Museums and the Movies: Batman and Robin

Joel Schumacher’s 1997 Batman and Robin is not only one of the worst super-hero films ever made (it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 11%), it killed off the Batman movie franchise until Christopher Nolan resurrected it, destroyed careers and forced George Clooney to apologise to Adam West. Sure, I loved it when I was…

Here be dinosaurs: An adventure in the American Museum of Natural History

With the planetarium, dinosaurs and diorama galore (as well as a starring role in the Night at the Museum franchise) I was expecting big things from the American Museum of Natural History. That’s Big Things both metaphorical and literal, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed. It was early on a grey autumn morning, with…

Museums and the Movies: The Mummy Returns

Hands up if you’ve ever said “YOU MUST NOT READ FROM THE BOOK!” in menacing tones, just as someone was about to pick up a book. It is, of course, a warning from The Mummy (1999) about reading from the Book of the Dead. Even though it’s entirely safe to read from the book –…

Museums and the Movies: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Welcome back to the latest Museums and the Movies! Today Our subject is a reboot of a childhood classic. Well, a sequel to the reboot. The first live action Scooby Doo film was a dream come true. It was one of those rarest of things; a TV show-turned Motion Picture that was actually good, breathing new life…

Museums and the Movies: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

By now you’re all probably very familiar with my Museums and the Movies series. So far we’ve explored the witchy goings on in the museums in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the wonderful Hocus Pocus as well as seeing one of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs cause chaos in London. Today, we’re going to look at the role…

Museums and the Movies: One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing

“Dinosaurs” as the wonderful Jamie Glavic once declared, “are the gateway drug to all things awesome.” With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest edition of Museums and the Movies. Previously we’ve explored how an apprentice witch utilised a museum’s collection to defend Great Britain from a Nazi invasion and how some…

Museums and the Movies: Hocus Pocus

After looking at the museum in Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks I thought I’d continue this little theme and look at a museum that is at the heart of another well-loved film. So, I’ve decided to investigate the role of the museum in what the internet regards as one of the best films ever: Hocus Pocus….

Museums and the Movies: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

When I was little, Bedknobs and Broomsticks was my comfort film. It’s the one I would put on when I wasn’t feeling well to cheer myself up. It has everything a good film should: inexplicably named characters played by Angela Lansbury and Mr. Banks, live action mixed with animation and even Bruce Forsyth popping up….