Category Archives: Batman
Batman comics books, Batman movies, The Dark Knight, I’m Married to Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
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!?!
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:
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
I think I found the right chiropractor for me…
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.
I’ve always thought that kissing under the mistletoe was a mysterious (but worthwhile) tradition, and I’ve done some research to try to better understand this plant and why it demands we make out. As it turns out, mistletoe didn’t always insist we hang it and hook up underneath it.
So where did this mistletoe thing come from? Those who have glanced through the Bible may be familiar with Matthew 16:19 (which includes some of Jesus’ parting words before going to heaven after the Resurrection) which goes a lil somethin’ like dis: “I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” The next sentence wasn’t, “Oh, and thou should hang mistletoe above thy door and get sloppy under it.” Didn’t happen. So why do Christians do it? I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the answer, but here is a bit of mistletoe’s journey through history.
1. Mistletoe was once regarded as a symbol of fertility
Way back when, mistletoe was seen as a symbol of fertility and whatnot, so one can easily understand why people started tacking it up on door jams and getting hickies under it.
2. Mistletoe is poisonous
Huh. Referencing Batman Returns a lot lately…
Mistletoe is not the sort of thing I’d keep around the house, but then, I could always use a kiss from the Dr. Girlfriend. It’s not like you can eat mistletoe, so the only reason to keep it around is to get your freak on. I’m pretty sure it will make you sick and if you eat too much, it could even kill you. Ironically, the ancient Celts considered mistletoe to be an antidote to poison. I guess when it didn’t work, they’d just shook their head and remarked, “If only we’d given him the mistletoe tea sooner!” They should have contacted Batman – Batman knows mistletoe is poisonous!
3. Mistletoe pops up all over the place in Greek Mythology
Here’s just one instance: In the Greek epic The Golden Bough, the hero must journey to the underworld to see his father, but first, he must get the golden bough (which folks believe is actually mistletoe) to give as a gift to the queen of the underworld, because she presumably wants to make out with her husband, Pluto.
4. Mistletoe pops up in Norse Mythology, too
If you’ve seen the movies Thorand The Avengers, then you’re familiar with Loki, the Norse God of mischief. Not to be outdone by the Greeks, Loki somehow arranges the death of another god via mistletoe, but whether he’s killed by a mistletoe arrow or a mistletoe sword is unclear to me. So did they just scratch the dude and let the poison do the work, or did they straight up kill him and use poisonous wood just to make sure they got the job done? Loki knows…
5. Mistletoe is only a tradition with English-speaking Christians
The earliest documented case of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to the 16th century in England. The tradition has spread throughout the English-speaking world, but non-English speaking cultures rarely practice the kissing under the mistletoe tradition. I guess non-English speaking Christians don’t like having poisonous plants around the house.
6. There are at least two types of Mistletoe
Depending on where you live, you’ll be able to buy one species of mistletoe or another – but there are at least two: Viscum album is found in Europe and Phoradendron serotinum is found in North America. So at least two ways to die via Christmas on two continents – AWESOME!
Click here to see the “I’m Married to Batman!” episode list.
Here’s the fifth and final episode of “I’m Married to Batman!” Here, we’re ribbing on what I assume will be an iconic line from The Dark Knight Rises. It’s worth mentioning that while that is a Bumble Bee toy from the Transformers line and is, in fact, a design based on the movie, I in no way endorse the Michael Bay Transformers movies. Read the rest of this entry
Dr. Girlfriend wanted a Batman shirt to wear to The Dark Knight Rises premier, and as I’m in charge of all things comic book related in the relationship, I took charge of the situation. I consulted the kids at my office concerning where I could accomplish such a feat in a jiffy, and they directed me to Hot Topic. This worked out well for me as I’d be able to pick up our advanced purchased tickets and get the shirt in one fell swoop. Off to the mall…
I went to a wedding this weekend, and when you couple that with regular weekend tasks, you get no post on Sunday and a crappy post today.
Anyway, this is just a quick note to let you know that the last two episodes of “I’m Married to Batman” are premiering this Friday and next, July 27 and August 3, respectively. The editing is done on the last July episode, but I still have a bit to do on the August episode. But after that, the series is a done deal. We always thought there would be an episode where Batman was mowing the lawn, but it never happened.
Anyway, stay tuned!
Note: dialogue audio is not working on mobile devices for episodes 2 thru 5. I’ve identified the problem, but haven’t come up with a solution yet.
I wrote my review of Dark Knight Rises yesterday, but I also wanted to talk about the movie going experience. Obviously, we’re now all aware of the tragic events in Colorado, but I hope this won’t keep you from DKR or the theater in general.
This was filmed using a Samsung Infuse 4G and edited in Adobe Premiere CS 5.5.
OTHER THE DARK KNIGHT RISES POSTS:
The Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale Batman movie series comes to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and they decided to go out with a bang. Literally. Stuff blows up in this movie. A lot. At some point, I half expected the stuff that Batman punches to explode. Still, this movie isn’t just an action flick: it’s an adventure, a mystery, a drama and an inspirational sports movie all rolled up into one, and none of it disappoints as everything from the first two movies ties together nicely and the end satisfies the audience in an anti Inception way.