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How Rotten Tomatoes gave it a whopping 75% was beyond me; Richard Crouse (author of this article) gives it a fair review! A good film regardless!
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Rotten Tomatoes scores are an interesting metric. They're significantly different than the scores from similar review aggregators like Metacritic in that Rotten Tomatoes doesn't actually take an average it just counts the number of reviews that were considered "positive". So what happens, is that films that are relatively inoffensive, but are nothing special tend to score relatively high, since most critics just review them as slightly above middling, which is enough to be considered a positive review by Rotten Tomatoes.

Another notable example of this was the recent-ish Star Trek reboot, which was certainly a fun movie, but not amazing. However, it managed to score in the mid 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, because very few people outright hated it.
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Just saw The Dark Knight Rises - although I'm not a serious DC fan, I know enough about the Batman series and the DC Universe - does this count as coming out of the nerd closet? - that Nolan didn't do as good of a job as I wished, albeit better than my expectations. (Wishes aren't the same as expectations, at least to me!)

SPOILER ALERT - stop reading if you haven't seen the movie/don't really care about my opinion! (Just being honest about the last part, you shouldn't have to read about something you don't want to!)

I read about a few flaws that critics have already pointed out: Fox's (Morgan Freeman) dialogue about the timing of the bomb (to the letter), how John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds out Batman's identity (along with how easy it was, at times, for other characters like Bane to deduce it) etc... they're all fair, but most of them have nothing to do with how well the film lined up with the comics.

Was it a good movie? Yes! A trilogy done well!
Were the actors/actresses good? Yes!!! Outstanding!
Did it portray the characters as well as it should have? Not even close. Batman, Bane (and his goons, they have a certain personality to them that I would assume DC fans would know about), Catwoman, and soon-to-be Robin received what is (arguably) inevitable but something that I dread in the film industry: They received the Hollywood treatment. Think Robert Downey Jr.'s poor acting skills (he doesn't change character for different roles) and how he was cast for the Iron Man role in three films. That's something that I'm more than willing to discuss with anyone who disagrees with my infamous anti-RDJr. complaint, but that's another comic universe and "film production entity" entirely. The characters in The Dark Knight Rises became something that just didn't give the same feeling as the Batman that was known to kids, comic enthusiasts, and any other person who recalled what he and the other characters were like, prior to Nolan's work on Batman trilogy.

Batman - revealed slips throughout the movie about his true identity far too often; bad enough that it was revealed at all. Christian Bale is a boss. Nolan, not so much.

Alfred - Michael Caine is also boss. Nolan, still not. I felt like he said a bit too much. A necessary role in delivering words of wisdom to the protagonist in the context of the movie, but ultimately over-glorified. Nothing should be taken away from him though, his character definitely fulfilled his role as one of the most resourceful and classiest butlers in comic book history.

Bane - nice job on removing the tubes and wrestling mask, Nolan. Not. A character's costume is a big part of who they are, and if you've seen Bane prior to this film, the only thing that's the same is his somewhat psychotic personality. Bane was also tiny in comparison to what he is supposed to be (easily 7' while inhaling venom). The function of Bane's mask had nothing to do with the true character's either. Hollywood Bane wears a mask so he doesn't feel the pain. True Bane wears a mask so he can intake toxin and become more powerful (and physically grow, as mentioned). Would the inclusion of "toxin" pushed the film past its probably-limiting PG-13 rating because of drug reference?

Catwoman - Anne Hathaway blew me away with her acting skills - I went in disliking her having been cast as Catwoman, but how she did it changed that. HOWEVER, Catwoman's outfit and heroine personality did not fit in with her true character. Since when did Selina Kyle have an ethical stance? Since Nolan. Wasn't happy with that.

John Robin Blake - played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, another great actor who did an equally great job in his role (Robert Downey Jr., you could learn something from this guy). Too bad he didn't have the same name as any of the three best, already-available names for Robin: Dick Grayson (who later becomes Nightwing, what would have been most logical for the movie), Jason Todd, or Tim Drake.

