Photoshop, Premiere and Flash. At the time the audio editing program was Soundbooth however in 2011 my school upgraded to Adobe Creative Suite CS5 and Audition replaced Soundbooth. I had to develop skills in a new program. The two programs are similar as they allow the user to create sounds and develop music in a professional manner.

Students were able to create a recording session with their band and edit the raw audio into a professional piece of work. Students could also create soundscapes if they were interested in becoming DJ’s or they could create podcasts and radio interviews with Audition.

Like most of Adobe’s programs, which allow crossover editing, Audition worked with Premiere to help control sound in film editing and allowed the students to adjust the soundtrack of their films. If a scene included too much wind or outdoor noise, students could edit the track to lower outside noise and raise the dialogue for a more professional looking and sounding scene.

In 2011 the CS5 version included two sections. Multitrack View supported up to 128 digital audio mono or stereo tracks at up to 32-bit resolution. In the Track Controls section one could select the input and output for each track (the program supported multiple multi-channel sound cards), select Record, Solo and Mute, and access the effects rack. New features included ASIO support, VST support, new mastering tools and a redesigned User Interface.

Last year my school upgraded to CS6 and the students were able to work with virtual instrument support, enhanced spectral editing, a redesigned multi-track interface, new effects, and a collection of royalty-free loops, which helped mostly with their short narrative film projects.

Tutorials on Adobe Audition

Digital Drawing Issues




In today’s modern design industry artists are able to create a work of art without the use of a pencil or paintbrush. An artist can simply use computer programs such as Sketch Up or Adobe Illustrator to create digital paintings. An artist can use it to create a piece of art for themselves or a client. However is waving an empty pen around a tablet like a Wacom Intuos Pro really drawing? Or are computers making it easy for anyone to create designs without the unique skill of drawing with a pen. I believe “real” artists are still those that grab a pen and paper and sketch up ideas on their own without the aid of a computer program. I recently saw the film ‘Her’ directed by Spike Jones about a near future where everyone has close interpersonal relationships with their OS devices. In this setting the main character is a love card writer who talks to his computer as it types what he is saying. I noticed that the world really is changing. Writers don’t need to put pen to paper anymore, they don’t even need to tap a button on a computer. It shows how artists whether they be painters or writers are now dependent upon technology to help them create their piece of work. It is rare in 2014 to work without the aid of a computer. Not many artists use the old way of putting paintbrush to paper, using a darkroom for photography or even using film to make a movie. The future in ‘Her’ is actually not the future at all it is today.

Artists today are losing that skillset of putting pen to paper. As a High School teacher we are now teaching design and art students how to use Wacoms and Illustrator to prepare them for the future of their industry. However along the way they are losing that fundamental skill of playing with an idea on a piece of paper and using their fine motor skills to connect patterns and objects with their hands and fingers. Using a tablet and an empty pen and watching their designs come on screen is just not the same as using pen and paper, I feel the true creativity of using your body and mind is being lost somewhere along the line. It is simply easier to get a computer to create a pattern or object than it is to draw it with your hands. Even Jenny Weight comments ‘Personally, I find drawing with a mouse or a trackpad rather difficult. I need the sensual contact of pressure and motor control.’ from her digital drawing lecture. I agree with Jenny, I also find it difficult to control what I really want to put on the screen with a tablet at times. When working on an animation assessment in my Digital Media class I often encourage my students to hand draw their characters, scan it on the computer and then alter it with Illustrator so they can get the best of both worlds. It also teaches them that the skill of drawing is not yet dead. We still need those fundamentals to create interesting ideas, stories and patterns. An artist needs to feel the pen or paintbrush as an extension of themselves. The tablets help synthesise this feeling however it isn’t real. I personally can tell whether something is hand drawn or created digitally and hand drawn always wins.

I encourage you to put a pen to paper and draw something. Then go on your computer download a program like Illustrator or Sketch Up and see if you get the same sensation of creativity.

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Digital Image Editing Issues



As a High School Media Teacher I have become familiar with the digital image editing software known as Photoshop.

