Her (14 Feb 2014)

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    1. raigraphixs

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      Joaquin Phoenix as a man in the near future who falls in love with his computer, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

      Rooney Mara, Amy Adams

      Written & directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are).



      Her TRAILER 1 (2013) - Joaquin Phoenix,...
       
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      Wow very positive reviews, I'd go with the one that says its very good (very interested to see this) but kind of quirky weird, which is a staple of Spike Jonze's films.
       
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      Can't wait to see this...shame there is SO MUCH out the first couple of months in the new year - American Hustle, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Foxcatcher, August: Osage County, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years A Slave, Out Of The Furnace, Dallas Buyers Club, Enemy, Labour Day, The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Zero Theorem, Under The Skin...gonna be a busy Winter/Spring.

      However, Spike Jonze is priority over most of those (except maybe the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson...and Scorsese)!
       
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      Best film I have seen in a long time . Amazing
       
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      Agree. It's beautiful, funny and moving and it's also the best scifi I've seen in ages. The concept is a little rediculous at first but you just have to go with it. If you like films like Eternal Sunshine then you'll really like this. 9/10
       
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      Agree it's a sweet, moving and weird film, Joaquin is excellent. 8.5/10
       
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      The video page contains mature subject matter and is suitable for adults only.


      'Her' parody with Philip Seymour Hoffman as the OS






      and another parody, "Him"

      Him - Official Trailer (Parody of Her by Spike...
       
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      Anyone else like "Electric Dreams"?

      Okay, so it's not meant to be as insightful nor profound, but no one seems to have a bad word to say about it and I still enjoy watching it too!

      And wasn't Virginia Madsen absolutely gorgeous!
       
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      Going into Her, I wasnt sure whether to expect an orgasm or to be sick.

      What I got, was a darkly funny, soulful and surreally terrifying cerebral sci fi that made me laugh, reflect on our own society and reflect on my own subconscious life.

      Strip away the fact that our protagonist's lover is a next generation Intel chip, what you actually have left is still a wonderfully absorbing Woody Allen-esque neurotic character study on relationships, society and the frightening level of technological influence on society's behavioral patterns which are all things that we can relate to, today. Add in the self conscious operating system however and we now have a fascinating fusion of Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Isaac Asimov's I Robot and Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

      Its a brilliant piece of filmmaking to evoke the aforementioned feelings and to translate such depth in projected society behavioural attitudes and interconnectivity into a visceral and ethereal experience. Sadly that brilliance could not be maintained for the whole two hour duration of the film. So when it falters in the second half of the film, it evoked the feeling of frustration and awkwardness from me. It came to a point where I could no longer accept the protagonists feelings and decisions taken given the circumstances they are placed in. Narrative-wise, I get the point. Realistically, it didn't gel and it became terribly awkward viewing. I used the word realistic, loosely of course, this being a surrealist movie but I couldn't accept the extreme ignorances at show and turning of a blind eye to the obvious. Having said that, we do what these protagonists do today, so its probably me that is ignorantly refusing to accept the plausibility of our protagonists' actions.

      The script writing throughout is ingenious, however, the story turns are very smart and the dialogue is in turns sublime and rawly funny. The performance of Phoenix is simply amazing and truly made me believe that he was in love with his next generation operating system. A lesser actor would effectively had this film being flushed down a toilet because the concept is such a fragile one, it needs great performances to keep the plausibility afloat. Luckily we get that from all involved, especially the voice of the operating system. While watching the end credits, I realise it was Scarlett Johanssen, which took me by surprise. The evolution of her soul in her speech was absolutely captivating, funny, and at times frightening. If there was an award for best voice acting, she would deserve a nod...but that crown belongs to Ashley Johnson as Ellie in Last of Us. Amy Adams seems to be the goto girl for her glarey eyed expression of "I want to reach out to you but I can't, please reach out to me". And why not, she's bloody good at it and is once again used to good effect, here.

      Being John Malkovich was the only other Spike Jonze film I had seen so far which was also a darkly funny, surreally warped and weird movie but that left me with a distinctly nasty aftertaste.

      This in contrast was more beautiful and does not leave any bitter aftertaste but instead left me with a sense of frustration in its last act but perhaps that is the point of the film. A warning of the direction, society is heading towards, in fact already in. For instance, people in social gatherings texting on their phones ignoring the ripe social surroundings for enjoyable conversations and interactions are all too common to see today. We are already in that future where mobile phones rule us. Answering the phone while someone talks to you or when in a group gathering etc (I never answer my phone while engaged in face to face conversations, I try refuse to be assimilated in such societal social degradation). But society in general do that and its all too common and have become our naturally accepted social behaviour. I hate that society has become that way. But I digress, the point it is, the future society behaviour projection in this movie is not as far fetched as it looks. Even falling in love with a self conscious operating system is believable knowing that some people declare their sophisticated blow up life size dolls are their girlfriends and somewhat accepted by family and friends (its true, I saw a documentary on it).

