More smartly political than any prestige pic of recent memory.
The word "Initiation" appears before the official title card of "Silent Night, Deadly Night 4," making it clear that this is a Yuzna film more than it is a killer Santa slasher. Opening credits, swirling, drifting, lines looped over lines. The sign of female empowerment. The wonderful Allyce Beasley. Screaming Mad George's slimy somethings writhing and squirming. Neith Hunter as the female reporter in a world of manly manipulators, trying to do the story she wants to do, gains the…
Some thoughts on this atrocity, which depressed me:
Joker is gorgeously filmed, yet amateurishly directed; each meticulous, airless shot is, on its own, competently composed and lit, but, like a sequence of big words strung cumbrously together, they don’t ever form a rhythm of unique style. It has a filmic vocabulary and references (and sometimes straight-up purloins from) myriad other movies. It never finds a voice, or anything to say.
The depiction of mental illness—or rather, “mental illness,” an ambiguous,…