16 items from 2014
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. In the 90's, Batman's big screen outings seemed to be all style no substance (in Joel Schumacher's case, too much style). Sure they were entertaining as hell, but they weren't that faithful to the comics, instead possessing an increasingly goofy tone cribbed from Adam West's 60's portrayal. It seems that it wasn't till Christopher Nolan took over that we got the grounded tone more in keeping with the Dark Knight comic book exploits. But we would be wrong in thinking that, because Christmas Day 1993 brought the release of the animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Spinning off from Batman: The Animated Series, itself a spin off of Batman Returns, Mask of the Phantasm was the first really faithful adaption of Batman to hit the big screen. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
DC comic book fans have plenty to be excited about, as Warner Bros. recently unveiled plans for their very own cinematic universe, which could even rival the phenomenal success of Marvel if handled right. Everyone knows that the internet is full of trolls though, so many are already deriding the future of the company’s silver screen ventures on the basis of just one release to date. Whether you love or hate Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is ultimately irrelevant though. Even Madame Xanadu would struggle to predict the quality of the upcoming releases before they’ve been made, so fans will just have to wait patiently and pass judgement when the time comes.
In the meantime, while audiences have been griping about how long it took DC to throw their hat into the ring, fans in the know have been enjoying the incredible animation released as part of »
- David Opie
From Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger to... Jared Leto? According to The Wrap, Warner Bros is in negotiations to have Leto join the cast of their forthcoming "Suicide Squad" movie, to be written and directed by "Fury" filmmaker David Ayer, as the iconic Batman villain The Joker. Why so serious Jordan Catalano?
The film concerns a group of super-villains who the government grants amnesty by sending them on a top-secret mission that will likely get them all killed. The studio is also after Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy (reprising his Bane role? Or a new role? How many comic book bad guys can he essay?), according to the same Wrap report. It's thought that Jesse Eisenberg will be reprising his role as Lex Luthor (from the forthcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice") in some capacity in the film.
- Drew Taylor
“What are you?’ That question has been on many a criminal’s mind for numerous decades. Out of absolute fear, these evildoers stare into the face of darkness personified, a creature of the night that is a true symbol of justice. I’m talking of course about Batman, the Dark Knight, a crimefighter who strikes fear into the hearts of those deserve it. He is a highly complex character and throughout his 75-year history, many talented (and some not so talented) actors have brought him to life on the silver screen.
Lewis Wilson Batman (1943) The first film appearance of the Caped Crusader occurred at the height of World War II in 1943, four years after the character’s creation. Lewis Wilson portrayed Batman in a 15-chapter film serial released by Columbia Pictures, in which he and trusty sidekick Robin go head to head with Dr. Daka, a demented Japanese scientist who »
- Randall Unger
The ’90s was an interesting decade to say the least. Growing up, nothing was better to me, than sitting down to watch either a horror film or one of my favorite HBO programs, whether it be Tales From The Crypt or The Kids In The Hall, most of my nights were spent eating McDonald’s and being stuck to the TV. Once in a great while, HBO would premiere films exclusively on their channel, and sometimes those films would be just what I was looking for. Whether it be 1991′s Lovecraftian, Phillip Marlow meets Black Magic type of film Cast A Deadly Spell, or the subject of this A Look Back At article, the 1993 Werewolf Cop film Full Eclipse, HBO really did a hell of a job offering some fun programming.
- Jerry Smith
Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.
As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »
- EW staff
The first half of the 5th season of "Best Shot" began with the most robust participation ever. I hope we can kick it back up to that notch for these final 5-7 episodes. Here's what's on tap so adjust your queues and join the fun...
Tues July 15th Batman 75th Anniversary Special (1989-2012)
WB/DC have been celebrating the 75th birthday of the winged nut (not to be confused with wingnut) all year with various events. For this special event, choose any one (or more) of the 9 theatrically released Batman features and select your "Best Shot". I'll link up to your selections. It'll be interesting to see which of the features and which characters are best represented, don't you think? I'm guessing everyone chooses Batman and Robin as their favorite.
