VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Infographic: The Many Bodies of Christian Bale

Most people who talk about Christian Bale in The Fighter liken his performance to a complete transformation. /Film reader Matt Ellerbrock has created an infographic showing how Bale has transformed himself for different roles over the years.

With the recent release of David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” starring Mark Walberg and Christian Bale, I’ve often found myself explaining to friends and family the incredible body transformations Christian Bale has gone through since filming “The Machinist” (2004). I typically resort to googling images of the actor to compare, and have done this enough to discover that there are some composite images from a few of Bale’s roles, but nothing comes close to showing us a more complete picture of just what he’s gone through over the last 8 years of his career. This image is my attempt to remedy that.

See the infographic after the jump.
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DC Comics’ Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have created a tribute to Calvin and Hobbes starring Superman/Batman super villains Lex Luthor and the Joker, included in the 75th issue of Superman/Batman. Check out the whole strip after the jump.
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With Inception, The Prestige and each of his Batman films, Christopher Nolan has firmly established himself as one of the rare filmmakers working today who can not only produce complex, character-driven entertainment on the studio’s dime, but can command an audience while doing it.

Women viewers, though, would be forgiven for dismissing themselves from that audience, for reasons that likely hadn’t even occurred to Nolan’s male fanbase. Read More »

VOTD: Batman Begins With Danny Elfman Score

I think almost everyone loves Danny Elfman‘s original Batman theme music. /Film reader Matt G passes along this video which edits Elfman’s awesome Batman score into the police chase from Batman Begins. For those of you interested to see the fusion of visuals from the Nolanverse and the music of the Burtonverse, you can watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Update: Warner Bros has since contacted Tim clarifying that Nolan doesn’t own/use this golf cart. It was apparently created by a Batman superfan who works on the lot. Original story follows:

Christopher Nolan has been working hard to lock a final cut of his latest movie Inception. /Film reader Tim G spotted Nolan’s custom Tumbler-styled golf cart that gets him around the Warner Bros lot. I can’t imagine Nolan, dressed all proper in a suit, running around the lot in this monster… but apparently he does.

For those of you who don’t know, movie studio lots are usually pretty large and studio employees use golf carts to get around as there is a lot of walking from one office to another or from one office to one of the stages. Tim tells me that  Nolan’s custom Tumbler golf cart even features sound effects from the actual tumbler. No word on if fire blazes out of the jet engine in the back.

James Cameron on MTV
MTV recently sat down with director James Cameron, and the result is a bunch of interesting, but not necessarily newsworthy, bits. I’ve embedded some of the more interesting video clips after the jump.

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