JOKER (2019)

A film by  Todd Phillips

Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz 

The film, which tells an original story focuses on the emblematic figure of the sworn enemy of Batman. He paints the portrait of Arthur Fleck, an uncompromising man despised by society.

Little problem this film feels a little too much like Taxi Driver and the King of Comedy combine to me. it has a lot of similarities of this man who is alienated with mental issues. Ok Nice story telling here no doubt because most people love this film which have great performance from Joaquin Phoenix and even Robert de Niro. The story takes place in the 1980 in Gotham where the garbage truck strike makes big news on TV. Arthur Fleck played by Phoenix takes care of his mother. Here is a man who is broken by the system and where the world is rejecting him and in order to channel his anger is going to take it on people who has done him wrong. He meets his idol a talk show host similar than the one on the tonight show with Johnny Carson. It is dark as it is going to get. the violence is meant to shock here and it does. And yes the film belongs to Phoenix with a terrific performance.



A film by Jacques Audiard

Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal

Charlie and Elie Sisters live in a wild and hostile world, they have blood on their hands from the criminals, from the innocents … They kill anything on their path, after all  It’s their job. Charlie, the youngest, was born for that. Elijah dreams only of a normal life. They are hired by the Commodore to search for and kill a man. From Oregon to California, an implacable hunt begins, an initiatory journey that will experience this crazy link that unites them. A path to their humanity?

who would of know that Audiard a French director would done one day a western in a english language with Americans actors and a great cast at that. Reilly went to the Deauville film festival and ask Audiard to read this book because he wanted to make it a film and wanted to play in it to top it all off. He was a fan of Audiard’s film like I am saying to Audiard this one is has your name written all over it. Audiard loved the book and decided to do hi first adaptation. And what a film it is.


The backdrop of the story is the gold rush that is going to take place. But here the brothers has to do one job kill a man. We follow the brothers who are like growing man in a 12 years old mind. The pairs are cold-hearted hit man for the dude named the Commodore. Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) is this Heavy drinker running after whores while Eli is more looking after his brother. The opening of the film is outstanding in this shoot out in the dark night. The brothers do not give too much thought about killing a household full of people. What I like about it is the reason remain unknown. Just used your imagination. On the way we meet two other characters Hermann Kemit  warm (Riz Ahmed)  and Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), a British-accented bounty hunter for hire. Along the way the brothers who are on the trail of the man they have to kill will and will leave themselves a bloody trail, after all they have a reputation. Here Rielly delivers a comic performance that is well in balance with the terrific acting of Phoenix after all they  demonstrate tremendous chemistry throughout the film. It is a tale about with a sentimental heart, in a dangerous blood trail deep in alcohol. A must see.



Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

A film by Gus Van Sant

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara

John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) who has a serious drinking problem gets in a car accident and survive with serious injuries. On the rocky road of recovery discover and heals himself with controversial drawing.

John Callahan (1951-2010), an alcoholic who, following a drunk-driving accident at the age of 21, spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. Callahan also became a controversial cartoonist for the a newspaper in Oregon. It is hard to do a story on an alcoholic and make it interesting. This is the film that comes full circle with the addiction of alcohol and the destruction of life that don’t have easy resolutions. A great film by Gus Van Sant who thankfully put to work more than a few screenwriters to pull this off. Callahan’s repeated reference to being abandoned by his mother and  adopted has an excuse for his problems and addiction. But like he said I started to drink at age 13, I liked it!  I liked it a lot. Well he had to blame someone for that. It is just an excuse. The film show the 12 steps program with the use of flashback. Here Jonah Hill who plays Donnie a rich kid who was an alcoholic is now the master of this 12 step program. By the way he lost some serious weight and he delivered a superb performance. It was a joy to see him doing some serious acting for a change. There are some funny moments at times Callahan falling into a bush after going on a skateboard maneuver in his motorized wheelchair, A nurse sitting on his face well I will say no more you will have to see the film. What I like about Gus van Sant is he is not using the studio system. He does his films on his own terms. Callahan becomes a cartoonist the one with the dark sense of humour and not everybody liked his drawing. A terrific independent film here not to be missed. I’ll drink that, Ha!ha!ha!

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beautiful day

A film by Lynne Ramsay

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola

A girl is missing a tormented handy man (as I call him) is on a rescue mission which a chain of events will take place. Corruption, perversion and such will sent him to a brutal violence that will lead to his awakening.

Director Lynne Ramsay brings us a chilling take on New York City with this brutal tale beautifully stage that start with the very talented Joaquin Phoenix.

