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#1085741
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Ranking the Batman films
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My take on the whole thing, a Batman casting is only as good as the script. Like one69chev stated, Keaton got a lot of negative feedback. Imagine if social media had existed back then. People were so mad that Mr. Mom was playing Batman…even the studio wasn’t too keen on the idea, but Burton believed in him, and I’m so glad it happened. The only time since that anything like that has happened is when Chris Pratt, a goofy overweight guy, becomes the new blockbuster man. I miss action stars that could be goofy. Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson were downright hilarious at times.

I would’ve liked to have seen Billy Dee William’s take on Two-Face. I don’t know if his transformation would’ve topped the 2 part episode from the Animated Series. Maybe with Tim Burton’s direction, it could’ve worked.

I’ve often wondered about whether Tim Burton’s Superman film would’ve been good, because all the concept art and casting choices look iffy to my eyes. Nicholas Cage would’ve been fun to watch, but I don’t know if I could ever see him as Superman.

With Tim Burton you never know what you’re going to get. I think he was going in an interesting direction with Batman, and then Schumacher came in and derailed that train. Schumacher is another one that you never know what you’re going to get, but Burton’s poorer offerings are still well crafted and watchable. I still don’t like most of his choices in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I don’t completely hate the movie. The Oompa Loompas fall into Jar Jar territory for me. Lacking the charm the 70s versions had, but I digress…

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#1085630
Topic
Ranking the Batman films
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No, according to the liberal media, white people don’t work. They all hire minorities to do it for them.

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#1085404
Topic
Ranking the Batman films
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Having Schumacher anywhere near Batman was a mistake. I don’t even think Schumacher should be allowed to direct traffic, let alone a great franchise that was well established by Burton. I liked some elements of Forever. I think there were some good ideas behind it, and I actually liked some of the casting choices.

Like stated above, Tommy Lee Jones could’ve made a good Two-Face…if he’d played it straight. Jim Carrey could’ve been a phenomenal Riddler, if he’d played it straight. That was still during a time when people weren’t sure what to do with Jim Carrey. People weren’t giving him scripts that catered to his abilities. I’d argue the same with Kilmer. Kilmer has proven to be a great actor, but he must be allergic to good scripts.

I don’t think '89 was a perfect film, but it was a darn good Batman film. However, even though I like Prince, I don’t like his music in Batman…that’s entering Schumacher territory. It also ages the film incredibly. That’s why I’m such a fan of Batman Returns. It’s all the positive elements of the first film, but more in Burton’s style. I wish the first had been more gothic and stark like Returns was.

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#1085266
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Last movie seen
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

All this Batman talk made me want to take a look back at a gem from the past.

It was perfect in that it took the things that worked in the show and improved upon them.
It could’ve just been a 2 part episode in the show, but it stood well enough on it’s own. The improved animation added to that. I recommend it to anyone who never gave the animated series a shot.

It actually serves as a great starting point. Most of the events of the film seem to take place during the earlier parts of the first season. Someone actually made a timeline of what order to watch it in, but to be honest, you’re fine just watching this on it’s own. It’s a good greatest hits for what the show has to offer. Watching the show in the order each episode was released is wisest, as it allows you to understand the motivations of the heroes as well as the villains.

I look forward to the upcoming Blu Ray release of this.

5/5

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#1085056
Topic
The DC Extended Universe
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I’m kind of hoping there’ll either be a huge shift in quality, or it will crash and burn, so somebody who knows what they are doing can start it from scratch. Have somebody start it up on a high note like Favreau did with Iron Man. Wonder Woman is great, but it’s a ripe piece of fruit in a satchel of rotten fruit. The connection to the disgusting Suicide Squad is doing no favors. I hate Leto’s Joker so much. I’ve hated it since they released the teaser image of him as the Joker. I hate Eisenberg’s Luthor…2 key villains ruined. Your hero is only interesting if their villain is. To me, that’s a screw up that will take a lot to make up for.

