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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Tom Blomquist
Joaquin Phoenix
P Diddy
Ben Affleck.
Directors
Casey Affleck.
Screenwriters
Running Time
107 minutes

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I'm Still Here
From Joaquin Phoenix to J-Pho (and back)


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Plot
Casey Affleck's fly-on-the-wall documentary follows Joaquin Phoenix from his apparent breakdown in 2008 to his reappearance as a hip-hop artist under the tutelage of P Diddy.


Review
Is it or isn't it? Well, casey Affleck's long-promised “documentary” about Joaquin Phoenix's apparent public meltdown of 2008 has a heavy whiff of hoax about it. Starting with the actor's anguished claims that he has lost his sense of identity, followed by his supposedly off-the-cuff decision to announce that he is quitting acting for good, the film follows his attempts to redefine his career as a rap artist, with a little help from hip-hop legend P Diddy.

The more explicitly Borat-style scenes work best, when the film's bloated, dazed star is clumsily interacting with his peers (Diddy, Affleck, Letterman), but less arresting are those in which he raves, snorts coke, rents hookers and, most creepily, sobs like a baby. A send-up of celebrity culture it may be, and, as such, it works very well. But remember this: when they punk us, it's satire, but when we do it to them, we get arrested.


Verdict
Affleck's meta-satire riffs amusingly on celebrity culture without hitting too many faux-doc highs.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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Quite the gag

Phoenix has always delivered truly dedicated performances but some would argue this is his most committed - pretending for two years that he was an objectionable bum who eschewed the acting profession to become a not very good rapper. And of course the media bought it all hook, line and sinker, which is the whole point of this exercise. Yes, we do spend too much time fawning over celebrities and this film demonstrates this with a caustic sense of humour. Trouble is, Phoenix is so good at playing... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 15:00, 09 August 2014 | Report This Post


RE: I'm Still Here

I had heard that this was a hoax before I saw it. However, so convincing was Phoenix's performance, as the film wore on I presumed that Affleck's announcement was to spare his subject's blushes to some degree, and it wasn't until the credits rolled that I realised I had just experienced a very elaborate work of performance art. ... More

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Posted by PJimmy at 11:43, 16 May 2011 | Report This Post


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Great great film. Very funny and surprisingly convincing. I'll admit I got "punked" but only because Phoenix's performance was so utterly brilliant all around.   Tbh it deserves a better release than this. Its not showing ANYWHERE! ... More

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Posted by Edward Nygma at 20:26, 20 September 2010 | Report This Post


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It's now official that it's all been a hoax. Affleck has gone public, after months of rebuttals, right up until e of days agoblogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/09/im_still_not_all_he re.htmlwo years of method acting being a drug-addled rapper, all for a mockumentary? Maybe Phoenix really is losing the plot. ... More

Posted by mediarats at 13:12, 18 September 2010 | Report This Post


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