An old man is angry, and Jared is sad

You know who doesn’t like Marvel movies? Old white guys who were popular in the 80’s. Does it matter that Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola don’t like the Marvel films? Not even a little bit. But journalists seem to be loving the easy story of “person not in target audience doesn’t care for ____”. 

I saw a tweet mentioning that they haven’t criticised those who created the blockbuster genre, probably because they’re mates with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. They’re older gentlemen being asked about something they’re not attached to in the way I am, but I am 50 years their junior. Times change, old men don’t. I have already written about Scorsese’s comments, and as much as you must respect both him and Coppola for their work, you don’t have to agree with their opinion, or anyone else’s.

Coppola’s comments have reminded me of a quote from Grandpa Simpson. “I used to be with it, then they changed what it was, and now what’s it is weird and scary to me”. It’s odd how much that applies here, the guys who made the Mobsters movies everyone watched in the 80’s don’t like the new hot thang in the 2010’s.

It isn’t just old white guys complaining though, there is also a younger, baby faced white guy complaining. Now I am biased, I enjoy 30 Seconds to Mars and Jared Leto was a man crush for a bit. As much as it is painful to say this, it appears he’s been a bit of a prick. If the stories are true, he threw a massive tantrum upon hearing the news that Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker film was given the green light. The story is he called his agents and demanded they contact Warner Bros and try to get the film cancelled.

Of course, it didn’t work, and someone just had to pick up all his toys and put them back in his pram. He’s an actor, who went deep into a character that unfortunately didn’t work for audiences. Warner Bros were apparently unhappy with his conduct on set, with him actively trying to freak out his co-stars. I understand some actors feel compelled to be super “method” about every role, but I am not sure we’ve ever seen an actor go this deep in a role that nobody really enjoyed.

As I mentioned, I like Jared Leto as a performer, and it’s well documented that I love the Joker character, what Leto has done here is confuse that character for his own private property. He was hired to play the Joker, he did so. Now someone else is playing the same character in a film completely disconnected from the DC universe as far as we know. If Leto had been a hit, and everyone had loved Suicide Squad and his role in it was lauded as another great Joker, the likelihood is we would never have seen Joaquin Phoenix put on the clown make up.

It didn’t work, we probably won’t see him as the tattooed joker again and frankly Jared Leto needs to grow up and get over it. He’s a man in his 40’s acting like a petulant child because he was told it was his turn and he didn’t have enough fun on his turn and now it’s someone else’s turn, and Jared isn’t happy about it.

If all the rumours are false, all is forgiven and a massive F you will go out to the journalists who reported it as fact. I have a feeling it isn’t false and its sort of ruined Jared Leto for me. Him thinking he has any ownership over a character that has been around longer than he has make’s him seem like a twat. I will still watch his films, and when I am next driving around with my friend Emma and she finally decides to listen to more than the first 3 seconds of a song, I will sing along to every word of “Attack” by 30 Seconds to Mars as if he isn’t a man child.

Hopefully tomorrow I have something more uplifting to write about! Well I know I will. There will be a new Star Wars trailer. Here’s hoping for more hints of Big Papa Palpatine.

‘Til Tomorrow.


Jokers, Offended People and The Nine Nine (9-9!)

Yesterday lunch time I watched through a new comedy special that had just hit Netflix. It was the latest effort from well renown comedian Dave Chappelle, someone I know of, but have never watched. I had no idea what to expect but I found it to be funny, not mind blowing but alright.

A lot of comedians aim their jokes at socially taboo topics like the LGBT community or different classes, and Chappelle does exactly that and even takes aim at the Michael Jackson scandal. This has predictably led to a lot of varied reaction on the internet. Who would have thought it, people are offended on the internet.

Personally, I am not offended by any jokes, because they’re jokes. As far as I am concerned when you buy a ticket and sit down for a comedy show, everything is okay to make fun of, because that is why you’re there. Stand-up comedy is the place where it should be okay to make the jokes that aren’t as acceptable in a social situation. Within the realm of streaming services like Netflix, you have the choice of hundreds of comedy specials and you can watch them as and when you please.

It’s pretty obvious from the first five minutes of Dave Chappelle’s stand up that it’s going to be hitting pretty hard. Dave goes straight in with satirical commentary on Anthony Bourdain’s suicide and making light of suicidal thoughts. If you watch that part and you laugh, sit back and enjoy the rest of the show. At times it seems like he is saying things for shock value, but there are some funny bits in there.

However, if you click on this like me, with no real idea of what Dave Chappelle’s comedy is like, and then instead of enjoying it, you find the first five minutes to not be funny at all, turn it the fuck off. Its 2019, its on Netflix, you have complete control over what you are watching. press back, find something else. Jump over to Amazon, or Now TV, or HBO, or any of the hundreds of cable TV channels.

I understand not everyone is like me, some people are sensitive to topics and they choose to be offended when comedians make jokes about those things. If that’s how you are, that is completely fine, but take some responsibility and manage your own viewing habits. If you get a few minutes into a stand up special, get that hint of it not being to your taste, and then sit there for another hour and listen to more things you find offensive, that is simply not the comedian’s fault. It’s your fault for watching it when you knew it wasn’t for you. Nothing is made to please everyone.

On the subject of comedians, but this time a fictional, failing comedian, the final trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker movie dropped last night. As I have mentioned several times on this site, I absolutely adore the character of the Joker. He is my favourite fictional character, The Dark Knight is my favourite movie, Mark Hamill’s Joker voiced my childhood watching Batman the Animated Series et cetera.

So, this new dark and gritty Joker origin story should be right up my street, right? Well it’s not a surprise at all that I am absolutely all in for this movie. Joaquin Phoenix is a phenomenally talented actor, and all signs point to this performance earning him some Awards buzz. It’s quite validating as a big Joker fan that the character has now drawn Oscar level performances out of two actors.

The trailers slow build, the imagery and the hints of the character descent into madness is exactly what I want to see from a film like this, and the recently announced R rating for the film says to me that they are not going to be pulling any punches and will be letting The Joker go full crazy in the later parts of the film.

The main concern I have for this movie is the lack of batman. A lot of Jokers best moments in his long history have relied upon him playing with Batman’s mind and manipulating the people he cares about. Without that element to play with, I am intrigued what kind of story they’re going to tell.

Onto a more light-hearted topic, lately I have been watching through Brooklyn 99 again. My word what a stupidly funny show it is. If you have never watched it, treat yo’ self and watch a couple of episodes. It’s perfect for having on in the background whilst doing something else like writing a blog. It’s so consistent that every time you pause to watch for a minute or two, you find yourself laughing at something. Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt is simply incredible. He is the ultimate comedic straight man, whilst the others around him, particularly Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta, are constantly making quips and one liner’s.

I feared a second watch through might cause the humour to grow a little stale, but it doesn’t. I have just garnered a new appreciation for some of the other elements of the show like Hitchcock and Scully. It reminds me of the US version of The Office in that although the situations are sometimes quite funny in themselves, often it’s the characters you grow to appreciate, and you just want to see more of them living their lives.

There we have it, the second daily blog post done. Yesterday I did this 6am wake up to write thing for the first time and felt great about myself. Then I got up from my desk, strolled happily towards the bathroom only to smash my knee on the corner of my bed and yelp in agony.

So, I am off to avoid hard, sharp corners that live at knee height, and you should too. Til tomorrow!