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#1084834
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The DC Extended Universe
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Sadly the animated series hasn%27t been put out on Blu Ray. Hopefully someday. I am quite happy that we at least have the DVDs…In my opinion it is the definitive incarnation of Batman and all the heroes and villains of Gotham city.

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#1084563
Topic
Last song you listened to.
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Tangled Up In Blue Live from The Rolling Thunder Revue - Bob Dylan

While I have a love and hate relationship with the singing voice of Bob Dylan over the years… I think this concert best represents Bob Dylan at his absolute vocal and songwriting peak. This was a little bit before it started going downhill for me. People were often put off by his Christian themed albums that came in the latter part of the 70s and early 80s…but it is his voice that I do not care for. The voice really changed its tonal qualities around the time Street Legal came out… becoming more nasally and grizzled. Compare the recording of Hurricane to Changing of the Guards… and it is a drastic difference. I am not saying he was a great singer at one time…I just liked his voice from the mid 60s to mid 70s. It suited his singing style.

forgive the … I cannot use commas or apostrophes. I love commas and apostrophes…

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#1084422
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Well%2C if I was going by a definitive version of the saga%2C I wouldn%27t have Leia be Luke%27s sister at all. It felt like a cheap moment for George to be like %22Oh%2C you liked the twist of Darth Vader being Luke%27s dad%3F…ummmmmm Oh yeah%2C Leia%27s his sister%21%21%22 %0D%0A%0D%0AI just think Vader would%27ve seen something in Leia. Luke was a given%2C because he had his name. I don%27t think Leia was intended to be his sister.

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#1084254
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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Speaking of Adam West%2C I was rewatching the animated series and there was an episode in Season 1 where Adam West played a character called the Gray Ghost%2C who was a character that Bruce Wayne watched as a kid on tv. It was a neat little nod to the past%2C and a real treat to have 2 iconic Batman actors in one show.

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#1084204
Topic
The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Rewatching the duel from ROTS I’ve got an idea of how I would have it play out. Keep in mind I suck at editing, so this is only an idea.

-Duel is much shorter and dialogue is at an absolute minimum
-Anakin has a red saber
-Anakin hardly has any lines, it works better if he says less. He’s got an expressive enough face.
-Music would be replaced…hang me. I love the music from the duel, but I’d like to see the duel with less fanfare. Perhaps even no music. Could be similar to the Empire duel, in that there would be certain cues scattered throughout the sounds of droning machines and wind.
-Obi Wan cuts Anakin legs off, he falls out of frame into the pit scene above.
-Obi Wan says his “You were my brother, I loved you” line and leaves defeated
-We don’t see Anakin after he falls. As far as we are concerned Anakin is dead.
-No Palpatine retrieval scene. No Vader suit scene. No Death Star reveal.
-No Padme death scene. I’d even leave the fate of Luke and Leia ambiguous. We’ll find out their fates in the good films.
-Perhaps end with the birth. Play a music cue (Princess Leia Theme from Star Wars, Brother and Sister from ROTJ" from the OT to end on a positive note. Cut Yoda going to Dagobah. Cut Obi Wan delivering Luke. Less seen, less ruined.
-That way Leia can still kind of remember her mother.

I might come up with other ideas if I watch it again. I just got a quick refresher on Youtube.

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#1084023
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Rogue One had a lot of great imagery that could be pulled from for a prequel edit. I made a mockup of what I think would be a more fitting duel location for ROTS, which would still be able to have the lava injury.

Done rather quickly, but you get the point. I also changed Vader’s saber to red, because he’s a proper sith at that point.
Duel

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#1083992
Topic
Ranking the Batman films
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TV’s Frink said:

EyeShotFirst said:

  1. Batman and Robin

  2. Batman Begins

This is silly, and I don’t even like Begins.

Well, my reasoning is due to the fact that Batman Begins is a lot of boring origin building that has been shown countless times throughout history. For 80% of the film, he isn’t even Batman. At least Batman and Robin was a Batman movie…as shitty as it was. Plus Arnold singing along to A Year Without A Santa Claus deserved an oscar nom.

