Batman

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It’s kind of funny how we think Batman is so well defined.  We always have this idea of Batman being this dark, tortured, lonely soul with a strict code of ethics, but he hasn’t always been like that.  In 1940 he was happy and colorful.  By the ‘60s he was far from lonely, with Batgirl as well as Robin at his side, and in the ‘80s he was very nearly murderous, almost driven mad by the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd.  It has been in recent history that we’ve known him as being this dark character.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

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There’s something about creepy films that makes me happy; not scary films like Halloween or Friday the Thirteenth, just creepy.  I remember the first time I watched Corpse Bride at a close friend of mine’s house and I was completely blown away.  Recently I was watching it again with one of my roommates and the only comment I heard from him the entire movie (which he said more than once) was “Logan, this is a weird movie.”  Granted it is a weird movie.  Maybe that’s why I love it and movies like it so much.

When you talk about creepy films, one director in particular comes to mind: Tim Burton.  Anyone who has ever seen “Edward Scissorhands” knows that Tim Burton’s films thrive on as much creepiness as one’s imagination can conjure up.  A couple of years ago, after having seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, I decided I was going to try and see every Tim Burton film I could.  Last summer I saw “Corpse Bride,” which completely blew my mind (and is still one of my favorite films to date), and I decided that Tim Burton has an innate gift for animated films.  Still, I had not seen “The Nightmare before Christmas.”  That seemed like it should be a crime, seeing as it was probably Tim Burton’s most popular animated film to date.  A friend of mine gave me “The Nightmare before Christmas” on DVD to me for my 20th birthday.  So I watched it.

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