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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘Joker’ Is Incomplete Without Batman

 

“What would I do without you?” The Joker asks Batman in The Dark Knight. “You complete me.” He’s right in more ways than he realizes, as the newly released Joker shows: the Joker, by his very nature, needs Batman, and, more importantly, so does the audience. Because without the Dark Knight there to serve as a ballast, the Joker’s anarchic, twisted, disturbing nature, and Joker itself, becomes unbearably difficult to watch.

Admittedly, in terms of film qua film, Joker succeeds in what it sets out to do. It’s well directed, Joaquin Phoenix turns in an incredible performance as the titular character, and the story provides creepy insight into the psyche of its psychopathic subject. And in fairness, Phoenix’s Joker is not necessarily more evil than past incarnations of the character. Heath Ledger’s turn as the Clown Prince of Crime, for example, was just as twisted, just as nihilistic. Also, Batman: The Killing Joke featured a Joker committing acts just as depraved and horrific. These Jokers, however, did not exist in a vacuum, and the stories in which they’re present also feature counters to their dangerous ideology.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Episode #100: Tim Burton

 

Friends, we celebrate our 100th episode with a conversation with Paul Cantor on Tim Burton’s early movies: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and Ed Wood. We start, however, with the new Dumbo and Burton’s attack on Disney, television culture, celebrity, and all that… For more Cantor on Burton and other pop culture writing, here’s the book: The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture.

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In their third episode, the Young Americans take the occasion of the recent New York primary victory of 28-year-old self-declared socialist Millennial Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to wonder if their peers really are all socialists now, or are just going through a phase. They also reflect on the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight and debate whether it is the best blockbuster released in their (so far relatively short) lifetimes.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Gotham by Gaslight

 

Batman. He’s been around for almost 80 years, in comic books and movie serials, small screen series and multiple film incarnations. He’s been goofy and gritty and everything in between, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on what Batman can be, along comes something like “Gotham by Gaslight.” Its premise is simple: what if Batman was set in the 1880s? The answer, it turns out, is a delightful twist on both the superhero and detective story.

The plot, it goeth thusly: Gotham is a bustling, growing city struggling to control its seediness as it prepares for a World’s Fair style celebration hosting by late-20-something Bruce Wayne. Alas, the town has a serious problem in the form of Jack the Ripper, who has been killing and mutilating women. And there appears to be a man dressed like a bat who has also been seen at night …

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #9: Justice League

 

My friend Pete Spiliakos and I bring you a discussion of one of the few truly interesting recent cinematic events, Justice League. This was an example of the conflict between artists and businessmen. Zack Snyder, one of the lonely few examplars of first-rate Hollywood talent, had his work destroyed by a studio Warner Bros / DC hellbent on suicide. Warner had the greatest team in Hollywood working on their superhero movies–Christopher Nolan (as writer and director, also with his brother Jonathan in the writing role) and Zack Snyder. The only men who have any grasp on the epic and the tragic as genres and insights. They also made billions of dollars for the studio. So naturally, the studio destroyed their work. Listen and marvel with us at the good, the bad, and the very bad, and the worse.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #10 The Nolan Brothers

 

Hello, everyone! I am joined on the American Cinema Foundation podcast by Jason Eberl and George Dunn, editors of the book The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan. They are professors of philosophy with an interest in pop culture, and editors of many books on America’s favorite shows and movies over the last 50 years. Our wide-ranging discussion of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s movies goes through Memento (2000), The Dark Knight (2008), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #9: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

 

Hello, folks, this week’s podcast completes last week’s discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a discussion of the DC superhero movies. My friend and PoMoCon coconspirator Pete Spiliakos joins me–he is a columnist at First Things and writes for NRO, too. You can take my word for it, he’s the kind of conservative we need to hear more of!

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Well this is sad to see, another piece of my childhood gone: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264 More

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If you had to pick, of course. None of us here would ever fantasize about being a super villain… of course not. There will be some interesting picks, I’m sure, and I’m also sure that there must be a few people on this site with a deep knowledge of Batman so their picks will be […]

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