Ibane’s ramblings

“The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc is bound to be noticed.” S. Kierkegaard

Archive for August, 2008

The Dark Night or The Shinning Joker

I watched the film with some reservations, I had heard too many times how good was and bla bla, so I was careful with my emotions. The film does not feel long despite of being more than 2 hours long. I don’t really understand why Hollywood keeps increasing the length of the films. It is getting challenging to deal with the film after drinking 2.5 liters of coke from your mega enormo combo, since apparently it is not possible to get smaller. Anyway, I am sure that some brain is thinking there. In my humble opinion you can tell a good story in 1 hour and half of the next. Many proved in the past like Hitchcock, that it is really ok to have a good film around 90 minutes.

The story is well built and consistent. Nolan provides us a dark Batman and throw us the question how far we should go in order to defend us from the evil. Old question with difficult answer. Also he tries to dig in the human nature with the scene of the two boats. One boat loaded with criminals and the other loaded with good citizens. I found that part a bit unnecessary and the Nolan’s way out is a bit naive. Actors performance is really above the average, I would like to mention Gary Oldman, who I had forgotten lately in any remarkable role, Aaron Eckhart as District Attorney is convincing, the always reliable Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Obviously i have to mention apart, Heather Ledger, who is just the real star of the film in my opinion. Nolan’s Joker shows intelligence, a dark sense of humor and no mercy. Those who know me will know what I am saying that Joker is very macarra. The comparison with Jack Nicholson’s Joker is maybe not fair, he was brilliant also, maybe too histrionic as Jack is, so this last one I liked most.

I recommend the movie for those who want to have a good time and enjoy the adventures of the black Knight. Nolan’s attempts to give a deeper vision to a film might be a bit annoying some ,times however I personally appreciate this touch.

Losing oneself

“The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing, every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc is bound to be noticed”

The Sickness Unto Death

Soren Kierkegaad

I am thinking about this sentence and always think about the people that I know, and how some of them are lost without knowing themselves, and they are just wandering around without nobody noticing how lost they are. And there is nothing more painful that lost yourself. I have been there and as Kierkegaard says, you are in despair.

Tourist Army

It has been some time ago that I have decided to skip any tourist activity. I think that I have developed some allergy to this activity when I see two Japanese together with their digital cameras I get some reaction that makes me runaway and trying to find some deserted spot. This feeling probably is coming from when I am visiting my own country, Spain, which has been literally taken over by hordes of tourists from everywhere in the world. Being Spanish main income and economic activity, and especially now that our construction business is so down, I am sorry for my fellow countrymen but I will not consider throwing tons of tomatoes, running after the bulls and drinking late in the night using as excuse the name of some Virgin (I really wonder some times how Spaniards not have become extinct having so many Virgins around) as Research and Development activities.

As example there are cities like Barcelona, walking around Ramblas street is an experience that puzzles me. It is like a huge human river, all ages, nationalities,…like a powerful army ready to destroy any sign of authenticity. The only solution I have found it is just runaway to the other side of the city…with a sad feeling to have been defeated…and all ways come up to my mind the sentence of one colleague from a Nordic country that said:”Oh Barcelona is so nice city, we had such nice mojitos and pizza there!!”.