Tag Archive: Joaquin Phoenix

I can’t wait for this film. Scarlett Johansson has joined “Her” from director Spike Jonze (“Where The WIld Things Are”). From firstshowing.net:

Her is about Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system (not unlike iPhone’s Siri) designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. Johansson will voice the operating system.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s (“The Master) next film is shaping up. “Inherent Vice”, an adaptation of the novel wit the same name already stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson. Now Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and Martin Short have joined the cast. This is quickly turning out to look like one of the most intriguing casts I’ve seen put together in a little while.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and ‘There Will Be Blood” have been two critically acclaimed films. Now he’s coming back with “Inherent Vice”, which (from Cinema Blend) is “set in Los Angeles from the winter of 1969 through the summer of 1970, Inherent Vice centers on a pot-smoking private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello as he investigates a kidnapping case that involves his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth.”

Joaquin Phoenix has joined the cast to play the detective and rumors are that Charlize Theron and Benicio Del Toro are close to joining the film as well. Now comes reports that Owen Wilson is joining the film in an unspecified, but large, role in the film. This could be interesting! You know that it’ll be hard to watch, but will at least generate some discussion afterwards.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Oscars 2013 : Best Actor

This one also appears to be a lock. But can anyone steal the Oscar from the favorite?

The nominees this year for Best Actor are: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln”, Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables”, Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”, Denzel Washington for “Flight” and Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”.

Like when he starred in “There Will Be Blood”, this seems to be Lewis’ award. Phoenix is a definite no and I’m shocked he even got nominated because of his little anti-Oscar rant. Washington was great in “Flight”, but just not too much sward season buzz for that film. Cooper is the dark horse candidate. But most of the awards attention for “Silver Linings Playbook” seems to be going to Jennifer Lawrence. That being said, if Jacki Weaver and/or Robert De Niro pull an upset in the Supporting Actress or Actor category, it could be an early sign that momentum is in this film’s favor. If that’s the case, don’t be shocked if Cooper takes home the Oscar. But it would seem that only Jackman has any real shot to take the award from Lewis. To be honest, it would seem if Lewis wasn’t in this category, this would be Jackman’s to win, so perhaps voters will throw him a bone since Lewis already is a decorated and respected actor? That’s probably his best chance at winning. But I’ll go with the safe pick Lewis.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Master”, from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. This is a film that’s hard to watch, but I recommend you guys check this out! It didn’t work for me, but it’s certainly an interesting film none-the-less.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Golden Globe winners!

In case you missed the Golden Globes telecast, here’s a full list of all the categories and winners. Among the highlights were seeing “Argo” and Ben Affleck get some recognition the Academy denied him and seeing Jennifer Lawrence get her due, given that I get the feeling “Silver Linings Playbook” will be passed over by the Oscars.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: “Argo”
» “Django Unchained”
» “Life of Pi”
» “Lincoln”
» “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Les Miserables”
» “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» “Moonrise Kingdom”
» “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
» Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
» John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
» Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
» Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
» Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
» Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
» Rachel Weisz – “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
» Jack Black – “Bernie”
» Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Bill Murray – “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Maggie Smith – “Quarter”
» Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
» Alan Arkin – “Argo”
» Leonardo DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
» Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
» Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
» Amy Adams – “The Master”
» Sally Field – “Lincoln”
» Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
» Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER: Ben Affleck – “Argo”
» Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
» Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
» Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
» Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
» David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Chris Terrio – “Argo”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Skyfall” – “Skyfall”
» “For You” – “Act of Valor”
» “Not Running Anymore” – “Stand Up Guys”
» “Safe and Sound” – “The Hunger Games”
» “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Life of Pi”
» “Argo”
» “Anna Karenina”
» “Cloud Atlas”
» “Lincoln”

Best Animated Film
WINNER: “Brave”
» “Frankenweenie”
» “Hotel Transylvania”
» “Rise of Guardians”
» “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: “Amour”
» “A Royal Affair”
» “The Intouchables”
» “Kon-Tiki”
» “Rust and Bone”

