I’m Still Here – Joaquin Phoenix Using His Life to make a Study Case

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I watched I’m Still Here this week, it was quite random, just found it at my place, dont remember buying it, maybe a AIrBnB guest left it. I love Joaquin Phoenix since The Village – the most beautiful love story ever.


So watched it and was quite upset at our society, same feeling I got after I watched KONY2012.

I don’t understand why people focus so much about “is it an hoax or not”? It doesn’t matter because the problem they are pointing at are reals.

 

I’m Still Here is a documentary so it is not very entertaining, don’t watch it to have a good time, watch it because you are curious of Human Nature and Societies.

If you want to be entertained and get the point, watch Black mirror episode one and two. It is a satyre of how our society is control by media and the media/entertainment industry. It is brillant, shockingly brilliant.

 

What make I’m Still Here very powerful is that, Joachim used his real life to show use how we – audience, fans…- can be cruel toward this people we raised up as our stars. He sacrificed 2 years of his carreer to transparently show us what it is to work in the “showbiz” all the wrong doing.

And no-one cared. People only talked about “is it an hoax or not”.

I can’t believe we live in a society where people on top, people who entertain us and take responsibility for us -the mass- I am worried that these leaders don’t have a stronger support system. This is why so many stars kill themselves.

 

If you want to break free from your golden cage…People who loved you, look at you with contempt as soon as you try to be different. Misunderstanding, untolerance when I think we can try harder to be supportive of someone who just try to find happiness.

We are scaredof what is different. We are scared of thing we don’t understand, and we don’t understand people who don’t think and do the same we do.

Our current system is building intolerance, I think it is more than time to improve it.

 

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The toughest part of I’m Still Here – Joachim Phoenix at Letterman Saturday Night Live

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My favorite quote from Casey Affleck Interview a few days after the Premiere:

Ebert: I assume you and Joaquin didn’t go through this long period of time for frivolous reasons. What was your larger purpose? Your philosophy, dare I say? Joaquin’s?

Affleck: To tell a story. To make a movie. Isn’t it the job of the director to figure out the best way to tell the story they have to tell? This was the best way I could think of to tell this story, about this character. It’s a movie about a famous actor who has been acting for a long time and who wants to change paths, to change his life, to peruse a career in music. But he makes mistakes and the world is unforgiving. Things go wrong. He can’t recover. He digs himself deeper and deeper.

There are ideas in the film that are interesting to me. I don’t have a point to make, though. If it feels like a cautionary tale, what would be the warning? When you have a dream and others tell you, you are no good, give it up? Don’t become famous? Prepare, practice and use stepping stones? Or maybe don’t be incredibly mean to those around you? Some things seems too obvious, some seem lacking. I don’t know the point. I only know that it is of course in some way about celebrity culture. Its about fame, in some way. I don’t know what it says exactly but I know that it makes me wonder when I watch it. I’m OK with that.

All cultures are different. Some commit genocide. Some are uniquely peaceful. Some frequent bathhouses in groups. Some don’t show each other the soles of their shoes or like pictures taken of them. Some have enormous hunting festivals or annual stretches when nobody speaks. Some don’t use electricity. We obsess about celebrities. We create them, build myths around them, and then hunt them and destroy them. I don’t know where its taking us or what it means but I know we do it. I have seen a lot of it myself.

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Ebert: My review of the film expressed concern that Joaquin might be self-destructing. Not many reviews expressed much concern. Even those who thought the film was or might be true didn’t seem to care much about the human being. Has the celeb culture vulgarized us so much that stars are now regarded simply as objects?

Affleck: It seems so. Your review was unique. I appreciated it.

Source: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/09/casey_affleck_levels_about_im.html

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A few article about the movie:

Joachim move has been compared to Andy Kauffman.

(Sept. 6, 2010) Times article reporting the Premiere

(Sept 18 2010) Casey’s Interview Before the Premiere

(Sept 22, 2010) Casey revealing the full story of the movie

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Did I believe in the documentary?

As for me I believed it was all real until I did all these background such. I was a little disappointed ot see Joachim being such a douchebag and so immature in the documentary, so was quite relieve when saw him at Letterman after the Premiere.

Me naive? No optimistic!

I don’t think I am naive, like some of my friends say. I think I am an optimistic and now I love JoaquinPhoenix even more. But if he was the character he was playing, I would also love and try to be empathic. He gave me so much from The Village^^.

To people who think I am naive, I will just quote this great tumblr blog:

Have you ever noticed that although the formal definition of ‘naive’ is ‘showing a lack of experience or judgment’ it is not how it is really used? The meaning people typically attach to this word is ‘he thinks of people better than they deserve’. You’re naive to think that people don’t lie, you’re naive to think that people are good, you’re naive to think that people care about this… The word that was supposed to be used as a measure of one’s experience has turned into a way to express a core belief that one is not experienced until he understands that the world is inherently ugly. Well, I am naive then. I know how ugly life can be made by people. But I still know that there’s more to this life than ugliness, despair and dull existence with no purpose. In fact, life is anything but these things.

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About Carole (code name 烤肉)

I work in tech since 2008, moved from Reunion island to Paris, Beijing, San Francisco and ended up in Berlin in 2014.
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