About Drew Admiraal

I love to make movies and edit them. That is my passion. I also love to take abstract pictures and edit them on photoshop. I'm excited about blogging with blackboxBLUE.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

5 stars! 2 thumbs up! 

I’ve now seen the movie twice and it is time to blog about it… This was one of my favorite movies of all  time. I can’t believe I’m saying this but it was even better than The Dark Knight (although the joker is still by far and away the best villain thanks to Heath Ledger.) 

I want to first say that Christopher Nolan has to be one of the best directors of all time. Every movie in this series got better which is incredibly rare. For most series, the later movies are usually not as good (such as in Star Wars, the original 4,5, and 6 were way better than 1,2,3.) All I can say is… Please don’t make a Robin movie! I don’t think even Christopher Nolan could make that good.

Without spoiling anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it, I can say that the movie takes place 8 years after The Dark Knight and that Bruce Wayne has lost all interest in life following the death of Rachel. He never comes out of his room and people make lots of crazy rumors about him such as that he has incredibly long fingernails. When Bane becomes a problem, Bruce is forced to make a decision whether he will again wear the Batman suit and mask to fight evil for the city that thinks he is a murderer or listen to Alfred and be a hero for the city as himself and not as a masked vigilante. Bane is all about anarchy. It’s interesting to watch because the sequence of events in the movie reminds you a little of The French Revolution or similar uprisings. 

So what sets apart the Batman movies from all the other superhero movies. They all wear masks, they all have something special about them that sets them apart. But Batman is different. Looking at a biography of all the superheros, you may even say that Batman is the worst and weakest because he doesn’t actually have any superpowers. Superman can fly and do pretty much everything. So why is Batman my favorite and the favorite of so many others? Why are they the best superhero movies?

1. They allow you to empathize with the character. Maybe you’ve never been in The League of Shadows but you have overcome struggles and Bruce Wayne does this. We can relate to him and as the movie progresses, we feel his struggles and we know how hard it must be to make the decision between being a hero himself and tearing down the name of Harvey Dent or giving the city a hero with a face and not one behind a mask. 

2. The movies are deep. They force the viewers to really think versus being all about explosions and car chases (not that there’s anything wrong with explosions and car chases. There are some great car chases and explosions in Batman too.) But these movies go to the core of human nature and examine it while still providing all the essentials of a good superhero movie (explosions and car chases.)

3. The writing, directing, filming, music, and acting is excellent. These are all- around good movies and even in superhero movies, there is something to be said for a good plot with twists and surprises. The original Superman movie is great but in the end, he just turns back time with his superpower. What’s the fun of that? 

4. I don’t know about you, but when I see Batman, and the picture below, I get really excited. Yes, Batman, save the day! Batman is just an epic superhero! 

Lastly, what made this movie better than the last Batman movie? The joker is undoubtedly the best villain ever but this movie was still better. Why? 

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! (SCROLL DOWN IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE)

If you have or haven’t seen the movie, thank you for reading and I highly recommend you see it! 

Drew 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What made this movie better than the last one for me was the sequence of scenes of Bruce Wayne in the dungeon. Almost all the scenes were great but this particular sequence is what really made the movie for me. Bruce Wayne goes in caring less whether he would live or die. But he learns that a healthy fear of death only makes you stronger. He tries and fails twice to make the jump. On the second time, I was almost sure he would make it. But the doctor tells him the story of the child who climbed out and tells him he must, “make the jump as the child did, without the rope.” The Bat was also very cool as was the first scene when Bruce returns to Gotham and lights up the bridge with a giant bat. All around great movie.

 

 

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Italy (Lake Como, Padua, and Venice)

Hello again. It’s been a while since I posted anything but I just got back from Italy and I thought I should share some pictures with everyone. I went to Lake Como, Padua and Venice which were all very beautiful in their own ways. I took a lot of pictures and here are a few of the best…

Lake Como  Lake Como, Italy

Padua Canal2 Padua, Italy

Gondolas Venice, Italy

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed and I will talk to you later!

Drew

Top 100 Movie List

I finally finished my top 100 list. Here it is.

