Episode 8: Coming Soon

A very big thank you to everyone who’s already downloaded last month’s Batman episode. It seems the caped crusader’s late 80s film is a big favourite since it’s become our most popular show to date! Remember, we also provide a written retro review of all the films we cover on the podcast so please be sure to check out George’s review of Batman (1989). But what next? What could we possibly cover in Episode 8 you may ask?

How could we possibly match such spectacle?

Episode 8 is coming soon (edit: it’s here) and we should warn you, there will be mullets. Lots and lots of of amazing mullets, hopefully our photoshop work also gives you an idea of what we’ll cover.

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Episode 7 – Coming Soon… 

Apologies for the radio silence, folks. Fear not, we will return shortly with a very special episode where we discuss all things Batman! Its the summer and the comic-book-superhero-franchise-machine is turned up to eleven. We’ve therefore decided to travel back to 1989 to revisit the Tim Burton classic which placed the villain at the centre of the story, gave us a surprising choice for Bruce Wayne, kick started the comic revival and convinced Prince to give us his take on the Bat-Dance.

Podcast to be uploaded in the next few days so WATCH THIS SPACE!

 

Adam West 1928 – 2017

“In the Sixties, there would be the three B’s; Bond, Batman and The Beatles” Adam West.

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In the space of just a few weeks, I’ve lost two childhood heroes, James Bond (Sir Roger Moore) and now Batman. Much like Roger Moore, Adam West isn’t likely to be at the top of many people’s lists for playing a popular character, but it’s hard to argue he’ll be the most fondly remembered. His Batman was one for a certain era, full of colour and camp. West was always proud to acknowledge that all the other Batmen were Dark Knights, whilst he was The Bright Knight.

Despite growing up with Michael Keaton and Tim Burton’s gothic take on Batman complete with “moulded rubber”, it would be West’s Batman that I would rush home from school to catch the reruns on Channel 4. The dated effects, wonky sets and cliffhanger set-pieces – “tune in, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel” – all had a certain charm, spearheaded by West and his measured, dead-pan delivery.

Along with Christopher Walken and William Shatner, West’s voice is often parodied or homaged. Whilst Big Daddy from Kick Ass was a knowing parody of Batman’s violent vigilante side, Nicolas Cage, in a genius move, gave the character West’s stilted delivery as his voice.

At university, probably around the same time Christian Bale was growling at criminals in Batman Begins, I rediscovered West’s Batman through the 1966 TV movie. The film is a great celebration of the series with all the best villains, ridiculous Bat-gadgets (including the infamous Shark Repellant Bat Spray) and some genius West one-liners, “They may be drinkers, Robin, but they’re also human beings!” The film is bat-shit mental, tongue in cheek and far too long but I can’t help revisit it from time to time.

West kept himself busy with conventions, voice work and guest appearances over the years, but Seth   gave him a career boost by casting him as a recurring character in Family Guy – Mayor Adam West! West is portrayed as a paranoid nut case, though still oddly lovable. He has many standout moments in the show, which work due to West’s sense of humour and self-deprecation.

Many who knew him have commented on how charming, warm and generous he was – a true gentleman by all accounts.

Rest in peace, Bright Knight, and thanks for all the memories.

TRAILERS: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

We’re going (back) to war!

To celebrate the 20 year anniversary (and probably reignite interest in the upcoming reboot), there’s a new animated film for Starship Troopers, continuing the adventures of Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien – who found time in his busy schedule…) and Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer). Sadly Paul Verhoven has had no involvement but original scribe and Robocop screenwriter Ed Neumeier, so hopefully there’ll be satire to accompany the sci-fi bug battles.

I’ve just got one question, where the hell is Michael Ironside? I thought no one quits?!

Need a refresher for Starship Troopers? Why not check out our podcast and review?

 

TRAILERS: The Last Jedi

As you might imagine, we are very excited about the latest batch of Star Wars films here on Retro Ramble. Despite treading familiar territory in The Force Awakens, it was a thoroughly satisfying experience to watch a solid Star Wars film at the Cinema.

The more recent Rogue One showed just how much Lucasfilm can achieve and if the trailer for The Last Jedi is anything to go by this Christmas is going to deliver another cracker. A while yet before we see every supermarket aisle on the planet littered with a never-ending supply of loosely related merchandise, BB-8 Tangerines anyone?