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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY 10 WORST FILMS OF 2012

Posted December 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  The year’s Top 10 movies are here, and a variety of honorable mentions are here.  But now for something completely different… Along with the egg nog and tinsel, there’s a certain undeniable seasonal pleasure to be had in singling out the truly spectacular misses of the movie year for some shame and ridicule.  We […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY 10 BEST FILMS OF 2012

Posted December 29, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  2012 was, in the end, a very good year for movies–or a a good half-year, more accurately.  With the studios continuing to load their best efforts into the festival- and awards-heavy fall and winter part of the calendar, not a single one of the Top 10 below opened before July, and only 3 before […]

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2012: THE YEAR’S HONORABLE MENTIONS (And More)

Posted December 29, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Showbuzzdaily’s Top 10 Films of 2012 can be found here, and the Worst 10 are here.  But there were other movies this year worth remembering: HONORABLE MENTIONS CLOUD ATLAS (Warners – October – written and directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer): An impossibly ambitious epic that was thrilling when it worked. […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”

Posted July 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  If THE DARK KNIGHT had no superhero or comic book trappings–if The Joker were scarred but not hideously made up, and Batman were a bit lower-tech and merely disguised rather than wearing a cowl and cape–Christopher Nolan’s film would still be one of the best action-adventure crime movies of the past 20 years.  Within […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”

Posted July 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  To say BATMAN BEGINS successfully rebooted the Warners franchise is accurate, but incomplete.  Christopher Nolan’s film, from the script he wrote with David S. Goyer, is a complete rethinking of the very concept of a comic book/superhero movie, one comparable to what The Godfather and Cabaret did with the gangster movie and the musical […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin”

Posted July 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  And then this happened. With BATMAN & ROBIN, the franchise that had been reclaimed for adults by Tim Burton in 1989 was turned back over to children (and not bright children) by Joel Schumacher in 1997.  Schumacher took everything he’d done in Batman Forever and turned it up, as they say, to 11.  He […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever”

Posted July 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  As Alex in A Clockwork Orange would say, this is the real and like tragic part of the story beginning, O my brothers.  After Batman Returns undergrossed Batman by $90M in the US, Warners, you might say, freaked out.  Although everyone was careful to agree that Tim Burton and the studio had mutually parted […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”

Posted July 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  After the gigantic success of Batman, Tim Burton went on to direct Edward Scissorhands, which although naturally a smaller level of hit, was enormously important to Burton’s career, because it was a very personal project that didn’t seem likely to find a mainstream audience at all, let alone be one of the year’s top […]

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