Movies: Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Terminator: Dark Fate

BIG HELLO to everyone!  We are finally back home from our five weeks in Europe.  Exhausted, refreshed, inspired, thankful, and content!  Thanks to all for the wonderful comments and updates along the way.  We truly feel like we live in a global family!!

It’s with apologies we are behind on our movie reviews.  We managed to see nine movies while on the road.  The first three have already been published.  The next six will be posted over the next few days in two separate posts.

A quick list of things that surprised us:

  • We were surprised to see films released in Europe before the US including Port Authority, Terminator: Dark Fate, and A Rainy Day in New York.
  • The multiplex in Bratislava, Slovakia offers snacks like nachos with Vodka shots!
  • One massive Paris complex had 32 screens, all underground.  Most theaters 75 to 95% full.
  • We saw the most popular films shown in VO (version original) that means the language of the films origin. We only saw English language films, some had subtitles in two or three languages.

Movie 1: Joker

Well…it won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival!  That said we found it concurrently intriguing and disturbing.  Joaquin Phoenix again morphs himself into an odd if not bizarre character.  There continues to be controversy about the film in terms of social commentary. 
We found it to be a fascinating and creepy psychological thriller. 

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Summary

Joker (October 2, 2019)

Release Date: October 2, 2019
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 122 min
Original Title: Joker
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Comics, Joint Effort, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Studios
During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

Cast Joker

  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Role: Arthur Fleck / Joker
  • Robert De Niro
  • Role: Murray Franklin
  • Zazie Beetz
  • Role: Sophie Dumond
  • Frances Conroy
  • Role: Penny Fleck
  • Brett Cullen
  • Role: Thomas Wayne
  • Shea Whigham
  • Role: Detective Burke
  • Bill Camp
  • Role: Detective Garrity
  • Glenn Fleshler
  • Role: Randall
  • Leigh Gill
  • Role: Gary
  • Josh Pais
  • Role: Hoyt Vaughn
  • Marc Maron
  • Role: Ted Marco
  • Sondra James
  • Role: Dr. Sally
  • Murphy Guyer
  • Role: Barry O'Donnell
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Role: Alfred Pennyworth
  • Dante Pereira-Olson
  • Role: Young Bruce Wayne
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Role: Carl (Arkham Clerk)
  • Sharon Washington
  • Role: Social Worker
  • Jolie Chan
  • Role: Street Worker
  • Mary Kate Malat
  • Role: Murray Franklin Intern
  • Evan Rosado
  • Role: Gangboy
  • Adrienne Lovette
  • Role: Middle Aged Woman
  • Mandela Bellamy
  • Role: Boy's Mother
  • Hannah Gross
  • Role: Young Penny
  • Justin Theroux
  • Role: Ethan Chase (uncredited)
  • April Grace
  • Role: Arkham Psychiatrist
  • Carl Lundstedt
  • Role: Wall Street Three
  • Michael Benz
  • Role: Wall Street Three
  • Gary Gulman
  • Role: Comedian
  • Sam Morril
  • Role: Open Mic Comic
  • Chris Redd
  • Role: Comedy Club Emcee
  • Mandela Bellamy
  • Role: Mother on Bus
  • Greer Barnes
  • Role: Haha's Clown
  • Bryan Callen
  • Role: Haha's Stripper
  • Ray Iannicelli
  • Role: Haha's Clown
  • Peter Benson
  • Role: Good Morning Host
  • Mike Troll
  • Role: Clown Protestor
  • Jane Fergus
  • Role: IBN Anchorwoman
  • Jeff McCarthy
  • Role: NCB Anchor
  • Kim Brockington
  • Role: NCB Co-Anchor
  • Michael-Scott Druckenmiller
  • Role: Paramedic
  • John Cenatiempo
  • Role: Aftermath Police Officer
  • Danny Schoch
  • Role: Aftermath Police Officers
  • Keith Buterbaugh
  • Role: Band Leader
  • James Ciccone
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • Rich Campbell
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • Richard Baratta
  • Role: Murray Franklin Band
  • April Grace
  • Role: Arkham Psychiatrist

Crew Joker

  • Scott Silver
  • Writer
  • Bruce Berman
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Friedberg
  • Production Design
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Director of Photography
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Cinematography
  • Laura Ballinger
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Michael E. Uslan
  • Executive Producer
  • Richard Baratta
  • Executive Producer
  • Mark Bridges
  • Costume Design
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Producer
  • Walter Hamada
  • Executive Producer
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Producer
  • Todd Phillips
  • Director
  • Todd Phillips
  • Producer
  • Todd Phillips
  • Writer
  • David Webb
  • Co-Producer
  • Kay Georgiou
  • Hair Department Head
  • Jeff Groth
  • Editor
  • Kris Moran
  • Set Decoration
  • Joseph Garner
  • Executive Producer
  • Nicki Ledermann
  • Makeup Department Head
  • G.A. Aguilar
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Aaron L. Gilbert
  • Executive Producer
  • Airon Armstrong
  • Stunt Double
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Original Music Composer
  • Brian Adler
  • Visual Effects
  • Jason Cloth
  • Executive Producer
  • Frank Alfano
  • Stunts
  • Shayna Markowitz
  • Casting
  • Timothy Metzger
  • Leadman


Movie 2: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

It’s a live action version of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty franchise with a darker underbelly.  It’s pretty sophisticated with exceptional special affects.  There are a few “rough patches” that just don’t work very well but overall it is well done.  It might be a bit much for youngsters.

