PODCAST: Popcorn Talk Episode 8 (‘Joker’)

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PODCAST: Popcorn Talk Episode 8 (‘Joker’)

Joaquin Pheonix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “Joker.”
Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Joaquin Pheonix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “Joker.” Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Niko Tavernise

Joaquin Pheonix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “Joker.” Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Niko Tavernise

Niko Tavernise

Joaquin Pheonix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “Joker.” Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Joaquin Phoenix blew viewers away with his portrayal of comic book icon Joker in the 2019 film of the same name.

Niko Tavernise
Joaquin Pheonix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “Joker.”
Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Audiences were pretty split after the film’s Oct. 4 debut because of its unusual depiction of the Joker.

Instead of seeing a raving, hysterical, maniacal clown sabotage vigilante Batman, we see something much more relatable: a severely mentally ill man abandoned by family, friends and society.

Many critics of the film argue that seeing the Joker in a more sympathetic light can be problematic because he’s the “bad guy.”

Let’s face it; he does kill innocent people. But is feeling sympathy for a morally gray (to put it lightly) character a problem? Or is it a result of good storytelling?

Guest podcaster Elizabeth Taylor and Popcorn Talk co-host Logan Raschke can attest to both sides of the “Joker” film debate.

“Popcorn Talk” is a 30-minute long podcast dissecting movies and providing a decent review that will at least help you decide if a movie is worth seeing or not.

In this eighth episode of “Popcorn Talk,” Logan Raschke, a senior journalism major at Eastern Illinois University and Fall 2019 managing editor for The Daily Eastern News, and Elizabeth Taylor, a journalism major and staff reporter for the DEN, analyze “Joker.”