Michaels Keaton’s Batman Returns (1992)

   Tonight we are enjoying an old favorite with a new spin. This time we are watching Batman Returns in a new light. Batman Begins as a classic Horror film. It isn’t a stretch. Apart from the child abandonment, the murder, the clowns… The CLOWNS, the sexual predatory politician, and so much more, it’s still a fun film. As an adult, yeah I was 22 when it came out, but as a 47 year old I can truly appreciate Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne. That man crushes anything he’s in.

   Cinematic atrocities aside, both of the Tim Burton Batman films are my ideal balance the comic book world of the Caped Crusader with the theatrical world.  Adam West’s campy Batman had charm, Keaton’s was the pendulum swinging toward noir, then things went want too commercially silly. Bale was decent, with Batman Begins being my favorite of that trilogy. Now with Affleck taking over, well, who knows?

    If you want to know more about Batman Returns, check out » Batman Returns turns 25: 25 things you may not know about the classic comic-book movie

Tonight: Ghostbusters 👻

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   In 1984, I was 14, and I can remember going to the drive-in to see this with my Dad. While I cannot recall specifics of the evening, I know that we had a great time. I was very familiar with Murray & Akroyd even though I had only watched SNL on a few occasions while they were members of the cast. As for Ramis & Moranis… I was all about those two, since I was an SC-TV fan by this point. I am a still a little bummed that John Candy couldn’t be a part of the production, but it all worked out in the end. With the group being rounded out with an anchor who represented the everyday guy being thrust into the madness of busting ghosts, Ernie Hudson was a perfect addition to the team. I still haven’t watched the newest Ghostbusters film, for no other reason than I just haven’t gotten around to it. I will, eventually ☺👍🏽

Rip Jagger’s Dojo: Godzilla’s Robot Buddy!

Source: Rip Jagger’s Dojo: Godzilla’s Robot Buddy!

   The 1993 flick Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II, was pure Kaiju madness. I usually stick to the older G-Stuff but Mechagodzilla is one of my favorites. The redesign of MG from the 70’s version is dynamic. Check out the main article about this match-up on Rip’s blog.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest: Raiders of the Lost Props

   Some great stories from a prop collector in this episode. I know a lot about Star Wars, canon, legends, games, making of, but there is a wealth of knowledge in this episode for some some facets of the original films that I know very little about. Props and filming locations, along with the stories behind them are a whole nother level of cool.

Star Wars: The OT Retrospectives

   These retrospectives, by Oliver Harper, are very informative and a “Must Watch” for any fan of the original trilogy. He delves into pre production, filming, merchandising, games, music, and much more. It’s an extremely entertaining watch, or even re-watch. Oliver is a talented editor, plus he is easy to listen to. If you haven’t heard of these before, you’re welcome. If you have, give them a another view… this is my 3rd or 4th time on each.

The Last Unicorn (1982)

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   Today we are enjoying a Rankin|Bass production, The Last Unicorn. This is a movie that I have seen on a few occasions, but apparently I’ve never really paid attention to it. The classic cell animation style is a joy to behold, much of the music is provided by America, and the voice talent is perfect. At times there are a few cringe worthy moments, yet on the whole it’s a wonderful film. You can view it for yourself on Netflix.