Tag Archives: Spike Jonze

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

I’m Here (short film) downloads a powerful code

20 Apr


Writer and Director Spike Jonze’s thirty minute short, I’m Here is one of coolest love stories I have seen in a long time because it can be interpreted in couple different ways. Based on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, Jonze creates a world of robots living along side humans. They have a life with relationships with ups and downs like anyone else. Sheldon is a lonely robot that lives a safe and normal life. He catches the eye of a fun and free spirited female robot, Francesca that enjoys to break the rules and live life to the fullest. He falls in love with her and he is willing to do anything for her. On the one hand, Sheldon’s love is inspiring and makes audience’s think about their own commitment and on there hand, it can be interpreted as a co-dependent relationship that consumes Sheldon. This powerful paradox puts the program in the viewers’ lap to download or delete.


Chuck’s Grade: A+

Adam’s Grade: A