Thursday, September 23, 2010

There's at least a different version of Batman that pops up once a generation or so (sometimes things switch up even faster than that). Batman was the number 1 show that kids in 1966 rushed home after school to catch. For 120 episodes (over a very small period of time), and then one movie, Adam West and company's interpretation of Batman's world enthralled a generation.

Though it was not the original or the last live action version of Batman to make the leap to big screens, there were a number of serials in the 1940's and of course many incarnations to follow, most people for a very long time considered this Batman to be THE first and ONLY Batman. So much so that those not in the know to what Batman was like in the comic books before or after this era got kindah pissed off when Michael Keaton donned the cape and cowl for Tim Burton in the the more loyal to the source material film in 1989. Quite a few now grown up fans were pissed off quite and felt insulted that their childhood hero was being ruined.

Now, when I was a kid I hated this version of Batman. Loathed everything about the show. Because my Batman is Dark Night Returns, my Batman is Michael Keaton, my Batman is the genius animated series from Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.  My Batman wasn't bright colours, goofy dialogue, and shark repellent. And my Batman definitely didn't make use of on screen sound fx for fight scenes.

Then I saw the movie on VHS. And it was one of those laugh so hard you almost die moments (if you're not in the know...just wait for the shark scene). Although not my Batman, this Batman could still be greatly appreciated. The characters, the design, the style, the script...all weren't that far off in terms of a tribute to what was going on in comic books at the time. And the car! Man that's a cool car!

Batman swings into Lost Marbles Geek Night this Sunday September 26th at 8PM. A rare chance to see the geek classic up on the big screen.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The cool factor level that the Mayfair continues to attain helped in getting it mentioned over in the UK on a film program on BBC Radio (check out about 5:45 into the show). Specifically, the topic of conversation involved the above and beyond skills of our projectionist. I can only hope that being talked about on a Ricky Gervais podcast cannot be far behind.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

So, in the September Mayfair schedule amongst a few other places, there was the news that Killer63 has been pushed up a lil' bit due to the packed nature of the October schedule. Meaning, the deadline has been pushed up a lil' bit for submissions to Octiber 6th. Forgot to mention it here though I guess. Now if there's one thing I know about trying to put together one of these mini-festivals, it's that not very many people hit deadlines (writer of this blog included). But let's do our best here people!

Thanks to everyone who's contacted me about getting a film in, any more questions or comments over the next month or so, lemme know.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Of course The Crow is memorable as the haunting final performance of Brandon Lee. Who like his movie-star father before him, died in his prime with so much possibility laid out before him. Lined up as his big break-through role after a few B-grade action movies, many thought that Brandon was the next big thing. And if not for some very bad luck and a freak accident, he would likely have been.

The whole sad tale has an extra brooding and creepy tinge to it, thanks to the fact that the film is about a central character that comes back from the dead. And in a way, Brandon Lee came back from the dead amidst publicity and praise to perform his final role up on the silver screen.

On a lighter note, I will always remember The Crow as the first R rated movie I attended as an 18 year old. For which I so smartly forgot my ID, but luckily got into anyhow.

The Crow hits Lost Marbles Geek Night at the Mayfair - Sunday September 5th at 9pm