For those of you who’ve been wondering where Joaquin Phoenix has been since the To Write Love On Her Arms PSA he created with Miley Cyrus and Liv Tyler, well, I don’t know where he’s been, but I do know his “much-anticipated documentary” (Mashable’s words), I’m Still Here, hits theaters September 10.
Is this thing even real?
According to The Los Angeles Times, potential film buyers had no idea if it was a sincere documentary or if it fell more along the lines of a mockumentary.
Of course, that was back in May.
According to more recent sources (in this case, NYDailyNews.com), Magnolia Pictures, the company that ended up buying the film, is releasing I’m Still Here as a documentary and not a mockumentary.
And, if we’re to believe it’s real, then it seems like Phoenix is baring it all – “it all” being all the behavior that led to everyone from fans to late night television hosts to actual doctors speculating the actor’s mental health. Behavior that, according to NY Daily News writer Anthony Benigno, “depicts Phoenix in various states of depravity.”
Depravity or not, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles told Deadline.com he’s impressed:
No matter what I thought coming in, I came out feeling this was a pretty amazing piece of work, jaw dropping but dimensional. It is going to get a lot of attention, but it is not some cheap stunt where they said, “Let’s do some wild stuff and film it.” It is extreme behavior but really good filmmaking as well. Frankly, some of the behavior is very extreme. But it is in the context of the insanity of being in Joaquin’s life for that period of time. It is a unique piece of work that is going to surprise people in different ways.
I doubt I’m Still Here will make it to any of my nearby theaters, but what about those of you who won’t have to wait for Netflix to pick it up? Do you think you’ll see it? If so, what’s attracting you? And if not, why?
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