      All in all, as cerebral films go, this is the funniest one I have seen, very thought provoking, very weird and I will even say rewarding if you accept the plausibility of the protagonists actions all the way. I didn't, so its not fully rewarding for me and I felt very uncomfortable with the direction it took for much of the last third but I am guessing for most who have seen, had no such issue with it judging by the high ratings.

      Despite my rating, this is brilliant auteristic film making.

      7.5/10

      Oh and forgive my innuendo at the beginning, couldn't help it :)
       
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      I adored this film, hit me at an emotional level and it stuck the whole way through. I will almost certainly liking this up on bd when it's available.
       
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      Must get to round to seeing this before it goes, knew from the trailer I'd like it but your comments just confirm that it is right up my street.

      Sadly only got two more showings at my local and then its gone..
       
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      wow better then gravity?
       
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      That did occur to me after I posted, was wondering when I'd get pulled up on it. Basically I forgot Gravity is scifi which I think is fairly easy to do. However, Her is the sort of that makes you think and has something to say about society and who we are. I cant think of a recent scifi movie thats as good as this and which has made me think deeply. Having said that some people may just find it too daft.
       
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      I'd only just class Gravity as scifi as it's set in the present and no aliens involved and its mainly a drama/action rather than action only.

      However I know some people who refuse to see it as it's set in space so must be silly scifi stuff :facepalm:
       
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      I personally class Her as cerebral Sci Fi and Gravity as hardcore Sci Fi. They are completely different beasts that can't really be compared with each other. The AVForums favourite cliche saying of apples and oranges applies here.

      I personally rated Her as 7.5/10 and Gravity a 9/10 but it doesnt mean Gravity is better than Her because they are just not comparable.
       
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      If Gravity is hardcore scifi what does that make Matrix, Star Wars etc? XXXX rated scifi?
       
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      Just so we clear I am giving my personal categorising, I am not throwing it out there as a definitive as this kind of classification is very much down to how each person interprets a film :)

      Star Wars imo is not scifi full stop. It is fantasy. It has all the structure of classic fantasy. Obi Wan - Gandalf/Merlin. Jedis - witches and wizards, etc. It is a set a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

      Matrix, yeah hardcore sci fi.

      Hunger Games, dystopian sci fi. Although perhaps it should be just dystopian, not sci fi.

      Minority Report: Futuristic Sci Fi.


      Sorry, what is XXXX ?
       
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      One more x than xxx ???

      ;)
       
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      Oh doh, you are exposing my stupidity...hardcore...right, got it now, you werent referring to a particular brewery then :D
       
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      I was in two minds about this, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed it.

      JP's acting is very convincing - very believable.

      Not sure how far into the future this is set, but it's good to know battery life has been sorted - he never seemed to need to charge his hand-held device or ear-piece! And the cellular/wifi coverage is obviously better too ;)
       
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      I've heard really great reviews about this, plus the trailer looks very interesting. Definitely going to have to give this a watch!
       
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      Watched this late last night and found it a nice and funny drama.

      The future tech is great, reminded me of Black Mirror.

      His gaming screen and interaction were brilliant and brought a good laughs from the audience. As did the sex phone chat.

      Very nicely shot, so bright and the city (?) looked great. Near seen a movie focus so many shots on the lead and blur out the rest but I guess it was to show his aloneness.

      Nice final act, making this a nice little Sci Fi movie.

      Hope we get some of that tech soon.

      Chris Pratt is in a bit and is good, be interesting to see him in August leading Guardians of the Galaxy.
       
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      Absolutely loved it in a Lost in Translation way.

      Superb film.
       
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      REALLY enjoyed this. Great acting, a genuinely interesting concept and spot on casting, especially Johannson, who absolutely made me melt. Managed to be funny and moving in equal measure. Catch it! 4/5




      SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





      Anyone else think when the 'prostitute' was introduced, the whole scenario played out like the one in Ghost where Whoopi Goldberg allows herself to be possessed so Patrick Swayze can have a last dance with Demi. Or was it just me?





      SPOILERS END!
       
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      Added spoilers to post above.

      Drax1, to add spoilers, highlight the text, click the insert icon (little icon to the left of the disk icon) and click spoilers.
       
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      Not really a spoiler, i doubt that would ruin the film, or people would even understand without watching it, at least you thought about other people though before posting, so if unsure spoiler it

      agree about the film, nice to see something different
       

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