Created by artist Max Dalton to be included in the Gallery 1988 show, The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes which took place back in February this year, why not download the imagery here – print it off and have a go yourselves? You too can just be like our hero Ferris Buller but without having to leave the comfort of your own home! Genius!
Oh and while we’re on the subject – a huge happy birthday to the classic 80’s movie which – would you believe it – turns 25 this year! Check out Popeater for a fab celebratory interview with Edie McClurg – who played the hit film’s hilarious school secretary Grace – about working with Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones and the late John Hughes. Turns out, she’s a righteous dude!
I have come to the conclusion that I was born with a genetic obsession for everything Batman. If I thought I could get away with living in a cave and running round dressed as a giant bat I think I would.
The obsession all started with me running around as a little lad with a coat hanging off the back of my head, singing nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana Batman which back then, was enough to convince me that I too could be a superhero. I blame it on Adam West’s 60’s Batman spoof T.V series which first introduced me to the adventures of the caped crusader! For those of you who don’t remember or need a reminder, check out this hilarious vid I found!
I don’t remember Batman having such sweet dance moves…… Hypnotic and equally creepy at the same time – he shakes a pretty mean cape I think you’ll agree!
I have to say though that back then, little old me thought Mr West was quite the bada$$ and I was well jealous of all the gadgets and anti- bat this, bat-that even bat thermal underwear and the most awesome Bat-Mobile that ever was, even by today’s standards.
My love for Batman continued throughout my childhood – through all his various incarnations. There have been several Batman’s….um Batmen since Micheael Keaton who stared in Tim Burton’s gothic vision of the Batman! Val Kilmer and even George Cooney also got involved which I actually forgot about (not that I could ever forget Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl – insert pervy groan noise here.) In my humble opinion though, there’s no truer representative to Bob Kane’s original vision of the Dark Knight than Christian Bale who comes the closest to portraying what Batman should be – dark, moody, a loner and a little bit mental. Having seen his parents murdered in front of him and living a life a seclusion, dedicating every waking hour to mastering martial arts and all the while planning vengeance would leave any man a little twisted, even if he is a billionaire. Part justice seeking detective and part nightmare of the underworld – if anything Batman is as screwed up as any of the villains he fights against.
I was also a big fan of the comic series and in my early teens I tried to read every Batman comic I could get my grubby nerdy little mitts on. At the time, a story called Knight fall was the big thing, starring a super villain called Bane who hatched a plan to break out every insane villain of Arkham Asylum, home of the criminally insane leaving our hero Batman to round up these nut jobs including the Joker and many others until he reached near exhaustion. Anyone else remember it?
Stretched to his mortal limits and being awake nearly 24/7 – Batman finally came face to face with the steroid (well “venom”) induced criminal mastermind Bane and in one epic battle, Bane gained the upper hand and delivered a devastating backbreaker, crippling Batman and leaving him paralyzed. Needless to say it was sad day and the first time ever Batman had actually been beaten – I liked it because it forced you to stop thinking of Batman as a super hero and realize that at the end of the day, he’s just a man.
So what next for the insanely popular Batman franchise? Well – it’s a fair old while away but The Dark Knight Rises is coming to the big screen and is due for release on July 20th next year. Fair to say – I’m pretty excited! Christian Bale will reprise his dual role as Batman/Bruce Wayne and he will be re-joined by Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Personally, I can’t wait to see how Christopher Nolan will portray Bane – played by Tom Hardy. Hopefully he’ll do the bad ass super megalomaniac justice! Plus there’s the added bonus of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman – played by Anne Hathaway. Looking forward to seeing how she’ll compare to Batman ReturnsMichelle Pfeiffer and the completely forgettable Halle Berry.
If all that take has wet your appetite as much as it has mine, check out the trailer below….
So what do we think? To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect and I don’t want to hype it up too much in my head being that it’s a while off yet. So in the meantime, I’m going home to my Bat cave to read knight fall whilst wearing my Batman t-shirts and drinking from my Batman mugs. I’m even going to put on my Bat Underpants and Bat socks and talk in a husky voice like Batman! I’m going to hide behind people in the shadows and when they turn around I would have already gone. I might even wear a cape! See – told you I was Batman!
