In which our heroes begin to form a picture of the political landscape of the Toon world circa 1937
Our concluding franchise continues, with the film that’s a bit of a ‘difficult second album’. We get onto a theme much earlier, talking about who is loyal to whom, why the bad guys seem particularly unnatural, and links with other franchises: from K.K. Rowling to Ridley Scott.
The last franchise of Season 2 is a bit of a behemoth: it’s the Jackson/Tolkien epic. We don’t get round to talking about our theme till very late on, but we do talk a lot about the mechanics of this film: including just what makes the ring itself so impressive.
Here’s the sequel to the Spheeris/Myers/Michaels smash hit. Discussion ranges from movie references to franchise-level production decisions, via ‘good v. bad’ spoofs (yes, it’s another of Rob’s Theories…)
This week’s ‘palate cleanser’, post-Batman, is the iconic Mike Myers vehicle (iconic, but unwatched for one of us!). We talk about the conventions with which the film is fairly obviously playing, touch on its meta-filmic nature, and think about the extent to which this is a genuinely funny comic film with very few jokes.
We conclude our tour through the Batman universe (except for That Of Which We Do Not Speak [see footnotes]) with Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film. We talk about a visually impressive but ultimately pretty unsatisfying movie, earning narrative weight, and the dubious politics of Bruce Wayne.
The ‘Nolanverse’ rolls on, as we focus on THE DARK KNIGHT. Sam’s view of the film may not be as predicted, before we talk about the origins of the Joker, what it means to really be chaotic, and the young loss of a phenomenal acting talent.