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I am glad I spent time with HER

16 Jan


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.


Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

The Social Network is a hit

27 Feb


Facebook is a cultural phenomenon that has distracted much of the world into a “social networking” frenzy. A movie about a couple of Harvard guys creating a website does not sound like an engaging premise, but when millions of dollars are at stake and a friendship is put to the test, then Hollywood can “build” this story into an outstanding film by putting David Fincher in the director’s seat with a script from Aaron Sorkin.

It is hard to believe that Facebook has only been around ten years, but Mark Zuckerberg’s (Jesse Eisenberg) decision partake in cyber revenge turns into an unstoppable business venture where he becomes a shrewd businessman that eliminates his Harvard connections from the financial equation. Of course, this leads to a series of lawsuits that become the film’s stabilizing backbone for these intriguing characters.

Of course, this film exaggerates here and there but if you give this modern classic a chance I guarantee you’ll “like” it.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B+

Side Effects is just what the doctor ordered

7 Feb


This is reportedly Steven Soderbergh’s last feature film, but I hope he changes his mind because Side Effects is a complex psychological thriller that satisfies audiences with a great story filled with plot twists and suspense.

Emily (Rooney Mara), is suffering from depression and anxiety. Her husband Martin (Channing Tatum), was recently released from prison after being caught for insider trading. After a suicide attempt, Emily begins seeing Dr. Banks (Jude Law), a psychiatrist who prescribes her a new antidepressant called Ablixa with the help of Emily’s former psychiatrist Dr. Seibert (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Ablixa begins giving Emily some side effects that cause erratic behavior.

Writer Scott Z. Burns, creates a Hitchcock-like thriller that grabs hold of audiences from the beginning to the end. Mara is the perfect actress for this role while Tatum and Law continue to deliver solid performances, which are amplified by Soderbergh’s visual style. Side Effects is just what the doctor ordered.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A-