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The Man Who Laughs – EVOLUTION OF THE JOKER

 By Nick Maylor “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” – The Joker (From Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke) The Joker was created by Jerry Robinson, Bob Kane and Bill Finger. While credit for the Joker’s creation is disputed, as is the case with Batman himself, Bill…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Al Pacino in DONNIE BRASCO (1997)

By Nick Maylor Two of Al Pacino’s most famous characters are icons of organized crime. Pacino’s fame exploded after the release of The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) cemented Michael Corleone as America’s quintessential cinematic crime-lord, the ultimate representation of the dark side of the American dream, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely.…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Charlie Chaplin in THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)

By Nick Maylor Charles Chaplin was a Master of Physical comedy. Countless hours of footage of him in character as “The Tramp” serve as testimony to the notion that he was perhaps the greatest slapstick performer in history. Chaplin was also a writer, director, producer and composer for much of his famous works. In his first…

TIFF Review: Joker

By Nick Maylor (***1/2) Todd Phillips’ R-Rated film starring Joaquin Phoenix is without question, an impressive piece of filmmaking. It features a brilliant performance by Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally distressed loner living with his mother in 1980s Gotham City who, through a series of unfortunate and troubling circumstances, transforms himself into a familiar…

TIFF Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

By Nick Maylor (***) Eddie Murphy has been wanting to make a movie about the life of Rudy Ray Moore for close to ten years now. Moore famously created the character of Dolemite, star of several Blaxploitation films. The film chronicles Rudy Ray Moore, an over-the-hill musician and comedian who creates the character of Dolemite…