LAST YEAR'S EXPO,
PETE BEST, CHRIS FARLEY AND MORE!
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Pop Expo / N.E. Comicon Redux
By Joe Viglione
Adam West rules on MeTV in the Boston area, the original Batman TV series airing on Verizon's Channel 461 in this region on Saturday evenings at 7 PM (Wonder Woman at 8 PM, Star Trek at 9 PM) - and for those faithful followers of the colorful, quirky look at the caped crusader from the 1960s, having Mayor Adam West of Family Guy in Wilmington, Massachusetts makes this expo essential. But there's more!
Last year's event was a blast with Pete Best of the Beatles, Chris Farlowe of the group Collosseum (hit #1 with the Rolling Stones song "Out of Time" ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpDjbul0WyE and lots and lots of artists, tv stars and more. It was simply a delight with the panels having discussions of pop culture, bumping into like-minded friends you've known from days gone by, the vendors and the costumed attendees, all a magical time for adults who are still young at heart.
Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, A Pop Culture Expo
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shriner’s Auditorium99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington, MA
Located 20 minutes North of Boston
Exit 39 off Route 93
WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT BATMAN,
ADAM WEST, in the Boston area 6/20, 6/21
Adam West: still Batman after all these years
While many fan conventions are rooted in a particular movie, TV series, or genre, this weekend’s Northeast Comic Con at Shriners Auditorium is billed as a “Pop Culture Expo.”
As such, Adam West is the perfect headliner.
He starred as TV’s “Batman” nearly 50 years ago. The character in the cape and tights was so popular that the actor had a tough time playing anyone else after the three-season run ended in 1968. Finally, in 2000, Seth MacFarlane brought him onto “Family Guy” to voice the character Adam West, the mayor of Quahog.
And though the original Batmobile will be in Wilmington this weekend, the original Batman will not be in costume.
JOE VIGLIONE REVIEWS ORIGINAL BATMAN SERIAL 1943
Batman and Robin: the Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection Description.Where the 1943 Batman debut had a certain charm and a supremely despicable villain in J. Carroll Naish, this sequel misfires six years after the first 15 chapter serial and doesn't hold up as well as the original on DVD. The plot is a good one and despite some fine work by the B movie cast - Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon (he of Chick Carter, Detective fame) and Robert Lowery as the Batman (horror fans take note, Lowery was in The Mummy's Ghost and Revenge Of The Zombies ) director Spencer Gordon Bennet just can't seem to put it all together. Where the first film had the caped crusader and his boy wonder helping the police surreptitiously, they are fully cooperating with the Commissioner here, in his office and at his beck and call. The biggest problem is that their nemesis, The Wizard, is not as diabolical as a future Marvel Comics character of the same name (the leader of The Fantastic Four's powerful enemy, The Frightful Four), especially in light of the fact that The Joker was already an established villain in the comic book series and, had he been the antagonist instead of the Wizard, there would have been the opportunity for some fun elements absent in this outing. Actor Leonard Penn (also from producer Sam Katzman's aforementioned 1946 Chick Carter, Detective flick) just doesn't put any malice into his Wizard character, none of the relish needed to seep through the secretive wardrobe. Eric Wilton, as butler Alfred, gets to play Batman in a deception created by the dynamic duo, which gives him a footnote in movie trivia history, one could say. There are lots of mind games between The Wizard and Batman, a plot device that wears pretty thin, but there are also plenty of amusing electronic gadgets at The Wizard's disposal and a pretty cool Bat Cave to boot. On home video or DVD the chapters get tedious where the previous entry from 1943 could hold one's attention and, despite the addition of a sub-plot where The Wizard also becomes The Invisible Man, this quickie really feels like it was made to entertain in short bursts at a movie theater in the late 40s. Some critics liked Robert Lowery better than his predecessor, Lewis Wilson, in the dual roles of Bruce Wayne and Batman, however the actors from both serials do a fine job and get into the character better than Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney ever could in their attempts to play the superhero. It is actually quite sad that producer Katzman and director Bennet didn't realize the iconic figure they were dealing with because with a little extra effort the assembled cast and this decent script idea could have made for a very entertaining movie. It's too bad Michael G. Wilson, son of the original Batman, Lewis Wilson, and co-producer of Quantum of Solace, didn't watch this serial prior to the 2008 James Bond entry because the glaring error of not having a masterful villain is why both Quantum and this Batman And Robin have less sustain. The Dark Knight worked so well because Heath Ledger's Joker was every bit the equal of Christian Bale's Batman. ~ Joe Viglione, Rovi
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