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Re: “No Laughing Matter

Spot on with the formulaic plot construction, but I don't see many attempts to be clever. Maybe the blending of some of Art's delusional fantasies with reality, but a lot of that stuff was pretty well prefaced with the talk show delusional episode. There are subtle points, such as the social commentary being somewhat politically neutral and ambiguous, but still pointed and quite sobering.

I think the stand up aspiriations are pretty critical to understanding Joker's torment. He intends, even longs simply to bring joy and laughter into the lives of others, and is greeted instead with derision and rejection. Being a clown and seen as a fool is one thing, but as a stand up comedian there is no face paint and red nose to hide behind. Its just you up there, and the rejection and embarassment is far more personal.

Couple that with Arthur being off his meds and the mother's story arc, the revelations and subsequent disassociation with his identity as a well-meaning incel mama's boy, and I think we have the makings of a psychopath like the Joker. That might make the whole Norman Bates-esque mother aspect a bit more than just a rehashed trope. Without it, what's left for a back story?

Agreed 100% with the depiction of violence, it is sudden, visceral and disturbing, and is one of few things that reminds the audience that Joker is a villain. The unraveling of Gotham and its society into a burning, chaotic mess is not entirely his making, but mostly circumstantial. Maybe the "pre-Giuliani" state of Gotham could have been developed a bit more, those angry mobs did seem to pop up out of nowhere. Just a little bit.

Overall, I think Todd Phillips acquits himself quite well. For me, this is memorable, which isn't something I could say about any of the Avengers, Spiderman, Iron Man etc. films.

Posted by SuperLead on 10/17/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Harmony and Twang

Loved this beautiful story. I grew up on Lew King and remember Jack Curtis (VIP, Spyders). Brian, every story you tell is golden. I loved your tales even before Bill Blake started writing columns in New Times.

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Posted by Dianne Jordan on 10/17/2019 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Crowning Around

Grice...I recommend you stay in the "haven't seen yet" camp.

Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/17/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

A walnut? Alright, then.

Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/17/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Democrat Kathy Hoffman Is Arizona Republicans' Enemy Number One

She is doing a great job. If Betsy DeVos, Cathi Herrod, Kelly Townsend, and Finchem dont like her, she must be doing the perfect job. Keep her forever.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Frances Perkins on 10/17/2019 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Harmony and Twang

Good stuff Sir Brian.

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Posted by Zonal Rick on 10/17/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Danehy

Question #4: Same racist bullshit that this jerk has been writing since the 80's.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tucson Reader on 10/17/2019 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: A Nationals Impeachment

mcdonald I was around back then so I don't have to ask what? those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. g. santaya.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by captain arizona on 10/17/2019 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Trump's Turkey Letter

definition of hippocracy establishment liberals were against iraq war and syria (except war mongers who voted for iraq war for political gain. anybody care to name those liberals who voted for iraq war so they could run for president!) and now they are for keeping troops all over the middle east. progressives like myself and tulsi gabbard were against them then and now.

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Posted by captain arizona on 10/17/2019 at 1:04 PM

Re: “A Blogger's Credo

Is there anything left of our history that hasn't been revised?

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Posted by Pxi Chang on 10/17/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Harmony and Twang

what a great read darn good better actually [LONG LIVE LEW KING RANGER

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Posted by William Sedlmayr on 10/17/2019 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Danehy

Did you fall on your head? That or perhaps you found out that you do like marijuana after all.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/17/2019 at 9:45 AM

Re: “A Blogger's Credo

"When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia." --George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, 1946

6 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Another quote RE blogging on [the politics of] education on 10/17/2019 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

It may be better for the legislature to do this, but they won't. I believe that only in Illinois did a legislature step forward; the others were done by initiative. Heck, the AZ Legislature couldn't even ban cockfighting.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jamie Massey on 10/17/2019 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

All laws, whether by legislation, or initiative, have unintended consequences, and need tweaking. The problem with a citizen's initiative such as this, is that it, for the most, would be unfixable by the legislature.
IMHO, this is something that should be done by legislation rather than by initiative.

I have no skin in this game, however, because as a CCP holder, I am forbidden the use.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/17/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: A Nationals Impeachment

what

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Posted by Charlie McDonald on 10/17/2019 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

Very funny! I only scored 2 right answers and one of those was a wild guess.

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Posted by Julie Birren Silverman on 10/17/2019 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: A Nationals Impeachment

How about the odds of getting a conviction in the senate? Had the democrats had done their constitutional duty in 1998 al gore would have become president and no dubya ;but instead played partizan politics with women in the feminist movement demanding they wanted oral sex with bubba. Now they hippocritically ask republicans to do their duty.

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Posted by captain arizona on 10/16/2019 at 9:48 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Either the voting panel was on mushrooms or you're a fuckin walnut. I'm putting my money on the latter.

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Posted by CREATE>CONSUME on 10/16/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Shep Ditches Shemps

I'm not your friend and you're the troll. Talk about getting everything bass ackwards! Now you go away.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/16/2019 at 2:49 PM

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