Movies On My Mind: Bring out the baddie vibes

Actresses Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer pose for photos for a photocall ahead of the European premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (left) and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (right).
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (left) and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (right). PHOTOS: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, WARNER BROS

Joker has been drawing controversies, but the film offers insights into how supervillains can become art-house darlings

No joke. The DC Comics adaptation Joker showing in cinemas earned an eight-minute standing ovation capped by the Golden Lion top prize at the recent Venice International Film Festival.

The prestigious win puts it at the forefront of the coming awards season, especially for Joaquin Phoenix's stellar performance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2019, with the headline 'Bring out the baddie vibes'. Print Edition | Subscribe