Drew’s Top 100 Movie List

Tier 1: 5 Stars

Gladiator

Saving Private Ryan

Good Will Hunting

Dead Poets Society

Book of Eli

The Prestige

The King’s Speech

The Dark Knight

Apollo 13

Inception

Tier 2: 4.5 Stars

The Hurt Locker

Band of Brothers (HBO Miniseries)

Unstoppable

Ocean’s 11

Hoosiers

Glory Road

Remember the Titans

The Magnificent 7

Harry Potter

Dances With Wolves

Braveheart

Batman Begins

The Lincoln Lawyer

Catch Me if You Can

A River Runs Through It

Die Hard

Tier 3: 4 Stars

Marley and Me

True Grit

The Blind Side

The Last of the Mohicans

The Perfect Storm

Amazing Grace

Field of Dreams

Cinderella Man

John Q

Shine

Extraordinary Measures

Super 8

Mrs. Doubtfire

Chariots of Fire

The Fugitive

Star Wars (IV, V)

Source Code

Charlie St. Cloud

Seabiscuit

The Social Network

Hidalgo

RED

Goldfinger

Tier 4: 3.5 Stars

Indiana Jones

Sahara

Evan Almighty

Bourne Ultimatum

Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King

Star Wars VI

The Second Chance

Faith Like Potatoes

The Hunt for Red October

October Skies

Fireproof

District 9

Hairspray

The Thin Red Line

Princess Bride

Karate Kid

The Expendables

Bedtime Stories

Elf

Forrest Gump

The Gospel

To Kill a Mockingbird

Facing the Giants

Zoro

Iron Man 2

La Comunidad

Tier 5: 3 Stars

X-Men

Napoleon Dynamite

Pirates of the Caribbean

Superman

The Chronicles of Narnia

Henry V

Bourne Supremacy

Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers

Star Wars (1,2,3)

Luther

Joshua

The Three Musketeers

The Rookie

Because of Winn- Dixie

The Natural

A View to a Kill

The Pistol

Mission Impossible

Back to the Future

Endurance

The Gods Must be Crazy

The Adjustment Bureau

Ocean’s 12

ET

Get Smart

La Comunidad (2000)

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I recently watched a Spanish film called La Comunidad. It was very good. I heard from my teacher before I watched it that, “Spanish film is all about drugs, sex and violence and that everything that is rejected in Hollywood goes to Spain.” But that is actually not true. I found this movie at least to be very deep.

The film concentrates on the life of a woman who tries to sell apartments. She eventually starts living in the apartment that she is trying to sell because no one wants to buy it. There seems to be something wrong with the building because the neighbors are always acting very strange. She eventually finds that the man above her is dead in his apartment and that he also has a fortune hidden there. It turns out that he won the lottery with the help of the neighbors but did not share with them when he got the prize money. So they watched his apartment night and day. He never came out for fear that they would kill him and eventually he died. Now the woman has the money which he died for and the neighbors know it. She has to figure out a way to escape La Comunidad (the community).

The film is directed by Alex de la Iglesia who is one of the most famous Spanish film directors.

The movie had several prevalent themes such as greed and pride. The neighbors are so greedy as to kill for the money. The main character (Julia) eventually has to overcome her desire and greed at the end of the movie.

The movie also has some comedic relief within all the violence and tension. There is a boy who everyone believes to be retarded who always walks around in a Darth Vadar costume. It is very funny to see how that plays a major role at the end of the film.

I would rate La Comunidad around a 3.5. It was a good movie but some parts were just so weird and gross that I don’t think it was quite great.

I will hopefully post photos of my recent trips around Europe soon and I hope that everyone has a good day.

Drew A.

The Prestige (2006) 4.5*

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are friends and partners in magic until a show when Robert’s wife dies performing a trick. Robert blames Alfred and they become rivals. From then on, Robert obsesses over trying to figure out all of Alfred’s tricks and making his own tricks better. Until one of them comes up with the ultimate trick.

Alfred comes up with a new trick and Robert is convinced that it is true magic. So Robert has to go to the only person who can make him a better trick: Tesla. Tesla is a genius of electricity and Robert asks him to make a machine that will perform real magic. Tesla works for a long time until the machine is ready. Robert shows his crowd the trick and they are all astounded at the results.

The Prestige is a great movie. It has a great plot, a great cast, and a great soundtrack. It’s also full of mystery and suspense.

I don’t have much else to say about the movie. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend that you see it.

Drew A. 

More Photos

I recently took a trip to Luxembourg, Belgium and Paris and took a lot of pictures. Here are some of the best:

Luxembourg:

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Belgium:

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Paris:

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I plan to write a post soon on the movie The Prestige… I highly recommend it if you have not seen it.

Drew A.

Top 5 Photos

Over the past few months I have been taking a lot of photos so I decided to go through them and pick out my top 5. You have probably seen most of these already but here they are:

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5. This photo was taken on Mont Blanc in the Alps.

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4. This photo was taken at a lake near Cincinnati, OH.

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3. This photo was taken at Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL.

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2. This photo was taken at a lake in Northern Michigan.

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1. This photo was taken in Chamonix, France.