Tag Archives: Joaquin Phoenix

Two Lovers

SOMETIMES WE LEAVE EVERYTHING TO FIND OURSELVES. After another botched suicide attempt, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) meets two women – one (Vinessa Shaw) his parents are setting him up with, and another (Gwyneth Paltrow) who’s very attractive but troubled… A romantic drama that feels very classical, probably because it was inspired (like several other movies) … Continue reading Two Lovers

Irrational Man

After overhearing a conversation about a certain judge in a diner, alcoholic New England philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) decides that killing him is the moral thing to do. Woody Allen returns to familiar territory as similar questions of morality have been treated in films like Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Cassandra’s Dream (2008). … Continue reading Irrational Man

Inherent Vice

In 1970, hippie private eye “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) looks into several events that are connected to the disappearance of a wealthy real estate developer in California… The first screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel is true to its labyrinthine, energetic style. A special kind of audience will love its freewheeling attitude, the visual … Continue reading Inherent Vice

Scarlett Johansson Turns 30

I remember the first time I noticed Scarlett Johansson. That was in 1998, she was 14 years old and she played Kristin Scott Thomas’s daughter who had been in an accident and now needed healing (of the psychological kind), which she found at a ranch in Montana. The film was The Horse Whisperer and there was … Continue reading Scarlett Johansson Turns 30

Happy 40th, Amy Adams

Amy Adams turns 40 years old today, which might be hard to believe. She looks like she’s in her twenties, but she’s turned into quite the Hollywood veteran with five Oscar nominations and several hits behind her. The clip above, an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS from 2009 when she was plugging Sunshine Cleaning, shows … Continue reading Happy 40th, Amy Adams

The Master

  Shortly after World War II, alcoholic veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) joins a “family” dominated by a colorful philosopher (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has plans for a wider movement. Inspired by the rise of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, this grand epic portrays an America trying to find its feet after the horrors of … Continue reading The Master

her: Living In a Box

  Anyone who’s ever tried to meet someone online, especially if that someone doesn’t live close to you, recognizes the feeling. It’s as if the conversations and flirting isn’t entirely real; you’re talking with someone, getting to know one another, but it’s still just words exchanged, words that may be laden with romance… but you … Continue reading her: Living In a Box

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here

We Own the Night

TWO BROTHERS ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE LAW. BEYOND THEIR DIFFERENCES LIES LOYALTY. In 1988, New York nightclub manager Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) has to decide which side he’s going to be on – the brutal drug dealers at the club or his father and brother who are both cops. Director James Gray returned to themes … Continue reading We Own the Night

Gladiator: Best Kind of War Porn

WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY.   Gladiator is one of those films that opened as early as May, without all that much fanfare, and then kept building until the Oscars many months later where it went on to win the Best Picture award. That is a rare thing these days among Oscar winners, … Continue reading Gladiator: Best Kind of War Porn

Walk the Line: How Cash Got His Act Together

LOVE IS A BURNING THING. It’s impossible to see this film and not think of last year’s Ray. Both films tell the story of a supremely gifted, Southern musician who grew up tormented by having witnessed his beloved brother die in a grisly accident. The musician marries a woman, but gets hooked on drugs and starts … Continue reading Walk the Line: How Cash Got His Act Together