Skip to comments.Michael Moore on Joker: "The greater danger to society may be if you DON’T go see this movie."
Posted on 10/09/2019 10:45:27 PM PDT by grundle
On Wednesday night I attended the New York Film Festival and witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, the film that last month won the top prize as the Best Film of the Venice International Film Festival. Its called Joker and all we Americans have heard about this movie is that we should fear it and stay away from it. Weve been told its violent and sick and morally corrupt an incitement and celebration of murder. Weve been told that police will be at every screening this weekend in case of trouble. Our country is in deep despair, our constitution is in shreds, a rogue maniac from Queens has access to the nuclear codes but for some reason, its a movie we should be afraid of.
I would suggest the opposite: The greater danger to society may be if you DONT go see this movie. Because the story it tells and the issues it raises are so profound, so necessary, that if you look away from the genius of this work of art, you will miss the gift of the mirror it is offering us. Yes, theres a disturbed clown in that mirror, but hes not alone were standing right there beside him.
Joker is no superhero or supervillain or comic book movie. The film is set somewhere in the 70s or 80s in Gotham City - and the filmmakers make no attempt to disguise it for anything other than what it is: New York City, the headquarters of all evil: the rich who rule us, the banks and corporations for whom we serve, the media which feeds us a daily diet news they think we should absorb. This past week, a week when a sitting President indicted himself because, in true Joker style, he was laughing himself silly at Muellers and the Dems inability to stop him, so he just quadrupled down and handed them everything they needed. But even then, after ten days of his flaunting his guilt, he was still sitting with his KFC grease-stained nuclear codes in the Oval Office, so he told Captain Sketchy to fire up the helicopter, the sound of its blades revving up, meant only to alert the reporters to scurry outside for the daily press conference Trump walks outside into the deafening cacophony of the whirlybird and publicly and feloniously asks the Peoples Republic of China to interfere in our 2020 election by sending him dirt on the Bidens. He and his magic carpet of hair then walked away and, other than the citizen howls of CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!, nothing happened. As Joker opens this weekend, Joker, Jr. Is still still sitting at John F. Kennedys desk in the Oval Office on the days he shows up to work, dreaming of his next conquest and debauchery.
But this movie is not about Trump. Its about the America that gave us Trump the America which feels no need to help the outcast, the destitute. The America where the filthy rich just get richer and filthier.
Except in this story a discomfiting question is posed: What if one day the dispossessed decide to fight back? And I dont mean with a clipboard registering people to vote. People are worried this movie may be too violent for them. Really? Considering everything were living through in real life? You allow your school to conduct active shooter drills with your children, permanently, emotionally damaging them as we show these little ones that this is the life weve created for them. Joker makes it clear we dont really want to get to the bottom of this, or to try to understand why innocent people turn in to Jokers after they can no longer keep it together. No one wants to ask why two smart boys skipped their 4th-hour AP French Philosophy class at Columbine High to slaughter 12 students and a teacher. Who would dare ask why the son of a vice-president of General Electric would go into Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT and blow the tiny bodies apart of 20 first-graders. Or why did 53% of White women vote for the presidential candidate who, on tape, reveled in his talent as a sexual predator?
The fear and outcry over Joker is a ruse. Its a distraction so that we dont look at the real violence tearing up our fellow human beings 30 million Americans who dont have health insurance is an act of violence. Millions of abused women and children living in fear is an act of violence. Cramming 59 students like worthless sardines into classrooms in Detroit is an act of violence.
