Any movie with Jennifer Connelly in it can’t be too bad unless that movie is Hulk. The Rocketeer perfectly captured the look and spirit of the Dave Stevens comic book. Super-Heroes and Nazi’s always go well together, like peanut butter and jelly.
So that when a card reader suggest to us a possible situation as depicted by the cards, our very powerful association ‘reflex’ kicks in full force, scans our life and makes every attempt to coordinate the broad-brush card situation with our ‘real-life’ situation. Therefore we uncover what appears to be a train of current happenings that seem to match. We, together with certain dominance we’ve given over to the reader, conclude a certain accuracy of the reading to depict a valid portrayal of our life circumstances.
One story that touches on the Batman/joker dynamic is Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. It doesn’t cover the symbiotic relationship, but it does touch on the mirror aspect. It draws a lot of parallels between the two characters and their tragic history. While they are opposite sides of the same coin, manifestations of order and chaos respectively, they aren’t so different. The comic also features one of Joker’s more lucid moments. When Batman makes one final plea to reform, reminding him that there’s only one way for their current set-up to end and that it doesn’t have to go down like that, joker gaming actually and (I believe) sincerely apologizes before telling him that he’s too far gone.
When Punisher: War Zone was first announced, the news was mixed among the fans because of how bad the first two movies had been. With a low expectation, this movie turned out surprisingly well, despite how the critics bashed it.
Gloria Stuart had an interesting, and long spanning acting career which ran nearly 80 years. Today people remember her for playing old Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic, but to me she’ll always be the Invisible Man’s girlfriend.
Poker originated in the 16th century. The Persians played it, but back then it was called “nas” and it was only played with 25 cards. Later, the game began to be played by the Europeans, who called it “poque.” The game then moved to the United States just before the Civil War. It was mainly played in New Orleans. Most players were thugs, cheats, and outlaws. Later, the game spread throughout the western United States and became the game of poker we all know today.
Still, the fact that Ahearn managed to pull the whole thing off is either a testament to the strength of his talents… or the weakness of my judgment.