Edelstein: Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here No Hoax

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"The word 'hoax' got thrown around in 2008 when Joaquin Phoenix announced his transition from acting to hip-hop and transformed himself into a furry, narcotized freak who rapped like a Hasid addled by too many horas," writes David Edelstein in his review of this weekend's I'm Still Here. "But 'hoax' strikes me as inapt: Was anyone with half a brain actually deceived? I prefer the word 'act' ... To dismiss his latest role (and the film that charts its evolution) because it’s not “real” is to miss out on the charge of watching an actor play footsy with his own, barely corralled dementia." [NYM]