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10 years of Flick Filosopher: I see a Phoenix rising

I so called Joaquin Phoenix as a major star-to-be in my review of Return to Paradise:

Dare I even suggest we might be entering a new golden age of film? In a spring and summer of movies full of sound and fury and mostly signifying nothing, there have been a few surprisingly smart, thoughtful, grownup films, most simultaneously Hollywood-old-fashioned and setting the stage for the next century of film: Saving Private Ryan and The Truman Show, in particular. Into that category I’d also put Return to Paradise — a film that is sure to be remembered not only on its own merits but because it saw a remarkable early confluence of talent in Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Joaquin Phoenix, all part of the new Hollywood vanguard.

I may have been wrong about Heche, though, and Vaughn’s still squandering his potential…

review of Return to Paradise, posted 08.24.98



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  • jcm

    And Joaquin became a major star…when? He has not had a hit as a stand-alone lead – The Village was an ensemble movie with M. Night as the main attraction, and Walk the Line co-starred Reese Witherspoon – and still only grossed $119m, hardly putting him in the realm of Tom Hanks or Russell Crowe.

    Plus, 8 years later, nobody is remembering Return to Paradise.

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