Vicki Vale: A lot of people think you’re as dangerous as the Joker. Batman: He’s psychotic. Vicki Vale: Some people say the same thing about you. Batman: What people? Vicki Vale: Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you? Batman: It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?
Kim Basinger and Michael Keaton in the hugely successful Batman (1989). As well as grossing over $400m worldwide, it relaunched the superhero genre, influenced marketing campaigns and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. It’s also fascinating to compare to The Dark Knight, which features an altogether different intereptation of Joker.
Yesterday I watched Baby Driver, about a getaway driver who listens to music all the time to drown out his severe tinnitus. It got me thinking about bank robberies conveyed in film. The dangers, carefully planning, adrenalin rush and huge rewards on offer has long appealed to Hollywood. This one might be tougher than usual, but I’m still curious as to how you do. Answers as always below, with your comments welcome.
I’ve done so many film quizzes since this early feature on New York, that I thought I’d continue the bloggerversary theme by putting films that just blew me away when I first saw them. Originally I thought about putting a mix of good and bad films, but I’ll save the shockers for another day. Whether they had me in hysterics, the edge of my seat, in deep thought or close to tears, these films really left an impression when I first saw them. Unsurprisingly I couldn’t fit them all into one post, so look out for part 2 soon.
Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.
Dominic Cobb (Leonardo Di Caprio) in the brilliantly thought-provoking science fiction heist film Inception (2010). Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film won four Academy Awards, raked in over $820 million and is considered a hugely imaginative modern masterpiece. I’m a huge fan of the English writer/director. You can also find other films of his on my blog, with The Dark Knight, Memento and The Prestige.
As one of the finest actors of his generation, it’s time Christian Bale was honoured here in a quiz. See how you do for the six films that highlight his wonderful range. Do you have a favourite? How did you score? As always your comments are welcome.