The New Joker Hits the Station!

Joaquin Phoenix is the Joker in a backstory movie about Casper, the Friendly Ghost.

No, I’m lying. It’s called The Joker, and these are some leaked vids. From the director himself.

They call these “leaks” or “camera tests”, but what they really are is viral marketing. The DCEU movies have almost all sucked, and they want to get audiences excited about this one by starting the marketing now, barely a week after beginning shooting and a year before the movie comes out.

They asked the director why he posted this stuff. He said “…here’s the issue. We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots. So I figure, may as well put out some good ones.”

Response on these has been highly positive. What do you think? Drop a comment below.


Captain Marvel Is on the Way!

Spoiler Alert: She doesn’t smile. Ever.

Not the MCU’s first misstep, but probably its biggest. She’s supposed to be the headline character for the next few phases of the MCU, the replacement for Iron Man, and Brie Larson simply CANNOT carry that weight. She’s a good actress—at least on Community—but she was woefully miscast.

This will get all the praise, but I doubt it’ll be a blockbuster success.

Top 10 Underrated Fantasy Movies!

It’s a great list, with a few underrated gems, but…

I haven’t seen all of those movies, but those I have seen were “underrated” for a reason. I’m a fan of The Dark Crystal (seen the movie several times, owned the novelization as a kid and read it multiple times) but it was kind of inaccessible to most audiences (too strange).

The Black Cauldron had a meandering plot that was hard to swallow and different things happened at different times for “because, that’s why” reasons.

Ironic, given the clip used in the list, but Atlantis: The Lost Empire had a lot of potential, but squandered it on cliched villains and New Age-y nonsense.

Similar objections apply to both Bedknobs and Broomsticks (one of my favorite films) and Legend: it’s all down to the story. Creature effects don’t matter—if the story is great, audiences will generally love a movie. If not, well the movie can slink off to the pile of “underrated” films.

Story. Story. Story.

It’s all about the story.