16 items from 2013
Much has been made of the vocal performance that Scarlett Johansson delivers as the title character in Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her,” about a computer operating system named Samantha who falls for her human owner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix).
There’s another perfectly cast voice in the movie too — a foul-mouthed alien child who appears inside a videogame played by Theodore. The actor? Jonze himself. “It might be his best role yet,” jokes the helmer’s longtime editor, Eric Zumbrunnen. Asked why the filmmakers didn’t enlist a real child for the part, Zumbrunnen instantly responds, “We did!”
“Childlike” is a word used often by those who know Jonze best, including a tight-knit group of collaborators the filmmaker ferries from set to set, some of whom he’s worked with for nearly 20 years. “He’s a handful,” says Johnny Knoxville, who collaborated with Jonze as an actor on MTV’s “Jackass” series and movies, »
- Jenelle Riley
Today’s film is the 2011 short Scenes From The Suburbs. The film stars Sam Dillon and Zoe Graham, and is co-written by Arcade Fire members Will and Win Butler, along with Spike Jonze, who also directs. While Jonze has appeared as an actor in films such as Three Kings and The Game, he is best known as a writer and director, with his filmography including Being John Malkovich, Where The Wild Things Are, and Adaptation. Jonze is also one of the writers of Bad Grandpa, which opens wide in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and quickly falls in love with her. In a time of talking smartphones and rampant interconnectivity, the idea certainly has an inquisitive edge, but it's not just a cheeky provocation; Jonze infuses it with genuine passion. As the peculiar romance plays out in surprisingly believable terms, the writer-director depicts a world that blatantly echoes our own, where sleek, all-encompassing technological immersion dominates every crevice of daily life. Even so, it's never the dour, epistemological investigation one might expect from the auteur behind creepy and surreal headtrips of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation." If less adventurous than Jonze's earlier narratives, "Her" contains a. »
- Eric Kohn
With only a number of days until Spike Jonze’s new project Her premieres at New York Film Festival, Vulture sat down with the director to discuss the inner-workings of such a simple – but complex – piece.
Described as ‘the most personal film yet from a director who has long juggled so many personae that his actual identity remains deliberately elusive, even after twenty years in the spotlight’, Her focuses on Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer who falls in love with a high-tech, highly personal operating system on his computer:
‘The result is not just a cautionary meditation on romance and technology but a subtle exploration of the weirdness, delusiveness, and one-sidedness of love. For all his imaginative conceits, Jonze is, in his way, a realist; he’s less interested in playing with the technologically extraordinary than he is in demonstrating the ways in which it can burrow into »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Written by Gary Hawkins
Directed by David Gordon Green
Despite his early filmography making him a critical favourite and causing film lovers to sing his praises, David Gordon Green’s recent ventures have moved sharply away from such films. The same can be said of Nicolas Cage, who has unfortunately been rendered something of a punchline by his recent performances, with few remembering his memorable turns in features like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation. However, both make a return to their career roots through working together for the first time in Joe, and both manage to show what made them so well-acclaimed in the first place in this compelling drama.
The movie does a fantastic job of capturing the feel of an isolated place, particularly with the cinematography. A feeling of entrapment, and of a detachment from the world at large, is conveyed wonderfully, and adds an air »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Though we have to wait until October for the World Premiere of his film "Her" when it premieres as the Closing Night film of the New York Film Festival, Spike Jonze was in town for a conversation with his friend Kelly Reichardt, who was in Toronto to premiere her new film "Night Moves." While Reichardt proved a disorganized conversation partner (she did have a film premiere weighing on her mind, after all), the talk led to some interesting tidbits about the career of the prolific director of a handful of features ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation.," "Where the Wild Things Are"), shorts, and music videos. The audience was also treated to select scenes from "Her," which stars Joaquain Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a computer operating system with a soothing voice (played by Scarlett Johansson). Here are twelve things Indiewire learned from the chat: 1. If you want »
- Bryce J. Renninger
As the fall film festival season kicks this year’s Oscar Race into high gear this weekend, we thought it fitting to take one last early look at the Best Picture contenders before the nuttiness ensues. Yesterday we ran down 11 films that have a decent shot at becoming part of the upcoming Best Picture race, and today in the second part of this particular Oscar Beat column, we complete the list with 10 more potential contenders. Hit the jump to read on. Believe it or not, Spike Jonze has a rather long history with the Academy. For his 1999 film Being John Malkovich, Jonze was nominated for Best Director and the film also netted Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress nominations. His follow-up, Adaptation., again earned multiple Oscar nominations, and now Jonze’s new film, Her, could also become an Oscar nominee. While Joaquin Phoenix is probably the most likely Oscar candidate from the peculiar pic, »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the release date of Spike Jonze’s already much anticipated romantic drama “Her.” The film will now open in limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on December 18, 2013, and wide on January 10, 2014. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The move comes on the heels of strong positive reactions coming out of early screenings. “Her” has also just been announced by the New York Film Festival as its selection for the prestigious Closing Night Gala slot. The date change allows the studio to take full advantage of word of mouth resulting from the Festival screening, placing the film in the key awards consideration corridor and positioning it for its December opening and wider launch in January.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Spike Jonze has created an unconventional love story that is thought-provoking and reflective of our modern age. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Last seen on the big screen back in 2009 with the acclaimed Where the Wild Things Are, writer-director Spike Jonze makes his long-awaited return this year with the equally anticipated her – typeset as ‘her’, rather than ‘Her’, according to the synopsis below.