Photoshop has many unique traits, which can improve a simple photo vastly. Tools that allow the user to change a photos background or even hide a pimple can be useful in todays digital photo sharing age. However as a 13 – 16 year old becomes more skilled in the program they can develop skills in hiding facial blemishes, hair colour and even their weight if need be. Teenagers who can develop this skill can perhaps do more harm than good when they are able to develop a false image of themselves to their friends and strangers via social media. Although this program was intended for photography enthusiasts it has now become a mainstream program used by many schools for students to show their design and editing skills. In my classes I have my students use the program to explore the unlimiting possibilities of editing such as replacing backgrounds of cityscapes with beaches and melding works of art with a students ‘selfie’. Although these exercises are used to demonstrate my student’s capabilities with the program it can lead them down another path where they use the program to edit their own images and even bully other students with their skills.

I had a situation where a student took a photo of another student and altered his appearance to look ugly and also added text to say something rude and offensive about the student in the picture. He then went and printed the image and posted it around the school. This new form of bullying was alarming, not only for the students self esteem but also in showing the negative possibilities of digital editing programs.

I believe in today’s age of digital manipulation one needs to be careful with these programs. Professional magazine editors use the program to tweak their cover girls every week by removing blemishes and excess fat. Teenagers who have the skills in the program can use it in the same way and misrepresent themselves when they put a photo on facebook or instagram that hides their true selves. Although a professional photographer can tweak an image of a horizon to be darker or lighter a confused teenager who thinks they’re physically unappealing can also use it for misrepresenting themselves and others. Only time will tell how far digital editing will go, not only professionally but also for that teenager at home playing on their laptop.

VLOG Review: Screen Junkies


Screen Junkies is a weekly VLOG available to Youtube subscribers. They also have their own website and you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Screen Junkies as you can imagine from the title is a VLOG about Movies, particularly the latest films and film trends. Once a week there is a chat show with host Hal Rudnick, discussing the latest movie news. Generally it has to do with blockbuster or comic book films. They are short, humorous and fun. The video below has them discussing the best video game movies.

The short chat show is well constructed, with efficient sound, lighting and editing. Hal Rudnick is a fun host and keeps his guests and content running along smoothly. What I find interesting is the setting. It appears to be Hal’s basement. A “man cave” with a barrage of geek culture merchandise including toys and figures from superheroes, to all the latest cult characters from popular films such as Alan (Zach Galifinakis) from The Hangover to the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. It is a film geeks dream bedroom! As interesting as these weekly discussion vlogs are, the real highlight of subscribing to Screen Junkies is checking out their ‘Honest Trailers.’ This weekly gem parodies the conventional Hollywood trailer to include all the real parts of a film that the marketing team may leave out of the initial trailer. These ‘Honest Trailers’ are highly amusing and have become extremely popular with over one million hits each week. Check out the ‘Honest Trailer’ for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which highlights the overlong runtime and the countless indulgent shots of the New Zealand countryside from Peter Jackson.

These trailers are so popular as they are well edited and provide the conventional “deep toned voice-over” from most movie trailers, however he is stating the films flaws rather than detailing the plot. They have ‘Honest Trailers’ for most of the latest blockbusters, which are amusing. However where these trailers excel is with particularly bad blockbusters such as 2013’s big budget flops, After Earth and Star Trek Into Darkness.

For film geeks I highly recommend subscribing to Screen Junkies for all the latest Hollywood buzz as well as the amusing parody trailers.

Hq’s Top Ten – Top Ten Superhero Films of the 2000’s



Top Ten Superhero Films of the 2000’s

2014 will be another year full of blockbuster superhero films, starting with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April to the epic X-Men: Days of Future Past this July. From 2000 to 2009 films based on comic book superheroes became huge global blockbusters. Most of them easily grossing over $100 million. Beginning with the popularity of Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000 and ending with the dark Watchmen in 2009, superhero and comic book films have become the genre of choice for most studios who wish to have a hit. Over the next couple of weeks I will look back at my favourite superhero films from the past decades. Today I will look back at my personal favourites from 2000 to 2009 where most of today’s hit franchises had their beginnings.

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Plot: In the near future, people have developed mutant superhuman powers such as psychic abilities, healing abilities and weather control. Professor Charles Xavier runs a school to help these people control their abilities and use them for good.

