All the possible adjectives I could use to describe how good "The Dark Knight" is have already been used by bloggers and reviewers the world over. So I won't use any more. I'll just tell you this: Yes, it really is that good.
"The Dark Knight" is not a superhero movie. "The Dark Knight" is a gritty crime epic that shares the sensibilities of, say, Michael Mann's "Heat." It is a real movie made for and by adults. Though it is rated PG-13 because a tentpole summer action picture must be safe for the kiddies, make no mistake: "TDK" is not a kids' movie. Not in any way, shape or form. You learn that early on when The Joker shows everyone his Disappearing Pencil Trick.
(Click here to get the full list of Emmy nominations. Winners are announced Sunday, Sept. 21.)
• My favorite funnywoman, Amy Poehler, has done the impossible: She has been nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy series for "SNL" the same day her departure from the show has been all but confirmed. No cast member from "SNL" has been nominated for anything since Will Ferrell in 2001, and he was nominated in the variety program category. Way to go, Amy! (Next stop: "The Office" spinoff)
• Does anybody watch "Mad Men"? I could barely get through the pilot episode. Why should I care about a bunch of chauvinistic, egotistical advertising executives? Anyone? Hello?
• In a surprise to no one, "John Adams" was the most-nominated TV program of the year, getting a staggering 23 nods. I'd say Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are locks to win the acting categories. Tom Wilkinson should be -- his performance as Benjamin Franklin was the best thing about the whole mini-series, but he has to compete against fellow supporting-actor nominees David Morse (George Washington) and Stephen Dillane (Thomas Jefferson). Wilkinson also competes against Giamatti in the lead actor category with a nod for his role in "Recount."
I know I'm about 30 years late in arriving at this conclusion, but here it is: ABBA is awesome. If loving perfectly crafted, catchy Swedish pop songs is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
We've all been inundated with ads for "Mamma Mia!" -- which has the unenviable task of opening this Friday against "The Dark Knight" -- and tonight I've been into some self-flagellation, listening to "ABBA Gold" over and over again on my iPod during work. I've been mumbling the words to "Fernando" under my breath for about an hour, and I came thisclose to belting out the chorus from "S.O.S." in the middle of the newsroom. (You're welcome, fellow night-deskers.)
I'm not breaking any ground by suggesting the CD is dead, but after watching Microsoft's presentation today at E3, I'm convinced the already old adage is true. (Never mind the fact I bought three of them Saturday night.)
Taking center stage at the presentation were music games, including the twin titans of "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero." Both camps had announcements to make that could have rather big implications for the music industry.
• The fabulously funny "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" didn't exactly set the world on fire with its $35 million opening weekend, but it was good enough for No. 1. It should lumber its way to about $75 million when all is said and done, but next week's new superhero entry -- something about a bat-dude and a killer clown -- will probably do twice that total next weekend.
• Speaking of which, WGN Radio's Nick Digilio gave a little preview Sunday night of his eventual review of "The Dark Knight" and said he would probably have to wear Kevlar to the studio next week.