From Batman to Birdman…

25 years ago today (I will always remember the date), I had one of my happiest filmgoing experiences from my childhood as I saw Tim Burton’s Batman on the day of its release. I remember spending that whole summer at camp with everyone wearing the Batman logo ubiquitously used to market the film and kids [Read More...]

Golden Girls + Justice League = _____________?

The answer: Below the fold is the original video so you can watch them simultaneously and see just how precisely this was done: [Read more...]

Justice, Order, and Chaos: The Dialectical Tensions In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

In this post I am going to explore the moral themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. This post gives away nothing about The Dark Knight Rises but assumes knowledge of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In a subsequent post I will explore how The Dark Knight Rises picks up, advances, augments, and culminates these folllowing themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. [Read more...]

Catholic Icons For Super Heroes?

I enjoy super heroes on a mythic level, so in principle I was open to this idea and thought it an interesting prospect. But Igor Scalisi Palminteri’s art presenting super heroes in Catholic hagiographic poses and dress highlights that it is not only the distinctively Christian imagery I like so much in normal Catholic iconography, it’s the [Read More...]

Illustrating Gestalt Shifts: "Wolverine or 2 Batmen"

Even better than the stuffed duck/rabbit, this is my new favorite illustration of gestalt shifts (which, I would guess are likely to play a big role in deconversions and, so, worth specifically trying to induce when debating believers). And, as someone else already noted, Wolverine or 2 Batmen is also the plot of The Prestige when you think about it… [Read More...]

Batman and Catwoman Depicted Having Sex, Is It Sexist?

Laura Hudson argues that the picture above is sexist, and especially so when taken in context of what has come before it: [Read more...]

van Gogh's Batman

By James Hance.  See more of, and support, his beautiful work here.  See Grover as Captain America by going to his Facebook page. Link via Laughing Squid. [Read more...]

Jimmy Stewart and Stephen Hawking Reenact Goodfellas

Brandon Hardesty reenacts classic scenes from dozens of films.  Below is a full list of links for your convenience (and here’s his YouTube link with all the reenactments and more): #1 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (reenacted by Christopher Walken and Jack Nicholson) #2 As Good As It Gets #3 Silence of the Lambs (reenacted [Read More...]

364. Siouxsie and the Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ contribution to the Batman Returns soundtrack, “Face to Face” has long been one of my favorite songs, though I’ve had a hard time warming to the first full CD of theirs I picked up, so I haven’t gotten much further into them.  Admittedly a large portion of the song’s appeal to [Read More...]


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