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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “No Laughing Matter

I like the points you make SuperLead. To tell you the truth, I battled a bit on whether or not I liked this movie (Usually, if I'm battling hard, it means I didn't like it in the end). There were some interesting attempts at being a deeper comic book movie, but I too often found myself guessing what was going to happen. I just think this was such a great opportunity to do something mind blowing, and it all struck me as sort of hollow and typical in the end. That said, Phoenix rocks in the role, and it's almost worth seeing to witness what he does. Almost.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/18/2019 at 5:19 PM

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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by SuperLead on 10/17/2019 at 8:43 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: “No Laughing Matter

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

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CREATE>CONSUME on 10/16/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

This review brought to you by the guy who gave John Wick 3, 4/5 on rotten tomatoes.

Clearly you like your movies to be safe, predictable and boring.

This movie was not for you, it's a critique of people like you.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by MG on 10/14/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

This review makes me think you didn't see the same movie. It was a masterpiece and your jealousy of the fact it is already nominated for awards is glaring at the end of your hitpiece.
Luckily the 40 thousand reviews who aren't paid critics give it over a 9/10

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Kyle B on 10/13/2019 at 5:20 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

I think you were on mushrooms. Its a masterpiece

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by The Bear Jew on 10/13/2019 at 3:07 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Rediculous Review

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Dylan Kelly on 10/13/2019 at 10:04 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

u suck

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by New Message on 10/13/2019 at 9:42 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

You should NOT review movies if this review is any indication of your ability.

17 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Edwin Combs on 10/13/2019 at 8:18 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Saw this film yesterday. Agree with the author of this article completely. The story was boring. I felt like the director was trying to make a 70s throw back film and show how artistic he was, but ended up looking pretentious. Phoenix was great, as always, but the movie was a great letdown.

I love films that are a change from the explosion filled action standards we get shoved in our faces, but alternatives must have that special something to grab the audience. This film did not have that. Great and accurate review.

15 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Jeremy West on 10/13/2019 at 5:22 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

"So, why not do a film that tells the story of The Dark Knight Returns entirely from the Joker's perspective, instead of dancing around Batman lore in a way that feels like you are just trying to be cute and clever?"

Are you sure you are a movie reviewer and not a teenage kid trying to project on someone else? The whole purpose of this movie was to give Joker a background of how he could become such a psychopath. This isn't a Marvel film where the backstory of a hero or villain can be summed-up in some catchy millennial watered down phrase.

Your criticism is literally "Okay but I wanted the movie to be about something else".

What you call an identify crisis, others call expanding of the universe, which was once again the point of the movie - a thrillingly real, close to reality way of how a person could become so mad and descend into darkness due to mental-illness and external factors.

17 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm Writes Bad reviews on 10/13/2019 at 5:00 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Terrible review, not because you didn't like, it just seems like you barely watched it. Multiple things you say make it seem like you were barely paying attention...

"Phoenix does a thing with the hysterical laughing earlier in the movie, where he shows Fleck struggling as it hurts his throat and challenges his smoker's lungs." - The character has a disorder where he can't control his laughter and he tries to fight that, causing his wheezing and choking.

You seem like a hack who just needed to pump out an article about this movie.

43 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by JustAPerson on 10/12/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Crowning Around

I haven't seen this yet.

Posted by Grice on 10/12/2019 at 2:24 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

fax

2 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Meidros on 10/12/2019 at 8:05 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Be careful you gave a bad review of this masterpiece of a movie LOL you could get death threats like a lot of other film review weres for telling the truth

5 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Romono Capprotti on 10/12/2019 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Crowning Around

Grimm admits to never seeing the series so that gives him zero context for a knowledgeable review.

Downton Abbey's debut in the US was $31 million and the #1 film that weekend exceeding expectations while additionally earning over $100 million worldwide by the end of September. The movie is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 84% Critical score and a 95% Audience score. Downton Abbey scored the highest opening ever in Focus Features' history.
The Downton Abbey movie was a huge success precisely because it was geared for fans of the series (an older demographic) and wasn't made to appeal to a general audience.

If they make another sequel, The Weekly shouldn't send a boy to do a man's job to review.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wise-Guy on 10/03/2019 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Crowning Around

Since you admit that you never watched the series, your revue lacks context. The movie mirrors the series and it does it very well indeed. You much have watched a different movie than I did because I thought its pacing was very true to the series and the story.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by jhsanchez on 10/03/2019 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Bottom’s Up

Woe to the man or woman who does not comply with the ongoing (sorry George
Carlin) vaginification of progressive group speak.

I enjoyed the review and hope JLO got ten millions of bucks for revealing her asset, as it's her prerogative to do. Yet where is the anger at that decision and her role in the base objectification of women?

I don't like everything Grimm writes, yet should he be judged and silenced cause a few are offended by this review?

NO. The salient fact here is that in a Hollywood dominated by political progressives, actors, producers, directors, they always capitalize on female/male hetero sexuality, as long as the public keeps buying tickets.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 09/27/2019 at 10:07 AM

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