Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Batman Comes To The Dryden

It goes without saying, Batman 1989 is my all time favorite movie. I'm a lifelong fan of Batman as a whole. To me, Michael Keaton is Batman and Jack Nicholson is the one and true Joker. As great as Christian Bale was as Batman, nothing touches the first Tim Burton movie. Nothing. Everything about this movie is perfect in my mind. The design of both Gotham City and The Batmobile, the one liners delivered by every character, the poster, everything. All those actors and actresses involved really put out their best effort and truly put on a memorable show.



Lest we forget, we also got an amazing soundtrack and score by Prince and Danny Elfman respectively. Without this movie we would've never gotten Party Man. Just imagine how awful life would be without this song...


As much as I love this movie, it's always been my goal to see it on the big screen. I kinda had a chance in 1989 but circumstances made that goal impossible. My family, especially my father, were  huge Batman 66 fans. I wrote about that in an earlier entry, so I won't go further into details. Batman was always being played in my household so when we found out a new Batman movie was being released, we had to see it. Problem is, I was 6. So, my father decided he would see it first to make sure it was appropriate for me. The commercials alone made it look darker, so obviously my parents had some concern. They weren't over protective or anything, but they were kinda concerned it was a little too dark for my young mind. Sadly, I never did get to see it with my father because he died later that year. So, we didn't get to see Batman together, but I did get to see the three following Batman movies on the big screen. Minus Batman and Robin(Oh Alicia, why?!?!), I've seen three out of the four Batman movies on the big screen.

Batman has fully taken it's place in my life as the number 1 movie simply because it's followed me my whole life and I've still been able to be entertained by it. Much like Terminator 2, Creepshow and Lost Boys and Billy Madison(yes, really), it's a movie I can watch a million times, recite lines and still be highly entertained and satisfied. Maybe its because good wins, maybe it's the designs, maybe the music. It's probably a combination of all those things. I don't know. All I know is that I love this movie more than any other. Yes, it even gives Freddy a run for it's money. If only I could have said I saw it on the big screen...

But wait!

Local theater, the Dryden at the George Eastman House (historians will note George Eastman was the man who founded Kodak. So without him, we wouldn't be talking would we?) will be showing it on the big screen on July 11th at 8 pm! Announced on their Facebook page!
This is huge for me. I'm very excited. I was pretty much ready to go through the ceiling when I found this out. I'll finally be able to achieve one of my geek bucket list items. And it'll be in 35mm, no less! I'm hoping to July 11th will get here quick, because I'm already counting down the days til my favorite movie on the big screen!

Maybe I'll finally get that answer to the question "Where does he get those wonderful toys?".

For further information on Batman 1989, head over to 1989 Batman and for an earlier entry I wrote about the history of Batman's 89-190 toy lines, click right here!

-Chad

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