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It wasn't the ending we wanted. After 27 years, the remains of Jacob Wetterling—the child who was kidnapped in St. Joseph in 1989—were found. Even though I had assumed that Jacob was probably no longer with us over the years since, hearing the news on Saturday still sent a sad chill down my spine. Because a little part of me believed there was a chance he would come home safely. I think just about everybody had held onto that little bit of hope. I was three years younger than Jacob when he was abducted. I grew up in St. Cloud, which is not far from St. Joseph.
There is perhaps no Batman/Joker story as iconic as “The Killing Joke,” the 1988 graphic novel that gave the world one of the origin stories to the Clown Prince of Crime (though the Joker does admit in the book he isn’t even sure if it is his true origin — because he is insane). And now we have an R-rated animated film adaptation of this book.
Brown: After touching on a few action movies, including the reintroduction of “ Ghostbusters ,” I thought it was time to hit another musical. This isn’t new territory for the JOE-DOWN after we saw one of the most baffling movies ever in “ Grease 2 .”
The trailer for the new “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” book — a sort of history/prequel/sequel to the early 90s cult classic TV show “Twin Peaks” — offers us a very strange and baffling glimpse of what to expect from the pen of Mark Frost, who co-created the series with David Lynch. This book was written, apparently, to keep us up to date with what happened after the series finale in 1990 and 25 years later with the new Showtime revival. But like how the owls are not what they seem, so is this book.
Froemming: OK, for this week’s JOE-DOWN, I picked a movie that I have been writing about for more than a year now on this blog . Yup, I picked the new “Ghostbusters” reboot. A movie I was told was going to ruin my childhood , because Ghostbusters now have lady parts and what-not (I never got this line of logic). Well, I can honestly say after watching this new film that my childhood certainly wasn’t ruined.
With that said, Froemming, what are your initial thoughts before we jump into this tale of kung-fu action and Chinese mysticism? Froemming: This was one of my favorite films growing up. Having said that, since I have not seen it since probably 1989, I remembered almost nothing from it. So revisiting it was like watching it for the first time again (sort of). And I will say this, it certainly has aged very well, especially the special effects. So, let’s start this off!
I was wandering around Monday afternoon in the Bemidji Pioneer office, phone in hand launching balls at weird little creatures. I’m sure I looked like a crazy person, and based on that first sentence, it certainly sounds that way. The reason for my oddball behavior is because I downloaded “Pokemon Go” onto my phone, wondering what the hell all this hype was about.
Froemming: Since last week we did a Sylvester Stallone flick, this week I figured we had to give equal time to that other ’80s action superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, last week we saw Rocky win the Cold War, this week we watched the beloved “Terminator” franchise finally lose — to itself. That’s right, we watched “Terminator Genisys,” a film that is 20 percent winks and nods to James Cameron’s brilliant first two installments and 80 percent destroying any goodwill we had toward them. So Brown, what are your initial thoughts on this retcon mess of a film?
There is perhaps no greater Batman/Joker tale than “The Killing Joke,” the Alan Moore penned tale that gave us a glimpse into what may have been the true origin of the Clown Prince of Crime (or not, given the Joker admits even he is not sure what his true origin is, and like Patrick Bateman in the book “American Psycho,” is an unreliable narrator). And this tale is finally getting an animated film adaptation. And I am excited for that, because thus far DC is killing it with its animated features.
The truth is out there, according to “The X-Files,” and it seems the conspiracy theory that director Stanley Kubrick helped fake the 1969 Apollo moon landing (and inserted clues about this into his film “The Shining”) is not true, according to his daughter and the fact the film of the historic moon landing lacks that Kubrick touch of surrealism and eye for intricate detail.