The next in the franchise — and the first Joel Schumacher film — is the 1995 commercial hit BATMAN FOREVER. Rob and Sam have…differing views of the film, but then we dive into comic-book adaptations, colour symbolism, and casting decisions.
We embark on another franchise, kicking off with one of Rob’s favourite directors. We get geeky about comics history, talk about why fairy-tales make parts of this film unsatisfying, and say just why the visuals and audio are brilliant.
The classic Zemeckis trilogy concludes, with talk of the many movie references in the film and discussion of what makes a parody a parody, as well as Another of Rob’s Theories about how cinema works.
We continue the franchise with the next Zemeckis installment, and it’s a divisive one! We talk American politics (inevitably), Spaghetti westerns (less inevitably), and how this is an interesting re-establishing of the first film.
Our next franchise is a Robert Zemeckis classic. We talk about different kinds of time travel (Rob has A Theory!), history repeating itself, and how this is a very different film on later viewing.
The franchise concludes as we return to Jesse and Céline’s relationship after another 9-year hiatus. We talk a little bit about how the film could have made more sense, but a lot about the beauty of Linklater’s film-making and the way that he draws out the links with the other films.
The franchise continues with the 80-minute (check that out!) follow-up to Richard Linklater’s first film. We talk about meta-filmic cinema, how this film is like Berthold Brecht crossed with Arthur Miller, and why the film is a reflection on the process of creating memories.
This week we embark on a new franchise, spending time with the first film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy. We talk about the passage of time, why this might have made a better play than a movie, and how the film might just be a metaphor for the whole industry.
The franchise comes to a conclusion and our — well, Rob’s — work is done. We talk about deaths of all kinds: physical darkness, mental endings, you name it. How technical can Rob get, how metaphysical can Sam be, and — crucially — did the guinea pig enjoy this series??