Best Television Series – Drama
WINNER: “Homeland”
» “Breaking Bad”
» “Boardwalk Empire”
» “Downton Abbey”
» “The Newsroom”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Girls”
» “Big Bang Theory”
» “Episodes”
» “Modern Family”
» “Smash”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: “Game Change”
» “The Girl”
» “Hatfields & McCoys
» “The Hour”
» “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Damien Lewis – “Homeland”
» Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
» Brian Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
» Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
» Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Claire Danes – “Homeland”
» Connie Britton – “Nashville”
» Glenn Close – “Damages”
» Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
» Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
» Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
» Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
» Louie C.K. – “Louie”
» Jim Parsons – “Big Bang Theory”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Lena Dunham – “Girls”
» Zooey Deschanel – “The New Girl”
» Julia Louis-Dreyfu – “Veep”
» Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
» Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
» Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
» Woody Harrelson – “Game Change”
» Toby Jones – “The Girl”
» Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Julianne Moore – “Game Change”
» Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
» Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
» Sienna Miller – “The Girl”
» Sigourney Weaver – “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Ed Harris – “Game Change”
» Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
» Danny Huston – “Magic City”
» Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
» Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
» Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
» Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
» Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Full list of Oscar nominations!

Here’s the entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” – Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – David Magee
“Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary – Short
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”

Film Editing
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Life of Pi”

Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Short Film – Animated
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

Short Film – Live Action
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”

Sound Editing
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

My initial thoughts:

I wish they would have nominated 10 films for Best Picture. A film like “Cloud Atlas” or “Moonrise Kingdom” really deserved to get recognized. Looks like Joaquin Phoenix’s little Oscar rant didn’t cost him a nomination after all. Stay tuned here in the coming days for predictions of all the categories!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Golden Globe nominations for film!

Here are the Golden Globe nominations for movies.

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Hotel Transvylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

A Royal Affair
The Intouchables
Kon Tiki
Rust and Bone

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln

“For You” Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” Skyfall
“Suddenly” Les Miserables

“The Master” review


Paul Thomas Anderson looks to deliver another classic after “There Will Be Blood” with “The Master”. Does he succeed?


The Good 


This film is spellbinding. All the performances, from Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix to Amy Adams are superb. Each scene, each line of dialogue, everything about this film is absolutely entrancing. Anderson is clearly ambitious and one of the best directors out there. He reaches for complex ideas and sparks discussion as well as requiring multiple viewings of his film. the film is beautifully shot and Phoenix is a star here. His character is absolutely the main character and is fascinating to watch throughout the film. While the film might be difficult to understand in parts, every scene had my attention.



The Bad


As amazing as this film is, it’s not for everyone. It’s more difficult to sit through and watch than “There Will Be Blood” and that was no walk in the park. And, as entrancing as this film is, my main problem with it is what exactly does it want to communicate? I’m all for films that start discussion, but there seemed to be a sense of, well, emptiness and a letdown. There wasn’t debate about what certain scenes meant as much as there was about why exactly the film seemed to lack a clear direction in terms of where the plot was going, how it ended and what exactly he wanted viewers to talk about. There are numerous possibilities and avenues I wish Anderson would have explored and would have raised the film to a whole new level.

The Final Word

“The Master” has some great acting and is beautifully shot. It is probably the most spellbinding film I’ve seen all year. That being said, this is not the masterpiece we were all hoping for and I get the sense even Anderson didn’t quite know what he was going for in parts.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.







Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”) is sure to make even more headlines beyond the boatloads of cash “The Master” made. That’s because the title “The Master” came when a version of the script leaked online and the website The Playlist referred to the script by that title.

“I was kind of like in search of a story, in search of a kind of venue,” PTA explained about his super early gestating ideas about the story. “I had a situation where he snuck on a boat — he ended up on some boat that he didn’t belong on — I had variations on that. And there was this master of ceremonies who wondered, ‘Why are you on my boat?” Messing around. It was all kind of vague like that – I was just sort of messing around writing, and then about four or five years ago, I started becoming more specific, ‘What is this? Where are these pieces going?'”

The backstory: In 2010 a very early sketched-out version of the script leaked online… Curious and eager to see for ourselves, we got our hands on the script and analyzed what was clearly a Paul Thomas Anderson script (albeit one in very rough form) and its similarities to the history and details of Scientology.

For the purposes of the article we referred to the script as “The Master,” and well, apparently the name stuck. What’s fascinating is how similar that raw sketch was to the final film, even though it clearly grew and changed. But the fundamental basics — as you can tell by reading the original piece — are still there in the final product.

Pretty crazy, right? “The Master” stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.