Warner Bros. will be releasing the movie in just a few months’ time, and now they’ve launched the first trailer and poster over on Apple.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Can you feel it in the air? That's the fall movie season coming your way, packed with interesting movies like "Her," the new film from Spike Jonze, who directed "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Adaptation."
"Her" tells the story of Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man still damaged after a serious heartbreak, who develops a relationship with the disembodied voice of his new hyper-intelligent computer operating system (Scarlett Johansson).
As the two get to know each other, Theodore finds himself falling for someone that doesn't exist in the real world, and we wouldn't expect anything else from the wonderfully twisted mind of Jonze, who has seemingly once again presented an unusual story in an undeniably beautiful way.
The first trailer for "Her" gives you a good sense of what Jonze is going for here, and the performances look uniformly great. Are you excited for fall movie season yet? Because we sure are. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Bad movies can look great in a 150-second trailer. And great movies can’t always be fully appreciated in a brief collage of moments. You simply never know about a movie until you actually see it, so I never let a coming attraction push me too far either way. But… the trailer for Spike Jonze’s Her looks amazing, emblematic of his most original, provocative work, like Adaptation. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a depressed writer whose life changes when he starts using the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system to organize his life. It is a she, named Samantha, »
- Jeff Labrecque
"Charlie and I talked for about an hour and a half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book," he told The Daily Telegraph.
"I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of Slaughterhouse-Five] to be 'unstuck in time,' where everything is happening at the same time. And that's what I want to do.
"It's just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it's my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there's a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer."
Kurt Vonnegut's seminal sci-fi novel centres around alien abduction and the firebombing of Dresden in World War II.
We here at NextMovie aren't just about the big-budget blockbusters. We're shallow, but we're not that shallow. (Fine, we're pretty shallow.)
April 17 begins the Tribeca Film Festival, where "little films that could" that really aren't that little and often star big-name actors are submitted to be judged by Hollywood's finest discerning eyes and also those of Eva Longoria.
Eva has to watch many films, but we think you guys would be specifically interested in the following ten.
Defying the ever-popular "girl works at a sex shop in upstate New York in order to fund her completely stagnated poetry career" stereotype in movies, "Adult World" stars Emma Roberts as protege and John Cusack as mentor as the former is forced to take a post-graduate job in an intercourse parlor (which is way more fun to say than "sex shop"). Eventually, Roberts' character bonds with her sexified (read: »
- Nick Blake
The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here. The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry »
- Sophia Savage
Based on Charlotte Gray's novel "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike," the mini will follow six strangers in a remote small town battling the environment and a collection of dangers characters as they search for gold in the 1890s.
If the "Klondike" concept gives off a faint "Hatfields & McCoys" vibe, it's probably completely intentional. History's Emmy-winning miniseries set ratings records when it premiered last summer.
"Klondike" doesn't have an air date yet, but it's »
Following in the footsteps of History, which made a splashy entrance into scripted programming with the blockbuster miniseries Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner, Discovery Channel too has tapped an Oscar winner for its first scripted effort, miniseries Klondike. Chris Cooper will co-star in Klondike, produced by Scott Free Prods., Discovery Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike, the mini tells the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. Cooper will play Father Judge, who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls. Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) is the primary writer and will serve as Executive Producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker; as well as John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; Mike Frislev »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
16 items from 2013
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