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Patrick Goldstein Pans Oscars, Fans React Sensibly…Just Kidding

OTR2.jpgLAT’s Patrick Goldstein is a critic/blogger. He’s supposed to give his expert opinion about stuff. That’s what he’s paid to do. And so he did. He didn’t like last night’s Oscars:

From Jackman’s strangely self-conscious low-rent opening musical number to Ben Stiller‘s very inside-the-Beltway spoof of Joaquin Phoenix‘s recent appearance on David Letterman‘s late-night show, the awards had a tone problem–they tried to be something for everyone, coming off like a movie script that had its edginess and guts airbrushed out by too many studio notes. It was hard to find any focused narrative for the awards, which were busy veering wildly from making fun of serious movies (mocking “The Reader,” for example) to being entirely too reverential about the past, treating a banal montage of supporting actress “thank you” speeches as if they were lost outtakes from “Citizen Kane.”

Which has lead to a bunch of comments panning his panning.

Did he get it wrong? Does it matter? Is there such a thing as ‘wrong’ criticism of pop culture events? Do comments at major newspapers make being a critic suck? Shouldn’t being an object of internet flames pay better?

Go on discuss…

What is it About David Letterman that Brings Out the Crazy in People?

In light of Joaquin Phoenix‘s meltdown/performance art appearance on David Letterman the other night The Daily Beast has put together a collection of seven talk show “train wrecks” the majority of which, for some reason, seem to have taken place on Letterman. Go figure. Here’s an old one with Andy Kaufman that we’d never seen before (and he definitely gives Madonna a run for her money in terms of expletives!)

Now We’ll Coin the Phrase ‘Joaquin Through an Interview’

As soon as this happened we started getting emails from people sending us this clip.

It’s a weird interview. Joaquin Phoenix is clearly on something. Prompting David Letterman to say, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.”

Seeing someone high doesn’t make us nervous – it’s seeing someone who’s brother over-dosed in the street and who was partly raised in a cult that has seen its second generations drop like flies, that makes us cringe.

Did we say ‘cringe’? We mean wince.

Phoenix Says It Again — I’m Leaving Movies For Music

Joaquin Phoenix, if anyone didn’t hear him the first time, is making it clear that he’s had enough of the film bizphoenix3.jpg
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The Oscar-winning star of such films as “Gladiator,” “To Die For” and “Walk the Line” told Associated Press (this after, dumping it all on Extra last week) that he’s out and he’s in with music. He said he wants to use the musical aptitude he developed while learning to be Johnny Cash.

Phoenix will last be seen in “Two Lovers” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

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