I try to make sure most of the films I cover on this here blog are ones I have never seen before. There’s two reasons for this. If I watch a film I have seen before it will likely be one I love and therefore the review will probably be overly gushing with my love of that film. The other is because I hope to introduce people to new films at the same pace I come across them. Essentially I want to be saying “Hey, I just saw this film and now you should too”, unless you’ve already seen it, of course. Well, I suppose I should also be saying “Hey, I saw this pile of shite. Do not watch”. Today’s film is, thankfully, from the recommended viewing camp. It’s also a film which I probably should have seen years ago as it represents a gap in my viewing of Coen Brothers films. Today’s film is Barton Fink. Click the link!
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In my last review, for Mulholland Drive, I remarked that I don’t enjoy writing reviews of unquestionably great films. I find writing those reviews a taxing experience due to the fact that whatever I write will have been written a million times before. Plus I generally assume that if you’re reading these reviews you’re already fairly knowledgeable in the world of film and are likely familiar with the work already. But I made a decision nearly 2 years ago to review every film I see and, after watching Mark Cousins’ superb The Story Of Film, I have found myself building a collection of classic films I have never seen. And so here I am, with a BFI restoration of Battleship Potemkin, one of the most important films ever made. Often placed at the top of greatest film ever lists and possibly the origin on montage film and the use of editing to manipulate the audiences emotional links to the character. Also, the most praised propaganda film of all time without question. Yes, more so the The Hurt Locker. Well then, click the link for my review. I promise to review something simpler next time.
And so it begins. Batman Begins to be exact. Here’s where we start edging towards the finale on this marathon of Batman movies I’ve been reviewing. We’re in Nolan territory now! Batman Begins came into being after 8 years of attempts by Warner to do whatever they could to wash the bad taste of Batman & Robin from the worlds collective conscience. Truth be told nothing will ever wash that smell off of Batman. Nolan does a damn good job trying to though. Click the link for my review!
So I had no idea that this existed until I started searching for Batman films to review a few months back. It was never released here in the UK as far as I can tell and it’s based on a series that I gave up on halfway through it’s second season. There’s actually some unofficial Batman films from the 60s where he faces Dracula, obviously they’re lost to time, and Batman has faced vampires and Dracula himself in various incarnations of the comics. So this isn’t actually that batty a premise. Yes I’m still doing Bat-puns. Naturally I had to buy this because I like Batman, I like vampires and I felt like padding out this review season a much as possible. Click the link for the review!
Clumsy title that. Batman & Mr Freeze Subzero is the second in the animated DC Universe Batman film. It had the unenviable task of following up the excellent Mask of The Phantasm, which is generally regarded as one of the bets Batman stories. Quite wisely the series creators decided to not retread any ground and instead utilised a villain that they had helped reinvent. There’s an episode of TAS called Heart Of Ice that may well be one of the most highly regarded Batman stories of all time. In it Paul Dini took Mr Freeze, a villain that had largely been a joke, and gave him an incredible new origin story. Subzero uses the core of that origin to tell a new story giving Mr Freeze the focus he deserved. Click the link for the review…
I was gonna review Batman Sub-Zero tonight but I only have 1 multi region DVD player and it was unavailable to me tonight so instead I skipped ahead to Mystery Of The Batwoman. Not a bad idea though really because I’ve never seen this one before. It means this review is a much fresher opinion rather than one effected by years of Bat-nostalgia. Can’t believe there’s less than a week until I see The Dark Knight Rises… and I still have 4 films to review before that, not counting tonight’s review. So, Mystery Of The Batwoman eh?…
Been wanting to get to this film for some time. As you may have guessed from a few of my previous Batman reviews I’m quite the fan of the 90s animated series. Mask Of The Phantasm was the first feature length film based on that series. It is also, so date, the only animated Batman film to receive the theatrical release. To add to that it’s one of the most highly rated of all the Batman films. For a while it was the highest rated on Rotten Tomatoes, Until the Dark knight was released. Yup, it was higher rated than Burton’s Batman and Batman Begins. There’s a very good reason for this which you can read all about after the jump…
I wasn’t sure if I should include this in my Batman season but it has the words “Batman” and “Movie” in the title so I guess my hands were tied. The reason I would have discounted it was because A) It’s actually 3 episodes of the Superman animated series tied together and 3) isn’t even an hour long. Considering I currently have 8 days to get through another 6 Batman films before The Dark knight Rises is released, plus my super secret 150th review choice, I may have made the wrong decision. Luckily The Batman Superman Movie proved to be a pretty enjoyable piece of cobbled together Bat-tainment. Nope, I’m not done with the bat puns. That 1966 film has had an effect on me. Click the Bat-link to read my review.
When I was a young lad Batmania was everywhere. The release of Tim Burton’s 1989 film was huge, like really really huge. I was already a batman fan by it’s release though because, thanks to UK TV often having no idea what to fill it’s daytime schedule with, I had been watching the 1960s TV series over and over. I loved that show as a kid. It was bright, colourful and more than a little bit insane. What I somehow didn’t know at the time was that there was a movie made after the first season had ended. Years later I caught up with it and enjoyed it in retro novelty kind of way. That was mostly down to me being more interested in the more mature and darker knight that had come since. Tonight I watch the film again for the first time in a number of years. How do I view it now? Click the link to find out!
Batman Under The Red Hood is about the time Batman picked up a sexually transmitted disease from whatever random superwoman he was banging at the time. OK, it’s not but it could have been. So apologies for that image I just gave you. Batman Under The Red Hood is actually and adaptation of the Under The Hood storyline from a few years back. It starts with the death of everyone’s least favourite Robin Jason Todd and continues 5 years later with the arrival of a villain using the Red Hood name who’s planning on controlling all crime in Gotham. I’ll give you until you’ve clicked the link to guess who The Red Hood actually is.