Tag Archives: Joaquin Phoenix

I am glad I spent time with HER

16 Jan

HER-FILM

Spike Jonze’s latest film ‘Her’, set in the not-too-distant future, tells the story of writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who finds himself falling in love with Samantha, an advanced operating system (Scarlett Johansson), while he is dealing with a divorce from his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara). The film emits warmth and intelligence with its exceptional production design, cinematography, and performances. There is a charming quality to Jonze’s dialogue with both of the characters being tormented by loneliness. Her does not shy away from topical subject material, such as modern society’s dependence on technology. If it has not happened yet, it will in the near future, unless people are to compartmentalize and measure technologies contribution to a better life. Phoenix tops his performance in The Master with this grounded performance while Johansson, captivates our senses with her sultry voice. Her reminds audiences to appreciate the moments with our loved one. I am glad I spent time with Her.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Winners of the 2012 Emerson Awards!!!

11 Feb

Winners of the 2012 Emerson Awards!!!

moonrise-kingdom

WINNER of Best Picture: MOONRISE KINGDOM

WINNER of Biggest Surprise Film: THE RAID

WINNER of Most Overrated Film: PROMETHEUS

SAVAGES

WINNER of Worst Film: SAVAGES

the-bourne-legacy

WINNER of Most Disappointing Film: THE BOURNE LEGACY

the-master

WINNER of Best Actor: JOAQUIN PHOENIX (THE MASTER)

WINNER of Best Actress: JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)

django-unchained

WINNER of Best Supporting Actor: LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Django Unchained)

WINNER of Best Supporting Actress: HELEN HUNT (The Sessions)

WINNER of Best Director: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (The Master)

looper

WINNER of Best Original Screenplay: RIAN JOHNSON (Looper)

WINNER of Best Adapted Screenplay: DAVID MAGEE (Life of Pi)

WINNER of Best Animated Feature: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

WINNER of Best Cinematography: RON FRICKE (Samsara)

WINNER of Best Costume Design: KASIA WALICKA-MALMONE (Moonrise Kingdom)

WINNER of Best Documentary: MARLEY

amour-film

WINNER of Best International Picture Nominations: AMOUR (Austria)

The Master is just shy of perfection

22 Sep

Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson provides audiences with another amazing character to study. In my opinion, this one is the most fascinating to watch. Joaquin Phoenix gives the performance of the year as Freddie Quell, a deeply troubled man on the verge of a psychological meltdown. One night he meets Lancaster Dodd aka “The Master” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), an intellectual who has created a faith-based organization. Dodd makes it his goal to help Quell through the organization, but soon Quell begins to question it and The Master himself.

The Master is one of the most breathtaking cinematic achievements in recent years. I am an admirer of Anderson’s work and I had high expectations for this film. Fortunately, he exceeded them. Everything in this film is superb, especially the cinematography, direction, score, editing, and production design. Some people may find the script a little difficult, but I think for the most part it is just shy of  perfection.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B