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New Escapist Column! “Joker” as a Perverted Superhero Origin Story…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine yesterday. Naturally, it tackled the big release of the moment, Todd Phillips’ Joker.

Joker has been the source of a lot of controversy and attention. However, one of the most interesting debates around it has been the discussion over whether it counts as a superhero story at all – director Todd Phillips and actor Marc Maron have been quick to distance the film from the genre. However, despite these claims, Joker actually works very well as a perversion of the archetypal superhero origin story. In doing so, it suggests something interesting about the state of the genre at the current cultural moment.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

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Escapist Column! How “Mindhunter” Deconstructs the Serial Killer Procedural…

Hey there.

A few weeks back, I launched a new column at Escapist Magazine, titled In the Frame. The idea is to look at pop contemporary pop culture – whether film or television or anything else besides. I’d like to thank Nick Calandra and Samantha Nelson for their support and encouragement in making this happen. Over the course of this week, I’ll be posting links to the columns that have already been published.

First up, a piece looking Mindhunter, and the way in which it plays with the format and structure of the conventional serial killer procedural to produce something much more interesting and compelling. Give it a read, I hope you enjoy. You can read it here, or click the picture below.