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A couple jokers reviewing Joker? What could go right? Jon and Will discuss the controversial new film starring Joaquin Phoenix from director Todd Phillips of The Hangover series and other 2000s comedies your dad probably loves. They also dive into some discussion around In the Shadow of the Moon, The Kill Team, The Politician, and more. But the real killing joke is that theme music, which is “Smile” by Jimmy Durante.

Show Notes:

  • 00:03:50 – Some early reactions to Lucy in the Sky and Dolemite is My Name
  • 00:10:22 – Will reviews In the Shadow of the Moon and catches up on One Cut of the Dead
  • 00:17:38 – Jon reviews The Kill Team and The Politician
  • 00:34:35 – Review: Joker

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Jon Negroni

Jon is one of the co-founders of InBetweenDrafts and our resident film editor. He also hosts the podcasts Cinemaholics, Mad Men Men, and Rookie Pirate Radio. He doesn't sleep, essentially.


  • Cory W. says:

    This was a great discussion. Kudos, guys. Can’t say I’m excited for Gemini Man or Addams Family to be honest.

    • Olson says:

      I’m interested in GEMINI MAN simply out of pure curiosity over the 120 frames gimmick. I hope Jon/Will cover that whole thing next week.

  • Aunt Tomlin says:

    Hey, a review of the JOKER that doesn’t spend 30 minutes fixated on the *discourse* around it! thank you Will and Jon for actually talking about the movie.

    • KatePlusH8 says:

      Noticed this too. The discourse has been exhausting. I found Joker to be just a blip of a movie with some interesting stuff, but nothing all that special to grab onto. If Phoenix gets an Oscar for this, I won’t mind though. It’s an incredible performance and he deserved the gold a long time ago.

  • HarleyQuinn says:

    The music from the trailer…holy god. Just incredible, which makes me so bummed to find the film to be nowhere near as great as I hoped. Still good, but not the masterpiece I personally wanted.

  • Margot says:

    Just the sound from the trailer gave me chills…

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