Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
1993 saw Batman Mask of the Phantasm arrive in theatres. It totally bombed on release and failed to get the attention it deserved, despite the cartoon series being a huge success. When the movie hit video and LaserDisc it finally got the attention it needed!
Mask of the Phantasm has become a fan favourite with Batman fans and some consider it still to be the best Batman film to date! With the movie focusing on Bruce Wayne’s origins and his eventual progression, it was the first to really expand upon his background.
Why is the film still considered the best Batman flick? Let’s find out…