Wow. Let this be the ultimate lesson to that old mantra: think before you speak. What an interesting glimpse into the celebrity spotlight and someone that seems at once bipolar, manic, abusive, comical, depressing, heartbreaking, and a whiny spoiled brat.
The film has a bit of Jackass in it as Phoenix's assistant, fed up with his abusive antics, pulled a disgusting prank and no, in the interest of not grossing you out, I won't tell you what it is. There is that old stereotypical Hollywood lifestyle of sex, drugs and, in this case, hip-hop in this "mockumentary" as well. Behind the scenes, with the montages of celebrity news programs and bright lights of the cameras, you see a rare fragile side of Hollywood life. The frail ego of an actor that has reached his prime just to take advantage of it and throw it all away.
Phoenix pretends not to care what anybody has to say about him and then, spends half his time surfing the web to search for his relevance. He retires from acting on a whim during a red carpet interview, without a statement or press release to which I'm sure his publicist, Sue, just loved. I kept feeling sorry for her but, then, reminding myself that clients like this keep her in business. I think that Phoenix had let ego get in the way of reality- he approaches Sean "whatever his name is now in order to remake his image and sell records" Combs to produce his hip-hop album which ultimately doesn't go through. He still includes Combs' name as producer and partner as he promotes himself. Combs had tried to get him to prove to him if he was for real, asking if he had any money to which Phoenix responded, what will you need. That shows he didn't do his homework. I think that he honestly thought that Combs would be like, OF COURSE I'll do it, you're friggin' Joaquin Phoenix and he got a huge wake up call when that wasn't the case. Then, he freaks out because now he's a joke and he realizes the consequences of his actions.
But, Joaquin, in all your coked out, half-crazed, stony state of affairs with groupies and hookers, tantrum throwing tirades, I applaud you for taking us on this entertaining ride. I applaud you for getting out in front of it and encompassing Charlie Sheen's WINNING attitude. I applaud you for being your messy self, not giving a damn, and peeling away the layers of Hollywood to invite us into your seeming downfall. I applaud you for putting your middle finger to the lens that look to you to act as a puppet and for going after what you want, no matter what Puff says.
I’M STILL HERE Directed by Casey Affleck Starring Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix: You’re going to look back on this and think you’re a fucking idiot. This is what I get for not sitting down to write reviews as soon as I see the movie. I thought I had a little time to let this one simmer in my head, and there is plenty to let settle, but that just isn’t so. When I first sat to watch Casey … more
I'm Still Here is a 2010 film directed by Casey Affleck, and written by Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix. The film follows the life of Phoenix, from the announcement of his retirement from acting through his transition into a career as a hip hop artist. Filming officially began on January 16, 2009 at a Las Vegas nightclub.
The film premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2010. It had a limited release in the United States on September 10, 2010 before being expanded to a wide release a week later on September 17.