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This Week In Cinema's..... THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, RAP Music is Back and LOLA Gets Dumped

Friday, 20 July 2012

Ok, so I didn’t manage to get any cinema releases out to you last week, luckily you didn’t miss to much as nothing that great was released. That would be the case again this week, but for very good reason. Today sees the UK release of one of the most anticipated movies in history The Dark Knight Rises, it promises to be one of the biggest movie openings of all time having already taken 25m in pre-release orders (that’s just in the US). Not a Batman fan? Then don’t worry, there are a couple of others who have braved releases and one in particular looks pretty good.

I’ll start as always with the biggest release of the week The Dark Knight Rises starring Christian Bale in his last outing as Batman along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman. The hype surrounding this movie has been going on for some time now so there is nothing further that I can really add, but just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the last year and a half here’s a quick synopsis of what you can expect to see from the latest superhero blockbuster. The Dark Knight Rises picks up the action 8 years after The Dark Knight, Batman is still in hiding (I believe) having taken the wrap for Dent’s crimes during the previous movie. However, there is now a new terrorist in town named Bane (Tom Hardy)
who is planning on destroying Gotham City, with the authorities struggling to cope Batman fells compelled to come out his cave (so to speak) and help defeat the group. I have the latest trailer here for you now, but if you like you can go check out the very first trailer release or even check out the Super Bowl sneak peak I posted a while back.

I’ve never seen The Dark Knight, although I am hoping to get round to that this weekend. I have reviewed Batman Begins which was Bale’s first outing as The Dark Knight and I thought that was a brilliant movie. One thing I will say for The Dark Knight Rise is that you better make sure you are sitting comfy in the theatre because the movie run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Now like I say The Dark Knight Rises is not the only theatrical release this week, a couple of others have braved to go against the grain. The first of those to mention would be Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, it’s more of a documentary than a movie and it focuses on rap music (obviously). The director is non other than 80’s and early 90’s rap superstar Ice-T who now has his own reality TV show on the E! Entertainment network, for the documentary Ice pulls favours from friends old and new including Chuck D, Ice Cube, B-Real, Common, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9 and most famous of them all – probably Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Dexter season 6 guest star Mos Def. They all go about some interviews and exclusive performances which show rap music from its very beginning charting the music’s rise to international prominence thanks to the guys mentioned above as well as Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Check out the trailer for it below.

I wouldn’t say that I’m a hardcore rap music fan by any means but I do like a lot of the music that some of the guys mentioned above put out. I will probably see this movie as it’s the kind of thing I like to watch, man. I feel a music post coming up soon featuring rap music only.

Last one to mention now is a movie I haven’t heard of named Lola Versus, due to other releases this week it will probably remain unheard of but the cast is quite impressive and if your date isn’t up for all action movies this week then this may be more your squeeze. Starring Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister Jones, Bill Pullman and Debra Winger, Lola Versus is the story of Lola (again, obviously) played by Grewig. At the age of 29 she is dumped by her fiancé just three weeks before their wedding, Lola reacts by getting one of her friends to come on a series of adventures with her in order to help her deal with almost being 30. Not my idea of fun but I’m sure someone somewhere will go see it, check out the trailer below.

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