(In which Steve tries to impress with his film-cred, then throws it all away with an embarrassing confession)
I've only just got round to watching Dark Knight Rises on DVD. (Yeah, I'm slow.) Not exactly a flawless film, but pretty close, I thought. Excellent performances all round and a cracking story that nicely amps up the tension all the way to the end. Bane worked surprisingly well - that's a character that could have so easily come off as ridiculous (his previous cinematic outing was frankly embarrassing). I even had no problem with Tom Hardy's voice, it just suited him. And John Blake may well be one of the best creations in the whole series.
I'm kinda hoping this is the end of the series though - I really hope they don't dip into this version of the Batman mythos again. This trilogy is such a nicely contained, perfectly-resolved package - merging it with the larger DC universe feels wrong somehow. Which is why the Justice League project worries me slightly - it would be so strange for the Chris Nolan Batman to interact with super-powered individuals. But I would be happy to have my mind changed.
Skyfall was another recent watch for me. (I'm so miserly that I refused to watch it until our local cinema did cheap nights, just before the film's run ended!) I am a huge Bond fan and always have been. Like DKR, Skyfall is not without its flaws, but they are incredibly minor. It's not just a fantastic Bond film, it's an incredible film full-stop. Craig gives his best performance yet - I really hope he stays on for a few more films. He's the only actor to play Bond who looks like he was previously in special forces. Javier Bardem made a great villain, I loved the scene where he's taken prisoner and reveals his disfigurement. Very creepy. And the best part was probably the very final scene where Bond fans of old suddenly realise, "oh, so THAT'S what they were setting up." Nicely played, Mr Bond.
An argument could certainly be made that it's objectively the best Bond film ever and better people than me have done so. But... it's not quite my favourite. Oh dear, here's that confession....
Disclaimer: I'm a child of the 70s and I reeeeeally liked Star Wars. After 1977, I would watch any film as long as it had lasers and spaceships. So, no matter how unbelievably silly it is, my favourite Bond film is probably most others' least favourite. When I want to escape, empty my mind and have 2 hours of pure silly fun with a Bond film, I get drunk and watch Moonraker. It's my cinematic comfort blanket.
And I'm sorry. I'm very very sorry.
Listening to: Bourne Supremacy soundtrack
Reading: Dr Who: Drift
Watching: Parks & Recreation
Playing: Jewel Mania
Drinking: Sainsbury's Summer Fruits Squash