Thoughts – 7-10-14

I have the uncanny ability to pause movies in such a way that I always catch the characters with weird expressions. Here’s one example of Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns I snapped while watching it for my review over at Sourcerer. In fact, I reblogged it here last night. I hope to show all of you more of these as time goes on.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle in Batman Returns.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle in Batman Returns.

Review: Batman Returns

Here’s my review of Batman Returns over at Sourcerer. Give it a look and let me know what you think.

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Happy new book day, everyone! Continuing from last week, for this post I will recount some of my revised and expanded notes I took while watching 1992’s Batman Returns for the first time in nearly a decade. As most of you already know, the film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken. Here are my thoughts and observations, grouped  around a few specific themes.

The Aesthetic

The look and feel of Gotham are fairly different from the first movie. Whereas the previous movie seemed strangely timeless, this entry in the series is set around Christmas with a seemingly bottomless, thin, clean layer of snow everywhere. The opening shots of the movie really work in Tim Burton’s quasi-German Impressionistic signature style, which was largely absent from the previous movie.

This style is rarely deviated from for the remainder of the film. One would…

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