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Hey all. This will be a new semi-regular piece on Moving Pictures where Zach and I have a bit of back and forth about whatever topic has gotten stuck in our heads recently. This is a bit of a longer article than you’re probably used to on this site but I hope you all like it.

P.S. I don’t have a name for these recurring pieces yet so please feel free to give me some suggestions.

DARK KNIGHT RISES

Mike: Over complexity is something you and I have talked about a lot. It seems more and more I’m drawn towards movies with a concise, straight forward story but really interesting and well written characters.

Big budget and genre fair especially recently feels like it’s bogged down with over complicated, pace ruining plot points that don’t really add anything to the experience. What’s up with that?
Zach: I completely agree with your sentiment, so many filmmakers seem to not trust us to follow their plots without having a character stop, face the camera, and give us 5 minutes of bland exposition. It’s either they don’t trust us, or they write themselves into a plot that they think demands it. We don’t need it. We can typically follow what’s going on.
I recently saw Horns and almost groaned when I saw a similar scene set up, but then found myself elated when they didn’t do it. There was no exposition, no dumb pseudo-science techno-babble explanations, we didn’t need to know why Harry Potter was turning into a demon, we were along for the ride and we could piece it together from other dialogue and hints in the story.

I wish more writers and directors had the confidence to do that. I hate to blame current movies for everything, but this really does feel like a recent phenomenon. When did you first start noticing this trend?

M: It feels like the trend recently has been complexity = quality. What boggles my mind is that it’s happening in exactly the type of movies that you don’t want to be over-complicated. Big budget, event type fare that used to be a good excuse to turn your brain off for 90 -100 minutes and watch shit blow up has become bloated and almost unwatchable due to screenwriting by committee and just cramming plot into places where it doesn’t belong.

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Hey folks!

The day is finally here. The last entry of our Batman retrospective has arrived. And boy is it bad. This movie is widely reviled and rightfully so. There’s really nothing redeeming about it and it seems to be a series of misfires at every level of production from conception all the way to execution. It’s bad, you know this already. Now you get to listen to Zach and myself suffer through this monstrosity and revel in our pain.

Big thanks to Zach once again for taking this journey with me. I t was pretty excruciating by the end of it but it was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to do another project like this.

ZachnOtto

If, for some insane reason,  you’d like to watch along with us, Batman and Robin is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

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Hi folks.

Welcome to the third film in our Batman retrospective. I have to say that for as much guff as this movie gets it wasn’t as completely terrible as most people make it out to be. It gets unfavorably and unfairly lumped in with Batman and Robin due the shared director in Joel Schumacher. The more I watch Batman Forever the more I’m convinced that Schumacher had never read a Batman comic going into this project. Instead, his entire history with the character was pulled from the 60’s Batman TV show. While this candy-colored, campy take on the character wasn’t something that audiences wanted then , and probably don’t now either, I think taken in that light it fairs a bit better against the ravages of time than the Burton films.

As usual we’ll be continuing this Batman journey with Zach, who by the end of this movie was probably ready to pack it all up and call it a day. But there was still one giant mistake left to sit through….

ZachnOtto

If you’d like to watch along with us, Batman Forever is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

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With Valentines Day approaching I got to thinking about what my favorite romantic movies are, and I came to an odd realization. I could easily name my favorite romantic comedy: When Harry Met Sally obviously, and my favorite downer breakup movie: Eternal Sunshine, but what about a movie that’s just romantic? I found that most often a movie that’s romantic and about a couple falling in love tends to employ the romantic comedy genre, and I guess that makes sense, people want to laugh and smile at the prospect of early love, how could a movie about the honeymoon stage of a relationship not be cheerful? With that mulling over in mind I was reminded of one of my favorite movies, one that truly embraces the silliness of falling in love, and one you’ve surely not heard of (Unless I’ve made you watch it). So, I ask: have you seen Im Juli? Continue Reading

Greetings all.

Here is the highly anticipated second installment of Batman month here at Moving Pictures. Today we’re talking about Batman Returns. If you haven’t seen this movie in a while you might be surprised to see how ridiculously insane it actually is. There is so much wild stuff happening in this movie. Death and resurrection by cats, missile-laden attack penguins, a baby stealing circus, and more. It’s almost hard to quantify just how over the top it all is, especially when packed into a 2 hour running time.

Of the four commentary tracks we did, this one might be my favorite. There is a ton of stuff to just lay into about this movie while also having enough good in there to cut through the bad from time to time. I hope you all dig it.

ZachnOtto

If you’d like to watch along with us, Batman Returns is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

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