I'm Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the documentary follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.
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Joaguin is such a no-talent. Does he think he can sing OR act? At least he adheres to good grooming.
Stay away from this mess. If you want to see people that are incoherent, can't speak...or like to throw up-go downtown and hang with the homeless folks-or watch this movie!
This documentary on Joaquin Phoenix was very interesting. It is mostly showing his life in 2009 when he had a change in his life. The piece is directed by Casey Affleck who is Phoenix's brother in law and friend. He shows up in the movie at points too. Why he did this I don't know. Everyone knows that Phoenix was a bit messed up after he went on the Letterman show. But there is a lot more too it and that is why I watched this film. I will say that I do feel very sorry for him now, but he still has a lot of problems he needs to work out. One day he just decided he did not want to act anymore and quit. Phoenix explains that he wants to be himself and is tired of others telling him how to act all the time. So his mind kind of snaps and he uses up all his money to just enjoy life. Which includes never grooming, gaining weight and for some reason, loves to wear sunglasses. To me I think he wears them to hide. He is afraid of the outside world now. He also keeps partying and gets addicted to drugs and booze; with the occasional hooker now and then. Two things made me really feel for the guy. One his music. The reason he wanted to be a hip-hop artist was to express his feelings. He was really passionate about it. He never really asked to do it live. He just wanted to make a cd so he had some money to live off of and people could see why he acts this way. But he was booked as a joke and never got to release anything. The other thing was the Letterman interview. Now the world saw him as a washed up joke. But there is a reason why he did it and why he acted that way on the show. He did it for a little money and he did it to show the world he is still around and he was not a joke. But as soon as he came on, Letterman made fun. Phoenix was so nervous he could not speak and then he got angry because he was the joke. Once he left, they had to pull the car over cause he was so stressed and crying. This is why you need to know the back story. But like I said, the drugs, booze and women, I do not feel sorry. He does have a lot he has to work out. Only two things made me not like the film. One was that it needed more subtitles because Phoenix was hard to understand at points and the ending was kind of strange. Wanted more of a resolution. But this film will give you a better understanding of Joaquin Phoenix.