I'm Still Here


A "mockumentary" featuring Joaquin Phoenix's much-publicized "retirement" from acting to pursue a career in rap/hip-hop music, and what appeared to be a very public meltdown.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos portrays himself, offering up some advice to a fellow actor who appeared to be having a very personal crisis.

The Numbers

I'm Still Here was released in limited venues in the U.S. on September 10, 2010. It premiered in Italy at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2010.

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  • Shortly after the film premiered, I'm Still Here director Casey Affleck, confirmed that the "documentary" was a fake.
  • I'm Still Here's Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck are brothers-in-law.


My Take

I'm Still Here is something I just don't get, neither what it was trying to tell/show us or why it was even made. It came across to me, particularly since director Casey Affleck has come out and admitted the film was all a hoax, that it was purely a narcissistic indulgence. Which is sad considering the sheer talent and charisma Joaquin Phoenix had demonstrated in the films leading up to this oddness.

That said, the scene with Edward James Olmos dispensing wisdom with his "raindrop on the mountaintop" speech was the best part of the film, and the only part I'd watch again ... it's easy to come away inspired when you hear him talk.

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