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Hopefully you’ve seen the lovely Spike Jonze ‘robot romance’ short I’m Here. It’s a very strange but effective and touching story of love and dedication featuring a pair of robots in some alternate Los Angeles.

The film is still ‘playing’ online, but now it will finally be coming to DVD in a serious package from McSweeney’s. There Are Many of Us is a book/DVD/CD package that contains the film, soundtrack and photography and behind the scenes info. Read More »

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The announcement that Sony and director Marc Webb have chosen Andrew Garfield to be the new Peter Parker in Spider-Man came as a bit of a surprise. A welcome surprise to many of us, as the young actor is among the best of the crop of talent that was being considered for the role. But when his biggest role is in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus — hardly a blockbuster — Garfield may seem like a choice out of left field to some.

So, here’s a quick guide to help acquaint yourself with the work of Andrew Garfield. Check these films out and you’ll quickly understand why he’ll make a hell of a good Peter Parker. Read More »

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After a premiere at Sundance and several themed screenings around the UK, Spike Jonze‘ roboromance I’m Here has now arrived online for viewing in its bittersweet entirety. You’ll have to set aside 30 minutes for this one, so sneaking a peek in the office while the boss isn’t looking might prove a little harder than with Ow! Charlie Bit Me or David After Dentist.

Unfortunately, the film’s sponsor/financier Absolut is strictly limiting the amount of screenings per day. As we checked, there were 700 or so available and just publishing this post will take a big bite out of that number. If you’re too late, however, I’d definitely recommend bookmarking and checking back on the morrow and maybe checking out the trailer in the meantime.

Sundance Video Review: Spike Jonze’s I’m Here

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Spike Jonze‘s new half-hour short film titled I’m Here premiered tonight at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and /Film was at the Egyptian on Main Street for the screening.

Funded by Absolut Vodka, I’m Here is a robot love story celebrating a life enriched by creativity. The movie is set in contemporary L.A., where life moves at a seemingly regular pace with the exception of a certain amount of robot residents who love among the population. A male robot librarian lives a solitary and methodical life — devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot. The film stars British actor Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Social Network) and Sienna Guillory, one of Maxim’s 100 sexiest women.

The film is sweet, charming and surprisingly naturalistic, a mix of a romantic fairytale and the sad reality of blind love. After the jump I’ve included our video blog review, which features Peter Sciretta and David Chen of /Film, Brandon Tenney at FirstShowing.net, and Erik Davis from Cinematical. We’ve tried to keep the review as spoiler free as possible, but we do sidestep/allude to some of the tones of the film without giving anything away.

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Movie Trailer: Spike Jonze’s I’m Here

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Spike Jonze‘s new half-hour short film titled I’m Here will premiere tonight at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Jonze has launched an official website for the movie, which includes a streamable trailer.

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Since I’m in Park City, a day before the 2010 Sundance Film Festival officially begins, I thought I’d do a round-up of the films I’m most looking forward to this year at the festival. Attending Sundance, you have to put a list together of the movies you want to see the most. Sometimes you’re lucky and you pick something that becomes the buzz of the fest — Super Size Me, Little Miss Sunshine, Rocket Science, or (500) Days of Summer. And sometimes your choices are just dead wrong, for example, last year The Informers was on the top of my must see list. But by the end of the fest, the film was my most hated movie of the year.

So these predictions are in now way definitive. They are very subjective, films that caught my interest. I usually stick to more narrative films (over documentaries) and often see more English language films. I have my little sub genres which I always feel drawn to, for instance, I usually love coming of age stories. And if they are set in the 1970′s or 1980′s, all the better. Minimalistic one-room thrillers also interest me.

This year doesn’t have many obvious breakout choices, but had a lot of solid looking films. If you’ve been actively reading the site over the last month, then you’ve probably checked out a bunch of the Sundance photo and trailer previews and you might recognize a bunch of these films. The following 18 selections are also in no particular order. Lets take a look at my choices for this year’s festival (and it might be fun to revisit this list at the conclusion of the festival, to see how right or wrong I was).

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Exclusive First Look: Spike Jonze’s I’m Here

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We don’t really know much about Spike Jonze‘s next project, a short film titled I’m Here which is set to premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Funded by Absolut Vodka, the half-hour short film has been described as a “robot love story” and stars British actor Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Social Network). When I learned tonight that Spike wanted to know if we would be interested in premiering the first official production photo from the film, I immediately responded, “did you even really have to ask?”

Spike shot this short during the Fall of 2009, and is still putting the final touches on it as we speak. From Spike, “For me the movie was getting back to working light” after Where The Wild Things Are, which was much more labor intensive. I’m Here marks Jonze’s third short film screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It will premiere on Thursday, January 21st at 8:30 pm at the Egyptian. It will play as part of a shorts program. After the jump you will see the full uncropped photo. You can even click on the image to get a high resolution look.

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Spike Jonze is making a secret short film about robot love. Or: he’s making a short film about robot love, and it’s no longer quite as secret. I wrote about the project a few months ago, when all we had was a few small details and a suggestive photo. At the time the short was said to be premiering in November; obviously that didn’t happen. Wonder if some wires were crossed — that’s robot humor — and the November date was actually referring to We Were Once a Fairytale, which was leaked in October. Not long ago, Jonze said he hoped to finish it up by the end of January.

Regardless, now new details have come to light, including the film’s backer, and the star: Andrew Garfield. Read More »

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