I’M STILL HERE
(director/writer: Magdalena Gorka; editors: Dody Dorn; music: Marty Fogg; Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: R; producers: ; Magnolia Pictures; 2010)
“A bizarre documentary“
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The debut directorial effort of actoris his brother-in-lawto the press, after the release of Two Lovers, his retirement as a movie actor and spent the raucous year trying to reinvent himself as a hip hop singer. Many in showbiz thought this was a hoax (which it might or might not be), as the film follows the bloated one around in this terrifying period and we witness the twice-Oscar nominee’s appearance take on the disheveled look of a homeless unkempt bearded person, his loss of confidence in his artistic ability, the rampant use of pot and cocaine influencing his bad decision making, egotistical rants, becoming subservient to a business-like Sean “P. Diddy” Combs who he chases after to produce his debut album, treating his hangers-on and assistants with disrespect, made a fool of in his self-destructive appearance in 2009 on the David Letterman Show by the mean-spirited host’s cruel jokes at his expense, and his mediocre rapper performances in concerts in Las Vegas and Miami Beach.
With no mentorto guide the confused young man,
Whether it’s a hoax or not, in the end doesn’t matter (though odds favor it being a faux documentary). What matters is that this disturbing film depicts someone who is needy and as a public service tells us there must be a better plan on how to change careers than the way of JP. People change careers all the time for one reason or another, but I would assume those who are truly following the passions that are burning inside them will eventually make peace with themselves and be able to live with their decision and not worry what others think. T
REVIEWED ON 9/18/2010 GRADE: B