REVIEW: ‘Joker’ reveals classic character’s dark backstory

Arthur Fleck twirls, twirls and twirls a sign, enclothed in full clown attire — he dances and smiles without a worry in the world. Everyone walks by him, creeped out more than anything.  But that doesn’t matter to Fleck, who is enjoying himself as he forgets how he’s perceived by the world. When a group […]

‘First Love’ furthers director’s stylistic trademarks

“Don’t you know? What matters the most is keeping humanity.”  That line in the film may have been delivered as a moral declaration, but it is also a basic question of screenwriting 101: How can we best bring a character to life, as a believable and three-dimensional person without relying on tropes that render them […]