Displaying items by tag: Joaquin Phoenix Friday, 29 May 2020

Irrational Man

Published in I
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:55
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and a sex scene.

  • The pitch

    No, you Kant.

  • Starring

    Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley

  • Directed by

    Woody Allen

  • Running time

    95 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are poisoned, manhandled, wrestled, stalked. A man falls down an elevator shaft (fatal). Russian Roulette played. Break-and-enter. Hypotheticals mention killing people; murder discussed. Mentions of reporter killed in Iraq, friend dying in explosion, friend stepping on landmine in Iraq, mother committing suicide, Hurricane Katrina. References to suicide, drowning. Cancer, heart attack mentioned. Blood/gore: Drawing of decapitated man.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene (from shoulders up). Implied sex and attempted sex (scenes of man and woman in bed together, shoulders bare). Kissing, hugging, flirting. References to professor's past affairs with students, discussion of past relationships (many women and one night stands). References to orgasms, masturbation, infidelity. Male impotence discussed. Skimpy clothing, underwear seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails). Drinking from hip flask while driving. Looking wasted, drug use, Viagra mentioned. Prescription pill consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Religious exclamations. Sexual innuendo.

  • THEMES

    Inappropriate relationships (professor-student), philosophy, murder, situational ethics, infidelity, unhappy marriages, academia, morality, nihilism, ennui, existentialism, gossip, scandal, alcoholism, writer's block, impotency.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends, dead mother, divorce, custody battle mentioned. Relationship breakup, anxiety attack. Horses.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Slinky, jazz-infused, vigorous, engaging, youthful, energetic, fresh, breezy, modest, intellectual, offbeat, weird, amiable. Sparky chemistry between Stone and Phoenix, shrewd supporting cast, witty dialogue, darkly humourous, textured cinematography, fluid editing, invigorating soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Forgettable, underpowered, unrealised. Under-realised female characters, unconvincing romance, sagging middle act, meandering/familiar plot, sloppy direction/writing, lazy/improbably plot twists, redundant/charmless voice-overs.

Inherent Vice

Published in I
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, frequent drug use and nudity.

  • The pitch

    What's up doc?

  • Starring

    Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Serena Scott Thomas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse

  • Directed by

    Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Running time

    148 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, hit with objects, held at gunpoint, wrestled, stomped, kneed, elbowed, slapped, bound, bashed. Objects thrown, kicked in. Swastikas seen. Nazi, cult, Charles Manson, murder, kidnapping, money laundering, contract killing, homicide, planting evidence, paedophile, forced into sexual practices mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody mouth/face/hand. Pooled blood. Cauliflower ear. Dental imagery, patients in dental surgery seen. Puncture wounds on throat mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People have sex (couch, office). Oral sex (female-female). Kissing (male-female; female-female), finger-sucking, undressing, nipple-caressing, thigh-rubbing, bum-slapping. Skimpy clothing, swimwear. Fully nude femaile (full frontal), nude artworks/images (female), shirtless men, exposed breasts. Sexual hand gestures. Infidelity, threesomes, hard-on, sexual diseases, forced into sexual practices mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People smoke joints, snort white powder, inhale happy gas. Drug paraphernalia, packages of drugs seen. Alcohol (beer, tequila, wine). Smoking (joints, cigarettes, cigar). Heroin, reefer, doper, stoned, drugs, tripping, hallucinating, balloon of dope, grass, joints, smack, dropped acid, overdose, drug cartel, peyote, PCP mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religous references. Obscene/sexual finger/hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    Private investigation, paranoia, hippies, drugs, infidelity, informants, dentistry, 1970s Los Angeles, property tycoons, missing persons, counterculture, existentialism, truth, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased husband, missing persons mentioned. Seagulls, ouija board, astrology. Nose-picking. Soles of feet. Based on the novel, Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stupendous, surreal, funny, anxious, beautiful, audacious, fierce, groovy, weird, discursive, delightful, strange, deranged, warm, woozy, singular, gorgeous, radical, unsparing, big, oddball, confounding, madcap, psychedelic. Dazzling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, perfect comic performance from Josh Brolin, huge ensemble cast, laconic/surreal/lively/rambunctious tone, wild/convoluted story, dense plot, avoids kitsch, superb soundtrack, miraculous/speckled/sun-kissed cinematography, lived-in production design, exceptionally faithful to the Thomas Pynchon novel, lots of cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Detached, uneven, incoherent, sprawling, long. Won't be for everyone.

Her

Published in H
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 23:33
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It's all about her.

  • Starring

    Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde, Matt Letscher, Bill Hader, Portia Doubleday, Brian Cox

  • Directed by

    Spike Jonze

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are seen arguing (no audio). Bickering. A woman fantasizes about being strangled with a dead animal.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have phone sex, simulated sex. Frequent discussion of sex, sex acts. Sexual innuendo and gestures. Kissing, flirting, caressing, undressing, crotch-grabbing. Full frontal female nudity (pregnant woman). Nude photographs. Shirtless men. People in swimwear, nightwear, underwear. A background art installation features bodies in provocative positions. Drawing of couple having sex. Internet pornography mentioned. Infidelity discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Intoxication. Prozac mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Misogyny, fat jokes. Gender, marriage, relationship, dating, mother stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Relationships, love, loneliness, artificial intelligence, technology, communication, psychology, philosophy, letter-writing, proofreading, small talk, video games, documentary, divorce, memories, unlikely friendships, marriage, dating, fantasy, rejection, romance, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Divorce discussed. Relationship breakups. Balloons, sparkler, dog, owl. Soles of feet seen. High street-view camera aerials over cityscape.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Screwball, surrealist, remarkable, disarming, striking, ephemeral, profound, wry, droll, funny, moving, sweet, serious, singular, subtle, 21st Century, funky, romantic, acerbic, emotional, risky, different, daring, provocative, extraordinary, clever. Sense of simulated identity, haunting plot, slightly futuristic, impressive performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slender story, long running time, lugubrious pacing.