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American Fame Pt. 1: Drowning River Phoenix (2004)

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Archer examines the short, tumultuous life of actor River Phoenix. The film explores the fame and pressure that defined Phoenix's life, along with his desire to become pure.

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Archer examines the short, tumultuous life of actor River Phoenix. The film explores the fame and pressure that defined Phoenix's life, along with his desire to become pure.

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Fame kills. River drowns.


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Not very good at all.
19 May 2005 | by (Santa Cruz) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on SCTV and it was horrible. Cam is a classmate of mine, but his films are still the perfect example of Gen-X post-modern bull crap. It pulled basically every "I'm a forlorn movie" cliché you can imagine, even having unnecessary underwater shots, which is just laughable. Connecting the word "river" to the word "drowning" is as stupid as wannabe-clever ideas come. Cam's entrance into the festival world came solely because of his involvement as a volunteer at the events, and the connections he made, and had little to do with his film-making potential, which has its greatest moment when he hired and subsequently began mooching off his excellent cinematographer, Aaron Platt.

People talk about a Godard-like style, but apparently nobody's seen a Godard movie, because these movies are nothing like them. Just because it has jump cuts and is surreal, doesn't mean it's like Godard. You have to be a good storyteller and have an interesting concept in order to even come close, and this film fails in both aspects. Boring, meandering, etc.


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