Joaquin Phoenix Channels Joker at Golden Globe Awards Ceremony

(Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ manical laugh)

Got to love Joaquin Phoenix for his socially awkward acceptance speech for the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Drama – for Joker.

His acceptance speech got mixed reactions from actors and other audience members at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Then the social media reactions piled in, with some praising the actor, and others wondering what the heck had just happened.

Joaquin Phoenix wins a Golden Globe, delivers a truly Joker-esque speech – CNET
Joaquin Phoenix goes off on eating meat, private jets and “doing more” in his acceptance speech

And just when you thought he was done Joker-ing it up, he goes backstage and is surprised that he has to answer reporter’s questions.

How to Mock Reporter’s Questions by Joaquin Joker Phoenix

His Jokerish sardonic wit is on perfect display, “You don’t have to applause me, I’m just wondering how you’re doing?”

Ricky Gervais slayed it on the monologue and Joaquin Phoenix had the best acceptance speech of the event that I’ve seen to date.

Perhaps most important is that Phoenix reiterates that he would be interested in a Joker sequel, if the story took the character somewhere interesting and thoughtful.

I’m thinking there are a billion reasons a sequel will be made. Let the speculation begin!

No Joke, A Joker Sequel Is Merely Being Considered – 15+ More Joker Reviews

Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ just keeps chugging along, racking up more and more box office sales. Last weekend it still had over 2,000 screens and it was on week #7 of its run!

So, why not greenlight a Joker sequel?

And now that Joker has crossed the $1 billion mark, a sequel is on the way. As the movie keeps raking in money overseas, Phillips is in talks to reprise his role as director for a second Joker outing (he and Scott Silver, who penned the gritty Joker screenplay, will write the follow-up), THR has learned.

‘Joker’ Sequel in the Works as Todd Phillips Eyes More DC Origin Movies (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

If they will reboot and put out sequels to Charlie’s Angels, there is no way there won’t be a sequel to Joker.

But there isn’t a signed contract … yet, said director Todd Phillips:

“Here’s the real truth about a sequel,” Phillips said. “While Joaquin and I have talked about it, and while touring the world with Warner Bros executives — going to Toronto, and Venice, and other places — of course, we’re sitting at dinner and they’re saying, ‘So, have you thought about…?’ But, talking about contracts, there’s not a contract for us to even write a sequel, we’ve never approached Joaquin to be in a sequel. Will that happen? Again, I just think the article was anticipatory at best.”

Todd Phillips Clears Up Those Latest ‘Joker’ Sequel Rumors: ‘There’s No Contract’ — Exclusive

When the obvious sequel is made, not sure where the story will go from the ending, assuming it can’t go down the Batman path (seems like DC Universe tie-in is a given) but one could speculate that if Harley Quinn performs well, maybe something involving those two (since they used to date, after all). Perhaps an expansion with the Joker uprising or maybe something involving The Riddler or Penguin?

Congratulations all around for Joker and company. It proved a lot of people wrong about its longevity and crowd interest and there wasn’t any real crazy incel violence at the theaters as feared.

More Joker Reviews

As of this writing, there are over 63,000 (!) audience reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and more new reviews from others keep getting posted, so here are some recent ones. Not separating from recommended or not, because the vast majority of them are recommending. Also, now that it’s the #1 R-rated movie of all time and part of the billion dollar club, it seems like one most everybody is seeing anyway.

Reviews that come out many weeks after a film have been released tend to be even more spoiler-laden, but can also provide deeper analysis, which are enjoyable. This movie is a film debate and discussion magnet!

