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Batman Returns movie review

Here’s where the wheels start to come off.

If you’ll check my Batman post, you’ll see that while I love the movie, I’m quick to admit that it’s not without fault and I’m not the world’s biggest Tim Burton fan.  Batman Returns is chock full of Burtony goodness, and it’s to the film’s detriment - but, if ever there was a movie that was saved by performances, it’s this one. Read the rest of this entry

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Batman (1989) movie review

It might be a comic book movie classic now, but when this movie was on its way to theaters, nobody knew what to expect.  People complained that Mr. Mom wouldn’t make a good Batman, nobody knew who the hell Tim Burton was, and I still get confused every time I watch it when I see that Jack Nicholson has top billing in the flick.  Batman might be short of story, but it’s got great atmosphere, fantastic performances and is responsible for the flood of comic books movies we’ve had since, for better or worse.   Read the rest of this entry

Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Cast as Alfred in upcoming Batman-Superman Movie

I’m sure everyone has heard by now that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor and  Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in upcoming Batman-Superman movie (that is rumored to be delayed because either Ben Affleck hurt his leg or they need more time to finish special effects).  I’m sure by now everyone is over their Batfleck trauma (note:  I was never effected by this as I’m an Affleck fan, if not always a fan of the movies he appears in) and Jeremy Irons sounds like a fine choice to play Alfred, but for some reason, I am anticipating the most controversy over Eisenberg’s casting.  I think he’ll do a fine job and probably provide levity as well as menace.  Still, I didn’t see this coming – although I probably should have…

Dancing Batman! and other things

If you’re a regular visitor of CreativeJamie.com, then you’re probably tired of us constantly putting I’m Married to Batman! in your face.  Well, we’re sorry about that.  We have other ideas, we swear!  But first, we did promise you Dancing Batman, so let’s get that out-of-the-way after the jump.  Read the rest of this entry

I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special Pt 2 – So that’s what that feels like

As promised, here’s the second part of the I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special!  You don’t need to watch them in order, but you can check out part one here.

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I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special Pt 1 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

As promised, here’s the first new I’m Married to Batman episode in over a year!  See Batman DANCE!  And, as an added bonus, part 2 of our Christmas Special is coming up in December.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m Married to Batman Two Part Christmas Special Coming Soon!

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UPDATE:  part 1 is now available!

The I’m Married to Batman 2 Part Christmas Special is Coming Soon!  Yes, for the first time since August of 2012, CreativeJamie.com is proud to announce two new episodes in the series that nobody watchesRead the rest of this entry

I’D Rather Be In Batman License Plate Holder

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Because the phrase “I’d rather be in Batman” could be taken in so many different ways, I’ve come up with 3 possible ways to interpret what I assume is a poorly phrased tagline for a license plate holder.

1.  “I’d rather be in Batman” is a reference for actors to make meaning that they’d rather appear in the 1989 Tim Burton film rather than the project there currently working on.

2.  “I’d rather be in Batman” is a mistake; its supposed to say “I’d rather be in Gotham.”  (As in, “I’d rather be at the beach.”)

3. “I’d rather be in Batman” just means that some dudes think that Batman is hot and they would literally rather be in Batman than any other guy.  Hey, he’s rich, powerful and looks good in tights… yeah we get it.

Dogs vs (toy) Batman [video]

Sometimes the dogs get a toy and beat the crap out of it together – the toy never stood a chance.  In this case, it was tough to watch Batman get torn apart, but that’s life, I guess.

TECHNICAL NOTES:This was filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited in Adobe Premiere – the images were created in Adobe Photoshop.

Oh Hot Wheels, you so crazy…

Hi, I’m Jamie, and if you didn’t already know, I’m a crotchety old man.   Hence the following complaint (Do your best to imagine a garbled old man voice while reading the text below):

In my day (the eighties) we had die-cast metal Hot Wheels and we liked it that way.   If your friend pissed you off, you’d just bean him in the head with a corvette or a station wagon and he’d know you meant business.  Now these. ..  These pathetic substitutes for Hot Wheels are not only poorly constructed,  but look at this ridiculous marketing tie in!  What kids want to play with the VW from Footloose or the convertible that was featured in Beverly Hills Cop?  Why are they selling toys now that should have marketed to me twenty-five years ago!?!

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 quick movie review

Batman_The_Dark_Knight_Returns_Part_2_movie_posterGuess who’s back?  Back again?  It’s Batman in The Dark Knight Returns Part 2!  And this one…  whew, this one is crazy.

I think I liked Part 1 better than Part 2 – maybe because for what Part 2 lacks in story in comparison to Part 1, it it makes up for in sheer lunacy.  Seriously, this movie is nuts.  It features:  Superman fighting the USSR’s military and just… killing people, the joker on an insane murderous rampage, nuclear explosions and Batman fighting the cops – and that’s none of that is even in the climax of the movie.  It’s nuts.

