When Someone Asks If You Are a God

Submitted by Bad Billy Pratt The best films defy the label of genre and provide a more ambitious and nuanced starting point- “Ghostbusters” (1984) is such a film. With the makings of what could have been a forgettable, early decade slapstick comedy culled from Saturday Night Live talent, the film-making team used this foundation to build…

Cinema & The Narrative Game

The film director Martin Scorsese recently criticized movies based on comic books, saying they are ‘not cinema’. His point is undeniable, in that there is a clear difference between creating mainstream entertainment and creating a classic piece of artistic storytelling. His point especially rings true when you consider how many repetitive superhero films have been…

Joker: Making a Mass Shooter

I finally saw Joker. I went alone. As a straight white male, I felt in character. I smiled and gave a head nod to the security officer that is never ever assigned to a specific screen but was directly in front of the door to screen 5. Two hours later, I realized why the entire…

Cannibalism and “Joker”

Submitted by Bad Billy Pratt Reality struck Matt Kennedy Gould in a flash as every cast member of the show created for his destruction revealed themselves as an actor hired to manipulate him. Every cast member but one, Brian Keith Etheridge- cast as Gould’s best friend, tasked with staying close to him throughout filming and becoming his…

Joker (2019): A Killer Troll

Editor’s note: We will run multiple Joker reviews with an eye on unique interpretations and angles. Today’s is the first of multiple entries. Joker is a great troll. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have played the studio system before—Phillips with his bilious Hangover sequels and Phoenix with his bizarre I’m Not There— and this…