The film open with a man cleaning up a crime scene however he does not want to be seen. Gets out of the alley with hood on, he has a grey beard as the story goes along you will see that he was tormented as a kid, he was a soldier, a law enforcement officer, now he is like the dude you call if you need something and do not want to involved the cops. He will do it efficiently without leaving a trace. He in fact is off the grid. A senator ’s daughter is missing and Joe is asked to find her and returned to the senator.The work is, however, well served by Tom Townend’s elegant photography , Jonny Greenwood’s punchy electronic music, and especially Joaquin Phoenix who incarnated the character’s body and  soul, puffed up, bearded, and completely hallucinated. The editing is brilliant, and Lynne Ramsay has a  real sense of atmosphere while mobilizing, explicitly, a number of cult films. Psycho, Taxi driver, etc…In the end, this sophisticated thriller reflects a real know-how and Lynne Ramsay shines here. The film got just in time at the Cannes Film Festival and got nominated for best actor and best screenplay.

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a beautiful day


Inherent Vice (2014)

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

This is how you should see this film by smoking a joint yourself because you will follow this private detective who is a pot head into his fine and cloudy adventure. By the time you are done watching the film you will smell the pot and see that the room has been filled with smoke because in this film there sure are a lot of pot smoking I though I was watching a Cheech and Chong movie. You have to follow the story very carefully in order not to get lost. Inherent vice is, apparently, a common term in insurance and business. But this film is not about business and insurance. The story takes place in L.A. in 1970. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) with mutton-chop sideburns i think that is what they are called who does not mind the drinking and smoke pot on the job, some of his client wonder if he is drunk or high. at the time L.A. was under this horrible crime that was committed by the Charles Mason gang. If I am correct with the story Doc ex girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), visiting Doc. She’s having an affair with the local married real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts) the one that makes the weird commercials on TV. According to Shasta, Mickey’s wife Sloane (Serena Scott Thomas) and her lover, Riggs (Andrew Simpson), plan to have Mickey committed to an institution the one where the crazy people are. Soon after a dude, Tariq (Michael Kenneth Williams), asks Doc to find Glen Charlock (Christopher Allen Nelson) who owes him money from their time in prison. As part of that Doc visit a project development that seems to be a whore house. He then gets knock up on the head to wake up outside a dead body and the police waiting for him to wake up. Doc then meets Detective Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin) who is not a fan of this hippie / Private detective . from there doc takes a journey of more investigating with the help of some more pot smoking to top it with drinks. He encounters quite of some eccentric characters as well.

Like I said you have to follow the story very carefully even id you do you will get lost a bit. I am going to see it again anyway. It is a bit long but fun to watch. I remember the è0’s with the hippies going on smoking pot all day doing odd jobs and having a different view of life than most of us. The set is done well because you feel that you are in their world and the colors are just right so are the clothe at the time when we were wearing those clothes we thought they were cool but looking back we say what the hell were we thinking wearing that. Good time on this film. have fun.

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TO DIE FOR (1995)

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A film by Gus Van Sant

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix


Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) is a woman who lives to be on TV. She lives in the small town of Little Hope, N. H., but in her head, she lives in the hyperspace of supermarket tabloids, and People magazine. Suzanne is small time but she wants to become a star the next Barbara Walters. She is the weather forecaster for a local cable channel you have to start from the ground up as she says. Larry (Matt Dillon) is in love with her but his sister does not see what she sees in her to her she is the ice princess. Suzanne marries him why  it is anybody guess, he’s a nice a guy from a family who owns the local Italian restaurant/bar. Suzanne is played by Kidman as a woman who is always onstage, she can not gain weight and she does not want to have children the thought of boobs to be big and out there plus a big belly well that is just gross and women like her can not get pregnant in order to succeed in this business. It becomes clear that her husband must go. That were it gets a little bit predictable. To help in disposing of her husband, she enlists three airheads from the local high school: Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), Russell (Casey Affleck) and Lydia (Alison Folland). That is a big mistake. You see suzanne is manipulative sleeps around with an executive that could help her career and her husband is weighting her down. Great performance from all the actor especially Nicole Kidman. Phoenix and casey  Affleck were fairly new actor back then just trying to get in the business look where are they now they have not stop working since then. Illeana Douglas is Janice, Suzanne’s ice-skating sister-in-law who read Suzanne as a phony ice princess. Matt Dillon plays this dude who is this cool dude who is going to get the babe blonde bombshell, Dan Hedaya plays the father-in-law who is the king in his Italian family. And Buck Henry plays a high school teacher who get harassed by the students. It is a neat little movie fill of eccentric characters and it works here. You will see how it starts the film I am not giving away that one. It is a bit predictable because I knew what was going to happen at the end. I saw to many film already. I went yesterday every Thursday near my apartment at this movie theater will put a cult film. This is the first time that I have heard about film. I am glad I went to see it is a cool little film by Gus Van Sant you can’t go wrong there.