  1. Zeegawd Media: “Overall, I give the film a 8.5/10. As much as I want to give it a “9” or a “10”, the movie did indeed had moments that I felt could’ve been done better. But when it’s all said and done, Joaquin Phoenix definitely deserves an Oscar for this film.”
  2. ReelDecisions: “…a lot of people will actually find it too dark and too violent to be truly enjoyable. It’s something you should see, but something you might not actually like – if that makes any sense. Just be prepared for something you’ve never seen before and to be challenged mentally (perhaps even emotionally)”
  3. Wizard Dojo: “…provides a fresh take on the super hero/villain genre, turning its origin story into a grounded, realistic character study. Helmed by Joaquin Phoenix’s unforgettable performance.”
  4. SadGeezer: “…a nightmarish, gritty origin movie of a nasty and menacing super-villain. It’s set in 1981 and is absolutely marvelous!”
  5. A Cultured Life: “I can understand now the reason of why Joker became a villian and I have more of an understanding, but it was more about the depth of the character of Joker himself and his struggles. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job as an actor. So amazing in fact that I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d be nominated, and even win, an Oscar.”
  6. Goose Reviews: “I believe that the joker movie had so much potential. The cinematography was top of the line. The acting was superb. But the amount of empty and complete lack of reliable conflict makes this movie fall short.”
  7. The Keystone Newspaper: “…so far has singled itself out as a masterful film, but the controversy surrounding it may ruin the reputation it’s garnered.”
  8. One of those Film Blogs: “Joker does pull back the curtain on the character to a large extent, showing us what’s behind the mask/face paint in a way that other backstories haven’t truly done before.”
  9. Brown Girls Byte: “Phoenix is totally different. You know who he is. You know how good he is. But every time you watch him, he redefines the standards of an actor and he shows you what great acting is really capable of: empathy.”
  10. The Plaid Line (9/10): “This film also sets a very high message to real life. Whether it’s debates, the economy, or the way people are treated these days. It kind of makes you think about how awful individuals can be to each other.”
  11. KillDawg’s Wife: “The actor Joaquin Phoenix that played Joker, did such an AMAZING job. Dark, haunting, grotesque and spookish too, not to mention the emotion(s) that you feel towards the Joker. Such a roller coaster ride of emotion.”
  12. Rami Talks Movies: “…triumphs with flying colors in that respect and on pretty much every front, primarily because its astutely assembled screenplay opts for subtext, nuance, and misdirection in lieu of being on the nose about everything. Verily the fuse of this dynamite script couldn’t have been lit absent the hauntingly evocative cinematography setting the mood or the bona fide Mr. Joaquin Phoenix, whose Herculean transmutation of a performance’s praises will be sonorously immortalized in the annals of history for generations to come.”
  13. Nonstop Nerd: “The most fun part about the film is that it plays like a Batman movie in reverse, topped off with the infamous scene with the Waynes in Crime Alley appearing at the end. There are several scenes with characters questioning Arthur “hiding behind a mask,” and we see him rise to the top from a tragic childhood, creating chaos instead of order. What’s the Joker if not a reverse Batman?”
  14. simplyjorge (3.5/5): “The things taking away from it in my personal opinion is that I did not fully grasp a lot of the plot of the film and felt there was pacing issues in the movie bringing us to so many different shots so quickly”
  15. skoce: “The movie was numbing. Its desire to shock, to provoke radiates from every scene. But the movie doesn’t actually have anything provoking to say. It is utterly bleak, but that bleakness isn’t expressing anything. It isn’t a black comedy; there is nothing funny here. This is just two hours of ugly posturing that has nothing to say.”
  16. Dorian Parks: “Todd Phillips delivered a game changing comic book film, and I cannot wait to see it again. Just a side note: Joker’s laugh is likely to haunt you for days after seeing this film.”
  17. legendofmati: “…definitely up there in the conversation for movie of the year. It ticked all the boxes for me including; directing,perfect shot selection, great casting,above par writing and last but not least,the performance of Joaquin Phoenix “

More Joker-related posts at this blog.

Movie Night At A Cemetery Canceled Due To Complaints from Families of Deceased

Google images search for “cemetery”

Deadpool 2 is no longer the #1 R-rated film. More on that at the end after we talk about movies and the dead.

Respect the dead, yes, I get it.

