Happy Weekend

Nothing better for me than waking up on a semi-chilly fall morning. My house cools down to a nice 68 in October. Let’s just get into things that I find interesting.

Martin Scorsese made comments about Marvel (Superhero) movies not being cinema. James Gunn took to Twitter to respond to him. Alright Marty – then what about Star Wars? Or Avatar? Just because they’re sci-fi doesn’t mean they don’t belong in cinema. What next? Not a fan of a Blade Runner 😄Below is James Gunn’s response.

Headed to see Joker this morning. I’ve waited for this film for quite a while. I’m loving how they’re mixing in comics and making it kind of a psychological thriller.

Todd Phillips said that his inspiration of the film wasn’t the Batman films but the classic ‘Killing Joke’ comic book. One of the most iconic Batman comics that was ever done.

A lot of very good source material there. But perhaps what’s best is even with that comic-book you’re left wondering – are we getting the real story?

This is the near ending of the Killing Joke comic….

After I’ve seen it I’ll post on Sunday about my full thoughts of the movie as a lot of people are calling it ‘The best DC movie to date’. We’ll see. I’ll leave you with one of the scenes from the ‘Killing Joke’ animated where the Joker is discussing how Batman got the way that he is. Bruce/Batman tells him, “I’ve heard it all before and it wasn’t funny the first time.” Referencing the death of his parents and that he can’t see the comedy in everything like the Joker. Also relevant is the Joker’s comment in saying ,”We’re all one bad day away from madness.”

Just came across this gem that Josh Brolin posted on his Instagram about ‘Joker’

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To appreciate “Joker” I believe you have to have either gone through something traumatic in your lifetime (and I believe most of us have) or understand somewhere in your psyche what true compassion is (which usually comes from having gone through something traumatic, unfortunately). An example of dangerous compassion would be to, say, make a film made about the fragility of the human psyche, and make it so raw, so brutal, so balletic that by the time you leave the theatre you not only don’t want to hurt anything but you desperately want an answer and a solution to the violence and mental health issues that have spun out of control around us. This film makes you hurt and only in pain do we ever want to change. It’s all in the irony of trauma — a fine line between the resentment of wanting to hurt society back for raping you of a decent life, for not protecting you, and accepting what feels like alien feelings with softening to those others who seem freakish in our era of judgment, and digital damnation. Like kids in Middle School: man, they can just be mean. For no reason. And, sometimes, those awful little clicky kids breed an evil in someone that rages much later, when everyone pretends we are all back to normal, when we all thought it had just manned up and gone away. We have a habit of hating and ostracizing and dividing and sweeping our problems under the rug. “Joker” is simply lifting the rug and looking underneath it. Nothing more. Nothing less. It’s there.

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