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The Flixist Batcast #3: Batman & Robin

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Title: Batman & Robin
Release Date: June 20, 1997 (Theatrical)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer: Akiva Goldsman
Starring: George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone

When first starting this podcast I think we all knew this day would come. And come it has. And it is a thing. This past Monday night the gang and I embarked on the infamous but oft traveled road of the cinematic disasterpiece that is Batman & Robin. The film features a star studded cast ripped straight from the late nineties as they all hop around doing things they'll probably regret. I know we regret it for them. Those of them whose names we remember.

For those not in the know Batman & Robin is an infamously horrible film that was both a critical and financial flop and put the Dark Knight out of commission on the silver screen for quite some time. The film tries to recapture the camp and cheesiness of the Silver Age Batman (50s-60s) while trying to remain relevant to the late 90s era that it was birth into. The result is a sloppy, incoherent and laughable film that made the Batman subject to "Bat-nipple" jokes long after it's release.

So what makes this movie tolerable? I really don't know. I doubt even sex during this film could be arousing. But if you see that header up there and are thinking "Gee, at least that movie has to be good for laughs, right!?" we'd advise you not to go alone! Consider this funny little podcast/commentary our weapon for you to fight off the dread that is Batman & Robin.

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Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure what I'm doin' here. There's a crapload of movies I ain't never seen but eff it 'cause I like watchin' movies and stuff. I went through a super big movie phase and I've taken 3 film analysis classes so I guess that counts for somethin'.

I'm willing to watch pretty much anything unless Ryan Reynolds is in it or at the end two women overcome differences and sing a musical number together. Traditionally movies I like are indie flicks, sci-fi, dry comedies or action movies. I really like films with a sort of natural feeling stylization to them like the old exploitation flicks or Pixar films. Movies where the style seems to be a natural byproduct of the vision for the film and where the film itself still stands on it's own two feet if you take that style away. Guys and gals whom I admire because of this are Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Miranda July (shut up), Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan although there's more whose names I can't remember right now.

My other interest are the usual nerd fare. Music, video games, comics and fetishism (that's usual nerd fare, right?). Music was my first love and still very near and dear to me. Dtoiders might remember I headed up a music review blog before life clenched me in it's sexy jaws and demanded my life blood. Video games and comics are what have really influenced me a lot. The games I like pretty much reflect the films I like. Stylized and full of heart but with gameplay that, once stripped of that style, stand on it's own two feet. I'm also a big DC fanboy though I'm certainly not anti-Marvel.

My personal self isn't terribly interesting. Just a thing with dreads and an aspiring gender issues major who likes to talk shit about alternative sexualities in the context of pretty much any cultural and sociological perspective. I'm a pretty stern feminist and you might even see me go on rants on occasion but I promise I'm approachable and lighthearted on the matter.

Also, whips.

Movies I'd make love to
-Pulp Fiction
-Me and You and Everyone We Know
-The Dark Knight
-Office Space
-The Breakfast Club
-Fargo
-Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
-Rear Window
-Vertigo
-Rope
-The Birds
-All of the Grindhouse movies
-Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
-Black Snake Moan
-All Star Trek ever
-Alien
-X-Men: First Class
-Chronicle
-Avengers

Movies I'd gag
-The Matrix trilogy
-Transformers: Dark of the Moon
-Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
-All the X-Men movies but First Class
-Batman (1989)

Video games I'd pleasure
-The Mass Effect trilogy
-Wet
-Bullet Witch
-Bioshock
-Heavenly Sword
-Enslaved
-Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3
-Super Mario World
-Half-Life 2
-SSX 3
-Halo 3: ODST
-Mortal Kombat (2011)
-Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
-Jet Grind Radio/Jet Set Radio Future
-Every Tony Hawk game not involving a stupid peripheral
-All the Rock Bands and Guitar Heros except Guitar Hero: Van Halen
-Batman: Arkham Asylum

Video games I'd punish
-The Uncharted series
-The Pokemon series
-Guitar Hero: Van Halen
-Gears of War
-Dragon Age: Origins
-Grand Theft Auto 1 - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
-Red Dead Redemption

Musical artists I'd poke
-Le Tigre
-L7
-Julie Ruin
-Bikini Kill
-Cansei de ser Sexy
-Danger Doom
-The Black Keys
-De La Soul
-Wu-Tang Clan
-Led Zeppelin
-Pixies
-Lady GaGa
-The Cranberries
-Dolores O'Riordan
-The Dead Weather
-Laura Marling
-Minor Threat
-Dead Kennedys
-The Long Blondes
-Dethklok
-Blondie
-Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
-The Runaways

Musical artists I'd prod
-Kanye West
-Avril Lavigne
-Maroon 5
-Dave Matthews Band
-blink-182
-Sex Pistols
-Metallica