‘I’m Still Here’
Joaquin Phoenix has been “back” for awhile now, re-establishing himself in “The Master,” “The Immigrant” and “Inherent Vice” as one his generation’s finest thespians. His brief, bizarre “retirement” — the one that resulted in the film “I’m Still Here” — almost seems like a distant memory. It shouldn’t. Phoenix enraged many, including David Letterman, when he pretended to quit acting, grow a hive of hair and reinvent himself as a rapper. But it was more than a mere, dumb stunt. Phoenix was clearly exorcising some demons and anxieties when he threw off the shackles of fame, but he was also calling into question that notion that just because you’re good at something means you have to do it forever, even if you’ve lost your taste for it.