In this session, we discuss the Suicide Squad and ponder the decline of intrigue in modern cinema. Your 30 Minutes of Diabolical begins now…
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– Show Notes –
If you were around during the Summer of ’89 like we were, you no doubt remember getting swept up in “Bat Fever,” as everyone that year was either talking about, wearing a hat or t-shirt in support of, or playing with some sort of tie-in to Tim Burton’s Batman film. Everywhere you went, Batman reigned supreme. Batman ’89 was one of Team Diabolical’s earliest experiences with the Summer blockbuster… and honestly, we haven’t seen too many films capture the masses in this same fervent way since (save for the Star Wars prequels… though we know how those turned out). Reminiscing about the spectacle of this film, we wanted to revisit it’s original theatrical trailer and compare it to it’s more modern brethren (i.e. the Nolan films). What we found was a trailer that was cut drastically different than we’re accustomed to. It puts the spotlight directly on the film’s great performances, particularly Jack Nicholson’s Joker, and really isn’t cut with any sort of intended emotion or experience. It was odd for us not hearing Danny Elfman’s powerful score throughout most of the trailer… but at the same time, it certainly got our attention. The best part, however, the trailer didn’t spoil most of the film… something modern cinematic trailers are notorious for.
mirror… Mirror! 1989 Joker reveal
A dimly lit surgery room, a silhouette demanding a mirror as he wrestles with the remaining bandages on his face. Jack Nicholson has been called many things- subtle is not one of them. Everyone was on notice when Burton cast him as the Joker; the character’s reveal played right into Jack’s ability to flip a switch going from despair to a psychotic break. Few have stared into the darkness like Nicholson and even fewer will ever forget the first cinematic reveal of the Joker. The laughter still echoes in our diabolical minds.
This Week’s Dope
ESPN 30 for 30 – Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I was privy to some of Sport’s most iconic and, well, completely odd stories; The Showtime era Lakers, the Bo Jackson movement, Jordan “playing” baseball, Gretzky being ransomed off to the Kings… just to name a few. When ESPN first launched their 30 for 30 documentary series I have to admit my interest was far from piqued. Sports documentaries have notoriously, at least for me, been presented completely dry and devoid of any real emotion. However, thanks to Netflix I was able to visit this ESPN series of films and they have forever changed what a good sports documentary should feel like. Each film is presented by a different director, actor, or talent in hollywood, with no two documentaries feeling the same. The one thing each does bring, however, is a heavy, and refreshing look, at the human interest side of these stories and not so much the sports. If your at all a fan of well made documentaries, regardless if you have a passion for sports or not, you would do well to search these films out on Netflix. My dope for the week.
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Safer At Night (Dope Track): https://soundcloud.com/saferatnight
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