Ep. 35: Birdman


This episode contains explicit language.

Following Birdman’s Best Picture win at the Oscars last year, director Alejandro G. Inarritu seems poised once again to be the front-runner this year with his new film The Revenant.  Nate and Ryan have often debated the merits of Inarritu, and his 2005 movie Babel remains one of their most hotly contested arguments.  Their divide continued on the release of Birdman, and with Inarritu still drawing praise and criticism from all corners, it was time to at least open the discussion on this polarizing director.

Let us know your thoughts on Alejandro G. Inarritu.  Is he a genius?  A fraud (ahem, Scott Tobias)?  Visionary?  Annoying?  What do you think of Birdman?  Will The Revenant take home another Oscar for Inarritu?

Ep 22: Batman


Birdman‘s Best Picture win at this year’s Oscars made Nate and Ryan want to revisit Michael Keaton’s turn as a superhero in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster Batman.  This movie was a staple of Nate’s childhood, but one that Ryan only saw as an adult.  They discuss how the movie has held up over the years, especially given the large library of superhero movies that followed in Batman’s wake.

Burton’s Batman was ground-breaking for summer blockbusters.  Warner Bros. took a risk on a fairly untested director, put an actor known better as a comedian in the cowl, and cast a heavyweight Oscar winner as the villain.  The formula worked, and thanks to Burton’s Batman, for better or worse, we have the glut of superhero movies we know today.  With it came gems like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, along with some movies that should probably be forgotten.

Let us know your thoughts on Batman.  What did you think of Burton’s take?  Where does Michael Keaton rank in your list of best movie Batmen?  Do you remember Batmania?  We’d love firsthand accounts.