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“Bring Back Doofus Batman” — Noah Berlatsky at The Atlantic lobbies for an end to serious Bruce Wayne being all serious all the time. It’s broody billionaire versus colorful cock-up artist, but even if Affleck can’t make this a reality, we’ll always have The Brave and The Bold and our statues of Adam West.
“Big Question: When did you fall in love with movies?” — Drew McWeeny continues his series at HitFix, earning a few surprising answers from prominent filmmakers (but mostly a metric ton of love for Star Wars).
“Joshua Reviews Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent” — Over at Criterion Cast, Josh Brunsting celebrates a singular vision and a unique monster movie.
“Black to the Future” — Devin Faraci critiques Back to the Future III‘s approach (or non-approach) to racial politics for Bad Ass Digest.
“Eric Rohmer’s influence on 2013 film, from Before Midnight to Frances Ha” — Leo Robson draws a keen stylistic parallel while wandering around beautiful city streets and wondering about love.
“The underselling of the movies” — The Dissolve’s Keith Phipps sighs against a tsunami of bland movie marketing, but he manages to find the silver lining.
“Joss Whedon Points at Temple of Doom Scene as Example of Cultural Problem” — Is self-referencing clever or just playing with yourself? Whedon jabs and /film’s Germain Lussier defends Indy.