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In case you forgot, a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips, written by 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese is happening. Though the movie still sounds like someone threw a bunch of Film Twitter words into an online generator, the Warner Bros. movie continues to be a very real project.

The only element of the film that sounds remotely real (Scorsese? Really!?) is the potential casting of Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. And while Phoenix has remained coy on whether he had signed on for the role, he did have some intriguing things to say about the character’s legacy and Heath Ledger‘s Oscar-winning turn.

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you were never really here

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.)

There’s a lot going on in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, and we see almost none of it. And yet, we still see everything we need to see. With a shockingly sparse presentation, Ramsay has concocted a lean, mean movie that skimps on specifics yet still packs a wallop. It’s one of the most remarkable examples of less-is-more storytelling in recent memory.

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joker origin movie

I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around the news that The Hangover director Todd Phillips is directing a Joker origin movie that’s being executive produced by Martin Scorsese, because that combination sounds like something that sprang from a particularly unhinged game of Mad Libs. But now a new report sheds some light on how this version of the Clown Prince of Crime becomes the legendary villain we know and love – and it sounds like the film will be paying homage to one of the most famous Batman comics of all. Read More »

Mary Magdalene trailer

In Mary MagdaleneRooney Mara portrays one of the most prominent women in the New Testament as she meets Jesus H. Christ himself, played by Joaquin Phoenix. In a new pull-quote heavy Mary Magdalene trailer, Mara and Phoenix ratchet up the emotion and intensity to sell Garth Davis‘ spiritual drama.

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Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in negotiations to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips‘ standalone Joker movie.

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On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. The actor left behind a singular body of work that has garnered him lasting praise for his dedication to craft. In the January 2018 issue of Vogue, his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, reflected on the personal loss of him as a collaborator and as the father of her three children. Even for those of us who never met the man in real life, there is a loss that is felt, but the nature of Hoffman’s work as a film actor is such that he continues to live on on-screen.

What’s the greatest Philip Seymour Hoffman performance? Everyone probably has a different answer to that question. The film of his that hits me the hardest happens to be one of his last. It’s a film that is deep and devastating, made with his frequent collaborator, Paul Thomas Anderson. Hoffman plays a character named Lancaster Dodd and to this day, just thinking about the film calls up heavy emotions for me, because it came at a time in my life when I had just moved, didn’t know a lot of people outside of work, wasn’t in a relationship, and was cut off from family and friends, who had all just become Skype faces seen from half a world away.

In a weird way, these living circumstances may have primed me to receive the film and its themes on a more empathetic level than I would have otherwise. This is all a roundabout way of saying: Dodd is God. That is my reading of The Master.

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You Were Never Really Here Review

Revenge thrillers are usually a dime a dozen. A bad guy messes with the wrong guy at the wrong time in the wrong way, and all hell breaks loose. These kind of movies seem to have gotten even more redundant ever since Taken became a hit and revitalized this subgenre of action films, but thankfully there are also standouts like Blue Ruin and John Wick proving that these kind of movies can still kick-ass and feature quality filmmaking. Now, another revenge thriller has come along, this time for the arthouse crowd to eat up.

You Were Never Really Here follows Joaquin Phoenix as a hired gun recruited on the down-low through a simple but secretive operator service to deliver pain to people who have done some bad things. In the hands of a blockbuster filmmaker, this would be a straightforward action movie, but in the hands of We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay, the experience is so much more cerebral. This film, based on Jonathan Ames’ novel of the same name, is also painfully brutal and intense. Read More »

Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot Review

Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant hasn’t delivered a remarkable film since being at the helm of Milk a decade ago. When it comes to his latest directorial effort, an adaptation of cartoonist John Callahan‘s memoir Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the movie is undoubtedly remarkable, but it’s due to the performances Van Sant pulls from his actors rather than the film as a whole.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is an acting showcase featuring one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix‘s career and a supporting turn for Jonah Hill that joins his acclaimed performances in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Read More »

Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot Trailer

This week kicks off the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and we’ll be catching glimpses of plenty of indie releases that will likely be hitting theaters throughout the year, not to mention some possible awards contenders for next year. In fact, director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) seems to have a contender premiering at the festival in the form of a new drama based on the life of cartoonist John Callahan.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is based on John Callahan’s autobiography of the same name, and it sees Joaquin Phoenix playing the man whose life was changed by a near fatal car accident, confining him to a wheelchair, and leading him down a completely different path than he ever intended to take. Read More »

You Were Never Really Here trailer

After a six year break from features, director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is back with You Were Never Really Here, a film that looks to be a cross between Taken and Taxi Driver. This violent drama debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and earned high praise from those who caught it, and it’s easy to see why: this movie looks like it rules. Check out a new UK trailer for the film below.
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