Editor S here! As I pushed onward in my Netflix challenge with Gwyneth Paltrow, I felt that it made the most sense to pick my next movie based on current events, that is, Joaquin Phoenix's glorious re-entrance into acting. The last movie he made before he claimed to be retiring for a rap career was this, Two Lovers. He plays Leonard, a man torn between two women — Michelle (Paltrow) and Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), so it seemed like the perfect time to watch.
Heartbreaking and cerebral, this might be my favorite performance from Phoenix — and maybe even from Paltrow. Her role — as an emotional wreck that Leonard can't help but love — is kind of a departure for the Oscar winner, but she's so tortured and distant that it brought me back to appreciating what a fantastic actress she is. If Paltrow made more movies like this, I'd be a bigger fan.