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Batman (1966)


Olly is back, and this time we’re scrutinizing the fine details of Adam West’s Batman. We both love the film for what it is, and praise the cast, writing, and set design. We elaborate on the acting careers of the fine cast and crew. And we analyze its influence (I push the connections to Batman Returns, but perhaps too far).

We speculate on the manufacture of batsuits but discreetly do not mention that this batsuit, like Joel Schumacher’s, has nipples (of the 100% natural variety). We note the notable lack of catness of Catwoman and analyze the rooming relationships between the villains. And we think about all the things we should not think about when it comes to dehydrating and rehydrating people.

I’m watching the Netflix version; Olly is watching the Region 1 DVD; and we stay in sync. Start at on the countdown.

The Dark Knight

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Join me as I join the Doctor and Lynch of The Speakeasy as we have a good time with Christopher Nolan’s dour superhero and superior villain. We like the film a lot but feel that the sheen has somewhat worn off and the story is revealed as threadbare now. We give praise where praise is due, and joke our way thru the slow sections and weird choices.

They’re watching a PAL copy, and I have to repeatedly sync with them, so there are several times that we announce where we are. Start the film on the countdown between the production company logos and the blue fire Batman logo.

Batman Begins

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Join me as I join the Doctor and Lynch for a second go at the first of Christopher Nolan’s Batmen. We compare the film to the comic books, other Nolan Batmen, Burton/Schumaker Batmen, and The Shadow. We examine the logic of the villains’ plans and Batman’s response. And we recast Morgan Freeman as a bad guy.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the film right after the Warner Brothers logo has stopped turning, on the countdown.

The Dark Knight Rises

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me for the third of Christopher Nolan’s Batmen! We discuss Nolan’s shift in approach, the uneven writing, and why we both respond very favorably to the film anyway. We discuss the Batvoice and whether or not the Batcowl squooshes his face and makes him talk that way. We debate Bane’s nature (weightlifting painkiller addict?) and why we don’t see his face since we saw Dent’s charred face.

I contend that substantial parts of the story are unnecessary and that it doubles back on itself. John defends it. We compare it to the previous films, James Bond, Catwoman, and strong female characters. We discuss the wonky timeline, my preferred ending, and how great Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no matter what he is or isn’t given to do.

FILE UPLOAD ISSUE RESOLVED. I’m having a lot of trouble lately with GoDaddy FTP.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the film right after the Warner Brothers logo has faded, on the countdown.

Batman (1989)

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Batman is back! Keaton starts his role as Batman against the greatest villain he has ever known: Alexander Knox! I join Soulless Minions, Commentary Track Stars, and Geek Fights for a free-for-all. We mostly like the film but have a lot of fun with its ridiculousness.

Stay tuned for the post credits scenes. (TWO of them!)

We’re watching various NTSC versions. Start the movie after the Warner Brothers logo, on the countdown.

Batman Returns

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Batman is back! This time, Josh of Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy and Mike and Max of Commentary Track Stars take us on a dark and twisted fairy tale to Tim Burton’s Gotham City, where penguins inhabit sewers and mystical cats roam alleyways freely.

We like the film better than the Schumacher films, but no one likes it as much as I do. It’s my favorite of the four. Why are we doing them in reverse order? Because WE’RE CRAZY. Not crazy enough to run around in leather and vinyl, fighting crime, but pretty crazy.

We’re watching the Blu-ray and R1 NTSC versions. Start the movie after the Warner Brothers logo, just as the house is fading up, on the countdown.

Batman Forever

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Join me as I again join Josh from Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy and Mike from Commentary Tracks Stars as we lament the awfulness of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever. We don’t have quite the fun we had with Batman & Robin, but there’s plenty to discuss.

We note most of the costume changes (and reel changes), compare the film to others in the Batman collection, and speculate on what might have been and what might be in the store for Batman in the future.

Start the film right after the Warner Brothers logo has morphed into a bat and the Warner Brothers title card has faded, on the countdown.