olde_fashioned: (TDK -- no icon)
Ta-daa! One hundred and fifty five (that's right, 155) The Dark Knight icons, posted today because one year ago the movie was released (has it really been that long?).

I think I've made enough Batman icons for a while, LOL, even though I have a few more pics on my harddrive that I haven't worked with yet, I think 55 extra over the [livejournal.com profile] icons100 claim is good enough. ;-) It's been a lot of fun!

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

Teasers:
1 2 3

''And here...we...go!'' )
olde_fashioned: (TDK Batman Begins -- carry me away)
Once upon a time, I had so many The Dark Knight icons made, when I had the sudden thought of using them for an [livejournal.com profile] icons100 claim. Long story short, it just so happened that I could get my little hands on an available slot, and so here we are. ;-D

Is it obvious how much I like this movie? It's so visually appealing, and fun to make icons out of. ^-^ I've been making these on and off for quite a long while, so there are tons of different styles and "trends" of my own here, so input is very much appreciated!

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''Very droll, but very wrong.'' )
olde_fashioned: (Waterhouse -- Miranda and the Tempest)
...in which I briefly join the 21st century like a normal human being, and act like a dork. LOL.

(I don't even have an icon for this kind of thing...)

Three things. )
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- batsuit love)
I hadn't planned on making this into more than one entry, but it's gotten so long I think it might be best. So, this is part one of what will probably end up being three posts about the movie costume exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, which I was lucky enough to see last week.

On Wednesday, we went on a bit of an excursion, and made the pilgrimage drove the distance to LA. Since it was entirely free, and scheduled to leave at the end of the month, and I'm a obsessed enthusiastic admirer of costumes in general, the FIDM Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit of 2009 movie costumes was a very big treat. :-D Films ranging from The Dark Knight, The Duchess, Changeling, as well as Valkyrie, Appaloosa, Doubt, and a bunch of others were all on display. This post mostly covers only TDK, but I'll elaborate on the rest of the exhibit when I have more time to write the rest up!

They wouldn't allow photography (*sobsobsob*) but for some reason I've found photos taken by others posted online, so due to a lack of my own images, I'm linking to the lucky souls who were actually allowed to preserve the sights before their eyes with their viewfinders. All the images in this post and others forthcoming are courtesy of here, here, and here.

To avoid confusion, I'm going to go in the order the costumes were displayed in the exhibit, skipping over ones I didn't feel were worth more than a cursory glance and elaborating on the ones I was most impressed with.

Click the cut only if you're interested in lots of pics, tons of text, and some very long rambles about my own observations of some of my favourite costumes, mostly those from The Dark Knight which I spent a ridiculous amount of time staring at. ;-)

much costume-related madness is to follow...only the brave shall pass! )
olde_fashioned: (TDK Batman Begins -- carry me away)
More icons of The Dark Knight, some left over from when I was making my first batch, others made when I was in the mood for TDK (Heath Ledger's win was about the only good thing about the Oscars) and also some Batman Begins and iTunes-style humor icons thrown in. ;-) I had so much fun with all these!

Most of the others are from promo pics on sites kindly shared with me by [livejournal.com profile] visionsbeyond (thank you again!), so you can blame thank her for my succumbing to the temptation of using the hi-res pics on the two wallpapers that I made to match this grouping. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy! ^-^

Teasers:
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''You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.'' )
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- Rachel)
Forgive me for seemingly cluttering up your flist, but I couldn't resist. All of you costume drama fans, indulge me here for a minute, and pay attention!

While watching the extras on my brother's copy of The Dark Knight, I was astonished to recognize a familiar face. I've taken a few caps for show and tell, so let's see how many of you can guess who he is! (and I'm screening comments only to prevent others from peeking first and then guessing, mwahahahaa...) Very good! Most of you guessed correctly that the person in question is William Houston, better known as Boucher from North & South. ;-) I've unscreened the comments, now.


click thumbnails to enlarge!


Obviously if you haven't seen the costume drama in question, you're probably not going to know who this guy is, but I'm going to keep quiet about his name until someone gets it right! ^-^

For the record, the two-disc TDK includes extras filmed like CNN-style news and interviews, only renamed "GCN" for "Gotham City News", and of course, with all the stories pertaining to the theme of Batman. ;-) It's really amusing to watch, but this took the cake. ;-P You can see some of the "breaking news crawl" along the bottom of the screen on the second cap.

If you want to look for yourself, it's under the "Gotham Tonight" section, and the episode/interview entitled "Escalation."
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- Gordon watching and waiting)
What began as a small batch of promotional images and posters, rapidly evolved into a ginormous post as I found more and more iconable things, and began entering icontests over at [livejournal.com profile] tdk_still. The reason there are so very many is because I have been making them on and off ever since seeing the movie in August, so they've been collecting for a while. ;-P

I know, I know, it's not the typical thing you see me making icons of, but hey, I really like the movie, and find it very visually interesting. Thus it makes good icons. There are also two wallpapers for those of you willing to stare at a picture of Batman everyday, lol! ;-P

And yes I am aware of what comes out on DVD today...mwahahaha! ;-D

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy! ^-^

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''Let me get this straight. You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men on earth, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan, is to blackmail this person?'' )
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- Joker ha ha ha)
Okay. Imagine Jane Austen's world, or rather, Jane Austen's exquisite manner of speaking, only with a Gotham twist. Imagine Austen-esque words coming from the horribly twisted and scarred mouth of the Joker...intrigued? Heheheh. ;-D

[livejournal.com profile] fioriture was kind enough to point THIS out to me, and seeing as it made me laugh so hard as to nearly choke on my dinner and imbed pizza in the keyboard, I just thought I'd share it with the rest of you, only with a warning to not eat whilst reading humorous articles...

