Joaquin Phoenix

Her Review

Her is nothing short of astonishing: a brainy science fiction yarn set in a not too distant future that also functions as an off kilter, but never ironic, creepy, or off putting modern romance. It’s a reflection of narcissism, consumerism, and most importantly alienation in our modern digital world. It's also the best movie of the year.

This Week in DVD: 3/12/13

This week brings out some heavy hitters at the video store including Life of Pi, The Master, Hitchcock, Smashed, Playing for Keeps, This Must be the Place, and A Late Quartet.

Zizek & Anderson: The Master and The Master

On the evening of his appearance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to present the third part in his Pervert's Guide to Cinema series, we take a look at the work of psychoanalyst and philosopher Slavoj Zizek and how his theories can lead to deciphering what many believe to be one of the most obtuse films of the year: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.

The Master Review

The Master might be a movie of uncertainties, but it’s guaranteed that it will be the most widely discussed movie of 2012. Easy to admire, yet made in such a way that defies full comprehension (at least in a single viewing), folks will line up to spit out grand statements or theories about it’s greatness while haters will delight in tearing it down as a big beautiful beast of a movie signifying nothing. It reaffirms Paul Thomas Anderson's status as easily being one of the most intriguing (perhaps frustratingly so for some) directors around today.

TIFF 2012 Reviews: Part 6

As TIFF 2012 finishes up its first weekend, our ongoing coverage looks at The Master, To the Wonder, High Park on Hudson, End of Watch, Aftershock, Sightseers, The Crimes of Mike Recket, No One Lives, and Midnight's Children.

TIFF 2010
I’m Still Here Review

When Joaquin Phoenix announced he was retiring from acting to pursue a music career in 2008, people were right to be suspicious. Even if substance abuse or mental health issues had been involved, the actor's transformation from clean-cut talent to aloof hobo-chic seemed too drastic and too sudden to stomach. It was sad to see a person self-destruct so publicly, but we watched him do it anyways, and that's where the brilliance of Casey Affleck's mockumentary I'm Still Here comes in.