I was one of the 600,000 people that purchased The Dark Knight on Blu-ray DVD on its first day of release. One of the neat features of certain Blu-ray DVD players is something called “BD-Live” that gives you the ability to add ongoing content and live functionality to your Blu-ray DVD purchase by connecting your Blu-ray DVD player to the internet via an Ethernet connection.
However, there is a Panopticonic risk in using BD-Live: You lose your
viewing anonymity and everything you do with BD-Live is recorded by the
movie company on their servers — for Dark Knight, you sign up on WarnerBlu.com
— and your account “talks to” your local BD-Live setup.
Since I am
one of the few in the 600,000 with a Blu-ray DVD player that can do
BD-Live, I was invited to a special online screening of the movie — via
BD-Live — with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan.
1. Why is The Dark Knight such a hateful move? There is no love and zero honor in the entire two-and-a-half hour experience. There is only despair and complaining. Why do you think the movie was so successful? Are we all willing slaves to your sadistic thrashing of our aesthetic sensibilities?
2. Why does Batman “turn bad” at the end of the movie to cover up the five murders performed by Two-Face? Why is it honorable for a SuperHero to protect a killer? We don’t buy the notion that the Joker turned Two-Face bad. Two-Face was turned by his hatred and want for revenge. When Batman takes the fall for “the real hero gone bad” — the rest of us shudder at the ridiculous notion that the Batman from our childhood would ever for a moment allow himself to be the patsy for everything he fights against.
The Dark Knight is evil in its entire core and the hype over Heath Ledger’s performance is overblown — if he hadn’t killed himself, there would be no exclamation of, nor clamoring for, an Academy Award. Ledger is irritating in his lips-licking, murderous, sycophancy and instead of celebrating his performance; we should be mourning the notion that the daughter that never knew him will one day view his terrible, life-sucking, performance.