Superheroes rule this week's releases with iron fist and bespandexed crotch.
At this point in the road to I'm Still Here I'm really not interested in debating whether or not the thing is a hoax. After seeing it, it's obvious to me that it is (many critics disagree, but I honestly don't see how that's possible), and as such I'm just going to remark on the entertainment value of this misguided and, frankly, pretty poorly made mockumentary. (I promise there actually is some, despite that ringing endorsement.)
When actor Joaquin Phoenix announced last October that he was retiring from acting in order to pursue his musical career, it was speculated here in the Moviefile that maybe he was just a little bit crazy. It certainly seemed an unexpected development, considering that his other career choices in film were pretty smart in recent years, having starred in Walk the Line and the last two M. Night Shyamalan movies that were any good. Today, Phoenix's planet-sized crazy has managed to pull brother-in-law actor Casey Affleck into its orbit. Affleck isn't following suit and retiring from acting, too, but he will be taking on the role of documentarist in order to film the progress of Phoenix's new musical career.
Variety came out today with news that Ridley Scott has just cast Casey Affleck in the new Warner Brothers film The Kind One, based on a novel by Tom Epperson. Affleck (the younger) who most recently played the part of Patrick Kenzie in his brother's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, will star as an amnesiac living in 1930s Los Angeles who finds himself working for a mobster and falling in love with the baddie's girl. I did a cursory ancestry.com check and found no familial ties between the director and his lead, so it appears as though Affleck, who's best known as a Hey! It's that Guy in Good Will Hunting and the Ocean's films, scored the part without the help of nepotism. (To be fair, he did win critical acclaim and an Oscar nod for his part in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, though no word is out yet on the involvement of Damon/Affleck (the elder) friend, Brad Pitt.)
Scott, a three time Oscar nominee, who was a producer on The Assassination of Jesse James... had not yet at press time decided whether or not the period noir drama would be an entertaining commercial success (Gladiator, American Gangster) or a self-indulgent therapy session (A Good Year). Being that noir dramas have been Oscar-bait in the last decade, we can all hope it's the former. Similarly, theater workers who still have to manually put up marquees, are just hoping that the name doesn't get any longer like the duo's last joint project.