Overall, a great film and definitely worth your money. I loved almost all aspects of the film, save for the massive disconnection from the comics.

Little rant: I don't know why other DC fans haven't made complaints about the film. Instead, they complained about complaints on the film instead. I read a news report about how some Batman enthusiasts (or even just comic book fans, can't remember) threatened critics for posting negative reviews about the film. Where did those kids grow up, the 2000's?

Explanation for the two bottles of haterade: The reason why I'm so critical is because I fear that this generation will know Batman as Nolan's Batman, rather than Bob Kane and Bill Finger's Caped Crusader. Iron Man's character has already been distorted beyond repair with Robert Downey Jr., which is why I will always be critical of anything from the actor and the entity that is Disney-Marvel.
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Looking forward to both responses (regardless of their stance), Tim and David! From what I've read from Tim in previous comments/posts, I am honestly expecting some sort of change in my opinion, haha :-)
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I heard an interesting point on the radio today - what about the people who recycle these bags and use them for garbage disposal? Some Canadians are saying that this makes no difference, because they're going to buy other alternatives that are, well, of the plastic variety anyways.

I feel as if the whole point to this ban isn't the start of a revolution for a plastic-free country. Rather, it's a barricade or hurdle for the consumer's ability to obtain plastic bags. If I happen to eat a lot and I put food in a harder-to-reach location, the food is still accessible... but it's a lot harder to get to, and perhaps that ultimately reflects on the bigger problem of goods (over-)consumption.
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"I think the ending is a pretty straight up cliffhanger. All of the theories are just a bit meh... Reminds me of the simpsons episode where homer fails? at making a BBQ, and everyone mistakes it for modern art, and reads loads into it."
DnBNemo 1 month ago

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Can't remember where I found that quote, but I'm glad I did.
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search. LOL
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http://kovalenko.wikidot.com/life-lesson-learned - story of my recent life-changing experience, even if it was a painful one... (Ignore the rest of the website, I just use wikidot for image hosting mainly)

WARNING: Contains images of a nasty cut at the bottom of the page, the squeamish have been warned!
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Ouchie.  Looks like it hurt.  Glad it didn't get any worse than it did.
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It's been almost two years, but it's funny how the media and courts still can't even provide concrete evidence of this alleged rape. It's also funny how this guy has to seek refuge in ECUADOR from LONDON POLICE right now. Oh wait, none of that's actually funny, but rather an embarrassment to justice in general...

When things don't add up, the media does it for you. And when people discover it's wrong, the media doesn't tell you they were wrong, they just pretend they were right and throw other stories at you.

Remember the IMF boss? I was skeptical of the validity of the alleged "crimes" in the Strauss-Kahn case about a week in, as soon as I learned of how much power he had, his opponents, and the circumstances he was in. SEE THE VIDEO EVIDENCE HERE:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2071725/Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-scandal-set-CCTV-video-hotel-maid-high-fiving-colleagues.html

So, what did we learn?

Sex in Sweden is illegal and stay away from French maids. Or get a hold of your hormones and don't cheat.
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facepalm The article was fine and this potential killer may be one of the biggest nut cases in Canadian crime. Then there are the comments... Seriously, all people can talk about now is his FACE? OF ALL THINGS!

I think the majority of CBC readers who leave comments on these newspapers are nothing but bitter, sarcastic middle-aged men and shallow, superficial women. I'm obviously making an extremely generalized and moot point, but for crying out loud: the top comment concludes with "...who's with me?!" That's something that makes me think of a bunch of grade school children trying to rally other children together to have a snowball fight.

What do you think? Am I overreacting to the (highest rated) comments and being too critical? Or is the content of the (highest rated) comments truly yielding less substance?
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I've just learned that anyone who leaves comments on CNN, CBC, CTV, WFP, and especially Fox are all idiots and should probably just be ignored. 
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