I'm not even sure what to use as an icon for this post! Batman, or Jane Austen? lol.
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- enemies)
Well, I've finally seen The Dark Knight. I thought it would have to be when it was released on DVD, but Spencer's friends took him in Utah and when he came back, he said he was dying to talk about it with me, so he treated me. :-) I have the best brother. *hugs him* He missed the first ten minutes the first time around, apparently, and since he was not at all opposed to seeing it a second time, just the two of us went to a local theater for an eight o'clock showing yesterday evening. It was great fun!

Now, consider yourself warned that I'm going to go on (and on...and on...) in a long, boring, and detailed review, but I'm putting anything spoilery behind a cut so others can read my general (and non-spoilery) opinions if they haven't seen the movie yet and/or don't want to read about what parts I liked best, lol. ;-) Click the cut only if you don't mind spoilers, gushing, and over analyzing of characters and their development! ;-P

Okay, first, a little bit of history.

''Maybe you should read the instruction manual first.'' )

Second, the obvious -- Wow. Wow wow wow wow WOW! I thought the movie was great. Absolutely fantastic. Fabulous, first-rate acting, even more fabulous plotting and scriptwriting, combined to make a movie that was very well-made and in a word, awesome. I don't go to the theater often, (haven't been since 2001, believe it or not) but I think it's safe to say that I haven't seen a movie in theaters that I liked this much since being a little kid and loving Beauty and the Beast, lol. TDK certainly lived up to expectations and is probably one of the best sequels that I've seen. Usually a francise seems to drift away from its roots, and get cheesy by the second installment, but there wasn't really anything lame in this.

It was indeed very dark; it is, after all, The Dark Knight. It was not, however, nearly as dark and depressing as I expected. Yes, the Joker (played to near Oscar-worthy perfection by the late Heath Ledger) is the epitomy of evil. Think of the baddest baddie you can imagine, and he's twice as bad as that. He is cold, cruel, calculated, heartless and unthinkably evil, and not only is he bad himself, but he tries his hardest to get other people to become like him. In that way he is like Satan, tempting and pushing others beyond their limits in an attempt to get them to "get off the curb and join him in the gutter." He delights in turning ordinary and even good people into crazed criminals who will do anything and stop at nothing.

''The night is darkest just before the dawn...'' )

Even though I do agree with the general consensus that Heath Ledger probably deserves an Oscar for his last role (at the very least a nomination) I do not think this was the Joker's movie, as so many have said. He was the principle villain, yes, but the movie belonged to Batman, "utterly and completely." (bonus points to whoever knows what that's from!) Christian Bale doesn't disappoint as the alternately human Bruce Wayne and equally tortured Batman, and his acting was so subtle that if you blink you'll miss a major hint of character development. This is definitely a film you have to see more than once to fully appreciate.

'' I know why you choose to have your little [cough] group therapy sessions in broad daylight. I know why you're afraid to go out at night. [pause] The Batman.'' )

This movie tackles several age-old questions about the nature of right and wrong, which I found rather refreshing. Too many Hollywood productions and movie heroes fail the test of morality, but I am happy to say that TDK did not. Tempted, pushed, and even thrown past his limits, Batman does not "cross the line" and break his moral code.

''Accomplice? I'm telling them it was all YOUR idea.'' )

This movie, with its violence and dark storyline which are offensive to some and horrifying to others, is not a symptom of a derilect and rotten society, it is a warning of what just a society will become. When you take away the value of human life, the moral values that are the crutches and very life-support of civilization, when decent people look the other way in fear and apathy, Gotham is what you get. "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing."

I may be over analyzing this movie, I may be a dork and total loser for writing such a ridiculously long review, and I may be reading too much into the nuances and themes incorportated into the plot, but in my humble opinion, they are there, if you look. One reason I've allowed myself to enjoy these movies so much is because of their strong moral compass, their (excuse the word) "passion" and intensity, and heretofore decent worldview. Quite refreshing, IMVHO.

''Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.'' )
olde_fashioned: (black -- does it come in black?)
To those of you who are movie-goers, Batman fans, or otherwise become informed of the plot of The Dark Knight -- please, please, please don't spoil it for me! I don't want to know even the teeny tiniest details about the movie. I do so hate it when someone else blurts it before even putting a spoiler warning when I'm trying to avoid them. And I'm still sick so I might get extra grumpy!! (just kidding -- lol)

I'll bet not many of you know I'm a bit of a closet fan of the most recent installment in the franchise? (I've been resisting the temptation to icon it, so far.....) It's my dad and brother's fault, lol. I was wholly uninterested in Batman Begins when it came out, but my dad rented it, and we watched it. Now my brother is fond of it as well, (he especially likes the martial arts) and so it's grown on me. ;-) I must say Christopher Nolan gets a big applause for rescuing and putting the man back into Batman. No more of that silly cartoon-y slapstick stuff like they had in the old movies. *holds nose and tries to look snobby*

(I am also hereby predicting that Rachel aka Maggie Gyllenhall-however-the-heck-you-spell-it's character is going to get killed off. ^-^ Don't ask me why, I just have a hunch, and I want to be able to say I told you so later. ;-P lol.)

Yes, I do want to see it, but no, I am not going to see it in the theater (I'll Netflix the DVD when it comes out).

Thanks in advance. ^-^

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