Batman (1966) | Batman (1989) | Batman Returns (1992) | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Batman Forever (1995) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Batman Begins (2005) | The Dark Knight (2008) | The Dark Knight Rises »
- NATHANIEL R
Bob Hastings, who voiced Commissioner Gordon on Batman: The Animated Series, as well as Clark Kent and Superboy in The Superman/Batman Hour and Superboy in the 1960's, has passed away. According to The Burbank Leader, Hastings died of pancreatic cancer, which he had been battling for the last 15 years. People like Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill get a lot of credit for voicing Batman and the Joker, respectively, but Hastings put his own iconic stamp on the character of Commissioner Gordon, which undoubtedly influenced the live action versions we've seen in various Batman films. Hastings lent his voice to a variety of voicework for decades. His credits include Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman, Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu videogame, Static Shock, Gotham Girls, Jak and Daxter, The New Batman Adventures, Superman, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Challenge of the SuperFriends, The Munsters, »
Rumors are circulating that yey another addition to the WB's ambitious new DC Comics adaptation lineup is The Batman, with Ben Affleck taking the titular role. While a 2019 release date seems legit, it also means we'll be seeing the Dark Knight in both Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League before it. Older and seasoned as Batman v Superman's Caped Crusader is going to be, by the time we get to The Batman he'll be even older, and more seasoned. Which, along with the eight theatrical Batman films thus far (nine if you count Batman: Mask of The Phantasm!), means that it's time for filmmakers to plunge deep into the collection of Batman stories to find new narratives we haven't seen on the big screen yet. Characters like Hush, Azrael and Jason Todd have yet to get live-action adaptations, and stories that utilize an older, wiser Batman have »
Movies have introduced audiences to some of the coolest cars ever made. My love for cars comes from films and I’ve been able to go to a lot of car shows to see a lot of these iconic automobiles in person. I've come up with a top 10 list of what I think are the most badass movie vehicles that I would love to own.
Look over the the list and then let me know what your favorite movie cars are!
1985 DeLorean - Back the Future
"Yes, the way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" - Doc Brown
When I first saw this movie as a kid, the DeLorean time machine was my dream car. The older I got the more ridiculous that idea became. I still wouldn't mind owning one though! In the original draft of the script, »
- Joey Paur
To mark Batman's 75th anniversary, we've revisited each of the nine theatrically-released movies to come up with our definitive ranking from worst to best.
We've taken into account not only the films themselves, but also how they fit into the wider context of the character's cinematic legacy. Read our verdict on each below, and we hope the choice for number one gets you talking...
The men behind Batman's mask: Keaton, Bale, Affleck, more
9. Batman & Robin (1997)
Occasionally a film's astronomical budget and hype can overwhelm it on initial release, prompting the critics to sharpen knives and audiences to switch off. Sometimes it takes time for a film to breathe and marinate, it can fare better when revisited after the dust settles. Unfortunately this isn't the case for Batman & Robin - 17 years down the line it's still a steaming pile on repeat viewing. »
The Egyptian Theatre in L.A. celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman with a film festival dedicated to the Caped Crusader. Films to be shown are the 1966 big screen version of Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Tim Burton's 1989 revisionist version of Batman, Batman Returns and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Screenings are May 9-10. Click here for info »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
I'm not one of those people who go crazy over every poster released by Mondo, but these two new ones for Fight Club and Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm are just plain awesome. We'll start with the Fight Club poster, which was created by Delicious Design League. The poster looks like it was inspired by the scene from the movie where Jack, Tyler, and the Space Monkeys threaten the police commissioner who wants to shut down the underground fights. It's a very cool looking »
- Jesse Giroux
Two new Mondo posters are dipping into some 20th century icons for inspiration. First up is a nostalgic version of the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Originally released in 1993, the film finds Batman wrongly accused of a series of mob murders. This new poster shows him facing off against the vigilante assassin behind it all. The second Mondo poster takes inspiration from David Fincher's 1999 film, Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is ... well, you know, so you'll just have to hit the jump to take a look at the upcoming Mondo posters. Be sure to follow Mondo on Twitter for the sale announcement. Here are the new Mondo posters available on Tuesday, January 28th: Poster by Phantom City Creative. 16"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45 Poster by Delicious Design League. 18"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by Delicious Design League. »
- Dave Trumbore
16 items from 2014
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