As the news media stands by for the next mass shooting, you and your neighbors and co-workers have already been shot numerous times, shot straight through all of your hearts and hopes and dreams. Your pension is long gone. Youre in debt for the next 30 years because you committed the crime of wanting an education. You have actually thought about not having children because you dont have the heart to bring them onto a dying planet where they are given a 20-year death-by-climate-change sentence at birth. The violence in Joker? Stop! Most of the violence in the movie is perpetrated on the Joker himself, a person in need of help, someone trying to survive on the margins of a greedy society. His crime is that he cant get help. His crime is that he is the butt of a joke played on HIM by the rich and famous. When the Joker decides he can no longer take it yes, you will feel awful. Not because of the (minimal) blood on the screen, but because deep down, you were cheering him on - and if youre honest when that happens, you will thank this movie for connecting you to a new desire not to run to the nearest exit to save your own ass but rather to stand and fight and focus your attention on the nonviolent power you hold in your hands every single day. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. and all who made this important movie for this important time. I loved this films multiple homages to Taxi Driver, Network, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon. How long has it been since weve seen a movie aspire to the level of Stanley Kubrick? Go see this film. Take your teens. Take your resolve.
Unless of course the Chicoms find an issue with the movie.
Then he like 100% of liberals, will agree with the Chicoms.
Oh, yeah, right, like I’m going to take Michael Moore’s suggestions. That should be enough to make up my mind right there, shouldn’t it?
From the UK Daily Mail, 24 July 2014 =>
Michael Moore’s lavish property empire is revealed in court documents as he and wife of 22 years divorce
The filmmaker and his producer ex-wife Kathy Glynn called it quits after 22 years, with the divorce finalized on Tuesday at Antrim County Circuit Court in Bellaire, Michigan
The pair own nine properties, with Moore splitting his time between Detroit and New York
Moore reportedly blamed Glynn in legal proceedings for an expensive extension on their 10,000-square-foot mansion on Torch Lake in Michigan, which is valued at $2 million
They also own a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments
Fat Mike was probably upset that the Socialist rebels in the Manson Family got killed in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood before they murdered anyone.
“Thanks for the enthusiastic endorsement, Michael!
The Check is in the mail, or will be.
Would you mind if we paid you in McDonald’s Gift Cards instead of currency or Bitcoin? Just asking the question.
Again, thanks for your Spin!”
I guess if someone lives in a liberal urban blue state hell hole he might have a warped view of the world like Michael Moore. I feel sorry for anyone with this pathological insane world view which Michael Moore imagines. What a horrible way to go through life.
Gosh the elites in Hollyweird REALLY wanna boost ticket sales. *smh*
He’s a hypocritical pig, everything about him is hypocrisy. Remember that movie he put out bashing capitalism? My brother also saw him one day in Manhattan with two armed bodyguards right after he put out that movie bashing guns.
Have no interested in seeing it. But have heard it is overrated.
His screed comes off as paranoid, obsessive and delusional drivel.
Got to see Joker this past week. It’s a very good film. Not really comprehending what Moore is saying about it. It might be the most anti-Antifa thing made yet.
“The America where the filthy rich just get richer and filthier.”
Wow. Somebody buy this disgusting swine a dime’s worth of self-awareness.
People without health insurance is NOT violence.
Its these absurd paradigms and worldviews that are inciting people to hate everyone else but themselves,if they want to sit around and hate something.
How about the 60 million citizens ripped apart before a first breath, neing accurately described in the violence category. And blessed by Mikey and thismfuching corrupt gynoscoiety.
“” “” Not really comprehending what Moore is saying about it. It might be the most anti-Antifa thing made yet.”” “”
That’s a sign of a masterpiece. You have viewed it from your perspective. Antifa would identify with Joker and view it from theirs.
It’s Travis Bickle and Rupert Pupkin with make-up.
The fat joker talks about the not so fat joker
Deniro plays himself..an ass. Joker shoots him on live TV. Gets up and shoots him again. Saw a clip of it on youtube.
That seems to be the conscious intent all along. Making it a gritty character film like from the Seventies. It even opens with that old style Warner logo. The approach worked quite well (though it does have that ba$t@rd De Niro, filling in for Jerry Lewis from King Of Comedy).
Moore is an idiot, viewing this and everything thru a political lens. The movie wasn’t overly political. The joker ended up aligning with violent anarchists by accident, as a result of his crimes and mental illness. Worthwhile movie, tho I can’t say it lived up to the hype
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