MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 58 this week

I'm Still Here (I) (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  16 September 2010 (Australia)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 13,119 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 102 user | 165 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 07 Dec 2010
 
a list of 23 titles
created 03 Jan 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 30 May 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 06 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "I'm Still Here" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I'm Still Here (2010)

I'm Still Here (2010) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I'm Still Here.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Two Lovers (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.

Director: James L. Brooks
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson
Walk the Line (2005)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
The Master (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello - beautifully, as ... See full summary »

Director: Terry George
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Carey Perloff ...
Play Director
Larry McHale ...
Larry McHale
...
...
Jack Nicholson
...
...
Danny Glover
...
...
Robin Wright
Johnny Moreno ...
Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)
...
Danny DeVito
...
Jerry
Susan Patricola ...
Susan
...
Patrick
Edit

Storyline

In 2008 while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck's camera watching, tells people he's quitting to pursue a career in rap music. Over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he'll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's done with Hollywood

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 September 2010 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

I'm Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$96,658 (USA) (10 September 2010)

Gross:

$408,719 (USA) (29 October 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening Super 8 footage is entirely recreated for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Phoenix first meets Diddy in the hotel, he knocks on the door on the right side of the hall, then the camera switches and Diddy is opening the door on the left side of the hall. It can't just be a change in camera angle since the door is the last one on the hall. See more »

Quotes

Joaquin Phoenix: Do the snow angel, dude. I can reach you, do the fucking snow angel. Dude, do the fucking snow angel. Do the snow angel, man. Do the fucking snow angel, dude. Do the fucking snow angel!
See more »


Soundtracks

All The World Is Green
Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Performed by Antony Langdon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
I'm Still Here - But Not All There
14 September 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'M STILL HERE will have people wondering - is Joaquin Phoenix all there? The twice Oscar-nominated actor (Gladiator and Walk The Line) is directed by his brother-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Casey Affleck (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) in a documentary about a year in his life (Australian release - September 16).

It covers the period from when he blurted out he was leaving acting for hip hop, includes the infamous interview with David Letterman and serves as a reminder of the flipside of fame.

Did we need reminding?

Well, yeah - the current human addiction to fame is out of control. Ask a lot of people what they want in life and they'll say 'to be famous' - not to do anything amazing which results in a modicum of fame - it's fame in itself and for itself.

And such empty fame is a very destructive force. The Wright Brothers found fame by getting people to fly. That's good. Linsday Lohan found fame by crash landing her life. That's bad. She ignored the gift of her acting talent by getting distracted with the shiny wrapping paper of attention. (It's a very different thing to recognition.)

The beer-gutted, bearded, babbling boy that is Joaquin Phoenix is a revelation in the doco. The audience I was with laughed out loud all the way through it. And sure, it's funny - in a tragic way - like when a cat falls into a bathtub.

The thing is - I really understood a lot of what Phoenix was saying.

What bugs him bugs most people - to be misunderstood. He feels trapped by being defined as an actor the same way a dentist would if he or she yearned to be free to become a professional golfer but was told not to. I understood how maddening it was for Phoenix to be twice-nominated for Oscars which resulted in him gathering heaps of people around him that want him to pursue acting because 'he'd be crazy not to'. Agents, managers and friends felt he was at the pinnacle of success when really, he was at the precipice of a kind of prison.

I don't reckon he seriously wanted to be a hip hop artist - but he did want the freedom to do whatever he wanted to do professionally - whatever that may be. Unfortunately, stream of consciousness got the better of him and he shot his mouth off before he thought about what he was going to say.

He's become a peculiar kind of reality show Macbeth. A Howard Hughes of Hollywood - minus the mega cash.

The doco highlights the myth about acting and stardom. An actor is not 'brilliant' or a 'genius'. Pretending to be someone else convincingly is simply being a terrific phoney, an adept fraud and a well-crafted con artist - in a legal environment. It doesn't cure cancer or change the lives of people needing help from, say, Amnesty International. Acting is just a process of not being yourself.

What Joaquin Phoenix proves is this: there is freedom in being crazy and you don't have to be crazy to know that.

He looks less Boho and more hobo. The hair on the back of his head is coming alive like Medusa, holding its own performance and provides a metaphor for what's going on inside his head.

So how good is he at hip hop? He's 2 maybe 3 out of 5. Rhyming 'Wuckeen' with 'spleen' won't win awards or become a tattooed slogan on a fan's arm.

And there's something so very broken about the badly taped up arm of his Buddy Holly-styled permanent sunglasses.

It's a shame when people who are good at one thing yearn to be good at another when they don't have the skills and tools to pull it off. It also makes me a bit mad that they are so ungrateful for the one gift they do have. Then again - is a gift really seen as a gift if you don't want it?

Poor assistant Anton is abused in such a way, it's easy to see that Phoenix uses him to bash himself up. And Anton is a willing subservient whipping boy. He uses him like a tea towel to wipe his dirty feelings.

It's almost as if Joaquin has heard people say that awful thing - that the wrong brother died outside the Viper Room all those years ago. Maybe it makes him mad and hurt, hence the title. 'River isn't, but I'M STILL HERE.

So - is I'M STILL HERE a hoax? Phoenix's stab at immortality through immorality on a public stage? Starlets use weight gain and loss, so the guys stick a question mark over their sanity? Is this the greatest role Joaquin has ever played?

Could be. After all - there are a few parallels between this doco and DIG! - the doco about The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. And both star a 'character' called Anton.

If it's not a hoax, Joaquin is a guy on the edge. Is he a suicide candidate? Possibly. Does he need help? Definitely.

But if it is a hoax, then we're the ones who need help. And we should have the guts to admit it.

We've been conned.

But we've been conned over and over again by the high level spin doctoring that typifies 21st century marketing and promotion. And while we're all sniggering at his decrepit body and vagrant appearance, he's really holding up a mirror to everyone sitting in the cinema.

We're the ones who are ugly and crazy. And while we're at it, we can add cruel and unkind to that description too.

I feel sorry for him and sad for us.


77 of 131 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hoax or backpeddle? jandm-10
Hoax or not consider this... Angel_Fairy
Holy *beep* This is the best movie I have ever seen vjasmin
Amanda Bynes cesarbacilio
I think Joaquin's music was actually pretty good ldalto
Is this film worth watching? Joseph9631
Discuss I'm Still Here (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?