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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly crafted thriller that puts filmmakers on the map. I’m not sure how it will play on repeat viewings, when it no longer has its clever plot turns to bolster it, but in any case it deserves to be seen. The amount of tension writer/director J Blakeson generates with just three actors and one location is pretty remarkable, especially for a first-time director. His actors are equally deserving of credit; the film asks a lot of them, relying heavily on the interplay between the characters, and they rise to the challenge admirably. It’s unfortunate that the movie didn’t get the US theatrical release it deserved, but consider yourself lucky; now you have the privilege of experiencing it free from spoilers, the way it was meant to be seen.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with writer/director J Blakeson, Deleted Scene, Extended Scene, Outtakes, and a Storyboard Comparison.
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The facade of I’m Still Here‘s legitimacy keeps on crumbling. Following an admittance by director Casey Affleck that the “documentary” was staged and Joaquin Phoenix was acting for the whole thing, it has now been revealed that Phoenix’s appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman was a put-on, too. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by David Chen
Well, that was fun while it lasted.
After months of speculation, actor/director Casey Affleck has finally come out and confirmed what many have suspected for a long time: the Joaquin Phoenix documentary, I’m Still Here, is fake, and not much more than one long, elaborate performance.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by David Chen
In this bonus episode, Dave Chen delves deep into the mysteries of the new Joaquin Phoenix/Casey Affleck documentary, I’m Still Here. Is it a truthful documentary about the tragic fall of a once-great actor? Or a cynical and reckless put-on? Does the answer even matter? Special guest Matt Singer from IFC News joins in on the fun.
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When Joaquin Phoenix last spoke with David Letterman, the bearded actor was awkwardly silent, slightly abrasive and stuck his gum underneath Dave’s desk. Well, the actor turned rapper turned star of the documentary I’m Still Here will be making a triumphant return to The Late Show With David Letterman on September 22.
He’ll be there to promote his Casey Affleck directed documentary that hit limited theaters on Friday and prominently features the infamous, viral hit video of the Feb. 11, 2009 appearance. Now that the film is in theaters though, the question remains, is the whole thing a hoax or is Phoenix for real? And how will he act on Letterman? Read our thoughts and see the original video after the jump. Read More »
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It is the opening day at the Toronto International Film Festival and this morning we screened, back to back, two movies directed by Affleck brothers: Ben Affleck‘s The Town and Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here. Hit the jump to read my mini review for I’m Still Here or watch some video reactions I recorded after the screening with Alex from FirstShowing and Jordan from TheFilmStage.
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I’m Still Here, Casey Affleck‘s ‘documentary’ about his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, has been odd and controversial since it was first announced. Is the whole thing some sort of sham or performance art, or did Phoenix really and truly drop out of acting to become a rapper? This teaser trailer for the movie is actually quite a nice piece of work, but it won’t offer answers to any questions. Read More »
Bunch of new movie posters for you today, and shockingly, with the exception of one, they’re all pretty good. They’re also all over the map, subject-wise. There’s the questionable Joaquin Phoenix ‘documentary’ I’m Still Here, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil, the US one-sheet for Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void,the Philly drama Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie, and Woody Allen’s upcoming You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Allen’s poster is the only one that doesn’t have much to recommend it; check them all after the break. Read More »