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JOKER (2019): The Things I Liked…

Joker (2019), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures
Joker (2019), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures

I’ve liked Joaquin Phoenix ever since his brilliant performance in Ridley Scott’s much loved Gladiator (2000). I therefore had no doubt he’d deliver a truly memorable performance as Joker, Gotham City’s most iconic villain.

Watching Aurthur Fleck’s journey from social outcast to psychopathic murderer is a viewing experience I enjoyed for more than just Phoenix’s brilliant physical and emotional performance. Before Joker, I don’t think I’d truly paid attention to the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. The clever use of this song, the film’s musical score and soundtrack is another key highlight. 

Joker (2020), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures
Joker (2020), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures

Joker is undeniably a good film. Yet, for me personally, there is something about it that meant I found myself not particularly overly enthusiastic post viewing. One might even say that Joker is quite depressing because it’s almost ‘too real,’ when compared with what’s been happening in the US. Another reason it seemed something of a downer is the film’s heavy focus on people who are, to put it lightly, ‘unpleasant’. I of course understand director Todd Phillip’s reasons considering the nature of the story being told. Yet it’s never easy for me when the protagonist is also an anti-hero of the most insane and murderous kind, particularly when there’s no humour involved. 

Overall, what I like most about Phillip’s film, is how well mapped Joker’s journey from victim to anti-hero is. From powerless to fully empowered and in control. From ‘how much more can he take?’ ‘Where can he go from here?’ to ‘There it is’. ‘The camel’s back has completely snapped and there’s no going back

Lastly, I can’t deny that my colour loving self rather enjoyed the red suit, yellow vest, plus  green shirt and hair look. Especially while Joker was on those famous stairs.

You’ve probably already seen it. If not, do it for Phoenix’s performance and all else that’s good about it.

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WOUNDS (2019): New Trailer From Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Wounds (2019).

From writer / director  Babak Anvari, Wounds is a new horror / mystery starring Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer and Zazie Beetz.

At the heart of the story is the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar…

I’m curious because I like the cast – but then there’s the bugs. The many many bugs and those flesh wounds – with bugs in them!

Brad William Henke, Karl Glusman, Kerry Cahill, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Jim Klock, Ritchie Montgomery and Terence Rosemore also star.

Wounds Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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LUCY IN THE SKY (2019): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz…

Lucy In The Sky (2019), Natalie Portman, Fox Searchlight Pictures

John Hamm, Natalie Portman, Zazie beetz and Dan Stevens are the stars of new sci-fi / drama Lucy In The Sky.

Directed by Noah Hawley, Lucy In The Sky is the story of Lucy, a female astronaut who begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality, following a life-changing space mission.

The cast is good and I’ll put aside my slight fatigue when it comes to space movies because I’m curious about Portman’s character’s emotional and psychological journey.

Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, Christopher Darga, Jeremiah Birkett and Stella Edwards also star.

Lucy In The Sky Release Dates

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HIGH FLYING BIRD (2019): New Trailer From Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, André Holland, Melvin Gregg…

High Flying Bird (2019), André Holland

Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, André Holland and Melvin Gregg are the stars of director Steven Soderbergh’s new drama, High Flying Bird.

At the centre of the story is a sports agent who pitches a rookie basketball client an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during an NBA lockout / shutdown

Right away, I like the rhythm and flow of this trailer edit. It’s giving me HBO’s Ballers vibes and a little hint of Entourage – another HBO show. I guess that’s why I first thought this was a TV series.

I want to see precisely what the intriguing yet controversial opportunity is and how far it gets. I also just really like the title, ‘High Flying Bird’.

Lastly, in reference to 0:19 in this trailer, when was it agreed that Basketball was the ‘sexiest sport?’ Surely football / soccer is the one.

Kyle MacLachlan, Michelle Ang, Bill Duke, Glenn Fleshler, Sonja Sohn, Caleb McLaughlin also star.

High Flying Bird Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US)…

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018): The Things I Liked…

Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds

Having been introduced to Deadpool’s story in the 2016 movie, in this David Leitch directed sequel, our favourite wisecracking, foul-mouthed mutant is battling new personal demons, whilst also trying to protect a young boy with untamed super natural abilities.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin and Julian Dennison, Deadpool 2 is very much a fun action movie worth seeing.

All the elements that made the first film great, including the humorous dialogue and cool action sequences are present in this sequel. Except that this time we have the addition of some fun new characters, my favourite of them being Domino (Beetz).

What I liked immediately about Deadpool 2 is the James Bond-style opening theme song and accompanying visuals. The second thing I fell in love with was Domino’s general cool factor which had me dreaming about a stand-alone film.

Then came the crazy ‘baby legs’ scene followed by the moving moment towards the end. Overall, I’ll probably remember Deadpool 2 most for just being a good action movie and sequel. I’ll also hold it dearly in my heart for reminding me of how beautiful language is, particularly when in this movie I was introduced to the phrase ‘prison wallet’ and what it means. And yes, I definitely laughed afresh as I typed the words.

As for the question of whether Deadpool 2 is better than Deadpool? I think they’re both good movies. Though I would add that the original likely has the edge since the style and foul-mouth wisecracking was refreshingly new for the superhero movie genre when it was released.

So… watch it because you loved the first movie and this one is unlikely to disappoint.

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