BSD Half-Show 5: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Continuing our Summer of Movie Blockbusters, the Blast Shields Down Film Review Society presents another spoiler-free half-episode* dedicated to Christopher Nolan’s final Batman installment,** The Dark Knight Rises. And never have our opinions been so across the board, from Hubie‘s full-on love to Duncan‘s uvulating hatred and with me somewhere in the middle.

The one thing we agree on? That it’s hard to follow your trilogy’s Empire with Jedi. Also, it’s really, really hard to talk about a Nolan film without feeling like you’re spoiling something.

*Yes, there will eventually be a new full, spoilerific episode on True Grit.

**Although he is rumored to be producing the upcoming Batman reboot that will tie-in with an eventual Justice League movie.

BSD #13: ‘Memento’

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 flapping Polaroids
I avoided it because of hype, but Memento lives up to it.

For episode 13, Duncan hosts an Dajuan-less show as the Blast Shields Down Film Review Society gets down and dirty with Christopher Nolan’s Memento. Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, a man who is searching for the man who raped and killed his wife. Just to gum up the film noir works, Leonard can’t produce long-term memories since her death, suffering from a form of amnesia that doctors refer to as Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates Disease. The film follows Leonard’s memory spurts from blackout to blackout backwards. Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) co-star, helping Leonard’s search … or are they?

It’s a mind-flayer of a movie, and it leads the Blasters to discuss amnesia as a plot device, revenge, how Chris Nolan is fixing American cinema, and whether Lenny has problems beyond anterograde amnesia. And, if we can teach you anything, why you should never attack a guy in the shower. Those reasons have nothing to do with the warning for every BSD episode:

WARNING: Blast Shields Down film reviews are full of naughty language, infuriating opinions, spoilers, and … Wait, did I mention there are spoilers? Listener discretion is advised.

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Fun Fact: Hubie broke a chair right before this show … and Dajuan missed it! (Pictures of the furniture carnage — or furnage — may or may not exist.)