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Joker director Todd Phillips has a lot to celebrate about. His film, a hardboiled take on the popular DC Comics archvillain, recently became the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion. It received lots of praise from fans and industry members alike, especially for its central Joaquin Phoenix performance. And now, another celebrated filmmaker of dark narratives about broken men just publicly praised his work. As IndieWire reported, director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) wrote Phillips and his creative team an effusive letter complimenting the **** out of their work on Joker.
Phillips was screening Joker in Los Angeles for select guests, and was supposed to participate in a Q&A moderated by Mann afterwards. When Mann had to bail due to a scheduling conflict, filmmaker Scott Cooper (Hostiles, the upcoming Antlers) stepped in as moderator. But Mann still wanted to share his thoughts on Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver‘s Joker. So, he gave Cooper a letter to read aloud. And Cooper did just that:
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I love this movie. I think it’s brilliant and not only Todd’s best film but it’s exciting because it’s on a frontier. And that’s usually where very good things happen. Todd and Scott’s screenplay has that relevance that occurs when work is authentic and not derivative. We find...
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