By Faraz Talat Published: October 5, 2019 Tweet Email The Joker is, by design, a villain beyond comprehension; more ‘it’ than ‘he’. PHOTO: IMDB You would think that Joker has no earthly reason to exist as anything other than a gimmick aimed at making profits off a highly marketable property. However, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have elevated it into a politically conscious art piece that defies all expectations. Joker’s past The most important thing to understand about the Joker, is that he isn’t meant to be understood. He is, by design, a villain beyond comprehension. You are not supposed to put yourself in his big clown shoes. Joker, more ‘it’ than ‘he’, is an avatar of chaotic evil; a human-ish represenation of a gas cylinder exploding unexpectedly in a crowded room. You cannot make quite make sense of why it happened or who precisely is to blame for it. All you can do is try and cope with the … [Read more...] about Joker is a masterpiece in (almost) every sense
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Media Log In Log In Today’s Paper Media | ‘Joker’ Movie Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros. Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByBrooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling Oct. 3, 2019 Updated 3:51 p.m. ET LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s latest comic book movie, “Joker,” arrives in multiplexes on Thursday night, and it has all the makings of a juggernaut. The R-rated film, which portrays the DC Comics villain as sharing the psychological traits of real-life mass shooters, is expected to collect at least $80 million in the United States and Canada by Sunday. If the film reaches that total, it would give Warner Bros. its biggest non-sequel opening in two years. “Joker” has artistic legitimacy, having won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival last month. Its star, Joaquin Phoenix, has … [Read more...] about ‘Joker’ Movie Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros.
The villains are the best part of Batman movies and the Joker is the best Batman villain. So the existence of the film “Joker” makes all the sense in the world. Director Todd Phillips (who is best known for comedies like the “Hangover” trilogy) takes the novel approach of crafting his own origin story for the Joker, a criminally insane psychopath in white greasepaint. Set in what appears to be 1981 (based on a theater marquee in the film touting that year’s “Zorro, the Gay Blade”), “Joker” is essentially a Martin Scorsese character study a la “Taxi Driver.” And just to drive home that point, Phillips cast Robert De Niro in a key role. It’s also the first entry in the new DC Black series, which will offer standalone films that aren’t part of the (muddled) DC Extended Universe. Working with co-writer Scott Silver, Phillips took some inspiration from the 1988 graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke” … [Read more...] about That joke isn’t funny anymore: ‘Joker’ is a grim disappointment
There have been many incarnations of the teen idol over the years, starting with wholesome ’50s stars like Frankie Avalon, through the indie, brooding Jared Leto-types of the ’90s. But in recent history, the most iconic has been none other than Justin Bieber. Bieber, who turns 25 on March 1, has been through a lot in his decade or so in the spotlight. But it’s not anything more disastrous than a fair few of these teen celebrities. From Leif Garrett to Will Smith, here are 12 of the most iconic teen idols in history, and what they’re doing in 2019. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube in 2008, and set off Bieber Fever. After posting covers of famous songs on YouTube, the then-13-year-old was discovered by industry powerhouse Scooter Braun, and flown to Atlanta, Georgia, to sing for Usher. Throughout the 2010s, Bieber skyrocketed to be one of the most – if not the most – famous people on Earth. “Beliebers” followed his every move, … [Read more...] about THEN AND NOW: 12 of the most iconic teen idols throughout history
This Spanish word can be used in many different contexts and is definitely a good one to pull out to make you sound like a native! Comodín means 'wild card ' or 'joker' in a pack of cards but it also means other things when it's used in different contexts. We say that someone it's a comodín when the person is very useful or helpful in a variety of situations - an all-rounder or a jack of all trades. For example: A football player that can play in many different positions would be called a 'comodín'. The midfield player from Real Madrid is an all-rounder. It's an employee with so many different skills, he's a jack of all trades! Hi typical excuse for not handing in his project is that he hasn't had time. Pronunciation: /ko.mo.ˈd̪in/ … [Read more...] about Spanish Word of the Day: ‘Comodín’