Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Christopher Nolan didn’t set out to create a Batman trilogy. Frankly, I’m not sure he tried making a single Batman movie (more on that later). In the forward to The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, he writes: People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you [...]

Auteur Theory and Co-Directors

Auteur Theory and Co-Directors

There are no perfect films. There are some exceptional films, and some films that are exceptional examples of the traditional Hollywood three act format that get paraded in front of students as how to make films (Casablanca and Chinatown most notably). But every film ultimately has flaws. These flaws vary in severity. But frequently these [...]

Burton vs Nolan: Who Created the Better Batman?

Burton vs Nolan: Who Created the Better Batman?

There are two versions of Batman that are generally considered to be the best. Strangely, this is such a divisive issue that internet chat rooms become virtual war zones, insults and hatred flying from all sides. Love them, hate them, or find yourself casually indifferent, Chris Nolan’s take on the Batman mythology has been the [...]

Captain America: The First Avenger Review

Captain America: The First Avenger Review

Daniel Burden reviews Captain America: The First Avenger Captain America pulls off the rarest of tricks: A comic book movie that looks and feels like a comic but is still a great film on its own regardless of the source material. Does everyone know the story of Captain America? It’s about a weedy little guy from [...]

What's Next For Batman?

What’s Next For Batman?

By now, we have all seen the teaser poster and probably bootlegs of the underwhelming teaser trailer. The buzz for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is well and truly upon us. This will likely be his last film in the series, rounding it off to a nicely wrapped trilogy and the big question is: [...]