Like I mentioned yesterday, Peter Weller is the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in these flicks rather than Kevin Conroy, and I know I already mentioned the speech he makes near the end of this flick, but wow, is it awful – it bares repeating.  Kevin Conroy is great as the voice of Batman, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  (Check out the trailer below:  “Tonight, we are the law.  I am the law!”  Yuck.)  Oh, and while I’m’ taking shots at people, Michael Emerson as The Joker just wasn’t working.  Again, just call Mark Hamill – and again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

This movie is nuts, but if you watched Part 1, you’ll need to watch Part 2 to see how the story ends…  and it’s not the most satisfying of endings, but it’s worth checking out for any Batman fan.  I give Batman:  The Dark Knight ReturnsPart 1 a 7 out of 8.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 quick movie review

Batman_The_Dark_Knight_Returns_Part_1_movie_posterWhew, that’s a mouthful of a title, huh?  But there’s plenty of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns to justify the two movie story – and it’s existence – but not much more than that.

Of the two parts, I’d say that part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns is the better, more entertaining half of the story.  It’s fun to get acquainted with this new Gotham City and a new Bruce Wayne – they’re both older and they’ve both changed.  I’d of never thought I’d see Bruce Wayne driving a race care and thinking something tot he tune of, “This would be a good death…  [to die in a race car accident]  But not good enough.”  It calls into question whether or not being Batman was about thrill seeking, revenge, or justice, or if somewhere along the road, the line got blurred, but it doesn’t matter anymore, because Bruce hasn’t been Batman for 10 years, and he’s kinda old.

This movie features Peter Weller as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman rather than Kevin Conroy, who is almost always the voice of Batman in any animated presentation since the late 80s, and Weller is OK, but he just doesn’t hit the mark – it’s not so noticeable in Part 1, but he makes a speech in Part 2 that I didn’t believe for a second.

It’s an interesting story with interesting characters, but unless you’re really into Batman, you might want to skip this one – especially if you saw The Dark Knight Rises and you didn’t think it was anything great.  On the other hand, if you couldn’t get enough of DKR, then this is the movie series for you.  I give Batman:  The Dark Knight ReturnsPart 1 a 7.5 out of 8.

The Bane Action Figure is doing what now?

Think about what Dark Knight Rises action figures might look like.  Picture them in your mind.  What would Batman look like?  What would Bane look like.  Then imagine they sold them both together in a set.  And they look like this:

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Take a close look at these fellas and how they’re posing.  Think carefully about what they’re both doing. Read the rest of this entry

My Chiropractor can apparently turn me into Batman

I think I found the right chiropractor for me…

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Yep, pretty sure.

Any chiropractor that lets his child do the white board sign in his office and mention Batman is OK in my book.

Batman: Year One (quick movie review)

I remember reading the graphic novel of the same name and being bored, but this flick blew me away. Maybe they added more detail… I don’t know, but Batman: Year One blew me out of my seat. In many ways, the story about Jim Gordon’s rise to commissioner is more interesting than what’s happening with Bruce Wayne, and that might be what makes the film so compelling. It’s very different than Batman Begins despite covering some of the same ground (and you’ll notice some elements that Nolan borrowed, such as the bat homing device), but it’s still a must watch for anyone who enjoyed Christopher Nolans’ Batman flicks. I give it an 8 out of 10.

Batman: Year One is available on Netflix Instant.

Dark Knight Rises Batman figure includes more than one HEAD!

I think yesterday’s post made it clear that I don’t know jack about action figures or collectibles, but this is a whole new level of weird.
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9 Nerdy Christmas Gifts I Received

I hope everybody had a great Christmas – I sure did, as you will see.  Whoever said it is better to give than to receive didn’t get these nerdy Christmas gifts that prove once and for all that some people just get me.  Here’s what I got in no particular order:

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Batman Mask On Honey Nut Cheerios

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What to be a super hero, kids?  It’s this easy:  just cut a paper mask off the back of a cereal box.   (That’s Honey Nut Cheerios, to be exact.)  All that sugar and brown sugar syrup will give you the energy you need to fight crime.  As a kid, these masks always got stuck in my hair or irritated my face, so kids of all ages should proceed with caution – or buy regular Cheerios, they’ve better for you.

Kids Clothes with Capes?

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Why is the bat symbol all sparkly?

At first, I was thinking, “Yeah, that’s cool – if I had little kids, I would totally have them rock these,” and then I saw the back and lost my shit.

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The shirts come with Velcro attached capes.  They come with fucking capes!  Friggin’ awesome!

I was clearly born in the wrong century.

Wait a sec, why is Darth Vader an option?   What parent would want their kid to idolize Darth Vader?  See, he’s the fucking bad guy!  Nobody dresses their kids up like Lex Luthor or The Joker… do they?  Jeez, I hope not.  Let’s not create a generation of fucked up kids by telling them they should all try to be like Shredder or something.

Night of Too Many Stars Gives Promise Conan Will Dress Funny, But Not Donate Money

conan-obrien-night-of-too-many-starsConan O’Brien is part of the “Night of Too Many Stars” charity that raises money for autism.  Just to be clear – this is a good thing.  The Team Coco folks have a goal of raising $100,000 for autism, and if they hit that goal, Conan will perform an entire show rocking a spray tan and cornrows.  This premise, however, seems fundamentally flawed. Read the rest of this entry

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