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Holy Freaking Crap, Batman.

I just saw the Dark Knight and it was seriously one of the best movies I’ve ever witnessed. The acting, action, and effects were friggin superb. It all started with a long wait in line which was not boring at all due to the company that I was with. We were all ushered into the theater, checked with detectors, the whole “no video cameras or cell phones or anything that could possibly capture Dark Knight and distribute it on the internet” drill.

Finally, after an announcement from the manager of the theater, the film we had all been waiting for started. Let me just tell you this. From the start to the finish there was not one point in the movie that I wasn’t completely enthralled about. I don’t know if it was my involvement in the whole process (i.e. seeing the Brach’s parking lot blow up, walking the same streets that much of the action took place on, taking part in the ARG), but I was just floored by the whole performance.

I’ll write more about the actual, but as of now I’d like to get a little bit of rest.

Horrifying photo of me courtesy of meine freund Kevin. No, I can’t dislocate my jaw. I have no idea why I made that face.

On another note, this video is amazing beyond words.

I’m IN – Dark Knight Screening!

After a long day of waiting for the timer at http://www.whysoserious.com/overture to come to an end, the day culminated with a frantic search across all of the Dark Knight ARG pages to find puzzle pieces which finally unscrambled to “Kickingandscreening”. I put my name into the website and was generated an honest-to-goodness pass to see one of the most anticipated films of this year.

This seriously couldn’t have happened any better than it did. Elise and I are taking a honeymoon to Europe next week on Thursday, which is the night the earliest normal Dark Knight shows are. This ticket is for the 15th! That’s two days before the actual release! How cool is that.

For those interested, this is what the ticket looks like. I’ve blanked out all pertinent info because I don’t want a jerk to steal my pass.

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Dark Knight – The Bat Signal in Chicago

2651345019_fe9a69bca6 We had heard about the ARG meetup from Cristin (as always). We met in Chicago a few hours before we were supposed to be there. There was a countdown on the site with two coordinates – one in New York City and one in Chicago. We met at Chicago at the time that it said on the site at the coordinates and there were all sorts of other people mulling about.

Suddenly, a few people with “Gotham City News” sidebags showed up to pass out newspapers, pins, Citizens for Batman T-shirts, and keychains. Following that, four or so pizza boxes were given out (with Pizza, of course), each one had directions in it. Elise and I hung back because we thought they were just passing out more T-shirts which people were going equally wild over. Suddenly, this guy goes bolting past by himself screaming “run south! RUN SOUTH”.

While we were running with him, he was telling us the directions to our next objective – find a lockbox by a citizens for batman sticker. I looked behind me and there were about a hundred or so people in the same shirt sprinting after us. I screamed “run faster”, half-jokingly, and we sprinted to the next objective. We found the lockbox, the guy with the code unlocked this little combination safe, and we sprinted off to our next objective, a park a little further south.

From there, we were directed to find a hidden CB radio. There were two men there, both of which I thought were potential actors but turned out to be homeless people. The droves of people behind us finally caught up and joined the search for the radio. Meanwhile, another team was on their way back to the park from another objective in which they recovered a sheet of paper that held an anagram on it. Turns out, it was a sort of bat and we looked it up on my friend’s phone.

We transmitted the answer to the riddle on the hand radio (which some guy had found somewhere – I wasn’t really around for that part in all of the chaos) and the bat signal was SUPPOSED to suddenly shine on the Sears tower – unfortunately, it was way too light to see it, so it sort of failed until about 10:00 PM when it finally showed up. Overall, it was worth it for the insane scavenger hunt and the awesome amount of swag as well as the sight of the bat-signal on the Sears tower while driving away on the highway, but the conclusion was a little unsatisfying because of the bugs. There were hundreds left waiting for more, and when we finally left the crowd had dwindled to something around 10.

Photo taken from Orthodexy’s Flickr. Hope she doesn’t mind. I would’ve had my own photos, but I stupidly left my camera at home. Next time, I’ll be prepared.

Eagle Vs. Shark

As crafty as Cristin is, she got us (herself, me, Elise, and Andrew) tickets to see Eagle vs. Shark (a nice little movie produced by a studio in New Zealand…woah), which I’d been wanting to see for a while and it turned out to be damn good. Not only did I get some free cups (With Eagle and Shark on them), but I got to see an absolutely hilarious movie with my bestest friends. Whoo.

To sum up the movie in a few words, Andrew put it best when he said that at first it seemed like it was going to be Napoleon Dynamite II, but it turned into something deeper, something with an actual story..and that’s just about what you should expect. Filled with all sorts of awkward hilarity, dysfunction, and some sort of odd love story, Eagle vs. Shark managed to hold that goofy Napoleon Dynamite-esque feeling while actually maintaining an interesting storyline.

I’d go more into it, but I suck at this sort of stuff. All I can say is that if you’re a fan of Napoleon Dynamite or just about any recent Independent-type comedy, I’d really recommend it.