Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like A.I. could be available as early as 2029. Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020.
Kurzweil made his predictions in his review of the sci-fi romance, which he regarded as “more realistic” than other cinematic depictions of A.I. Still, he had a few bones to pick with Jonze’s movie, including its ending. Find out why after the jump.
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Spike Jonze‘s fantastic films have made legions of fans. But a new video making the rounds online could give him the respect of non-fans as well. Jonze appeared via Satellite on BBC Newsnight with Emily Maitlis and had a feeling the anchor hadn’t seen his movie, Her, or at least wasn’t being honest about it. So he kept asking her what she felt about the movie, which she avoided in favor of questions about the technology. It’s super awkward and a very ballsy move by Jonze, who could have easily avoided the conflict. Taking the stance clearly throws him off. Check it out below. Read More »
This is just a sweet way to spend a few minutes. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang “The Moon Song” for the Spike Jonze film Her, and today on KCRW the two spent an hour or so chatting to the radio station’s hosts and listeners. Part of their sit-in at the station was an intimate performance of “The Moon Song” with Jonze playing guitar along with production designer KK Bennet as Karen O sang. Watch a video of the performance below. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.
In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.
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The Spike Jonze film Her is absolutely wonderful, a speculative love story that is a terrific piece of low-key science fiction, and one of the best films of 2013. it is also super-easy to parody, because it is very earnest, and also features a relatively compact visual language. With a color-coded set, some well-chosen wardrobe, and a mustache, a filmmaker can make just about anyone look like the Joaquin Phoenix character.
This past weekend, SNL dressed up Jonah Hill in appropriate garb and threw him into a new parody of Her. The concept here is simple, and pays off with a cameo appearance that goes back a few years into Hill’s past. Check it out below. Read More »
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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We’ve spoken often of how the best thing about awards season is that filmmakers are given the chance to talk at length about their films, and not merely on their own, but with each other. THR had a long set of video roundtables late last year featuring many people responsible for some of 2013′s best films, and now the LA Times site The Envelope is getting in on the action.
The director’s roundtable from the outlet features Spike Jonze (Her), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), with the crew of directors talking about their early inspirations, reacting to criticism, luck, failure, casting, and far more. Read More »
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