Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid (2023)

Beau Is Afraid first published by SciFiNow, 15 May 2023 “Stay hydrated,” is the advice given to 37-year-old Beau Wassermann (played at multiple ages by Joaquin Phoenix, but as a boy by Armen Nahapetian and James Cvetkovski) early on in Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid. Indeed, Beau’s surname is the German for ‘Waterman’ – and…

Joker

Joker (2019)

A man sits before a dressing-room mirror, applying clown makeup and forcing his face into a grotesque, contorted smile. This is Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), who like Pierrot (or perhaps Chaplin’s Little Tramp), barely conceals the deep sadness beneath his jolly get-up. He is at HaHa’s, a rent-a-clown business in downtown Gotham, preparing for a…

Never

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here first published by RealCrime Magazine If You Were Never Really Here represents a complex living portrait of its protagonist Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), then right from the opening scene, in which we glimpse him attempting to suffocate himself with a plastic bag, our hero is at least partly keen for his own…

Master

The Master (2012)

The Master first published by EyeforFilm The Master opens with an image of the roiling backwash in a ship’s wake. A cut reveals naval seaman Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) peering over the edge of a boat in his helmet, and although it is unclear whether this is the same vessel, or another about to land for…