3. Anti-Hero Ethics (Joker)

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Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

Your regular hosts, Tony Black & Carl Sweeney, join forces to discuss Anti-Hero cinema and the ethics around such films, to coincide with the release of Todd Phillips’ controversial JOKER…

We look at specifically the kind of damaged, anti-establishment figures we see not just Heath Ledger play as the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT but also Robert de Niro (who is in Joker) in TAXI DRIVER or THE KING OF COMEDY, or Brad Pitt & Edward Norton in FIGHT CLUB.

Do these films glamorise or critique these troubled characters in dark, twisted, heavily psychological scenarios? Are they irresponsible in how they portray masculinity, often toxic masculinity, or are they commenting in a post-modern fashion on how they exist in our culture?

We also get into the debate surrounding Martin Scorsese’s comment about Marvel and cinema, and whether Joker is breaking an established mould…

Plus! In our ‘What We’ve Watched’ section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including WIDOWS, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (as part of a recounting of our trip to James Bond Day at London’s BFI) and one to avoid in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY…

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Tony on JOKER: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/10/07/joker-a-male-rage-manifesto-with-ugly-societal-truths/

Martin Scorsese on Marvel movies: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/martin-scorsese-says-marvel-movies-are-not-cinema

You can also find a Letterboxd list of Anti-Hero cinema here – have you seen them all? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-3-anti-hero-ethics/

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