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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 15: Batman Victoriousbr_15.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:42:28 +0000

For a few minutes in Batman Victorious, which is mostly a chase sequence–the invisible (though only temporarily) Wizard is on the run from Batman and the cops. There are some questionable (but more ambitious than anything else in the serial) invisible man special effects and a more lively feel to things. Or maybe it just … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 15: Batman Victorious


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The Sin of Nora Moran (1933, Phil Goldstone)Sin_Nora_Moran.jpgAndrew Wickliffe0/4

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:42:30 +0000

It’s hard to have worse written characters than dialogue. Like, how can character motivation be worse than what the characters speak to show their motivation. The Sin of Nora Moran shows what it’s like to have worse characterizations than dialogue. It’s not pretty. What’s sort of frustrating is the occasional bursts of interest. They seem … Continue reading The Sin of Nora Moran (1933, Phil Goldstone)


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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 14: Batman vs. Wizard!br_14.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:00:32 +0000

Okay, I’m not wrong–wheelchair-bound, ornery scientist William Fawcett really does just walk around in front of everyone and no one reacts. He’s been zapping himself with electricity to regain use of his legs, making him a suspect for being masked, supercriminal the Wizard. Except only to the audience because no one knows he can walk. … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 14: Batman vs. Wizard!


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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 13: The Wizard’s Challenge!br_13.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:50:34 +0000

If the Wizard has any challenge in The Wizard’s Challenge!, it’s outsmarting Batman and Robin. It doesn’t take much as it turns out. Especially not with Robin (Johnny Duncan) playing with a toy truck when he’s supposed to be on guard duty. See, the Wizard has stolen all the scientific equipment he needs to unleash … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 13: The Wizard’s Challenge!


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The Moon Is Blue (1953, Otto Preminger)moon_is_blue.jpgAndrew Wickliffe3/4

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:45:23 +0000

William Holden never seems out of place in The Moon Is Blue, but occasionally the film seems out of place having William Holden in its lead role. He’s not mundane, he’s a star. The film isn’t about the mundane but it needs to acknowledge the possibility of it. Holden ain’t it. He’s top-billed but not … Continue reading The Moon Is Blue (1953, Otto Preminger)


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Loving Vincent (2017, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman)loving-v.jpgAndrew Wickliffe1/4

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:19:13 +0000

Loving Vincent is the story of the man in the yellow suit (not to be confused with the Man in the Yellow Hat, which is sort of unfortunate because monkey) and his quest to deliver Vincent Van Gogh’s last letter. The title comes from how Van Gogh signed letters to his brother–“your most loving brother.” … Continue reading Loving Vincent (2017, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman)


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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)2001-a-space.jpgAndrew Wickliffe4/4

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:24:23 +0000

2001: A Space Odyssey has five distinct parts–the “Dawn of Man” sequence, then the space station and moon visit, then the main action before the intermission, then the main action after the intermission, then the “Jupiter” sequence. The prehistoric sequence, where an advanced alien device puts the vegetarian, prey-to-carnivores missing links on track to become … Continue reading 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)


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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 12: Robin Rides the Windbr_12.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000

The chapter title, Robin Rides the Wind, got me hoping Robin would jump out of a plane or something. Without a chute. Sad spoiler: he doesn’t. The chapter does clear one of the Wizard suspects, which would probably be more effective if the character–played by Michael Whalen–appeared more often. He doesn’t appear often. He appears … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 12: Robin Rides the Wind


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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 11: Robin’s Rusebr_11.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000

So when Robin (Johnny Duncan) is alone in the Batcave, he doesn’t use the changing room. He puts on his tights in the public area. Off-screen, sure, but Robin’s Ruse confirms it. The titular Ruse isn’t particularly exciting. It’s fairly predictable, especially after the cliffhanger reveal at the beginning, with one adequate surprise. But for … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 11: Robin’s Ruse


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Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 10: Batman’s Last Chance!br_10.jpgAndrew Wickliffe

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:31:19 +0000

The chapter title, Batman’s Last Chance!, must refer to Batman’s last chance to run around in this particular drab office building. I don’t think it’s supposed to be the same one they used earlier, but it definitely appears to be the same set. The last third–maybe less but it feels like a third–of the chapter … Continue reading Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 10: Batman’s Last Chance!


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