Ripping Reality


Ebert is going to be pissed…

by seafar

…and Letterman gets a rating coup for upcoming Phoenix appearance, as Affleck comes clean to Cieply:

Virtually none of it was real. Not even the opening shots, supposedly of Mr. Phoenix and his siblings swimming in a water hole in Panama. That, Mr. Affleck said, was actually shot in Hawaii with actors, then run back and forth on top of an old videocassette recording of “Paris, Texas” to degrade the images.

Not even the opening shots! Hats off. Surely, though, the film plays better when you don’t know….sort of like CATFISH. I’m not implying that CATFISH is faux, I really don’t know…..and in some/many instances prefer it that way.

One comment on ‘Ebert is going to be pissed…’

Exchange — 20 September 2010 03:46
Joaquin is going on Letterman next week - which is, of course, where this all really gained attention with his bizarre Kaufmanesque appearance last year. I'm betting he'll be walking out clean shaven and nicely groomed and explain it all. As for the film itself, I really have no desire to see it. Seems like voyeuristic claptrap trying to cash in on "reality shows" and our seemingly insatiable desire to watch people in pain and fail at life. I take no joy in watching someone fall apart, and if it's all an act then I really don't see the point. I understand that they probably conceived this as a way to comment on America's fascination with the lurid trainwrecks airing nightly on Bravo and TLC, but ultimately they're just doing the same damned thing: Contriving drama for the sake of ratings.