1. When we spoke to Joaquin Phoenix he talked about his mockumentary I’m Still Here, and the David Letterman interview he did to promote it: 

The only thing that bothered me was that it might be difficult for me to work again because obviously I wasn’t retiring and obviously I wanted to make films — and a certain kind of film — so the only thing that really gave me pause was at some point [thinking] “How will this affect my career?”
So much of the way we made the movie didn’t allow us the time to really consider things, and by the time we did, it was too late and we had painted ourselves into this corner. It’s funny because when I was going on Letterman, initially the idea was we were going to make some noise and do something much more extroverted and big and out there. …
Just before I went on, [director] Casey [Affleck] is like, “Listen, I think you’ve got to play this broken; I think the best way to put this together is that you will have gone and seen [rapper/producer] Diddy and he will say that your music is not working out … and then this is just heartbreak. … So you’re just virtually catatonic.” It was just this kind of switch, 180 degrees from what we initially talked about doing. … I think maybe if I had the time to think about it more, maybe it would’ve changed my opinion.


You can hear the full interview with Joaquin and read interview highlights HERE
Phoenix stars in the new film The Immigrant, and Her is now out on DVD.  View in High-Res

    When we spoke to Joaquin Phoenix he talked about his mockumentary I’m Still Here, and the David Letterman interview he did to promote it: 

    The only thing that bothered me was that it might be difficult for me to work again because obviously I wasn’t retiring and obviously I wanted to make films — and a certain kind of film — so the only thing that really gave me pause was at some point [thinking] “How will this affect my career?”

    So much of the way we made the movie didn’t allow us the time to really consider things, and by the time we did, it was too late and we had painted ourselves into this corner. It’s funny because when I was going on Letterman, initially the idea was we were going to make some noise and do something much more extroverted and big and out there. …

    Just before I went on, [director] Casey [Affleck] is like, “Listen, I think you’ve got to play this broken; I think the best way to put this together is that you will have gone and seen [rapper/producer] Diddy and he will say that your music is not working out … and then this is just heartbreak. … So you’re just virtually catatonic.” It was just this kind of switch, 180 degrees from what we initially talked about doing. … I think maybe if I had the time to think about it more, maybe it would’ve changed my opinion.

    You can hear the full interview with Joaquin and read interview highlights HERE

    Phoenix stars in the new film The Immigrant, and Her is now out on DVD. 

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  1. I put the odds that Phoenix’s persona is an act at about 99.99 percent.  But notice I said “act,” not “hoax.” Hoaxes have no basis in reality,  whereas what Phoenix is doing feels more to me like “performance art.” I  think under all the outlandish antics, there’s an emotional truth. David Edelstein on I’m Still Here, the new film starring Joaquin Phoenix (Photo: Magnolia Pictures) View in High-Res

    I put the odds that Phoenix’s persona is an act at about 99.99 percent. But notice I said “act,” not “hoax.” Hoaxes have no basis in reality, whereas what Phoenix is doing feels more to me like “performance art.” I think under all the outlandish antics, there’s an emotional truth. David Edelstein on I’m Still Here, the new film starring Joaquin Phoenix (Photo: Magnolia Pictures)

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  1. Producer Ann Marie Baldonado at the Toronto Film Festival: Part One

    Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado is at the Toronto Film Festival again this year, checking out films for Fresh Air to cover in the coming months.  She will check in with us throughout the festival.


    After checking into my hotel room and checking it for bedbugs, I headed out to catch films during the festival’s first day.  Sure both the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals began last week. But the Toronto Film Festival seems to officially kick off the Fall movie season and by extension, the Oscar race. (Although making a splash here doesn’t necessarily lead to Oscar glory.  Last year’s Toronto favorite Up In the Air didn’t end up winning any big awards and Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker came out in June of 2009).

    Unfortunately, in the next 6 days, I can’t see all 40 of the films on my must see list.  But I will try to get to as many as possible  On Friday alone, I look forward to catching Black Swan, Darren Aronosky's follow up to The Wrestler, which was a big hit here two years ago.  Swan, about a ballerina competing for a lead role, stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.  There’s also The Illusionist by Sylvian Chomet who made The Triplets of Belleville and I’m Still Here, Casey Affleck's documentary about his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix.  That interesting (or-car-crash-of-a-movie) will already be playing in theaters in the US this weekend.

    Also playing at the festival and coming to theaters in the next few weeks are a few films you will hear more about soon on Fresh Air. First, there’s The Town, the second film directed quite well by Ben Affleck. It’s kind of like Good Will Hunting but about robbing banks.  Affleck plays a reluctant criminal wanting to get out of the family business.  Jon Hamm leaves the 60s ad game, grows some stubble, and puts on some khakis to play an FBI agent trying to track him down.

    And It’s Kind of Funny Story, starring Zach Galifianakis, is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden who directed Half Nelson and Sugar.  And then there’s Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, and Andrew Garfield, the new Spiderman.  It’s based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.  That’s all for now.  Hope to post some photos soon.


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