'Joker' is an origin story for the villain in the Batman series, but director Todd Phillips says it's not a comic book movie. "It really started as an experiment, so to speak. ... Maybe you could get one of those deep-dive character study movies done nowadays in the studio system if you disguise it as a comic book film." Author Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the podcast 'Trump, Inc.' and the author of the new book 'American Oligarchs,' talks with Terry Gross about the family histories of both the Trumps and the Kushners — and their "marriage of money and power."John Powers reviews HBO's adaptation of Stephen King's thriller 'The Outsider.'
'Joker' is an origin story for the villain in the Batman series, but director Todd Phillips says it's not a comic book movie. "It really started as an experiment, so to speak. ... Maybe you could get one of those deep-dive character study movies done nowadays in the studio system if you disguise it as a comic book film." Phillips talks about the score, working with Joaquin Phoenix, and the divisive reaction to the movie.
One of our favourite films of the year has undoubtedly been Joker. We've already spoken to composer Hildur Guðnadóttir about her score for the movie, and now it's an utter delight to welcome director Todd Phillips back to Soundtracking for a second sitting.
There was much to discuss, from Hildur's stunning contributions to the influence of Charlie Chaplin and the thorny issue of why he used a Gary Glitter cue. We also have tracks from Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante.
Director Todd Phillips Talks Making JokerFollowing up our wonderful interview with Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix, we were able to sit down with, Writer/Director/Producer, Todd Phillips to talk about creating his own gritty version of Gotham City, creating the look of Joker, what it was like to work with one of his personal heroes, Robert De Niro, and more. Also this week, we dive into Joker's huge opening-weekend box office, and Robert Downey Jr.'s comments on NOT campaigning the Oscars for his role as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. Both of which lead us a down a deep look at the current awards season race. Sean was able to visit the set of Zack Snyder's upcoming return to horror, Army of the Dead (starring Dave Bautista, Chris D'elia, Ana de la Reguera), and has some seriously awesome stories to share. For this week's BlendGame, we're playing #WillSmithBlend, and discuss our favorite films from his long, notable career. Next week, we are headed back to the 1980s with #80sBlend. Be sure to play along on Twitter, and we might just read your pick out on the show! Gemini Man Giveaway!Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a sweet Gemini Man prize pack! Head over to bit.ly/ReelBlendXGeminiMan now! (US Shipping Only)This Week In MoviesJexi - (starring Rose Byrne, Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp)The Addams Family - (Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz)Parasite - (starring Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park)Gemini Man - (starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen)Follow The ShowReelBlend - @ReelBlendSean - @Sean_OConnellJake - @JakesTakesKevin - @KevinMcCarthyTVGabe - @gabeKovacs