Posts Tagged ‘Joaquin Phoenix’

“Catfish” and “I’m Still Here” – where reality and fiction blurr

September 30, 2010

A real documentary about faux people...

...a faux documentary about real people?

The last two films I saw were films that while watching started as one thing and turned out to be completely different. A large part of this is because of the expectations I had when going in. I had more preconceived notions about these two films than I have had about any other film I’ve seen. Partly due to the way pop culture has guided my thinking as a whole these past couple years…not even I am safe from the undertow.

Both Catfish and I’m Still Here deal with reality; the false reality created by the world of technology and media, and they utilize their mediums skillfully to keep the audience a little uncertain as to how real the events unfolding actually are. I knew very little about what these films actually were when going in to see them. I had not read that the filmmakers of I’m Still Here came out that it was a hoax until after seeing it. I still don’t know how real or not Catfish is; my guess is its truly a documentary. It doesn’t matter to me in either instance. (more…)

“We Own the Night”: All you need is a cement block and a deep harbor and no one will see this movie ever again

November 25, 2007

We Own the Night

We Own the Night was produced by its two stars Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. This is a sign that they either wanted to be in a movie together or they want to take their careers firmly into their own hands, or perhaps they believed so strongly in the project that they stood behind James Gray, the writer/director. In any case, after seeing this film, I feel they should no longer be allowed to make choices concerning their careers. While, yes, being belligerently bad, I won’t go so far as saying it’s the worst movie of the year, but it certainly comes off as the most incompetent.

It’s the type of movie in which you can imagine the script italicizing certain actions for dramatic effect…”He walks past, leaving the note untouched…unread, and closes the door as he disappears into the next room.” Oh, the drama! This is an actual scene in the movie and this feels how it was directed, and performed.