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Today's word on journalism

September 18, 2008

Partisan politics:

"Say 'conservative' and they wag their tails. Say 'liberal' and they bare their fangs. More to the point, say either and all thinking ceases. . . . [P]eople hear this doublespeak and cheer. Why not? They have been taught that words mean what you need them to in a given moment. Turns out, all it requires is a limitless supply of gall and the inherent belief that people are dumber than a bag of hammers."

--Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning columnist. The Miami Herald, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Jerry Vonderbrink)

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'Dark Knight' a powerful step up from first Batman movie

By Sara Anderson

July 24, 2008 | Gotham has a new white knight and a new villain to haunt your dreams. The Dark Knight is black with menace, dripping with distain from the Joker's evil laugh. And the ending isn't exactly happy.

The Dark Night is the sequel to Batman Begins and is a giant leap up from the last film. Bruce Wayne, played by Christian Bale, is a strikingly handsome young man who tries to save Gotham City from the thugs who control the city as well as part of the Gotham City Police Department. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the new district attorney, is the new hope to save Gotham from falling into the wrong hands.

Dent becomes the pillar of light in the dark city when he manages, along with police lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman), to put most of the criminals behind bars. However, one criminal mastermind, the Joker (Heath Ledger), was not as easy to catch. He reigned with terror in Gotham City, killing several people and even sending videos of his tortures to news stations.

Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is incredible. He captured the character and acted with such sadism, while making it believable. The laugh, tongue licking and mannerisms were creepy. Just looking at him gave you an eerie and discomforting feeling. Despite the fact that Joker had no remorse for any of his victims, he took pride in causing mayhem and chaos. Money meant nothing to the Joker; evil is all he wanted. The Joker is a one-man army, killing and crossing deals and pacts made with mobsters.

The movie wastes no time jumping into the action in the first scene. A second surprise villain is created throughout the movie partially tying two previous Bateman stories together. To keep Harvey Dent the White Knight, Batman must become the city's villain.

With wide shots of the city, explosions and a motorcycle that can flip off a wall, this film keeps the eyes busy. The film does, however, feel long and at a few parts you could call it quits, but the destruction keeps going. Be prepared for the 152 minutes of action.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman all play exceptional roles in the film. Every character helps to contribute to the masterpiece.

With as much death and destruction as the movie has, it surprisingly has little to no blood or swearing. This probably helps to keep such a dark movie a PG-13 rating.



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