But. They are dead. Gone. Not coming back the way they were. It’ s going to happen to everybody reading this unless someday they find the key to immortality is unlocked.

The following story is making me not wanting to be buried in a cemetery with others …

Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville, N.C. planned a free, kid-friendly film night with snacks scheduled for Oct. 26, according to a Facebook event post. The post said that the movie night was being held in honor of the late grandparents of Heather Bosher, the owner of the park. Bosher wrote in the post that her grandparents enjoyed going to the movies.

Cemetery cancels Halloween movie night after criticism by families | TribLIVE.com

That sounds like a neat idea, yes?

But, no, the event was canceled because relatives of the deceased complained that the event was disrespectful to the dead.

See, this is why I probably will not be buried next to other people in a cemetery. Maybe I’ll put a statement in my will to cremate me and take a tiny bit of ashes into movie theaters and shake a little bit of me on the floor. Sure, that’s morbid, probably illegal if actually executed, and my remains will be swept away. But then we’ll all be dust in the wind someday.

(joking)

On a more serious note, congrats to Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ for becoming the #1 R-Rated movie of all time and first to pass the $800 million mark.

Suicide Squad Joker Jared Leto Rumored Upset He Wasn’t Cast in Joker Movie

Jared Leto starring in some unfavorable news stories

You didn’t get the part.

Isn’t this common in the movie business? It’s a little bit like being in sales and not getting the sale. Handling rejection is part of the gig.

No idea if any of this is true, but am reading many different news reports that Jared Leto who played Joker in the Suicide Squad is upset that he wasn’t cast by Warner Brothers to play the part.

Sources say the actor felt his agents should have told him about the Phillips project earlier and fought harder for his version of Joker. Sources say Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn’t being treated properly as an Oscar winner (for Dallas Buyers Club). But a person with first-hand knowledge of the situation contends that by then, Leto had burned through four different teams of agents at CAA and there was little love for the actor there.

“You’ve Got to Stop This”: Jared Leto Fumed Over New ‘Joker’ Movie | Hollywood Reporter

I haven’t seen Suicide Squad Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, but last time I checked, he was in the long line of actors having played the Joker. I spotlighted Cesar Romero in a post: 1966 Joker vs. 2019 Joker.

Wonder if this rumor is even true? It sounds like Leto is in a dispute with his (former) agency and someone from there might have leaked this out to make him look like he’s difficult to work with. Just the kind of BS to mess with someone’s career because you didn’t get your commission. Boo hoo.

Let me break away from Jared Leto momentarily to share a brighter story, a real story, where the people are recreating their favorite scene … on the Joker stairs:

And it seems like those stairs, which connect Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street, are becoming a popular tourist attraction, potentially to the chagrin of actual Bronx residents.

The ‘Joker’ stairs might be New York’s latest tourist attraction – CNN

Cool stuff, huh? If/when I ever get to New York (Kara has been there, though), I want to check out these Joker Stairs.

Sorry, back to Jared Leto…

This is all speculation on my part, but for now I’m siding with Leto, especially because he is still working with Warner Brothers. He probably was disappointed that he didn’t get the Joker part, who wouldn’t be (it’s making a ton of $$$), but I doubt he’s going through some sort of Joker jealousy rage. Joaquin Phoenix did a great job playing Joker, but not even Joaquin will always be the definitive Joker. Somebody else will come along.

Just ask Tobey Maguire about Spider-Man.

20+ Joker Movie Reviews + Joker Delivers Record Opening Weekend

the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.

‘Joker’ Delivers Largest October Opening Ever with $93.5 Million – Box Office Mojo

Congratulations go out to Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ for setting an October record, seizing #1 R-Rated Venom from 2018.

Here are 20+ recent Joker Reviews from around the Blogosphere. Did my best to separate into recommended and not recommended based on the review rating. If there wasn’t a rating of any kind or it was unclear whether the reviewer recommended or not, then put under “unrated.”

