Dancing with the Bat in the Pale Moonlight: Burton’s Batman 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, DC Comics’ Dark Knight was brought to theaters in Batman, a darkly stylistic representation of one of comics’ greatest heroes. But the road to Gotham was not without its difficulties. In 1966, the live-action Batman TV series starring Adam West – affectionately referred to as the “Bright Knight” due to its light,… Continue reading Dancing with the Bat in the Pale Moonlight: Burton’s Batman 30 Years Later

Awesome Cheese: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

I’ve always loved genre mashups. While my favorites are more akin to something like Blade Runner, it’s exciting when a creator is playing with two disparate genres to create something off the wall. The modern master of the mashup, at least in novel form, is without a doubt, Seth Grahame Smith. I’ve been following him… Continue reading Awesome Cheese: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

REVIEW: Dumbo (2019)

This weekend saw Disney’s most recent live-action remake of one of their animated classics, this time 1941’s Dumbo. Personally, I have mixed feelings on Disney’s trend of remaking their movies because the results have been mixed in terms of quality and creativity. 2015’s Cinderella is my favorite so far because it actually offered something new… Continue reading REVIEW: Dumbo (2019)

You Should Be Watching – Alice: Through the Looking Glass

“Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.” The first in a new line of live-action remakes from Disney, Alice Wonderland opened in 2010 to tremendous financial success and mixed critical reviews. I remember seeing the characters on pencil cases, bookbags, clothing and more when the movie was at the height of its popularity. Tim Burton… Continue reading You Should Be Watching – Alice: Through the Looking Glass

Whatever Gotham Needs Him to Be

Batman, like most comic characters, has gone through many different phases and versions over his seventy-seven-year history, from dark avenger to silly goofball to a sort of swashbuckling adventurer, with many different shades mixed in. His cinematic exploits have followed suit, portraying him alternately as a creature of the night and a campy punster. While… Continue reading Whatever Gotham Needs Him to Be