Review: The first Marvel Comics film of the new millennium. Many people overlook this film as the first major hit featuring comic book characters. The film is expertly crafted by comic book fan director Bryan Singer. The X-Men pop off the page and onto the screen with relative ease, Singer tones down the colourful comic costumes with black leather military style costumes. The action scenes aren’t the best however the performances are top notch with the breakthrough definitely being Hugh Jackman as the popular Wolverine. Jackman created his signature career role as the indestructible loner. Also performances from Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Ian McKellon as Magneto help keep this superhero film feeling as realistic as can be. The film introduced a new aesthetic to the superhero genre and helped get other Marvel Comics off the page and onto the screen with great success.

Blade_II_movie9. Blade II (Guillermo Del Toro, 2002)

Plot: Blade is a “Day-Walker” a half human, half vampire who can walk in the sun but keeps his vampire strength and spends his nights fighting vampires with his samurai swords. In this sequel Blade must make an uneasy alliance with the vampires as there is a deadly threat to vampires and humans called ‘The Reapers’.

Review: Wesley Snipes returns as Blade in a blood soaked adventure that mixes horror with action. Incredible action sequences and Guillermo Del Toro’s imaginative eye for monsters and make up effects make this a sequel that easily surpasses the quite boring original.

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Plot: In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Review: An excellent adaptation of Alan Moore’s epic graphic novel ‘Watchmen’. Snyder brings his visual flair from 300 to this dark more adult comic book film. One of the first superhero films to be rated R in America and to feature high impact violence, blood, language, nudity and sex scenes. Top performances from all involved especially Jackie Earle Haley as the tormented Rorschach. Costume design, special effects and direction are all brilliant. However clocking in at almost three hours it did test the patience of most of its viewers. One of the more underrated films of the 00s which should have had a stronger audience.

Ironmanposter7. Iron Man (Jon Fareau, 2008)

Plot: Billionaire arms dealer Tony Stark is kidnapped in Afghanistan and forced to build weapons for the enemy. He instead secretly builds himself a super suit and escapes. Upon his return he decides to change his past ways and become a hero.

Review: The film that brought Marvel Studios and Robert Downey Jr. to extreme success. This is a very tight, fast paced story that set the tone for the numerous Marvel adventures yet to come. Jon Favreau’s sharp direction matched with Robert Downey Jr’s confident portrayal of Tony Stark made this film endlessly watchable and enjoyable for all film lovers. The film became a financial hit and helped Marvel establish their own studio and follow up with other hits such as The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor and the all star ensemble The Avengers. Looking back it all started here with a relatively unknown superhero compared to Spiderman and Batman, Favreau and Downey were able to transition Iron Man into the mainstream with a realistic and modern take on the character. Mixing real world politics with excellent special effects and playful dialogue it’s hard not to love Iron Man.

X2 ONE SHEET A • Art Machine Job#5263 • Version A •  02/28/036. X2: X-Men United/X-Men 2 (Bryan Singer, 2003)

Plot: The X-Men reunite to confront a new threat in the form of a mutant assassin and a deadly politician behind a conspiracy to end mutant life once and for all.

Review: The epic sequel to X-Men is bigger in every way than the original. The characters all have more at stake, the themes are richer, and the action bigger and better and the direction and performances are all at their peak. Possibly the best X-Men film yet as each actor is more confident in their roles. Singer is more confident in his directing, staging epic battle sequences like the airplane chase and the final in the secret bunker. The threat is greater also as the mutants have to fight each other and politicians who wish for them to be gone once and for all. This film changed the way superhero films could be with a bigger budget and more confidence from the studio, the age of the blockbuster superhero film really began here.

unbreakable-pstr5. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

Plot: An average family man begins to discover he may have supernatural powers after surviving a dangerous train crash.

Review:The first film on this list not to be adapted from a comic book however it deals with the idea and mythology of a superhero. A more realistic take on the superhero genre and a quiet, understated film that is often overlooked as director Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, which came out a year before, was so successful and audiences were expecting another horror story. However looking at it from a fresh perspective one can find an emotional drama filled with fully realised characters, excellent understated performances and a slow and carefully moving narrative that builds to a very satisfying conclusion. Excellent performances from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson and assured direction from an early and confident filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. His films are now notoriously hated however his early works were brilliantly told tales of human drama mixed with a dash of the supernatural.

batman_begins_ver6_xlg4. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005)

Plot: After the traumatic death of his parents, a young Bruce Wayne plans on ridding crime on the streets of Gotham City forever by becoming a masked vigilante known as the Batman.

