Today I left work early to pick my kids up from school because one of them kicked another child in the groin and then offered his victim money to cover it up.

Fifteen cents.

Sigh

So the Huffington Post have grabbed a video of mine from YouTube and are rehosting it. A few weeks ago they had posted the link to my original video of Nolan mispronouncing dumptruck really badly (and hilariously). That was nice, and added about 15,000 views to the total. This, where they’ve grabbed my video and uploaded it to their own YouTube channel, is much less nice.

I’m really easy to get ahold of. I actively answer YouTube comments and private messages, and my profile there has links to three other ways to get in touch with me.

But they didn’t try.

One block of cheese
One pound of bacon
One loaf of bread

All consumed in under 15 minutes by my three boys, ages eight, six and three.

Burton’s Batman in Black and White

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In 1989, I lined up all afternoon with my friend Thom to see Tim Burton’s Batman on opening night. I came away a bit disappointed — it looked and sounded great, but the story was kind of flat. Still, over the next few years I saw it a lot more times. As I got into home theatre, Batman’s striking images and spectacular music was ideal reference material. And so even though it had been fifteen years since I had seen it last, when I watched Batman with my kids tonight I knew every shot and every sound. I also reflexively started to stand up when I would have had to flip over the laserdisc.
But it was different tonight, too. I’ve absorbed a lot more film history in the intervening years, and went through an education and then career in photography. I was surprised by how much the film looked like a product of 1989, even though it had such crazy, distinctive design. It wasn’t really the clothes or the makeup, or the hair. And it definitely wasn’t the lighting style, which was a clear callback to Hollywood Noir and the expressionist films that inspired that period.

It was the colour palette. Late 1980s film stock combined with late 1980s fashion colours. And with so many shots in the film nearly black and white, I started wondering what the whole film would look like that way. It looks like this:

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