With only a hint of a futuristic setting, Spike Jonze takes a remarkably honest look at human emotions as a man and his computer's intelligent operating system fall madly in love with each other. Utterly grounded in believable characters and situations, this is a boldly inventive exploration of how we connect with each other. It's also one of the most involving, witty and evocative movies of the year.
It's set just a few years into the future, when we've essentially done away with keyboards and talk to our phones and computers. So Theodore (Phoenix) works in a company that writes letters for people who want a more tactile way of communicating. While trying not to let his recent divorce from Caroline (Mara) influence his work, his friends (Adams and Letscher) set him up on a blind date with a sexy woman (Wilde). But he's not quite ready to move on until he begins opening up to his new interactive operative system, which calls herself Samantha (voiced by Johansson). And she has such an open-hearted personality that Theodore can't help but fall for her.
The film has a breezy, fable-like tone that allows heavy themes to emerge without weighing us down. Indeed, the central idea is that relationships are difficult because we can't help but evolve individually, which sometimes means drifting apart. Obviously, this has huge ramifications when your partner is a limitless computer mind that will never stop expanding. But Theodore doesn't want to think about this; he is frightened by the idea that Samantha is changing. Yes, despite the vaguely surreal premise, the film is packed with things we readily identify with.
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'Him' doesn't actually feature Rogen, but that doesn't make it any less funnier
Her might not be the most prominent Oscar contender, but it is still one helluva movie
First off we were treated to a Phillip Seymour Hoffman-featuring parody of the new Spike Jonze movie Her, one that used cut-up snippets of the Oscar-winner's film repertoire in place of Scarlett Johansson's soothing utterances. Last night (25 Jan.) we saw Jonah Hill lampoon the film on Saturday Night Live, but earlier this week we're sure the best parody of them all was uploaded on to YouTube.
'Him' doesn't actually star any big names, but it does feature one heck of a good impression of the loveable Canadian comic Seth Rogen. The YouTube channel Paul Gale Comedy created and uploaded the parody, which pokes fun at the Oscar contender as well as gently ribbing Rogen, mocking his penchant for da 'erb and also mirroring his distinctive laugh spot on. It's probably the best portrayal of Seth Rogen since Seth Rogen played Seth Rogen in This Is The End.
Continue reading: The Seth Rogen 'Starring' Parody Of 'Her' Might Be The Best Thing You See All Week [Video]
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
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It wasn't all about the onscreen stars at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York; a few highly respected directors and producers also showed their faces at the event including 'Gravity' producer David Heyman and 'Her' director Spike Jonze.
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It's a wild ride of drinking, drugs, debauchery and deception when the ambitious Jordan Belfort decides that he wants to be one of the rich kids. Starting out his stockbroker business in a small office with a handful of employees, his aims are simple; target only the richest people in the country. It isn't long before Belfort and his team find themselves with more money than they know what to do with and begin to live their lives manically high off the success. However, Belfort hasn't exactly been making what you'd call an honest living and pretty soon the secrets of his fraudulent profits and money laundering draws attention from the authorities. And not only that, his disregard for others' sufferings means he's got a lot more to lose than his beloved business.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a gritty white-collar crime drama based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for his fraudulent activity in 1998 and subsequently wrote two memoirs entitled 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Catching the Wolf of Wall Street'. The new movie has been directed by the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') and written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules').
Theodore Twombley is a reserved man going through the hardest time of his life with his divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine. One day, he decides to buy a new kind of OS that has an artificial intelligence that can evolve into having almost human like feelings. He chooses a female identity for his OS and thus meets the disembodied Samantha who offers him company with her witty and insightful remarks and frequent flattery. When he finds out his friend Amy has also made a friend out of her estranged husband's OS, he begins to feel that his feelings towards Samantha may not be so strange at all and allows himself to fall deeply in love with her. However, as much as they have managed to bond, he starts to worry about the consequences of limitations of their relationship and begins to wonder just how genuine their relationship really is.
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Spike Jonze's 'Her' Sees Joaquin Phoenix Falling Into A Different Kind Of Love.
To get your head round Spike Jonze's delicate new sci-fi movie, Her, you need to believe absolutely and unequivocally in the premise: that a sad and lonely man is capable of falling in love with a computerised operating system, think Siri 10 years down the line, and forming a sincere attachment.
Joaquin Phoenix Plays A Man Seeking Love In An Unlikely Place In 'Her.'
"Delicate" is rarely a word you'll hear attributed to sci-fi movies but Jonze's masterful new film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, is both a strange tale of human attachment and a potentially troubling insight into the future of technology.
Continue reading: Joaquin Phoenix Is On Top Form And Ready To Win Back Hearts In Spike Jonze's 'Her' [Trailer]
Spike Jonze's 'Her' won big at the National Board of Review, but history suggests it will fall short at the Oscars.
Spike Jonze's off-beat romantic-drama Her was unexpectedly named best film of the year by the National Board of Review on Wednesday (December 4, 2013). The long-established and well respected educational organisation also gave Jonze the best director award for the movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as an office worker who falls in love with his computer system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze's 'Her'
Jonze also wrote the script, but was denied an awards hattrick when the NBR's best original screenplay award went to the Coen Brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis. The Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street took the award for best adapted screenplay, capping an evening of surprise winners that must all now be mentioned in Oscars discussions. Until now, the likes of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Captain Phillips had dominated nominations talk, though with American Hustle winning best movie at the New York Critics awards earlier this week and Inside Llewyn Davis beating 12 Years a Slave at the Gotham Awards, we probably need to start rethinking our speculation for the major ceremonies.
Continue reading: Wait, Should We Be Calling Spike Jonze's 'Her' An Oscar Contender?
Spike Jonze's film 'Her' wins big at the National Board Of Review awards, can this lead to Oscar glory?
The movie award season is definitely begun as The Gotham Awards, which focus on independent films, and the New York Critics Circle awards, which have shown the Oscar frontrunners, have been and gone. The next set prizes to be handed out are from the National Board Of Review.
Spike Jonze won Best Director for 'Her'
Notoriously these awards are given to movies and actors that don't win or even get nominated at the prestigious Oscars ceremony, 'Zero Dark Thirty' won on Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress last year but was left empty handed at the big dance.
Continue reading: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Receives Top Prize From The National Board Of Review
"Get your wellies ready," says Win Butler who could be hinting at a Glastonbury show.
Arcade Fire's lead singer Win Butler has hinted that his band are gearing up to play at UK festivals in 2014. Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley, Butler cryptically advised that Arcade Fire's fans should "get [their] wellies ready." Asked if any festivals were lined up for next year, he said "Yeah, I hope so. It's a special experience."
Win Butler & Co. Probably Have Their Pick Of The Festivals Right Now.
Butler's teasing comments have sparked speculation that not only will Arcade Fire be present at 2014 festivals in the UK, that they may also be in talks to headline the jewel in the crown of British festivals, Glastonbury.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Drop Huge Glastonbury 2014 Hint: Will They Headline?
Michael B. Jordan, Todd Traina, Ryan Coogler and Spike Jonze - The San Francisco Film Society presents their first annual Fall Celebration, which seeks to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema. This exclusive fundraising event marks the Film Society's entry into the national fall awards season, with proceeds benefitting SFFS year-round programs in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. - San Francisco, California, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013
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