Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much attention has been paid to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson‘s exceptional performances, Casey Storm‘s eye-catching costumes, and Spike Jonze‘s eloquent script, but the soundtrack for Her – from Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Karen O., and others — deserves some love too. Happily, the latest behind-the-scenes featurette spotlights one particularly lovely instrumental track, playing it over film footage and behind-the-scenes clips.
The feel of that particular video is wistful and bittersweet, but one of the best things about Her is that it’s also got a great sense of humor. Jonze seems to know exactly how seriously to take the film’s far-fetched conceit. But if he’d taken things a step further into comic side, he might’ve come up with something like Him, a parody sequel that imagines a woman falling for her operating system.
Watch both the Her featurette and the fake Him trailer after the jump.
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Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have passed, so it’s time to bring on the Captain. Captain America: The Winter Soldier with be the first of two Marvel Studios films released in 2014. Four new stills have just been released thanks to Empire Magazine. In them, you’ll see Cap himself, played by Chris Evans, as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and even the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan. Read More »
The new film from Spike Jonze is Her, which delves into the strangeness of modern relationships through an unusual device: Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a piece of software, appealingly voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Set in a slightly sci-fi near-future Los Angeles, the story features Phoenix interacting with Johansson in voice only, through an earpiece that allows him to stay in constant contact with the operating system of his dreams. This is no glib gag laughing at the idea of a man/machine romance, however, but an earnest inquiry into what makes relationships tick.
There’s a new trailer out today, which you can see below. Read More »
Can you believe it? Yet another franchise sequel has been set for the summer of 2015. This time it’s the as-yet-untitled fifth Bourne film, directed by Justin Lin and starring Jeremy Renner. Universal also dated Luc Besson‘s thriller, Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a trained killer; read more about both below.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
As we head into awards season — and into the endless debates and predictions that come with it — there’s one name we can cross off the potential Golden Globe winner list for certain.
The HFPA has deemed Scarlett Johansson‘s work in Spike Jonze‘s Her ineligible in the Best Supporting Actress category, despite its being one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year. The reason? Although Johansson’s voice can be heard throughout the movie, she never appears in physical form. Hit the jump for more details on the ruling.
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There’s a vast difference between simply making a movie and taking the time to develop a new idea to make a movie about. It’s the difference between franchises releasing a new sequel every year, and the work of Spike Jonze, a filmmaker who up to this point has only made three movies in 15 years. His fourth film, Her, is the director’s first original screenplay. It’s everything you’d hope for from the mad genius who brought to life Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are.
Her is a dramatic sci-fi romance about a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It’s a simple, yet brilliant conceit realized with depth and emotion, two rare traits in mainstream cinema. The depth comes from Jonze’s ideas about technological dependence and loneliness, and the emotion is conveyed as the film raises questions about what it means to love and our capacity to do so. It’s a film that’ll both spark intelligent debate and plenty of tears.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Wolf of Wall Street was recently pushed from November 15 to December 25, which means moviegoers will have to wait a few weeks longer to see how exactly Leonardo DiCaprio ends up inviting a half-naked marching band into his office. Thankfully, Martin Scorsese has offered up another tidbit for us to enjoy in the meantime. And it even stars Wolf‘s Matthew McConaughey.
Dolce & Gabbana hired the master filmmaker to shoot a new commercial for its The One fragrance line, for which McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson serve as the spokesmodels. There isn’t a whole lot to it, but if you’ve got a few minutes to kill, you could certainly do worse than watching two beautiful folks zip around Manhattan as Scorsese makes them look impossibly glamorous. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Most movies involving sentient, self-aware technology begin or end with the apocalypse. But in truth, those movies bear little resemblance to our actual, day-to-day relationship with technology. There are many jokes to be made about Siri’s similarity to HAL 9000 (and Siri knows all of them), but they haven’t stopped us from inviting her into our lives. And if we feel a bit anxious about that, it’s less because we worry she’ll go all SkyNet on us, and more because we aren’t sure what this dependence on our iPhones means for us and our relationships to one another.
It’s that uneasiness that Spike Jonze explores in Her, an unconventional love story about an operating system and the man who loves her. He is Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man who makes a living writing other people’s love letters for BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, and she is Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the digital personal assistant programmed to meet his every need. Their meet-cute comes when he unboxes the software and answers a few questions about his relationship with his mother so the program can spit her out.
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