2.41 – BATMAN BEGINS (2005) and Fear

We’re back, after a week off, and it’s the first in the ‘Nolanverse’: BATMAN BEGINS. After predictably quite different opinions on the film(!), we come together to talk about fear, horror aesthetics, and how real Batman can be.


This Week’s Media
BLUE RUIN (2013): Jeremy Saulnier, Macon Blair, Devin Ratray
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017): James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
Recommendations
28 DAYS LATER (2002): Danny Boyle, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2011): John Madden, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy
THE BIG SHORT (2015): Adam McKay, Christian Bale, Steve Carell
HARRY BROWN (2009): Daniel Barber, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer
Footnotes
Rob mentions the visual design of the Tumbler; if high-spec car stuff is your thing, then this article will be right up your alley: http://www.techradar.com/news/car-tech/the-technology-of-the-tumbler-how-britain-made-the-dark-knight-mobile-1166564. This is a good introduction to the Italian giallo genre: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2014/15-essential-films-for-an-introduction-to-italian-giallo-movies. This is a reminder of the MacGuffin trope that Rob mentions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin. And finally, the links Rob made between medievalism and horror made me (Sam) think about this guy, whose artwork is beautiful and horrific and intriguing and bonkers: http://www.hieronymus-bosch.org.