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A film by Gregor Jordan

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris

1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. At Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix)  is  a lovable  army dude he has a gold mine of black market of drugs, household detergent from the army of course well let just say that his network is huge and he drives a Mercedes. When a new top sergeant arrives, and has the  intention of cleaning the base up,  Elwood thinks the new blood is nothing he can’t handle, especially after he lays eyes on the top’s daughter, rebellious Robyn. But that was before he figured in the $5 million in stolen arms that just landed on his lap. He stores it at a nuclear facility and tries to get find a buyer. In the meantime the top is closing in and is beginning to hate Elwood.

It is a black comedy about larceny, theft, drug dealing among other things. Love that one. Feel like M*A*S*H a little bit which is cool a different version.Elwood is  in uniform because the judge gave them a choice between jail and enlisting. so he enlist but can’t stand it and he is bored so he decide to make some money, week he becomes a hustler. His commander is clueless and he is some piece of work. he is besides him that is for sure. To top it all off he is Having an affair with his commander’s wife. And later he dates the top’s daughter. He is cold calculating and he his in for the money, that is is only drive. It is a dark film specially at the end with the big  climatic scene. Elwood is not likable too much and is ahead of the game most go the time. Nice job by Jordan here to provide us with a dark comedy. 




the immigrant

A film by James Gray. 

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner. 

It is 1921 and yes the American dream is around the corner for Ewa Cybulska (Marion Cotillard)  and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Magda must go to the hospital on Ellis Island. Ewa was going to get deported but she begged a man to help her and he did well sort of. Bruno (Joaquin Phonix) a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution a way to make money so she can get her sister out of the hospital (well there were no medical insurance back then. ) Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin and gets taken by him he on the other hand is falling for her. Ewa is Polish and Catholic, and her religion gives her the strength to meet any and all difficulties. Bruno is a low rent stage artist/pimp who scoop Ewa up to use her but he his in love with her . Those emotion runs through him and he can’t control nor express them. Bruno has no self worth and no sense of direction in his life I don’t think he likes himself. Bad things happen to Ewa, she always has her religion and her pride to get her through, but Bruno,  has nothing. They are trying to reach out to each other and that is the heart of this drama. This film period of the 1920’s in New York is done in dark color with display of light and shadow like the old movies back in the 30’s 40’s. Slowly Ewa gets tougher and tougher plus like I said she has this will power that will not go away and her sister on her mind. The men can have her body but can’t get to her no one will have her soul. She has one thing in mind get the money to get the money to get her sister out and go somewhere else to get a fresh start and be happy. Think about it you are waking up in Prague in a poor part of the town you have no wallet no ID no working paper and no money. Fear set in and the one thing on your mind at all the time is how I am going to get out of this situation where is my next meal will come from, where am I going to sleep tonight. fear will continue to set in until you’ll find a way out. That is how Marion  played it. Perfect cast for this one and great performance from them all. It is still going today where immigrant get in a country and fall in the hand a bad people. Great film. See it.

the immigrant



A film by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams.
Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.
Its title character is transparently inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it sidesteps any firm vision of the cult religion itself — or what it grew into. It has great performances I mean by that oscar performances. Top billing goes to an alcoholic adherent of The Master named Freddie Quell — played by Joaquin Phoenix who goes through a melt down. Then you have Lancaster Dodd and played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Two great actors and like I said 2 great performances. Freddie Quell has an unnatural and dangerous taste for booze in all forms. During the film, he will also create concoctions from paint thinner, coconut water, and something from a medicine cabinet — Lysol, perhaps. This big boat belongs to Lancaster Dodd, introduced as a writer and apparently a rich one. (He later tells Quell: “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”) He is in the process of founding a group, movement, cult, whatever, named the Cause, and the ship is en route to New York via the Panama Canal. He has been joined on board by many followers who will join Dodd and his wife, Peggy (Amy Adams), to celebrate the marriage of their daughter. When Dodd discovers Quell is on board, his response is not to send him ashore. He does not tell him to get off the boat, but he is strangely fascinated by him and his ability to make alcohol. Dodd ask him a series of questions repeatedly over and over again This is described as “processing,” similar to the “auditing” Hubbard described in his book Dianetics. In meetings with East Coast followers, especially Helen Sullivan (Laura Dern), we see that the Cause has already attracted many recruits — and doubters, including John More (Christopher Evan Welch), who stands coldly in a doorway at one meeting and fires hostile questions. Freddie Quell is quick to pick fights with those who oppose the man who has given him affection and guidance. Quell drifts in and out of reality, imagining rooms where the women have suddenly become unclothed. You might say that he should be committed to a mental institution. It is unclear what is the cause of the cult. Scientology has reportedly staged a campaign against “The Master,” the film is vague about the Cause. Anderson is a talented director but there is some stuff missing in the movie. So see this one it is still good with great actors.