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

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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