... but still in post-holiday funk so I'll be treading light in these pastures for a day or so while I acquaint myself with the Comic-Con coverage I missed while I was away and get my head around The Dark Knight numbers which are looking Titanic.
I was going to wait until I saw it again to weigh in on TDK but who knows when that's going to be.
I think Chris Nolan's one of the most talented (and nicest) filmmakers currently working, and I'm pleased for him that the movie's doing such amazing business, and it is hugely entertaining.
But — and just to throw a little oil on the fire now I'm back — it is too long, the third act's messy and overly complicated (did anyone really care about all that stuff on the boats or the hostages-dressed-up-as-terrorists mobile phone vision action sequence?) and the movie just isn't as good when Ledger's not onscreen.
Is it better than most superhero movies? You bet. Is it better than most summer blockbusters? Most definitely. Is it better than Batman Begins? I'm not sure. I need to see it again.
Venice looks very promising. As I've said before, it's my favourite film festival and I shall be spending some time on the Lido again this year.