The First Word Podcast - Todd Phillips' 'Joker', feat. Katie Smith-Wong
by Alex Billington
October 18, 2019
"I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, it's a comedy." On this episode of The First Word podcast we sit down for a full-on discussion about the controversial, box office smash, R-rated comic book movie Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Gotham villain. Everyone else has been talking about it, we had to speak our minds about it, too. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we're joined by film writer Katie Smith-Wong based in London as our guest for a discussion about Joker - and all the good & bad sides. Is it a great movie? Is there "nothing" it has to say or is there something? Listen in.
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Our topic: Todd Phillips' Joker
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Thanks guys! // I thought the film was quite good, but not amazing. For me, a solid 8/10. Which is like a "Very Good". I really liked the performances from the main actors. Phoenix continues to cement himself one of the greats of his generation. I need him to work with Paul Thomas Anderson again, like now. What I found a bit lackluster was the story. I didn't really buy Fleck's turn. Maybe I needed to see his life get even shittier, but I just didn't really buy the "turning moment". That said, I did like the film a lot. Just didn't buy in to the somewhat rushed feeling of the Joker.
DAVIDPD on Oct 20, 2019
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