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#1083907
Topic
Ranking the Batman films
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  1. Batman (1989) While it’s certainly a product of its age, it’s still a very enjoyable film. Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton might not be my absolute favorite actors in these roles, their chemistry is the best I’ve seen in a Batman film to date.

  2. The Dark Knight - Ledger is the reason I rank the film as highly as I do. I’ve never liked Bale as Batman, and this film gave me more reason not to like him. Everything about the way he talked ruined it for me. Ledger carried the film. Calling it The Dark Knight was a mistake, because it was Joker’s film.

  3. Batman Returns - Michelle Pfeiffer in latex…That’s all I gotta say. But I will add that I thought Burton improved the overall look this time around. It felt cleaner and less of a product of its time. It had a timeless look to it.

  4. Batman Forever - This film is a turd. There were some things I liked about it, like the score and I thought many of the cast were good choices. I’ve always maintained that Val Kilmer could’ve been one of the best Batmans we ever had, but it’s a lot like Pierce Brosnan in Bond, he just didn’t get a good movie to really prove himself in. Jim Carrey even showed some promise, though I wish we could’ve gotten the real actor I know Jim Carrey is. He’s shown a lot of depth over the years, and to be honest, I think he’s more suited for a Joker.

  5. Batman and Robin - Meh. Funny though, I thought Arnold was entertaining, even though he was nothing like Mr. Freeze.

  6. Batman Begins - This isn’t a Batman movie. It’s a boring Bruce Wayne movie.

Why I didn’t list them

  1. The Dark Knight Rises - Honestly, I saw it, but I didn’t really care enough to give it my full attention. Again, Bale’s Batman is not my cup of tea.

  2. Batman 1966 - Never watched it, so I can’t really be fair. I’ve seen the show at various points, and it seemed a lot of fun, I’m just a child of the darker Batman era.

  3. Animated Universe Batman - Because it’s not fair at all. You get Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in a Batman project, it’s definitive.

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#1080912
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Last Album Listened To
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Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)
Dire Straits

Everything about this album is perfect to me. Some of the finest guitar playing you could ever hope for. Mark Knopfler’s got a tone to his sound, that is so pure, clean, and timeless. He doesn’t sound like any of his contemporaries. Kids, Mark did more than just Money For Nothing or Sultans of Swing. This album, which includes Sultans, also features great anthems that are just as good. As a guitarist, and amateur songwriter, it’s an inspiration to me. Pop it in sometime, go for a drive. Have a drink or just relax. It’s an album I never leave home without. I’ve got it on vinyl, cd, my phone, and a flash drive that I use when I drive.

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#1080886
Topic
STAR WARS: EP V "REVISITED EDITION"**ADYWAN** - **Suggestions now closed**
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Yeah, the special edition Wampa was one of the few changes I actually really liked. I just wish they would’ve replaced the really bad hand puppet, that looks more like it’s running to hug Luke, instead of eat him. It reminded me of the original Alien, when it’s the full body shot of the alien, and it opens it’s arms to hug:
Hugs
I swear, George replaced good effects, and left the stuff that was even bad when it was new. I’ll never understand that.

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#1080680
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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I really wish it would’ve been done that way. Anakin should be critical of the Jedi. It would’ve been great if Anakin would’ve tried to bring Obi Wan over to the dark side, and when he saw his friend and master wouldn’t leave them, the duel begins. It shouldn’t have been a “I murder children now”. I never got that vibe from Vader in the original trilogy. He felt dignified, even if he was a “bad guy”. Instead, AOTC and ROTS both paint their relationship as rocky. I never once felt like I was watching friends. Hell, Luke and Han don’t share that much screen time together, in all 3 films together…but we know they are friends. We get that vibe from them. Obi Wan and Anakin, not so much.

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#1080648
Topic
Tyler0013's Boxset
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If it’s similar to adobe photoshop, you might have a blending options or layer options, where you can chose an option for a drop shadow.

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