/Filmcast Ep. 537 – Joker (GUEST: Bob Chipman from Escapist Magazine) – /Film

David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Bob Chipman (aka MovieBob), film critic from escapistmagazine.com, moviebobcentral.com, and creator of The Big Picture, to review Joker. Find out whether the latest movie by director Todd Phillips starring Joaquin Phoenix helped them put on a happy face. Read MovieBob’s review of Joker here. Read New Yorker’s Richard Brody review of Joker here. Watch David’s […]

‘Joker’ backlash: Aurora shooting victims’ families express concerns to Warner Bros.

Relatives of people killed in the 2012 shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a Batman movie sent a letter to Warner Bros. expressing unease about “Joker,” an upcoming film that has divided critics with its lurid, violent take on the comic book villain. “When we learned that Warner Bros. was releasing a movie … that […]

‘Joker’ Set in the Past Because Todd Phillips Wants Nothing to Do With the DCEU

One of the biggest decisions director Todd Phillips and screenwriter Scott Silver made for their revisionist comic book drama “Joker” is to have it be a period piece. The movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix as an unstable stand-up comedian who becomes the notorious Batman villain, takes place in Gotham City around the late 1970s, early 1980s […]

Don’t Believe the TIFF Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines. Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is […]

Dark ‘Joker’ wins top prize at the Venice International Film Festival

US director Todd Phillips (L) holds the Golden Lion award for his movie 'Joker' as he poses US actor Joaquin Phoenix during the awarding ceremony of the 76th annual Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 7, 2019 in Venice. (Photo: CLAUDIO ONORATI, EPA-EFE) Todd Phillips’ dark comic book film “Joker” won the Golden Lion Award at […]

'Joker' Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Goes Crazy as the Clown Prince of Crime

Joaquin Phoenix gets the last laugh in the new Joker trailer. The highly-anticipated anti-comic book movie from director Todd Phillips takes the Clown Prince of Crime out of whatever crazy continuity currently exists in DC-based films, and lets him loose in his own standalone story. Rather than attempt to make your standard superhero-inspired movie, Phillips is […]

Venice Film Festival: Is ‘Joker’ On The Cards? Early Speculation Swells For 2019 Edition

EXCLUSIVE: With Cannes in the rear-view mirror, film industry attention is now turning to the autumn festivals and what titles are shaping up as the ones we’ll be talking about throughout awards season. Having steadily cemented its status as the go-to fall launchpad for awards hopefuls, including three of the last five Best Picture Oscar […]