Joel Schumacher

Probably a good director, but I've mostly seen his junk, I think.

The Lost Boys (1987) -- A pretty decent vampire and teen movie, mostly thanks to the people in it. C

Falling Down (1993) -- It started off good, and it was a really good premise, but it eventually screwed itself over, climaxing in badness with the "You mean I'm the bad guy?" standoff. C

Batman Forever (1995) -- I didn't like Batman Returns, so in a way this one was kind of refreshing in its newness, even if the newness was just silliness and not-necessarily-good over-the-topness. By this point, Batman became this boring guy while the villains tried to pump the crappy movies full of life. (For the predecessor, Batman Returns, see Tim Burton. For the sequel, Batman and Robin, see below.) C

Batman and Robin (1997) -- One of the worst movies ever made. Two or three villains, a Robin, a Batgirl... oh, and Batman. All cramming up the place. 98% puns, this movie is. Who thinks this is good? Who did they write this for? The only good thing about it was Alfred. (See above for the predecessor, Batman Forever.  See Christopher Nolan for the prequel, Batman Begins.) F

Phone Booth (2003) -- At one hour and fifteen minutes, this movie is just long enough to be interesting. Even fifteen minutes longer would be a bit much, but this ends up being a quick little fun movie. B

The Phantom of the Opera (2005) -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera works on compact disc because the music is pretty good, and it works on stage because it's all lavish and you're in New York or whatever, but it doesn't work well on the screen. The main problem is that the story itself (the Gaston Leroux book) is kind of flawed, and the character of the Phantom is just a whiney turd really. This movie version of the musical becomes boring really quickly, and the guy who plays the Phantom only adds to the already-present turdiness of the character (at least Michael Crawford brought some zing on the stage). And then we finally get to see his face, and it's not a big deal at all, not anything that would make someone have to hide from society. More like something that would have people just say, "Man, something happen to your face?" Certainly not Lon Chaney. In the end, Raoul is the only good character, and you even wonder why he's interested in Christine (other than the fact that the actor playing her is pretty hot). C

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