 

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Summary

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 16, 2019)

Release Date: October 16, 2019
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Runtime: 118 min
Original Title: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Cast Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Role: Maleficent
  • Elle Fanning
  • Role: Princess Aurora
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Role: Queen Ingrith
  • Harris Dickinson
  • Role: Prince Phillip
  • Sam Riley
  • Role: Diaval
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Role: Conall
  • Ed Skrein
  • Role: Borra
  • Robert Lindsay
  • Role: King John
  • David Gyasi
  • Role: Percival
  • Jenn Murray
  • Role: Gerda
  • Juno Temple
  • Role: Thistlewit
  • Lesley Manville
  • Role: Flittle
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Role: Knotgrass
  • Judi Shekoni
  • Role: Shrike (Jungle)
  • Miyavi
  • Role: Udo (Tundra)
  • Kae Alexander
  • Role: Ini (Desert)
  • Warwick Davis
  • Role: Lickspittle
  • Fernanda Diniz
  • Role: Jungle Warrior Fey
  • Teresa Mahoney
  • Role: Dinner Servant

Crew Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

  • Craig Wood
  • Editor
  • Patrick Tatopoulos
  • Production Design
  • Ellen Mirojnick
  • Costume Design
  • Duncan Henderson
  • Producer
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Producer
  • Geoff Zanelli
  • Original Music Composer
  • Joachim Rønning
  • Director
  • Joe Roth
  • Producer
  • Henry Braham
  • Director of Photography
  • Jeff Kirschenbaum
  • Executive Producer
  • Linda Woolverton
  • Screenplay
  • Linda Woolverton
  • Story
  • Noah Harpster
  • Screenplay
  • Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
  • Casting Director
  • Micah Fitzerman-Blue
  • Screenplay
  • Laura Jennings
  • Editor
  • Michael Vieira
  • Executive Producer
  • Matt Smith
  • Executive Producer
  • Dominic Capon
  • Set Decoration

Movie 3: Terminator: Dark Fate

This was better than we expected.  After all the last three editions were a bit bleak.  This version was inventive, adding just enough new twists to keep it fresh while respecting the franchises’ history.  It’s well worth the watch if you are already a fan.  

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Summary

Terminator: Dark Fate (October 23, 2019)

Release Date: October 23, 2019
Starring: Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Gabriel Luna
Genres: Action, Science Fiction
Runtime: 128 min
Original Title: Terminator: Dark Fate
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lightstorm Entertainment, Skydance Media, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Tencent Pictures, TSG Entertainment
More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.

Cast Terminator: Dark Fate

  • Natalia Reyes
  • Role: Daniela "Dani" Ramos
  • Mackenzie Davis
  • Role: Grace
  • Linda Hamilton
  • Role: Sarah Connor
  • Gabriel Luna
  • Role: Rev-9
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Role: Carl / The Terminator
  • Diego Boneta
  • Role: Diego Ramos
  • Fraser James
  • Role: Major Dean
  • Alicia Borrachero
  • Role: Carl's Wife
  • Enrique Arce
  • Role: Dani Ramos's Father
  • Edward Furlong
  • Role: John Connor
  • Jude Collie
  • Role: John Connor (Body Double)
  • Brett Azar
  • Role: T-800 "Model 101" (Body Double)
  • Nicholas Wittman
  • Role: F-35 Pilot
  • Mario de la Rosa
  • Role: Mexico City Cop
  • Claudia Trujillo
  • Role: Maria
  • Rochelle Neil
  • Role: C-5 Co-Pilot
  • Tom Hopper
  • Role: Hadrell
  • Steven Cree
  • Role: Rigby
  • Pete Ploszek
  • Role: Akers
  • Tábata Cerezo
  • Role: Julia
  • Christine Horn
  • Role: Owens
  • Pedro Rudolphi
  • Role: Cholo
  • Blair Jackson
  • Role: JP
  • Kacy Owens
  • Role: Maggie Clinton
  • Phillip Garcia
  • Role: Rusty
  • Lorna Brown
  • Role: Agent Brenner
  • Stuart McQuarrie
  • Role: Manager
  • Tristán Ulloa
  • Role: Felipe Gandal

Crew Terminator: Dark Fate

  • Tim Miller
  • Director
  • James Cameron
  • Producer
  • David Ellison
  • Producer
  • James Cameron
  • Screenstory
  • Ken Seng
  • Director of Photography
  • Gale Anne Hurd
  • Characters
  • James Cameron
  • Characters
  • Charles H. Eglee
  • Screenstory
  • Josh Friedman
  • Screenstory
  • Billy Ray
  • Screenplay
  • David S. Goyer
  • Screenplay
  • Justin Rhodes
  • Screenplay
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Executive Producer
  • Edward Cheng
  • Executive Producer
  • Bonnie Curtis
  • Executive Producer
  • Don Granger
  • Executive Producer
  • John J. Kelly
  • Executive Producer
  • Julie Lynn
  • Executive Producer
  • Junkie XL
  • Original Music Composer
  • Julian Clarke
  • Editor
  • Mindy Marin
  • Casting
  • Lucinda Syson
  • Casting
  • Sonja Klaus
  • Production Design
  • Ngila Dickson
  • Costume Design
  • Derek Vanderhorst
  • Sound Designer
  • David S. Goyer
  • Screenstory
  • Justin Rhodes
  • Screenstory
  • Damián Galán Álvarez
  • Set Decoration
  • David Bryan
  • Art Direction
  • Tom Still
  • Art Direction

 

4 thoughts on “Movies: Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Terminator: Dark Fate”

  1. Welcome home! We enjoyed your travels, but we missed your movie reviews. Glad you had such a great trip. Glad you’re back.

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