JOKER: A Black Hole Comedy to Ruffle the Masses

The most disturbing moment in Joker for me by far, is the scene that follows the subway murders. Arthur locks himself in a public bathroom, looks at both himself and what he’s done in the mirror then starts to… dance. Violence brings Arthur such unspeakable power (perhaps even joy) and the only way he can express that release of emotion is by waltzing with himself like one would in, say, a vaudeville musical. It’s a disturbing portrait of nihilism, narcissism, and psychopathy that I couldn’t stomach. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7

When Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meet on Dragonstone – a game-changing meeting wherein Dany bids him to bend the knee while Jon presents the game-changing news of White Walkers and an army of the dead – the King in the North implores to the Dragon Queen, “There’s no time for any of this.” It speaks to the larger reason why Season 7 pales in comparison to the show’s previous seasons. Season 7 boasts Avengers-level gatherings, where characters we never thought would meet wind up joining forces. It makes for a tremendously crowd-pleasing experience, but, upon repeat viewings, it is also a frustrating one. Continue reading

‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Review: “One Batch, Two Batch”

Daredevil-temporada-2Vigilante justice is a double-edged sword. How can one bring justice to others when it requires breaking the law themselves? Such is what continually plagues Matt Murdock as he suits up as an attorney by day, and Daredevil by night. But the more foreboding question is where do you draw the line? As Matt put it so eloquently in season 1, “Sometimes the difference between good and evil is a sharp line.” How many laws can you break until you become the very criminal you’re trying to stop? Who is to stop you then?  Continue reading

‘Jessica Jones’ Review: Noir under a Superhero Alias

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“The big green guy,” “the flag guy”; Earth’s mightiest heroes are casually dismissed by Jessica and her colleagues like bums on the street. This apathy suits the world of Jessica Jones just fine. It’s the same world that’s still trying to make sense of the Invasion of New York, and a world that is now fully aware of such people with extraordinary gifts. The refreshing part about Jessica Jones, however, is how its central characters are struggling to remain ordinary in the light of so much unabashed heroism.  Continue reading