Ranking the Batmen


For fifteen podcast episodes over the course of five months, we here at The Reel World have gone deep down the Batman rabbit hole, from Adam West to Ben Affleck and pretty much every actor to play The Dark Knight along the way, passing out hot takes left and right. But what is the overall outcome of The Tape Crusaders? Which of these films is our consensus favourite? Which ones can’t we stand? It’s time to find out. (Mike would like to make clear that the white-bread af introduction you just read was written by Matt.) Continue reading Ranking the Batmen


Logan Review aka Goodbye, X-Men


Seventeen years ago, X-Men entered the cinema, and the world of film was changed forever. Batman and Superman defined comic book movies for the twenty previous years, but now there was a new kind of superhero film.

The film’s financial and critical success helped pave the way for a more serious tone to be adopted for superhero films (for better and worse) and encourage the industry to go all in on superhero films.

For me though, the arrival of X-Men meant so much more on a personal level. Continue reading Logan Review aka Goodbye, X-Men

The Trump Era Films: Mad Max: Fury Road

With four years of Donald Trump the President of the United States on the horizon, we are all going to have to find some ways to cope. My way is certainly just about the least productive possible. I will be searching for movies that provide some sort of catharsis for myself. It’s self-indulgent to the last degree, but we all need a little something.

Re-watching Fury Road recently for the first time since I saw it in the theater was a fascinating experience. Everything I enjoyed about my first experience seemed even better on a second viewing. Beyond its quality, this film will easily go down as one of the most notable pictures of the 21st century when it’s all said and done. Everything about it was so bold that you can just tell right away that it will stand the test of time. Continue reading The Trump Era Films: Mad Max: Fury Road

The Tape Crusaders: Episode #15 – Batman The Animated Series 


Finally, Mike & Matt’s journey through Batman is at a close with one of the most revered projects in the history of the franchise, the beloved Batman The Animated Series. Your ever-loving hosts discuss the tone, the treatments of Batman, Bruce and the Rogues Gallery and then get into favourite episodes. Continue reading The Tape Crusaders: Episode #15 – Batman The Animated Series 

The Tape Crusaders: Episode #14 – The Lego Batman Movie 


Everything is awesome because Mike & Matt have finally gotten to the highly anticipated Lego incarnation of the Dark Knight! Once their totally in-depth point by point breakdown of the movie is done with it’s time for yet another round of shaking our heads at the state of the DC Cinematic Universe now that Ben Affleck is rumoured to be dropping out of The Batman altogether. It’s gonna be fun on the bun! Continue reading The Tape Crusaders: Episode #14 – The Lego Batman Movie