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I wanted to bring this up in my review but felt I was interjecting too much of my own stupidity that didn't really have much to do with Joker as movie. Joaquin's performance is great. All of his performances since the fake breakdown in 2010 have been great. In Joker, he plays the psychotic loser very well except for one thing that would take me out of the movie...

...the smoking. Joaquin Phoenix looks cool as fuck when smoking. It was hard to see Arthur Fleck as a loser in those moments, and he pretty much chain smokes through the entire movie. As taboo as smoking is in American society these days, there are still few things that look as cinematic as an actor who knows how to hold a cigarette.

Look at this badass:




 
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I think the lack of fleshed out side characters is kind of the point. The movie follows a loner unreliable narrator and his perception of how people are rather than getting to know and understand them. He gets treated so terribly that he gave up looking for good in people.

One thing that bothered me though was
when they showed his interactions with his neighbor weren't real and they did a Fight Club thing and showed him by himself when he thought he was with her. Like come on, we get it, it didn't happen.

I think the first act could have been done better with writing and pacing, but overall I thought it was pretty good.
 
Joker wasn’t shot on 70mm, right? For those that have seen it already, is there a benefit to seeing it in that format? Especially if the sound is… not the greatest and the seats are uncomfortable?
 
Joker wasn’t shot on 70mm, right? For those that have seen it already, is there a benefit to seeing it in that format? Especially if the sound is… not the greatest and the seats are uncomfortable?
Digital. No reason to seek out 70mm IMO. Also the score is so good I would hate for bad acoustics at certain landmark independent establishments in Chicago to ruin that.
 
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And thematically, it's one of those movies like Fight Club where at too young of an age (or other reasons...) you might come out thinking Travis Bickle and Tyler Durden are the cool good guys.

I thought about those two movies a lot after watching Joker. Can you imagine the waves made if the internet was around/what it is today when they came out? Joker doesn't even register on that scale of misinterpreted characters.
Why ‘Fight Club’ Is the Movie that ‘Joker’ Failed to Become

David Ehrlich wrote what I was unable to convey. Great piece. Spoilers though.
 
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They're making a female spin-off of John Wick that sounds an awful lot like Kill Bill to me.

"Ballerina focuses on a young female assassin who seeks revenge against the people who killed her family. "



First the TV show spinoff now this. John Wick Film and TV universe is about to be in full swing going into 4 movies in.
 

Got a plot synopsis for Clerks 3....

“Randal has a heart attack, decides that he came so close to death, and his life has meant nothing, there’s nobody to memorialize him, he has no family or anything like that,” Smith said. “And in the recovery, while under fentanyl, he comes to the conclusion at mid-life, having almost died, having worked in a movie store his whole life and watched other people’s movies, he tells Dante, I think we need to make a movie. So Dante and Randal make ‘Clerks.’ That’s the story of ‘Clerks 3.'”
That's meta AF.
 

Got a plot synopsis for Clerks 3....



That's meta AF.
I knew that sounded familiar, so five seconds of research tells me that that is a version of what was going to be the Clerks animated movie, Clerks: Sell Out. From Wikipedia:

Clerks: Sell Out
For several years following Clerks: The Animated Series cancellation, Smith announced plans to make an animated direct-to-video film. The basic plot involved Dante and Randal making a movie about their lives at the Quick Stop, a reference to the production of the original film. In an interview Kevin Smith expanded on the delays surrounding the film. Apparently, when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax, owned at the time by Disney, the split was not completely amicable. The rights to the Clerks television show were still owned by the Disney Corporation, who as a result were reluctant to work with The Weinstein Company, throwing the future of Clerks: Sell Out into question.[12] At the 2007 Cornell Q&A Kevin said due to the Miramax/Weinstein argument "you will see a Jay and Silent Bob cartoon before Clerks: Sell Out." As of January 2018, no new updates have emerge over if Clerks: The Animated Series or Clerks: Sell Out are still in active development.
Reused/repurposed or not though, I still like the idea, and obviously he's updated it since the original concept came to mind.
 
You’ve Got Mail
Two brick and mortar bookstore owners find love over the internet and contemplate their future demise at the hands of technology. Also Dave Chappelle. Actually the overall cast of this film is ridiculous considering it features

It’s the timelessness of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with the nanosecond that email was new and neat and big bookstores were expanding before Amazon took over and blew them away.

How is your Wednesday?
 
Cold fall night, I popped a barleywine and hit play on a "scary" movie...

Midsommar.

Huh... Well, that happened in front of my eyes for a couple hours. I can't say it was bad, in the way bad movies are bad, it just was never good.

What was I supposed to get out of that? I cared about exactly zero characters. There was almost nothing to hint at a plot throughout the 1st act (or ever, really.) The 2nd act was slow as hell, and the 3rd was all "payoff" for things we weren't set up to understand.

Mother! is the closest thing I can relate this to, and I liked that more. Thats not good.
 
Judy - 5/10

The Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger is a sadder take on fairly standard musical biopic fare. The movie is centered around a final run of shows Garland did at the end of her life, with her drug problems and traumatic early career experiences used as framing for her troubles. I only saw it for Zellweger's transformative performance and while she does make you feel for the aging actress she portrays, it doesn't measure up to what is a loaded year for Best Actress. But Hollywood loves portrayals of famous people so she'll probably win everything a la Rami Malek last year.
 
Okay movie people, help me out here if you can. I'm thinking of a Sci-fi movie I watched when I was a kid, this would've been in the early 80's and I watched it on HBO so it could be older. Anyway, it takes place on a spaceship and there's a man who can control the robots on the ship with a plug in the back of his neck that interfaces with a plug in the neck of the robot. Eventually he puts those same plugs in the necks of humans on the ship so he can control them too. That's pretty much what I remember. I did a bit of google searching but didn't find anything.
 
Okay movie people, help me out here if you can. I'm thinking of a Sci-fi movie I watched when I was a kid, this would've been in the early 80's and I watched it on HBO so it could be older. Anyway, it takes place on a spaceship and there's a man who can control the robots on the ship with a plug in the back of his neck that interfaces with a plug in the neck of the robot. Eventually he puts those same plugs in the necks of humans on the ship so he can control them too. That's pretty much what I remember. I did a bit of google searching but didn't find anything.
Sounds kind of like Saturn 3...
 
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