WARNING: some of these reviews contain spoilers, just in case you haven’t seen the movie yet, you may want to wait until after seeing to click through and read the details of what/how/why others thought (as we normally do ourselves).

RECOMMENDED

  • Knapp on the Go: “…. a character study on an interesting man that just needed help from society. ” 9/10
  • Keith At The Movies: “…. an audacious film that isn’t cavalier towards its violence nor numb to its effects. I saw it as a terrifying warning and an indictment of a society that not only creates monsters but lifts them up” 4.5/5
  • Long Time Geek: “… Joker is the most important movie of the fall, if not of the year.”
  • Mark Gorman: “… you don’t get a 9.1 rating on IMDB without reason.”
  • Think Outside The Box Office: “This is my new favorite movie of the year.”
  • LittleMovieReviews: “…a brilliant and fresh take on the villain, and is definitely the darkest film that we’ve seen related to the DC Universe ” B+
  • MovieBuffStuffSite: “… will not be for everybody, and that’s OK – while not perfect, it still offers a compelling portrait of a monster created by the society he lives in,” 8/10
  • At The Foothills of Madness: “A mesmerizing performance from Joaqin Phoenix charts the rise of a villain, not an anti-hero” 4/5
  • Inside Out – ” It’s also a narrative to the economic divide, extremist nationalism and uprising we see in so many societies today ” 4/5
  • thefilmera.com: “…provides a wretched, revolting, and terrifying villain at its core…” 3.5/5
  • cultfaction: “… Phillip and Phoenix have combined to produce a stark portrait of what society can do to someone who is stuck on its wrong side ” 7.5/10
  • matthewliedkeonfilm.com: “… It can hold a person’s attention with its thrills and because the character study lends enough interest, plus Phoenix is great.” 3/5

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • TheLostHighwayHotel: “… There’s nothing to get worked up about here. Despite the best efforts of everyone, Joker is thoroughly – perhaps even fatally – so-so.” 2.5/5
  • Bib’s Corner: “…if you are interested in the Joker’s origins, if you don’t mind some graphic violence, and you don’t care about the larger extended DC Universe it’s a great movie. I am the opposite of all three and that is why Joker didn’t do anything for me. “
  • thelegionnaire.net: “…what makes a good movie for me is one that attempts to elevate my spirit to a higher plane.  There is none of that here, and thus my recommendation is to steer clear of this one “

UNRATED

  • Kendall Lacey: “…. Great cinematography, perfect performances, this really is special.”
  • hellogines: “… This move was dark. There was no one to root for. It was a clash of fantasy versus reality.”
  • Dr.Alderman: “…this type of renditions happen once in a blue moon, great work, great actor, great aesthetic experience.”
  • localbibliofile: “…a beautifully shot film that gets under your skin, making you shiver with thrills as it exposes and condemns Gotham City and the world we live in “
  • sickflickreviews: “…causing the viewer to ask herself what about the film is really happening and what is merely a delusion.”
  • dsfilmreviews: “…showcases a society that had become too complacent with a harsher way of thinking, and lack of empathy for those sitting on the edges with nowhere else to go. “
  • 9takes: “…follows a fairly known path, but Joaquin makes the journey tolerable in spite of some bumps along the way, “

My $3.50 Controversy At Regal Cinema When Seeing Joker

A Regal Unlimited member charged me $3.50 by mistake while trying to see Joker

On Thursday 10/3 when I went to see the Joker movie, they charged me $3.50. It wasn’t a 3D or IMAX or 4DX showing, so there should not have been any surcharge for the Regal Unlimited members. The employees both told me that “some movies will have an additional charge.”

I questioned them because of the almost 30 movies I’ve seen in 2D so far under this plan, none of them have had any movie surcharge, but they insisted this was correct. So, I paid and then went out to my car and dialed up the 1-800 Regal Cinemas customer service line. I was on hold for about 10 minutes before I reached a gentleman and he put me on hold while he checked into it.

