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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

In an interview with the New York Times, actor/director Casey Affleck admitted that his new film, I’m Still Here, which chronicles actor Joaquin Phoenix‘s pursuit of a rap career and descent into depravity, was almost entirely staged. In other news, grass is green and water is wet. This whole thing reeked of being a stunt since Phoenix’s first bizarre appearance on the David Letterman show, and I have a hard time believing that Affleck “never intended to trick anybody.” The only truly remarkable thing is that Phoenix was willing to keep up the act for so long. This definitely takes away some of the appeal of the film for me, but in all fairness, it looks like Phoenix does a great job pulling off the role. While I never wanted Phoenix’s life to actually fall apart, knowing that it’s all a hoax makes it significantly less interesting.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that David Letterman was in on it too.

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Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, has had rumours about its release date going around for months on end. It was due at Cannes…then at Venice or Toronto. None of these rumours came to be. More recently there was hope that it could be sneaked out in time for award season, however, this seems fairly unlikely now, even though distributer Fox Searchlight today announced that they have picked up the rights for the movie. Instead, it seems that The Tree of Life will not be out until late 2011, if, as expected, they are hoping it will bring in some Oscars when it is finally released.

This all comes just days after early viewings of the film compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its grand scale, with a rumoured three-hour cut doing the rounds, suggests that it is pretty much all complete anyway. This however, does mean that it could even get a showing at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the hope of a slow build up to award season, rather than the late 2011 release. This would seem to make sense, seeing how his previous work, The New World, was ignored by the Academy last time, and they may rather hope for a slow build up.

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, is a story described as a 1950s period piece, which also has been described as being completely fresh, as well as including scenes of prehistoric Earth. This although has also been claimed as being part of a companion piece filmed for a separate IMAX specific project. It seems now, that all that can be done is to wait and see.

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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]
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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is one of the best films I’ve seen this year, mostly because of its unique Matryoshka doll plot structure and the way it blurs the line between dream and reality. I like movies that give me a little credit as a viewer and ask me to bring my brain to the theater instead of leaving it at home. If you want some more mind-twisting films that also dabble in dreamscapes, check these out. In no particular order: (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

So apparently all you have to do is make a raunchy youtube style video 90mins long, and Will Ferrell/Adam McKay will drop by and Produce it. At least that’s what this trailer leads me to believe. This looks like Superbad mixed with Borat. It makes a big deal about things that aren’t a big deal (Superbad) and it acts like it’s a documentary when everything seems pretty staged (Borat). I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole damn thing were scripted, which is fine, but then why give it this unscripted feel? It just seems fake. It could also be easily mistaken for another episode of MTV’s True Life: I’m a Virgin (which is also scripted). Actually the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was the line “I am going to do to your virginity, what Alfred Hitchcock did to birds.” Now that’s funny. The rest of it, not so much. I’m not ruling out watching this movie at some point but the chances, ironically like its production values, don’t look good. But watch it and make up your own mind. Let us know what you think in the comments!

On a total side note I’ve made all the youtube embeds on the site bigger so enjoy!