Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The New York City Steps Depicted in Joker

New Yorkers have worked out the location of an instantly iconic scene from Todd Phillips’ Joker and scores of them are already heading there. 

The stairs connecting Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street in the Bronx in New York City, USA feature in the film at a key moment – when Joaquin Phoenix’s character’s transformation is complete. 

And so, the fine people on Twitter and Instagram have been heading to the steps and posting photos and videos emulating the Arthur Fleck character.

The Joker movie has been underestimated since it arrived – but I, for one, will not rule anything out. A good movie is a good movie is a good movie!

After all, Joker is still playing on 4,090 screens in North America and that represents a strong vote of confidence from theaters. So, Joker is doing well and continues to do well! 

According to Box Office Mojo, as at October 21, 2019, the movie has reported $741,318,680 in ticket sales globally. That’s only 18 days of screen time and that’s nothing to sneeze at. 

It just needs another $260 million of theater business to join the $1 billion club – and I believe Joker can get there. 

I spoke at the Shah Alam Toastmasters meeting yesterday and it was a CC#4 speech titled All Choked Up. 

Personally, I thought it was a good speech. And so, not surprisingly, I was voted Best Project Speaker. 

The meeting was poorly attended though and some members were compelled to take on multiple roles. 

Our General Evaluator, Low Yat Seow highlighted this issue – in fact, he was given two jobs, the second being a speech evaluator. 

The President took up three roles and the VP Education had two roles. I, for one, was not only a speaker but also served as the Grammarian. 

We need to buck up – or else, we will be no different from the many Toastmasters clubs out there! Club members shying away from meetings result in poor attendances and which invariably deplete the energy level in meetings. Please, do not let us lose our shine.

And yesterday was one of our quieter meetings.

Photos from the said meeting:

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