Why Tim Burton’s Batman is the Worst Batman Movie Ever

People are still complaining about the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman. But, based on the trailers alone, and a few released still images, it's already obvious that, even at its worst, the new Batman and Superman movie can't be worse than what has come before it. Batman has bottomed out plenty of times before, …

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Reserving Judgments is a Matter of Infinite Hope: Regarding Batman, The Joker, and Their Fans

On the first page of The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick Carraway tells us about a piece of advice his father gave him: "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”  Carraway goes on to tell us that he attempts to …

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My Only Complaints About Interstellar

It's been out for a while, but there are still two things that bug me about Interstellar. And no, neither of them is the science of it.  I'm not expert in theories of time travel, interstellar travel, worm holes, quantum mechanics, etc.  I'm not even very interested in such things.  I know that some people …

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Do You Believe in Harvey Dent?

Remember The Dark Knight?  Who can forget Harvey Dent's tragic line, the one which foreshadowed both his own downfall and the character arcs of so many of those around him: you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. The question I have often come back to is whether Harvey could …

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The Top Ten Christian Bale Films of 2013

A lot of movies happened in 2013.  Only a few of them had Bale in them, but many were connected to Bale, either through themes, tone, extended universes, future sequels, Nolan-esque qualities, etc.  This is a list of the Top Ten Christian Bale films, whether or not they actually had Christian Bale in them. 10. …

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Recommended Reading, Installment #1: Gatsby and Fight Club, Karl Welzein and more…

If you find yourself reading this blog with any regularity, you probably realize that the updates are few and far between.  A large part of this is that this blog's author likes to put enough effort into each post to warrant the post's existence.  The other reason is that, well, hypothetical Christian Bale films can …

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What Ever Happened to Bruce Wayne?

Warning: Spoilers for all the Batman films, as well as a few Batman comics, abound in the following: The most troubling element of the Dark Knight Trilogy (as it is now known) is that the entirety of Gotham City does not realize that Batman is Bruce Wayne.  Interestingly enough, a variety of characters figure it …

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Bruce Wayne’s Privilege, and the Realities of Batman Incorporated

A 26 year old impoverished Slovakian man named Zoltan Kohari lives in an abandoned building, wearing a Batman costume he made himself.  He hopes to help the police and recently was the subject of series of photos published by Reuters. Police in Brazil have officially hired a 50 year old Batman impersonator to fight crime  …

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Why Madonna is The Joker

If there is one thing the internet agrees on regarding Super Bowl XLVI, it's that Clint Eastwood sounded like Bale does when Bruce Wayne is being Batman.  That's about it. But to me, the strongest Batman connection throughout the entire Super Bowl was not Eastwood.  It was the Madonna Spectacle and the ways in which …

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The Man of 2012, Part II: Bale vs. Tebow vs. Gosling

(Continued from The Man of 2012, Part I: Christian Bale vs. Ryan Gosling.) There was another public figure who captured the attention of America in a way that few others did in 2011.  That man?  Denver Quarterback Timothy Tebow.   But unlike Gosling, Tebow has not been adorned with universal adoration.  He divides the country,  causing …

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