‘I’m Still Here’ poster

Posted by · 7:27 pm · August 6th, 2010

I’m not entirely sure what manner of beast Casey Affleck’s upcoming documentary about his friend Joaquin Phoenix’s 2008 retirement/reinvention/stunt/freakout is: it claims to be a sincere portrait underpinned by mutual understanding between artists, but it could just as well be the latest archly ironic act in this most slow-burning of celebrity pranks. Whether it answers any questions or simply adds more to the list, however, it’s bound to be one of the hottest tickets at next month’s Venice Film Festival, where it will premiere out of competition. (Alongside Casey’s brother Ben’s “The Town” — the Lido likes it some Affleck this year.) It also boasts one of 2010’s loveliest one-sheets, by the great Kellerhouse, Inc. — perhaps the only time the word “lovely” could be applied to the look Phoenix is rocking here.

[Image: IMPA Awards]




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  • 1 8-06-2010 at 7:45 pm

    James D. said...

    I think it is safe to say it was all an act, judging by the details of this mock-or-documentary. I am excited, nonetheless.

  • 2 8-06-2010 at 8:00 pm

    Andrew M said...

    I really can’t wait to see someone take a crap on Joaquin’s face.

  • 3 8-06-2010 at 8:46 pm

    Al said...

    I think the fact that the name was more or less picked before Joaquin went off the deep end proves its all a gag. That and the fact that its obvious. The problem they are facing is that it wasn’t hard to figure out, so the response won’t be congratulatory when they admit it. If he really wanted to commit he’d waste 10 or 20 years acting nuts and then have the documentary and then come clean. Now thats an Andy Kaufman prank.

  • 4 8-06-2010 at 10:31 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I think anyone who attempts to justify this as serious art is self conscious about their own intelligence. I suspect the critical consensus will be brutal and they will be loud mouth defenders. Especially online where there’s absolutely a supporter of everything considered undesirable.

  • 5 8-06-2010 at 10:55 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    Regardless of how hokey this all is, I love Casey Affleck, and I really can’t wait to see Phoenix bury his career on film.

  • 6 8-06-2010 at 11:01 pm

    Danny King said...

    Could be a great year for the Affleck’s, although I doubt Casey’s “Killer” turn will get any recognition in the year’s final months.

  • 7 8-07-2010 at 1:13 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Phoenix may have pulled a stunt, but that doesn’t mean one can’t make a serious film about it. (I’m not saying this is that film, necessarily — hence my curiosity.)

  • 8 8-07-2010 at 2:15 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    It could be the new Borat.

  • 9 8-07-2010 at 3:18 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    I seriously wonder when/if Phoenex will go back to doing more…traditional films. I quite like him as an actor.

  • 10 8-07-2010 at 3:52 am

    the other mike said...

    looking 4ward to this.

  • 11 8-07-2010 at 8:16 am

    The Dude said...

    If I end up seeing this, it would not be for Phoenix but instead for Affleck (who is one of the most underrated people working in Hollywood today imo).

    Either way, that’s a pretty awesome poster.

  • 12 8-07-2010 at 8:54 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    @ Andrew M: If that honestly happens in this movie, and this really was a stunt, then Phoenix deserves the Academy Award for Best Actor.

  • 13 8-07-2010 at 9:23 am

    Maxim said...

    I think this movie would make for a great double feature with “I’m Not There”.

  • 14 8-07-2010 at 12:07 pm

    tankboy said...

    LOL @Maxim, yeah…

    i have a “leaked” demo of a joaquin rap from the movie, msg me and i’ll snd it 2 u, its hilarious!

  • 15 8-07-2010 at 9:17 pm

    MattD said...

    From a purely design standpoint, this is gorgeous. Their work for Criterion has been amazing, too.

  • 16 8-08-2010 at 8:05 am

    Monica said...

    It looks like the poster of The Social Network!

  • 17 8-08-2010 at 10:04 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    In that it’s a close-up portrait of a man’s face? I’m sorry, I don’t see it.

  • 18 8-08-2010 at 7:56 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Love this! Sorry I’ve been gone and no columns but I’ll be back to normal this week.