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The Healthy and Unhealthy Aspects of Harley Quinn and the Joker's Relationship
What do onscreen adaptations of abusive relationships tell us? Why do ex’s get back together? When does someone know if they are in an abusive relationship? Does having too much in common turn a relationship venomous? Is there anything redeemable about Harley Quinn and the Joker as a couple? "The New Batman Adventures" episode, "Mad Love" gives the viewer an inside look of how the Joker seduced Harley Quinn and how abusive their relation is. It is obvious through the trailer of "Suicide Squad" that that relationship will be established and built upon. Maybe it is time for someone to try to make sense of their relationship and address the suggested questions? You up for the task, puddin?
Shock Factor versus Quality Story Telling
Do movies rely too much on shock factor that they lose their purpose or quality? For example, in the timeless movie, "Swing Time," a door would conveniently open in front of the camera to avoid the audience from seeing Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers kiss. Furthermore, homosexuality, cannibalism, and incest are only implied but never explicitly shown or stated in Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift’s movie, "Suddenly Last Summer." On the other hand, modern movies and TV shows alike are not only exploiting these kinds of racy subjects but also glorifying them. The TV version of "Game of Thrones" has surpassed the books in some areas and completely gone astray from them in other areas simply to initiate a reaction from the audience. For example, Jamie and Cersei Lannister’s relationship is not only developed but given plenty of passionate onscreen scenes all the while their offspring wears the crown. Where movies are concerned, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" displays a blowjob, rape, and several torture scenes explicitly throughout the film. What should the boundaries in story telling be without assuming immoral or questionable affairs simply do not happen? Do these explicit scenes further the story telling and constitute as art, or do they get in the way?
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