He came back on the line and asked me if I was still at the theater and if he could speak with the manager there. Seemed a bit strange that he’d want to speak from Regal help line on my phone to the manager at a Regal Cinema location, but hey, I went with it.

When I walked back inside a woman was there nicely dressed who looked official enough to be a manager. I asked her if she was the manager and told her that the Regal customer support line wanted to talk to her about me being charged $3.50 for a ticket to joker when I already had a Regal Unlimited plan. She rudely shut down the customer support guy and then berated me for calling them instead of talking with her first.

I said, “I”m sorry your employees told me there was nothing that could be done, so I called the Regal customer service line and asked if this was the correct procedure.”

She refunded me the $3.50 again complaining at me for not seeking her. I replied, “Maybe you need to train your people better?”

Anyway, I share this story for other Regal Unlimited members. This is a great plan and I’ve seen a lot of movies using it the last couple months and this is the first time I’ve had any sort of question or issue with it. Just beware some Regal employees apparently do not know how to charge for tickets at the concession area.

As for Joker , the movie? You can click the title and read my no-spoiler review or I recorded a YouTube Joker movie review (no spoilers either) as I left the theater:

MOVIE REVIEW: Joker (2019)

Ready For Joker? How Excited Are You? Movie Screenings Starting 10/3/19

Tecnically Joker opens on 10/4, but we can see it on 10/3 starting at 4pm

I guess it is a timezone thing (?), but we can actually start seeing Joker that opens on 10/4 on 10/3 starting at 4:00 PM PST. Kara mentioned wanting to go see a movie tomorrow and I’m hoping she’ll want to see this one. I’d rather go earlier, though like at 4pm than later, but we’ll see what happens.

Unless you’ve been completely off the grid the last month, this new Joker movie has created quite a bit of controversy so far. There is some concern that some socially-adverse people might commit violence in/around theaters. I am pretty sure these miscreants will be less likely to do this at a matinee over an evening showing, but am most hopeful no violence whatsoever is committed anywhere. This is a movie, after all. It’s fantasy, fiction. Nobody should ever get hurt going to the movies. Let’s not ruin something that is meant to do good in the world for mankind, not sow seeds of disharmony and evil.

Now, as for the movie itself? It’s #5 on my list of my most anticipated Fall 2019 films. I am curious to learning about the Joker’s origins. As I mentioned in the 1966 vs. 2019 Joker post, I’ve been historically partial to the more jovial, comical, zany joker played by Caesar Romero. That doesn’t mean I’m turned off to the concept of a much darker Joker, I just have tried those Jokers and not been as partial to them. Curious what Joaquin Phoenix brings to the table.

I am not too familiar with Joaquin Phoenix, so checked out his Wikipedia just now. Remember him from Walk The Line as Johnny Cash. I liked that film, and need to rewatch it. Phoenix has been in quite a few movies according to his filmography. Then checked out what Amazon Prime and Netflix have of his movies available to stream.

Of interest to me without just random watching starring Phoenix and available on Amazon Prime as of this writing (in no particular order):

  • Russkies
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • We Own The Night
  • You Were Never Really Here (Amazon Original)
  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (Amazon Original)

Netflix as of this writing:

  • Her (I tried to watch this once before, a false start)

This gives six movies to explore starring Joaquin Phoenix. I like how the streaming services will have older movies featured at a new release. Smart marketing.

So, wonder how many others are looking forward to seeing Joker this opening weekend? You? Somebody you know? Use that comments area below to be heard if you like. Or blog it and pingback.

On a scale from 1 to 10 (most interested), I’m probably a 6 for Joker, maybe a 7 I’m curious to see what kind of dramatic tension comes out of it. By comparison I was a 10 for Rambo: Last Blood ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ and 9 for Terminator: Dark Fate PREVIEW. Other movies being released this 10/4 weekend include a solid 7 out of 10 interest for Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix) starring Eddie Murphy, 3 for Gemini Man and 2 for Lucy In The Sky.