The Dark Knight

I saw The Dark Knight yesterday. I’m not going to write any spoilers–I try only to do that for movies I don’t like (which still leaves me with a LOT of movie spoilers to write…).
I will say that movie was wrong on one point. The Joker was not a terrorist. Terrorists create terror among the civilian population in order to pressure a governmment to change its policies. The Joker created mayhem for the sake of mayhem alone.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. Yes, I agree with what you say about Joker.Darn. I can’t put spoilers in the comments either! :/Didn’t you love the movie? I was thrilled the entire time! Woooo! 😀 ! Woo woooo!Did you go by yourself or with a friend?When we were at the theater, there was a group of people behind us who kept laughing and cheering at all the bad parts… like they were on Joker’s side! It was annoying, but also strangely funny.:OI love Christian Bale!!!

  2. Christian Bale and Gary Oldman are BOTH some of my favorite actors (even though Oldman was in that awful Dracula movie…).I agree, this was a REALLY good movie–not just good action, but REALLY well written! The thought that went into the character development and even the dialogue was excellent.Come on now–you know I don’t have any friends! 🙂

  3. (I saw some clips for that Dracula movie on youtube… I was angry to find that it was a love story between Dracula and Lucy!)Ooo! You like Christian Bale? I thought that in certain parts of “Dark Knight”, Bruce was remenicent of American Psycho! They way he spoke and his facial expressions… and when he came into the party with those ladies… lol.I am just so happy that you liked the movie!Oh, G.P.! You have friends.

  4. Actually, terrorism doesn’t have any internationally agreed definition.So, for the Joker spreading terror just for the sake of fun, the Joker can be called as a terrorist.And try not to judge comicbooks and movies too seriously, it’s fictional, there’s no hidden messages, there’s no deeper meaning, it’s just entertainment.Except for the upcoming 2009 movie “Watchmen”, watch the trailers, read the books.

  5. LOL, nice use of Wikipedia however, you need to read past the first sentence. A long time definition of Terrorism or Terrorist that wasn’t published but rather stated in speeches and addresses by numerous world leaders is, “An individual who uses violence to reach political, religious, or financial means”. The joker was not motivated by policy, religion, or money. He simply wanted to watch the world he lived in be consumed by anarchy and mayhem. Terror was a byproduct which occurred not a motivation to reach a means. So, the joke isn’t a terrorist, but he is a sick S.O.B.I do have to say this, Heath Ledger was absolutely phenomenal. He took his acting to the next level in this movie. It’s a real shame he died so young.

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