Month: December 2019

Joker Reflections: Soundtracks

I found out the other day that the score to Joker was recorded before they filmed. I’m given to understand this is unusual in film making. When talking about worldbuilding I’m not certain soundtracks counts if we’re going to get picky about definitions and boundaries and Seth and I love definitions and boundaries. But! on…

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Joker Reflections: Soundtracks

Joker Reflections: Two

I wrote both this blog and the prior one while reflecting on Joker, I didn’t necessarily know where I was going with it initially. I thought this train of thought was interesting so I continued to write, this is the second iteration of my thoughts on the movie. What do we know about the world…

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Joker Reflections: Two

Joker Reflections: One

I’ve loved The Joker for a little while. Not nearly as long as some of the true fans harkening back to comic books or the animated series’. My introduction, like many fans, was with Heath Ledger’s Joker in Dark Knight. He’s a mesmerizing idea. And I say idea because I mean idea. The very distillation…

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Joker Reflections: One

The Empire Did Nothing Wrong

Okay, so that was click baity, sorry. the Empire did tons wrong. Alderaan (autocorrected to Alfa tan which is a great band name) being blown up was pretty bad, killing all the Jedi too (especially the younglings), but, when you think about it the Jedi were kinda problematic anyways. You have an armed organization of…

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The Empire Did Nothing Wrong

The State of Man

Without question, the worlds we create are a reflection of understanding of reality. Maybe that is why I was not surprised to hear IE Horton say that his primary method of worldbuilding was unleashing selfish people on a utopia to see what happens. After all, we see this same pattern over and over again, both…

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The State of Man

Your Culture Is Bad And You Should Feel Bad

by IE Horton You. Yes, you. The one reading this. I don’t know where you come from, or what culture you were raised in, but it’s stupid. Your stupid culture made you who you are, it civilised you, it gave you a sense of identity. A stupid sense of identity. So why am I insulting…

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Your Culture Is Bad And You Should Feel Bad

How Many Balrogs Does it Take to Kill a Wizard?

One. Sort of. He might come back though. Tolkien was a master of worldcrafting. A person that Seth and I hold in high esteem and, I think, for good reason. His work, however, does not necessarily hold up to our naturalistic scrutiny. Maiar are these angelic beings in Tolkien’s mythology, Balrogs are Maiar, Gandalf is…

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How Many Balrogs Does it Take to Kill a Wizard?

Your World Isn’t All That Weird

I don’t mean to say that your world isn’t as exciting and interesting as the story you want to tell. I only mean to say that it’s less weird than you think. Tell me, what is weirder? A sentient, carnivorous plant, or the fact that World War I was started by an assassin who, minutes…

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Your World Isn’t All That Weird