Joaquin Phoenix's Ten Best Performances

The actor will return on Sunday evening to Arte in Two Lovers, by James Gray.

Whereas signs just celebrated his 20th birthdayhis star Joaquin Phoenix will return this Sunday in another cult film: Two Lovers, by James Gray, which he shared in 2008 with Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw. Note that this classification was made before the release of Joker. To learn more about his exceptional performance in the Todd Phillips film, you can click on this link.

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Article published on 03/30/2018:

10 / Doc Sportello in Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Labyrinthine masterpiece or big arty smoke? Even those who stayed at the door ofInherent Vice admit that Joaquin Phoenix found there one of his best roles, renewing the mythology of the jointed private angeleno (gloriously represented before him by Elliott Private Gould or Jeff “The Dude” Bridges), leaving behind each of his mischievous offbeat reactions a nasty melancholy crack. Because under the puzzle police intrigue, Inherent Vice speaks first of a great heartache. It is the glue of all the roles of Joaquin Phoenix, his favorite job: the spurned lover, the misfit To a broken heart.


9 / Jimmy Emmett in Ready for everything (Gus Van Sant, 1995)
After his years as a child actor under the patronymic of Leaf Phoenix (notably in The spitting image of a model familya.k.a parenthood, by Ron Howard), the actor grew up suddenly and became the Joaquin we know from Gus Van Sant’s camera, as a white-trash high school student, a little grunge, a little rockabilly, a sort of James Dean of the generation X manipulated by a “ready for anything” Nicole Kidman. His brother, the shooting star River, has just died, Joaquin accepts his fate and ascends the vacated throne of the rebel without a cause.

8 / Bruno Weiss in The Immigrant (James Grey, 2013)
The most unloved of James Gray films, where Phoenix delivers an astonishing, elusive, pathetic composition, as an irresistible pimp, a cold-blooded monster, who will end up on the ground, in a bewildering final plan hatched by a Darius Khondji at the top of his pictorial genius. By the way, for those allergic to the eccentric style of Phoenix, note that this is one of his most sober and measured interpretations.

7 / Lucius Hunt in The village (M.Night Shyamalan, 2004)
It was 2004, an eternity, when the mad visions of M. Night Shyamalan still dominated the world’s imagination and Joaquin Phoenix was predicted a destiny as a romantic and tortured young first, whispering his lines in a world surrounded by darkness… It was a long time ago, yes, two years after a first decisive collaboration with Shy (signs), but one thing hasn’t changed since: Joaquin Phoenix only truly flourishes with a great author behind the camera.

6 / Joaquin Phoenix in I’m still here (Casey Affleck, 2010)
Let us remember that at one time, we believed in it. Joaquin Phoenix stopping his career, letting his beard grow and trying his luck in hip-hop… For the purposes of this hoax film shot with his brother-in-law Casey Affleck, the bent actor went so far as to derail the promotion of Two Lovers live from David Letterman’s sofa, in an Andy Kaufman-like kamikaze gesture. The result is never as funny and profound as Phoenix and Affleck hoped, but there’s no denying that I’m still here marked a turning point for Phoenix, which then disappeared from the radar for two years, and returned with The Master, reinvented, more powerful than ever. And, since then, all the journalists who meet him agree that he is adorable in interviews…

5 / John Callahan in Don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot (Gus Van Sant, 2018)
Phoenix finds Gus Van Sant, 23 years later Ready for everythingfor this empathetic biopic of cartoonist John Callahan. Thematically, it looks like a concentrate of the actor’s obsessions (existential cracks, marginalized communities, alcohol that destroys and faith that saves), but his acting is different, lighter, laughing, relieved heaviness that his detractors accuse him of, as if he were trying to reinvent himself. Perhaps this is due to the unconscious influence of Robin Williams, who was originally to play the role. History will tell if this was truly another rebirth for the Phoenix.

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4 / Convenience in Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)
In the second half of the 90s, Joaquin Phoenix specialized in nasty supporting roles, the kind that stole the show for a scene or two. 8mm, U-Turn… A first period which culminates with this irresistible performance of capricious and megalomaniac child in Gladiatorto be enjoyed as a double program with The Yards, released the same year (but seen by far fewer people), when he ate the screen with as much appetite. One of the best villains in American cinema of the last twenty years, and probably the main reason why everyone thinks casting Phoenix as the Joker would be a great idea.

3 / Leonard Kraditor in Two Lovers (James Grey, 2008)
We cannot mention all the collaborations of Phoenix with James Gray in this Top, so, rather than The night belongs to uswe will choose Two Lovers, the Gray that sums up all the Grays, and shows his art naked, rid of polar arguments. Thick, haggard, Phoenix dazzles as a son crushed by fate, a Dostoevskian freak crossing New York like a damned man. As a bonus, one of the best club scenes of all time, by a filmmaker specializing in the genre:

2 / Johnny Cash in walk the line (James Mangold, 2005)
Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”. In this biopic cut for the Oscars, Phoenix does not seek to imitate the Man in Black but prefers to summon his ghost like a shaman. The climax of the first part of her career, before the scuttling I’m still here and its reimagining as the modern-day Brando. Lips rolled up, he exudes the morgue of the bad boy country, cocaine paranoid gaze and maddening sensuality. And he sings well, with that.

1 / Freddie Quell in The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
The role of the comeback. Unforgettable. Paul Thomas Anderson is building a fresco on underground America in the 1950s, and Phoenix has the brilliant idea of ​​playing his role as misfit misplaced exactly as Paul Newman or Montgomery Clift would have done at the time. Yes, that’s how we suffered in the fifties, that’s how onot played in the fifties. Thin, haunted, his back broken, crossing the world like a disjointed puppet. Some people are irritated by this film. Us, it breaks our hearts.

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