The boys are back for the first time in 2014. This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘47 Ronin’, ‘Convict’, ‘Her’, ‘The Great Beauty’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ and ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’. This episode also features interviews with Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. The boys also launch a new competitions where you can win copies of ‘Big Ass Spider’ and ‘Paranoia’.
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Summary: Set in a stylish Los Angeles of the slight future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a complex, soulful man left heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. Downloading a new, advanced computer operating system which is individual to each user, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her interests and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens in unexpected ways.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th January, 2014
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Spike Jonze
Screenwriter: Spike Jonze
Cast: Amy Adams (Amy), Robert Benard (Michael Wadsworth), Laura Kai Chen (Tatiana), Brian Cox (Alan Watts (voice)), Bill Hader (Chat Room Friend #2), Sam Jaeger (Dr. Johnson), Scarlett Johansson (Samantha (voice)), Luka Jones (Lewman), Spike Jonze (Alien Child (voice)), Jen Kuhn (Kathy C.), Patrick Lander (Alan Watts), Matt Letscher (Charles), Rooney Mara (Catherine), Carol McFadden (Matilda), Rachel Ann Mullins (Giselle), Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly), Chris Pratt (Paul), Gracie Prewitt (Jocelyn), Soko (Isabella (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Sexy Kitten (voice)), Olivia Wilde (Blind Date)
Runtime: 126 mins
Please check Adam’s Her review that is available on The Crat
Please check Greg’s Her review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au
You really do have to wonder just how damaged Michelle Williams and Sofia Coppola have left director (and sometimes actor) Spike Jonze after their relationships with him. Jonze doesn’t put pen to paper very often, but he has with Her, a film that is in one way one of the most romantic love stories you are ever likely to witness, but on the other hand is also one of the most cynical films about love you are ever likely to see. The plus side is that Her is also one of the most beautiful films that you will see this year.
Set in the future Her follows Theodore Twombly, a man who has been severly damaged by his divorce with his ex-wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara) and now simply seems to exist to do his daily job of writing personal letters for other people. Outside of that he seems to only want to indulge in the various technologies located around his home. Even talking with his best friend Amy (Amy Adams) seems to be a chore that is too painful to bear.
Things however change for Theodore when he is offered a new computer program that will make his life a lot easier, what he doesn’t count on though is falling in love with the system’s operator, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), although this soon becomes reality for him.
Spike Jonze really does take his audience on a journey with Her. Strange when you consider the film really only centres around Theodore, Joaquin Phoenix is in every scene, and he rarely ever leaves the one city. The fact is though Her takes its audience on an emotional journey. It’s impossible not to like Theodore, the fact that we have all been heartbroken at sometime draws us to him and you want him to succeed. On top of that Jonze has made him an incredibly nice and down-to-earth guy.
And that is how Jonze takes you (the audience) on the journey. As Theodore falls in love with Samantha you can literally feel the same emotions in your heart. Jonze’s script tugs at the heartstrings and you don’t even realise until later on that Theodore has really fallen in love with his computer. The brilliance of the script and the beautiful voice acting of Scarlett Johansson really make the character of Samantha feel very real indeed.
Her also really announces that Spike Jonze deserves to be part of that higher echelon of modern day directors. He’s done some interesting films in the past, but even films like Where The Wild Things Are have shown that Jonze is an exceptionally visual director. Once again here with Her he captures that and at times make the film look like an artist’s canvas.
Also making Her such a fine film are the acting performances of its leads. Amy Adams has been de-beautified for this film and puts in a naturalistic performance while Scarlett Johansson seems to steal the show although she is only a voice actor. Playing Samantha says the gifted actress put in one of the finest voice acting performances of all time as she brings real emotion to every line she says. Then of course there is Joaquin Phoenix who carries this film just like Sam Rockwell in Moon. Just like his director does with this film Phoenix once again reminds audiences why he is one of the most gifted people going around in Hollywood at the moment.
Her is the kind of film that can make anybody cry. Jonze captures the highs and lows of relationships remarkably well in a film that deserves to be listed as a classic.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Her′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Her review.
Movie loving Melbourne audiences have given Cinema Nova a reason to celebrate the start of 2014 by breaking the arthouse venue’s record for biggest week at the box office.
From Boxing Day to New Year’s Day (26/12/2013 – 1/1/2014) Cinema Nova enjoyed its highest grossing week ever at the box office, notably by screening upscale and arthouse features; a reassurance that Melbourne movie goers are not only interested in Hollywood blockbusters.
New and recent releases including PHILOMENA, THE RAILWAY MAN, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and AMERICAN HUSTLE exceeded business expectations while Nova exclusives including SHORT TERM 12, DRINKING BUDDIES, LYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO, UNCHARTED WATERS and IN BOB WE TRUST captivated audiences intrigued by excellent reviews and strong word-of-mouth. Long-running audience and critical darlings GRAVITY (in its 13th week) and BLUE JASMINE (in its 16th week) also attracted sizable crowds still keen to catch the likely Oscar candidates on the cinema screen.
The previous house record had been set in the first cinema week of 2011 when The King’s Speech commenced its extraordinary charge upon the local & international box office before going on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Cinema Nova’s General Manager Kristian Connelly said “Over the past twelve months we have explored new filmic territory to great success. Audiences look to Nova to bring them an alternative to what is found at other venues while also providing a selection of the very best that international cinema has to offer, from Gravity and Blue Jasmine to Amour and Tim Winton’s The Turning. Having broken a house record last week without screening any of the top four films at the national box office augurs well for our unique approach.”
With a considerable number of quality releases already dated for release at the Carlton venue, international critic indications suggest the best is still yet to come. Spike Jonze’s futurist love story HER, The Coen Brothers’ folk musical INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Steve McQueen’s fact-based drama TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, Paolo Sorrentino’s award-winning THE GREAT BEAUTY, Cannes Palme d’Or winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR, Robert Redford survival drama ALL IS LOST, Alexander Payne’s monochrome comedy NEBRASKA, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated THE WIND RISES and Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET all release at Cinema Nova before the Academy Award winners are announced on March 3rd, local time.
With exclusive releases accounting for over a quarter of all feature films playing a theatrical season at Cinema Nova in 2013, the iconic venue plans to expand upon its enthusiasm for unique stories, alternate content and cinema events in the year ahead.
The 2014 Golden Globe Award nominations are in, here they are:
Best Actor In A Mini-Series or TV Movie
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Best Actor In A TV Series, Comedy
Best Actor In A TV Series, Drama
Best Actress In A Mini-Series or TV Movie
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy
Best Actress In A TV Series, Comedy
Best Actress In A TV Series, Drama
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Director – Motion Picture
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
Best Supporting Actor In A Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
Best Supporting Actress In A Series, Mini-Series Or TV Movie
Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
Best TV Series, Comedy
Best TV Series, Drama