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I'm Still Here (2010)

Joaquin Phoenix , Casey Affleck  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joaquin Phoenix
  • Directors: Casey Affleck
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00406UJWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I'm Still Here" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, and cast and crew
  • Commentary with Casey Affleck
  • Deleted scenes with commentary (over 90 minutes)

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    Art prank or self-immolation? I'm Still Here claims to be a documentary about Joaquin Phoenix, star of Walk the Line and Gladiator, as he shucks his film career for a new life as a rapper, transforming himself into a pudgy, sullen, unkempt man-child. The result is a sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes tedious portrait of life within the dehumanizing bubble of celebrity, as Joaquin (or "Joaquin") abuses his entourage, pursues P. Diddy to produce his album, cavorts and does drugs with prostitutes, and finally has a supremely awkward appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, which triggers an emotional implosion. What are Phoenix and cowriter-director Casey Affleck after--an x-ray of their lives under the spotlight of fame? An essay on the banality of decadence? A heartfelt exploration of how hard it is to escape the labels placed on us? The movie may simply be evidence of the true project, which was planting a meme in our culture--demonstrated by the abundance of parodies and caustic commentary heaped on Phoenix after his Letterman interview. Whether it's real or fake or a variation on the Borat approach of provoking real responses through fake behavior, there's no questioning Phoenix's thorough immersion in this persona. Whether it's a performance or a perverse martyrdom, it's impressive. --Bret Fetzer

    Product Description

    The directorial debut of Oscar nominated actor Casey Affleck, I'm Still Here is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I'm Still Here follows the Oscar nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musicians. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting; the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

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    39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Madness or high-concept performance art? "I'm Still Here," the faux documentary about actor Joaquin Phoenix, is likely to baffle and divide its audience. When Phoenix decided to quit acting, and seemingly hygiene, to pursue his passion of becoming a rap star--his friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck was there to follow and film the inevitable fall from grace. There was rampant speculation from the get-go about the legitimacy of the endeavor (especially as it was all being filmed), but the longer the debacle played out--the less it seemed to matter. Fake or real, the damage was being done. Now, almost two years later, to have the entire experience and film declared a ruse seems the ultimate act of futility. Who, exactly, is the joke on? And to what purpose?

    "I'm Still Here" covers all the trappings of a celebrity life in descent. Drug use, prostitutes, public intoxication, brawling and a "star" desperate to be taken seriously despite his best efforts to act a fool--we've seen the act before in countless narrative films and fictionalized biographies. We get a repeat of the infamous Letterman interview, the concert performance that became a YouTube sensation, and the incident where Phoenix attacked a concert goer. We also get to see moments of celebrity intervention--Edward James Olmos tries the spiritual approach while Ben Stiller tries to get Phoenix back to work. Much of the film is about a scramble to get into the music industry. Phoenix aggressively pursues P. Diddy, the film's most inspired performance, who is mainly just concerned about getting paid. Now that's real! And it all concludes on a rather ridiculous "arty" note which has got to be satirical.