Review: After the disaster of Batman & Robin in 1996, the character and films of Batman needed a makeover. Director Christopher Nolan fresh off successful indie thrillers, Memento and Insomnia, proved up for the challenge of handling a big budget production and breathing new life into the Batman mythology by creating a darker, grittier vision of Batman and the citizens of Gotham City. Nolan gave shades of grey to every character in the Batman universe and populated his films with excellent actors such as Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman to give his film a respectability that was greatly needed in the 90s films. Nolan proved adept at bringing Batman into the new millennium and established himself as one of todays most successful and creative directors. This film reintroduced Batman to a new audience and paved the way for a more serious and adult audience for superhero films.

Spider-Man-2-movie-poster3. Spider-man 2 (Sam Raimi, 2004)

Plot: As Peter Parker struggles with his life as Spider-man he must face a new threat from his mentor Dr. Octavious aka Dr. Octopus.

Review: Sam Raimi again excels at bringing Spider-man to the screen. With another excellent performance from Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, we see the downfall of having an alter-ego. Peter must sacrifice his love, his career and his family to help the people of New York and as life becomes increasingly difficult he must ultimately face a choice of whether he is obligated to be Spider-man. An excellent sequel which delves deeper into the character of Peter Parker rather than piling on the action and villains (Unfortunately Spider-man 3 suffers from this). Raimi brings his Evil Dead style to the character of Dr. Octopus especially in the scene where his tentacles begin having a life of their own and attack his doctors. The train sequence alone is worth the price of admission. One of the great superhero films.

082. Spider-man (Sam Raimi, 2002)

Plot: A nerdy teenager named Peter Parker develops spider like supernatural gifts when he is bitten by a radioactive spider on a school excursion. As he becomes the superhero known as Spider-man he must deal with juggling career, love, family and friendship while defending New York City from the villainous Green Goblin.

Review: Although many critics prefer the sequel my heart still belongs to the original feature. Seeing Spider-man come alive on the cinema screen was truly inspiring as I loved the comics as a child and teenager. Sam Raimi showed real appreciation for the comic source as he not only dazzled audiences with Spider-man swinging through the city, he also spent time on the quieter moments and developed the characters of Peter Parker, Mary-Jane, Harry, Norman and Aunt May to add heart to a common origin story. Tobey Maguire excels as a nerdy teenager who grows in himself and realises his full potential as he slowly grows into a man with superhuman abilities. One of the biggest superhero films of the 00s this truly was the dawn of the superhero blockbuster.

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Plot: Batman meets a new force of evil in the Joker a diabolical clown hell bent on destroying not only Gotham City but the hearts of the heroes within.

Review:Truly a masterpiece. Not only the best superhero film of the 00s but one of the best films of all time. Christopher Nolan showed a new side to the superhero genre and proved that they can be ranked with cinema greats such as The Godfather and Star Wars. Building on the aesthetic he created with Batman Begins, Nolan pushes the characters into darker corners with the introduction of the Joker. The direction is flawless and the acting is revelatory. Heath Ledger’s iconic performance will never be surpassed and truly brings this film to another level. Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart also excel in their roles as the heroes obsessed with bringing down the criminals at any cost. A brilliant crime film and impressive in every way. Definitely one of my favourite films and truly a cinematic great.

About me…


Dan Hq is an art and media teacher based in Melbourne. He loves reviewing films and has launched this blog to establish a new film reviewing career. He began teaching in 2008 and throughout his career he has taught Media to Years 9 to 12 and has also taught VET Certificate III in Interactive Digital Media, VET Certificate III in Screen & Media, VET Certificate II in Creative Industries (3D Animation), Visual Communication & Design and English. Daniel has presented seminars on Media assessment tasks and exam preparation. He has also worked for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in VCE Media Exam assessing. He maintains and facilitates his own film review blog He is skilled in film, animation and photo editing programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Maya. He is also proficient with photography and film production equipment including DSLR’s and HD Video Cameras. He completed his BA in Arts/Education in 2007. Daniel is currently working full-time as a High School Teacher and is completing his Masters in Media.