Review: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

About two weeks ago the spectacular main trailer for The Batman showed us all which direction the movie franchise is going to take for the foreseeable future. Director Matt Reeves is taking Batman to his noir roots which is no coincidence as Reeves is also involved in the new Batman animated series called Batman: Caped Crusader which puts special emphasis on the noir element. Fascinating to see Batman animation once again champion this direction!

In short: Fans who like to see Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in the noir style are bound for good times! Don’t get me wrong, I hold the Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan in the highest regard. In fact I would consider it a masterpiece. Nolan’s realistic approach brought something new to the table and changed the perception of the character forever. Christian Bale owned the duality of Bruce Wayne and made his use of and struggle with darkness believable.

Before we go any further let me confess that I am not (yet) an expert on the cultural phenomenon that is Batman. I have only casually followed the adventures of the urban crusader since I first encountered him via Tim Burton‘s interpretation. To me Michael Keaton will always be the Batman and I am very excited that he will be revisiting that role in the upcoming The Flash movie. Maybe this time the costume will allow him to turn his head. Again: Good times ahead!

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Life of a Storyteller 1: Coffee & Caladan

I love spending a Saturday afternoon doing absolutely nothing. By that however I don’t mean forgetting to do the dishes and sitting around the flat all day before switching to Netflix in the evening.

That approach has its place in life but most of the time I find it horribly dull. I mean the exciting kind of doing nothing. It usually begins by picking one of my favourite shirts to wear and going for a stroll.

Having the good fortune of living near a body of water, the wonderful Alster Lakes, my focused aimlessness usually starts there. The sun warming your face and staring at ducks or other paddling, flying, diving bird-things, you could think you have reached peak doing nothing.

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Review: Dune (2021)

Even before reading the novel I had of course heard of Dune. I knew that it was considered one of the milestones in the history of science fiction literature.

Because it brought into existence some of Sci Fi’s most iconic heroes, villains and creatures and because it contained as much depth and vision as many tomes of philosophy.

The tale set around the planet Arrakis, called Dune, was compulsory reading for any serious fan of science fiction. Unfortunately I had absolutely no interest in it.

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Ten reasons why you should hire a Tabletop Wargamer

Tabletop miniature wargaming as a hobby is hard to hide. I know that because I’ve tried. Back in college I was sharing a flat with one of my best friends and we were identifying as “undercover nerds”.

While to the eyes of the careless observer we presented ourselves as the usual college students, hitting the pubs, drinking, dancing and doing all the stuff expected from young people away from their families for the first time, we harbored a secret desire.

And there were signs. Not even a small family, however clumsy its members, should’ve stocked that many bottles of superglue. And why were there so many paintbrushes lying around but no paintings to be found? And why did two guys in a small flat own such a ridiculously large kitchen table?

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Why I would hire D&D players as Communication Professionals

Dungeons & Dragons could be considered one of the cultural pillars of the Global Community of Nerds. Among the dice-chucking, pencil-gnawing and swashbuckling kind it has rightfully acquired the status of Nerd Cultural Heritage.

You might love it or you might hate it, but you definitely have heard of it or played it. At least if you are into this kind of thing. If not it might have taken Netflix and Stranger Things to pique your interest.

But once you have seen Will Byers and his friends have a go at adventuring you definitely understand the basic concept. And maybe some of the fascination.

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