    Affleck has maintained that this is his brother-in-law's best performance.
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    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best Mockumentaries ever August 1, 2011
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    Among mockumentaries, I'm Still Here holds a unique place. It is brilliantly made, a clever parody of celebrity, and the culmination of a extended real world prank by Joaquin Phoenix as he very publicly announced his retirement from acting and into a hip hop career. As directed by Casey Affleck, it catches the vanity and self-entitlement of celebrity with a knowing sense. After all Phoenix comes from a life in the spotlight, one that took his brother's life, and Affleck, the lesser known than brother Ben, is no slouch in terms of talent and brains. So they fashion a cunning end to Phoenix's prank. At the time this was released, many still believed that he had lost his mind. For a year the public worried that this talented actor had really lost it. All your worst assumptions and emotions about the privileges of being a celebrity are tweaked in this film. The viewer became complicit in the the prank because we were had. It is a brilliant and unique idea.
    But the film holds up on its own, too. Like 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' by Banksy, it raises wonderful questions on art and life, celebrity and talent, by personally putting the filmmaker's, or artist's reputation on the line. And look for an great performance by Sean Combs (P. Diddy) as a hip hop entrepreneur who brilliantly parodies and plays with our expectations of Diddy himself.
    The message? We don't know these people, so perhaps we ought to give up the judgements we make of these celebrities and stars with whom we hold no real affiliation. After all, they are just like us they can be flawed - even if they are richer - a lot richer - more respected, more beautiful, and more privileged that we the huddled masses.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best mocumentary ever January 2, 2014
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    Wonderful mocumentary. Phoenix is superb. His best performance ever. He is an amazing actor. I can't believe he didn't get the Oscar for Walk the line. But if you like Joaquin Phoenix you must see this. This mocumentary is funny, it's sad, it's deep...It has it all. And Phoenix is extremely good. It's worth watching just to see his performance.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love to watch a train wreck March 25, 2013
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    A few years back, I was lying in bed watching David Letterman, as I usually do each night before dropping off to sleep. This one night, I saw a strange, unkempt man come out and do one of the most bizarre interviews I've seen in a long time. I couldn't believe this man was Joaquin Phoenix. I vaguely recalled who Phoenix was, but his appearance was so altered, I couldn't place the face. I thought this was one messed up individual, but filed it under "entertainment" and turned out the light and went to sleep.

    Sometime later, a friend at work and I were talking about him and his appearance on Lettermen. That's how I learned about this movie. My friend recommended I watch it, telling me Joaquin agreed to the documentary so people can see who he really is. I wasn't told that it was untrue, or at least my friend didn't reveal it to me. Perhaps he didn't know; I'm not sure.

    This weekend, I bumped into this mockumentary while browsing Amazon Instant Video content. I started watching it, not really intending to watch it out. I thought I'd watch fifteen minutes or so, just to get a feel for it, then ditch it for something else. Boy was I wrong--I was riveted!

    This character profile is so well done, I actually didn't know it was fake until after I finished watching it. I had to research what happened to Joaquin Phoenix since the documentary, convinced he was probably dead or in rehab or continuing to flounder in a puddle of his own ill will. I then learned it was all a farcical documentary and he's not only fine, he has actually completed a couple of movies since this was released.

    What makes this movie so brilliant is its realism.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
    2 hours of my life I'll never get back. Another wannabe white rapper who sucks. He completely embarrassed himself by doing this and lost a lot of fans.
    Published 12 days ago by Michelle T.
    1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time.
    Bad. Very bad. I kept thinking it was a joke, but nope, it's not. Please don't ever show me this again.
    Published 19 days ago by Joe Daugherty
    3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy stuff
    I still don't understand what this documentary was supposed to make us understand. He seems a little crazy and needs a physiological exam.
    Published 23 days ago by tonda r.
    3.0 out of 5 stars Captivating but not quite entertaining.
    Very interesting window into the complicated life of one of Hollywood's finer actors. "Uncensored" would be putting it mildly as this film exposes Joaquin's manic -... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by TLS
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
    This film was hilarious. Boring, but hilarious. I think it takes a lot of guts to do what joaquin phoenix did, and i wish more actors were like him.
    Published 1 month ago by Marsha Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars a unique, excruciating experience
    i think the film is genius in it's approach of meandering between painstakingly real and satirical. you just have to keep watching the train wreck. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by explicit
    4.0 out of 5 stars Drew out the Bullies
    My take is that this was part experimental hoax and part opportunity to blow off some steam and shake off the restrictive public perceptions of him. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by TM
    1.0 out of 5 stars I get why he did it. But I still hated it.
    It was a good career move for right after his amazing job in Draw the Line. It kept his name up in the air, and everyone guessing "What in the world is he doing?". Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Monic Michieli
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic documentary! Unique!
    Incredible documentary! It's fresh and innovative and definitely worth the watch if you're looking for something different. Phoenix is incredible.
    Published 1 month ago by lumpy
    3.0 out of 5 stars Editing?
    Conceptually, I think they were on to something, but the end result is less then Satisfactory. However, I think better editing could have really saved this.
    Published 1 month ago by Richard J Woerner
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