Tune in next time folks – same bat time same bat channel.
If like me you were tranform-erly (is that a word?) neglected as a child because ones parents realised Transformers was a massive marketing ploy by Hasbro to get kids to buy toys and therefore your only transformer was a cheap market knock off ‘Santa’ got you for Xmas (I never realised Santa was a tight wad), then you’ll be pretty excited about the upcoming Transformers dark of the moon movie which is released THIS WEEK!
I know for a fact I am. After watching the first 2 movies without blinking once, I can confirm they were every adult Transformers fans dream (well mine anyway!) I swear I was clinically blinded by all the explosions followed closely by a near motorcycle accident on the way home because I was willing my bike to turn into a giant robot (in case you were wondering, I wanted it to be a decepticon which I’d name Bones and we’d be awesome together OK.)
Therefore, I’m expecting more explosions, lasers, guns, giant robots and a few more explosions followed closely by bleeding eyeballs and fits of epilepsy when I leave the cinema for the third instalment of the hugely popular franchise. If that happens, I’ll be a happy boy! If it doesn’t, those Autobots had better watch out.
The legend that is Michael J Fox turned 50 this month and we couldn’t let his birthday pass without paying a little tribute to the role that made him a bona fide movie star!
Although we are of course big fans of his characters in the likes of Teen Wolf, Doc Hollywood, The Hard Way and The Frighteners – it was his winning performance as Marty Mc Fly that really put him on the map. Easily one of the best movie trilogies of all time, Back To The Future follows the adventures of Marty and the eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmett Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) as they use their modified Delorean to travel back in time to different periods of the history of Hill Valley, California. The first film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films which were filmed back to back and released in 1989 and 1990. Though the two sequels did not perform quite as well at the box office as the first film, the trilogy remains insanely popular even now so we couldn’t resist taking a little trip in our mental time machines to relive what is in our opinion, the best bits from this awesome franchise!
Check them out below…….
1. 1.21 Gigawatts
Or to be more precise, what the Flux Capacitor needs in order to make time travel possible!
The legendary Delorean was Doctor Brown’s most successful invention, a plutonium powered time machine comprising of a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car that had to reach 88 miles per hour in order to travel through time! Built by the DeLorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland, it was the only model ever produced by the company and although around 9,000 DMC12s were made before production stopped in late 1982, today, only about 6,500 DeLorean Motor Cars are believed to still exist! Instead of being primed and painted, it’s plated with stainless steel and who can forget those distinctive gullwing doors? As the doc himself said, “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine out of a car, why not do it with some style!”
3. Hoverboard scene
The hoverboard was a special effect from Back to the Future II that immediately replaced the flying car as the flagship dream of hyper-advanced technology. The perfect storm of nerd-child fantasies, it had all the appeal of futuristic tech, the dream of pure flight and the raw aesthetic lust of all the best toys. Sadly – even more than 20 years on, no-one has invented the real thing but when they do, we’ll be first in the queue!
4. Johnny B Goode
One of the signature moments of BTTF is when Marty brings the house down with Johnny B Goode! Dubbed over by Mark Campbell, he sings it at ‘The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance‘ when he travels back to 1955 (three years before the song’s actual release). McFly, who subs in for the lead guitarist after he was injured, plays the song on stage and while that’s going on, the lead singer, Marvin Berry, calls his cousin Chuck about a “new sound he has been looking for,” suggesting that in the new timeline, Chuck Berry got the idea for the song from Marty’s cover of him from the old timeline. Confused yet?
5. Roads…where we’re going we don’t need roads.
One of Doc Browns many classic lines, this quote from the final scene of the first movie is a definite fave! Marty McFly tells Doc Brown that they don’t have enough street to get up to 88 miles per hour and Doc looks over at Marty and explains that “Where we’re going… We don’t need roads…” The perfect end to a perfect movie we reckon.
So what do you think? Let us know if you think there are any others we might have missed, and what your favourites are!