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10 Best Joel Schumacher Films

Ranking the finest works of the late director. Batman need not apply.

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The late Joel Schumacher was a colourful character - a teenage tearaway and drug abuser, he found work as a production designer at the start of the 1970s and there embarked on a long and mixed career in the movie business.

Schumacher tried his hand at most genres, but was a thriller man mostly, ranging from taught, high concept works to lengthy, often serious and even sociopolitical legal dramas. He had an eye for a great cast and coaxed what could be argued as career best performances from some of his leads.

He also had a dud in him. Not what you’d call a man of refined tastes, Schumacher’s films leaned towards the glitzy and impactful - he wasn’t one for subtlety, for better or for worse, and his brace of Batman films did serious damage to the superhero genre for many years (which is a plus or a minus, depending on your opinion).

At his best, though, he was a cinematic dynamo, an audacious director whose gleeful lack of care for taste or grace made for explosive, exciting cinema. He’ll certainly be missed - and his best works will continue to stand the test of time.

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Joshua H. Mills likes Milhouse Van Houten, Tom Waits, and A Confederacy Of Dunces. You can find his content at www.twotownsover.com, and enjoy his 15 tweets @jharrymills