Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – Joker

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick and Josh Flanagan are joined by former columnist Mike Romo to discuss Joker, the stand alone period piece origin film that is generating wildly disparate reactions in the general movie-going public … but how will our hosts react? One thing’s for sure — it certainly triggers some memories for three guys who all have lived in New York City.

Running Time: 00:42:00

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  1. I agreed with Josh on about 100% of his points

  2. I really am bummed we didn’t mention that Bruce and his parents did not come out of a screening of THE MASK OF ZORRO but ZORRO THE GAY BLADE, which stars George Hamilton and was the first Zorro film I remember seeing. This would set JOKER in 1981.

    It was on the tip of my tongue at one point but then the discussion moved off in a different direction.

  3. I fully understand and agree that movies like this are not for everyone. Lots of people, maybe even most, simply would prefer to avoid spending time thinking about uglier truths of our society and humanity. Also, too, lots of comic book film fans only want certain types of (safer, conventionally entertaining) stories from their moviegoing fare.

    I am neither of those people.

    I thought JOKER was brilliant – this film is true art. And Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is one of the best I have ever seen in movies, period; I could not take my eyes off him for two hours, I was mesmerized and horrified, and in sheer awe of his talent.

    Do I want all comic book movies to be like this? Oh God no! Lol But I do love that Warner Brothers has the balls to produce a variety of different types of films within this genre. Now I am even more excited for Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad 2 and Wonder Woman ’84 – let alone for Matt Reeves’ Batman films and Ava DuVernay’s New Gods 😀

    • Agreed on all fronts. The second I saw the trailer the first time, I thought, “Yep, the iFanboy crew will be disliking this one.” Whether it be “too dark”, or not “fun”, etc, you could see the reaction coming from a mile away. These gentleman have a VERY specific bubble in which they want their comic book fare to operate in. Nothing particularly wrong with that per se…but I can’t imagine them wasting their time on this movie when it was so obviously not for them.

    • @Snts6678 And yet, that wasn’t our reaction! Overall, we liked it!

    • “I thought JOKER was brilliant – this film is true art. And Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is one of the best I have ever seen in movies, period”

      Good grief. Laying it on a little thick. We get it. You want to be one of those guys who “got it”. Eye roll.

  4. “What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner. . .” Well, here is my problem, not a bad movie but it sells the great American lie. We have a serial killer or somebody shoots up a school, democrats, republicans and all of god’s pundits will say the same thing. “Guns don’t kill people.” “We need to do something about the mentally ill.”

    My daughter was at college in the student center, she said she wanted to kill herself. In no time at all, she was in 4 point restraint awaiting the police. One security guard said, “We are not going to have a Columbine here.” She did not threaten to kill anyone. She did say she wanted to die. That is even a long road from saying she was going to self-harm.

    The mentally Ill as far more likely to be a victim than a gunman. Name me a real mental ill serial killer… The school shoots seem mentally ill but few truly are.

    Joker got the crap kicked out of him several times before taking up arms, and although he would be far more likely to shoot himself, I understand it COULD happen that way. BUT in a country where the story of the mentally ill are the problem is repeated over and over, the facts should be discussed.

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