Monday, September 13, 2010

"JP IS ALL OF US"-- JOAQUIN PHOENIX (JP)


Back in the day, Joaquin Phoenix was an early Colby crush. Something about his hunched back and cleft lip really sent the right kind of shivers down my spine. So it was with keen interest that I went to the theatre to see "I'm Still Here", a documentary about Joaquin's recent foray into hip-hop, produced and filmed by JP's brother-in-law Casey Affleck. No bones: The movie is pretty bad. I spent most of my time either laughing uncomfortably or wincing, rubbing my head when appropriate in my own autistic moment of personal consolation. The movie is EITHER the most cynical hoax in the history of Film (and therefore, both brilliant and a remarkably sad essay on American culture at its current moment) or a deeply exploitative experiment in film-making by one celebrity of another.

Highlights include:

* At least 3 dick shots (all different men, none of them Joaquin)
* Musing by JP on the smell of a Hooker's butthole
* A daft palaver between JP and Edward James Olmos regarding "water droplets on mountain tops" (perhaps the only moment where the "documentary" loses its believability)
* More malapropisms than you can throw a camel at
* Ant, the personal assistant, shitting on Joaquin's face while he sleeps
* throw-up, coke, stretch-limos, ragers, temper tantrums and about a million celebrity cameos

Whether its Joaquin (the fumbling, self-agrandizing "artist"), Sean Combs (the money-grubbing, self-serving music producer), or Casey (the exploitative, sophomoric movie-maker) this movie is a great character study in the monsters we make for ourselves.













3 comments:

  1. In order for Jaoquin to be taken seriously as an artist (for him to take HIMSELF seriously?) is it necessary that he look like he smells like pee?

    I like how the clip cuts as Joaquin moves in for a P.Diddy hug. I bet dollars to donuts Diddy ducked that hug. Diddy don't want his clothes smelling like some dude's urine.

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  2. I'm guessing it's a hoax. It'd be too litigious otherwise. But then, Edward James Olmos throws it. He always talks like he's delivering the prologue of a Babylonian epic even when he's not acting...

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  3. Also, another astute review found here...

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100907/REVIEWS/100909992

    Sooooooo boring...even if it is a hoax.

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