Samantha, just Samantha (samantilles) wrote,
Samantha, just Samantha

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So, I did actually go see Dark Knight on opening weekend (despite originally not intending to!). Normally I'm all gung-ho about going opening night, or at least demanding opening weekend, but for some reason I was ready to by pass it this time around. Anyways, The lines were horrible, and we were early none the less. However, my luck did not yet run out on me, and I was able to procure my normal seat (just slightly to the right of the center, first row with a bar) despite not being anywhere close to the front of the line. Somehow half the line was diverted to a second theatre, so we managed to get in relatively early. But luck then would of course have to leave... just as the previews were starting, my allergy medication fully wore off (and quickly, I might add) and I could no longer breathe through my nose. SHEER AGONY!! I sat throughout the entire film trying to quietly blow my nose or move around as much as possible without disturbing anyone else just to try to breathe through my nose. I had claritin in my purse, but it doesn't work well for unclogging. It at least gave a tiny modicum of relief, and of course as soon as the movie ended and I could walk around a bit, it finally cleared it up enough that the agony drowned down to just a severe annoyance. I don't know how anyone can expect me to enjoy anything in that condition, but I managed to focus on the movie quite a bit.

Just because everyone I know has seen it, that doesn't mean someone can't randomly waltz onto my journal and then suddenly be destroyed because I spoiled the movie for them. Anyways, I would first like to point out that the entire time I was watching the movie, I was paying very close attention to Heath Ledger, and I could not for the life of me actually recognize him as the Joker. His performance as the villain was both creepy and incredibly well done! I know that most academy nominations do not go towards sci-fi/fantasy films, but his acting job was so mind-blowing, he should be nominated posthumously for best supporting actor. I found myself jumping at some of the action (which is easy to do, but still) to the point where I got funny faces at me by my mother, but all in all it was thoroughly entertaining. I appreciated the fact that Harvey Dent was in all senses of the word, a good guy. We've all been corrupted from the movies of the past *coughBatmanForever* and to turn a classic villain into a really three-dimensional character really indicates good writing. The movie itself is anti-comic-booky, and the only sense that it would be considered such is the Batman costume itself. I'm not a big fan of Christian Bale (my reasons have nothing to do with his acting, just a little bit of OCD problems on my side!) but the casting otherwise was spot-on, and I can't think of anyone better to have played the parts of the Joker, Harvey Dent, and of course Alfred. I also really loved the moral stand that Morgan Freeman took, really hinting at the whole subplot of Batman not being a hero, but not truly a bad guy either... just a bit of both. He walks a fine line, and that fine line is truly the point of the movie.

On a second note, I've started playing around with using the Apple browser, Safari, on Windows. It of course has its downsides, for instance, I don't get the really cool rich-text editor for LJ with Safari that I do for Windows Explorer, but its usability is so much easier. For instance, tab browsing for IE is difficult when it doesn't seem to want to understand that ctrl-t is for a new tab. I sometimes have to press it four or five times before it works. Not with Safari. I've also grown accustomed in the several years I've been a mac user, to where everything is, and I never have to go looking for a particular function. *happehsigh* I of course still prefer my home computers to my work Windows PC, but at least I get a tiny bit of home with it.

On a final note, I was saddened to learn that one of my AMUN friends was mugged last week here in DC. Apparently it was really bad; the muggers broke his jaw, stole his wallet, phone and glasses, and put him in the ICU for a few days. We as an AMUN DC group are waiting to hear more, but my heart goes out to him and his family *bighugs*.
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