The Cathartic Use of Music in JOKER

Pitched and filmed as a gritty character study of one of the most iconic villains in pop culture, Todd Phillips’ JOKER is a haunting, bold and visually stunning masterpiece. The story follows the struggles of Arthur Fleck – played by one the best actors working today, the enigmatic and versatile Joaquin Phoenix‒ an everyman who…

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The Fall of the House of Usher: A look at Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

In the crowded world of cinematic horror and supernatural stories, Crimson Peak is a beautiful, rare tale that falls into the category of gothic romance. When asked about his influences for this particular project, Guillermo del Toro answered that he tapped into literary works rather than old horror films “I read E.T.A. Hoffman, Henry James,…

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General Zod and King Orm: Catalyzing the Hero

A comparative character study. Villains are one of the great gifts of fiction. Antagonistic forces who incite conflict, the bread and butter of every story. Complex, magnetic characters we love to hate and hate to love. Villains and antagonists – for they aren’t exactly the same thing, more about that in a minute – are…

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