Why So Serious?: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”
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Why So Serious?: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”

“I used to think my life was a tragedy. Now I realize it’s a comedy,” says soon-to-be Joker/Gotham’s resident gaunt downer Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) in Todd Phillips’s much-discussed, much-think pieced, much-hyped, much-backlashed film Joker. This line became a standout early on in the promotion of the film, and truth be told, for a good … Continue reading

Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”
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Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”

By and large, I’ve grown to despise comic book and superhero films. When I see praise lavished upon these narrative-less, stakes-less, CGI shlock-fests I stew with hatred for the artistically bankrupt culture that produces and pays for them to be continuously made. So when I went into a theater to watch Todd Phillips—a director best … Continue reading

Holding It Strong or Letting It Go: A Look at ‘Her’ and ‘The Past’
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Holding It Strong or Letting It Go: A Look at ‘Her’ and ‘The Past’

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo had strong references to the story Pygmalion, a legendary figure from Greek mythology known for falling in love with his own artistic creation. As the ivory sculpture, which he named Galatea, becomes Pygmalion’s object of affection, Aphrodite turns her into a real woman and eventually the artist and his “masterpiece”get … Continue reading