Bigger Knight better than Oscar Night

posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

Christopher Campbell discusses going to see “The Dark Knight” in IMAX and how it affects his thoughts on the Oscars.

The Academy had their say, that The Dark Knight isn’t one of the five “Best Picture” candidates for 2008. But who cares? Sure, you can’t enjoy the Batman sequel as part of AMC’s annual marathon of top Oscar contenders, but then again you can’t see any of those five films in IMAX either. What would you prefer? Personally, I haven’t decided if I like any of the Best Picture nominees any better than The Dark Knight. But I do personally prefer to see a movie as big as possible, as long as that movie is appropriate for such viewing. And not only is The Dark Knight appropriate for the size, but it was partially filmed for it. So, rather than see any of those other movies a second time, I chose to see The Dark Knight again, in IMAX.

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Comments (13)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I saw it on the super huge Lincoln Square IMAX screen and it was still a big, dumb, loud, obnoxious, CGI bore.

JSA on January 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

As much as I liked DK, please, enough is enough. Let’s give it a break and move on.


Giles on January 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

what’s a tad hypocritical is that originally Nolan refused Warners to release it to the IMAX-Digital screens, well… this time around Warner’s booked said screens.

JodarMovieFan on January 29, 2009 at 11:40 am

Dark Knight wasn’t all that great of a movie to me, either, but like the Chris' I enjoy watching movies in the best format possible. And, yes, there are movies, smaller movies out there which have more to say and have greater depth than this movie and who deserve Oscar recognition.

danpetitpas on January 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

This is one of the worst years for the Oscars. Except for a couple of technical nods to Iron Man, Wanted, Dark Knight, and Wall-E, the Motion Picture Academy nominated the same films over and over again: Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, The Changeling, Doubt and Slumloard Millionaire. Other than Benjamin Button, I haven’t wanted to see any of those films!! You can bet on the ratings for the telecast to be the lowest in history!

Giles on January 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

and in terms of ‘Best Sound’ the Academy overlooked two of the best mixes I heard/experienced in the theatre: ‘Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Prince Caspian’ Personally I thought ‘Benjamin Button’ was pretty mediocre, not Fincher’s best by a long shot.

quasimodo on January 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

For my money, Disney’s “Bolt” had some of the best quality sound of any film this year.

MPol on January 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I saw the movie “Milk”, and thought it was good. “Slumdog Millionaire” was a good, well-done film, but rather heartbreaking, and not one that I could sit through again.

ceasar on January 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

What surprised me about this year nominations was the fact that the Dark Knight got snubbed. Heath Ledger deserved to be treated better for his bravado perfomance as the Joker. The academy always go for films that public doesn’t get a chance to see becouse of limited release or the cinema doesn’t even bring it into that marketplace at all.

MPol on January 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Hi, caesar. You’re right. That’s too bad about “Dark Knight” getting snubbed. It was a well-done film, and, not only was Heath Ledger wonderful in his role as the Joker, but I loved the nighttime aerial shots of Gotham, which reminded me so much of the beginning aerial shots of NYC’s West Side during the prologue of the film “West Side Story”.

ceasar on January 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I loved the cinematography of the Dark Knight as well. Like the night shots of Chicago and the night Sky Hook scene in Hong Kong.
I believe those of the Academy should ask themselves how come thier ratings are so low every year.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

But “The Dark Knight” did get 8 Oscar nominations. I think that might be a record for a movie that isn’t in the running for Best Picture.

No record … I just remembered “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” got 9 nominations in 1969. “The Dark Knight” came close, though.

budyboy100 on January 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Sorry to disagree. The Dark Knight in Imax is Incredible. And again to disagree, this years films are incredible. Not all the Oscar nominees, but overall, a great selection of film.

(go to film festival locally, there’re not hard to find, and you will see what I mean.)

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