“Joker” Brings Us the Comic Book Era’s “Taxi Driver”

Four years after fellow comedy director Adam McKay made his dramatic debut with The Big Short, veteran comedy director Todd Phillips finally made his foray into drama with Joker, a gritty thriller that is reminiscent of Martin Scorcese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a mentally unstable man living in poverty with his mother…

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“Rocketman” Fails to Blast Off

Released just six months after Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s hard for the Elton John fantasy-biopic Rocketman to escape comparisons to the Queen biopic, and while I had mixed feelings about Bohemian Rhapsody, it is a significantly better film overall than Rocketman. Taron Egerton, who has been connected to Elton John before by covering “I’m Still Standing” in Sing and starring alongside John…

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Ten Characters We Want to See in the Upcoming MCU Films

Don’t worry – there’s no Avengers: Endgame spoilers in this list, but the film was a monumental conclusion to a 22-film saga that spanned 11 years. Now, it’s time to look ahead to what’s at stake. Yesterday, I asked 10 questions regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a company that has existed for 80 years (and…

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Top 10 Questions Following “Avengers: Endgame”

I initially started writing a review for Avengers: Endgame, but there is just so much to unpack that I think it is better reserved for a podcast. That said, this article is going to have a lot of spoilers from the movie. Please do not read on until you have seen the film. While the Marvel…

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Venom is Not as Bad as the Critics Say

Let’s just get this out of the way now: “Venom” is not a great movie, but some of the reviews of the film are simply way too harsh. In the end, the film is entertaining and has positive aspects to it, but we as society have been spoiled by good comic movies over the past…

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Nine Films That Need a Reboot

In this day and age, you don’t even need to wait that long for a film to be re-made or an entire series to be rebooted. While some were much-needed (The Dark Knight Trilogy), we are still scratching our heads at others (Psycho, Total Recall). Here are some films that would do well today as…

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Requiem for a Scene – Requiem for a Dream

Introducing a new series on Brooklyn Beat – Requiem for a Scene, where we break down some of our favorite movie scenes of all time and show what makes these scenes great. In honor of this new series, we will be breaking down a scene from Requiem for a Dream, the film that provides the namesake…

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