“If you think football builds character, you’re dead wrong. Football reveals character”. This is just one of the absolutely pitch-perfect messages this Oscar-winning football documentary manages to hammer home. Inspiring and uplifting in a way that never feels saccharine, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin step back and allow their stellar cast of hyper-real individuals do all the talking. And you know what? We listened.
“Acting is not creativity, it’s doing what somebody else tells you to do,” Joaquin Phoenix declares in I’m Still Here, a film that charts his decision to stop being a thespian, grow a massive beard and rediscover himself as a rap artist. Is he crazy? Contradicting his own soundbyte with the most intriguing performance of his career, the answer is a resounding no. The story Phoenix and brother-in-law Casey Affleck have crafted is not insane, but assured – a fascinating study of self-identity.