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The 25th Anniversary of Batman (Article) - 6/24/2014 6:08:41 AM

Tim B's Batman movie was the first time the character had been in movies since the Adam West era.  That was fun, but it was high camp and made the whole concept of superheros a laughingstock.  But it was the popular conception of the character to anybody who wasn't a comic book geek.

People complain now that Burton didn't take the characters seriously.  But at the time I was amazed that the movie DID take them seriously.  Batman looked like an effective crimefighter!  The Joker was scary!  Really scary.

Yeah, the romantic subplot was a mistake.  But back then ALL movies had to have a romantic subplot.  It was a rule.  So Vicky Vale was a maiden in distress for Batman to rescue.  Could be worse.  And I never really got the sense that Joker was interested in romancing Vale as much as keeping her around so he could find the perfect moment to rip her guts out in front of Batman.

I don't remember the male reporter at all.  Was there such a character in this movie?  See how much of an impression he made.

I've always liked Nicholson's Joker better  than Ledger's.  Not because of the performances so much.  Both actors did fantastic jobs.  But because of the way the character was written.  Ledger's Joker was a terrorist, doing awful deeds for an understandable purpose, to prove some kind of point about the awfulness of human nature.  Nicholson's Joker was an agent of chaos, causing death and destruction just for the hell of it, to fulfill some internal need to make everybody as miserable as he was.

I don't understand why everybody keeps harping about Joker's long barreled gun.  Would it have changed the movie signifigantly if Joker had pulled out a rocket launcher to shoot down the batplane with?  It was Burton's nod to the Adam West era.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/19/2014 2:10:16 PM

As a book reader I've been trying hard to phrase talk about what's hapened in the books but hasn't been shown on the show in language that anybody who hasn't read it wouldn't understand but fellow readers would.  Most other readers have done the same.  Except for that one guy.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/19/2014 2:03:57 PM

It's a little late for that Hanso, the season's over.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/18/2014 9:05:30 PM

Arya decided not to kill the Hound, not to be nice to him or to give him a chance to survive but so that he would die slowly of his wounds and suffer more pain.  She still blamed him for killing her friend back in season 1.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/17/2014 6:45:13 PM

One thing is for sure.  They sure are jumping around in the books.  Littlefinger & Sansa and Bran are where they were at the end of book 5.  Danny is somewhere in the middle of book 5.  John Snow and Tyrion are back at the end of book 4.  Brienne and Arya are back in book 3.  And Sam is still where he was at the end of book 2.

Cersi is in for some shocks.  You won't BELIEVE what happens to her!

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/17/2014 6:39:49 PM

I'm not sure what your friends were talking about.  I didn't notice any drop in quality in books 4&5.  Maybe they just didn't like the characters Martin concentrated on in those books.

Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Winter%u2019s Tale (Article) - 6/17/2014 8:51:16 AM

There was no column last week but Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos came out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/16/2014 6:38:59 PM

I felt bad for Shae in the book and was hoping that her death would be one of the changes they made in the show.  No such luck.  Once Tywin cought her I doubt she had much choice about betraying Tyrion by testifying against him in court or in sleeping with Tywin.  Tywin would have killed her without a second thought if she didn't do exactly what he said.  And I'm pretty sure Tyrion was well aware of that.

DC Comics Movie Slate? (Article) - 6/13/2014 7:29:39 AM

Hmmm, which version of Sandman are they doing?  Are they going for the Neil Gaiman demigod or Wesley Dodds?

The Summer of '84: Ghostbusters (Article) - 6/9/2014 7:05:57 PM

You forgot to mention the comedic talents of Rick Moranis as Lewis Tully, the accountant.  He was damn funny too.

I see the film every once in a while (I own it on DVD).  It's still funny.  Though the sight of Bill Murray sexually harassing every woman he sees is now more uncomfortable than hilarious.  Blame our increasingly PC culture but there are several points in the film when I want to smack the smarmy smile off his face.  But the other characters have lost none of their charm over the decades.

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