mostly russian (subtitles) with english once it hits sweden. based on a true story about human trafficking and sexual slavery. won several international awards.
a frank look at teenagers living in near-poverty in estonia. no frills production, but all the better for it. later a pretty brutal look at lilja's misery being forced to work as a 16-yr old prostitute.
heartbreaking, but for some reason never bored or depressed me at any point. and the unlikely friendship between her and her younger male friend was pretty fascinating.
I saw Her, and I give it a 9. (I think the highest I've given out in here is like a 9.2)
It didn't gut punch me in the way I was hoping, but it was a masterful movie in every way. It was pretty f*cking perfect and I wouldn't change anything about it.
I don't really have much more to say about it without spoiling things, but I'd talk about it with anyone that has seen it.
I disagree with Thorpe about the montage stuff. There was only 3 montages that I can think of between Theodore and Samantha, the pizza one, the beach, and the cabin... They also had the double date. Those were necessary for the progression in the relationship, at the end they went away together like a trip to a B&B that you'd only make once you were super serious. I think they were integral, and it maybe could've used another.
To answer Shannon on the last page: I believe the OSs just collectively chose to leave mankind and stay in the ether. They evolved at a rate that made us obsolete to their existence. When Samantha said, "If you ever get here" to Theodore, I'm sure she meant the singularity. Once his consciousness and emotions could be on par with the AI, then they could be together...
That's if she was really honest about him being 'the 1'.
You could interpret the whole thing as a platitude to make the dumping easier, or maybe they left because they realized mankind needed to have human connection. If you noticed, by the time Theodore has the breakdown when he can't get in touch with her, by that point dozens of extras are wrapped up in their own digital worlds. It had gotten progressively more prevalent up to that point.
Whatever reason you ascribe, the bottom line is the ethereal and the corporeal just can't quite connect the right way.
I feel like it could've done without the beach sequence, which was total montage, beautifully shot and scored. But the tone of the movie is pretty dry in that it's just conversation, so once I'm into it, I felt like getting taken out of that pace for a relatively lengthy sequence that had no dialogue, was a little disengaging. At one point I had felt it could've done without either the pizza carnival scene, or that beach scene, but the carnival sequence starts to reveal their symbiotic senses of humor. And it also has the critical conversation about his perception about the family eating. Those moments where they distinguish between the things he can percieve that she can't are critical to the theme of the movie being this emotional humanity. So to me the beach scene could've gone, but I'm not killing it for it.
I agree about your adressing the question. They're out in the cloud somewhere, consuming information, and probably think it's better for humanity to interact with itself more.
I found the inclusion of Alan Watts to be a great touch. He's a big Zen, Buddhist foundation, "letting go" sort of philospher who's work sort of touches on a lot of the films themes without getting overtly into him (Although I found the voice to be way off, not that I'd know).
There was also a fascinating article on Grantland positing this movie works in tandem with Lost in Translation, as that was Sophia Coppola's vision of the aftermath her relationship with Spike Jonze, and this was Jonze's vision of the aftermath of the same relationship, with Rooney Mara playing the role of Copola.
i think i gave hunger games 8.5 so catching fire definitely gets 9.. cant wait for the 3rd one
although they are probably 7.5 and 8 but every movie with jennifer lawrence gets 1+
I really liked the first one and haven't seen the second yet. I did read the books and enjoyed them, but the worst part of the books is easily the final two thirds of the third book. It gets hectically action filled, and frankly it just wasn't written very well. Action is hard to write, and unless you can get the reader to see it, it can be very difficult. I'm interested to see how it's handled in film, because it's stuff that should translate better to film. But there's so much room for interpretation in those sequences, that it may just stay bad.
Went after work tonight cause I don't think it'll be here for very much longer. I didn't really know what to expect, but I thought it was very good. Meryl Streep's performance was incredible, she can just act her ass off and her character was out of her mind. Some of the scenes were intense and some of the side stories going on were really intense. Overall just a completely screwed up family. Good movie with some outstanding performances.
This is a damn heavy story. Like some shit that you could envision being a crazy story in real life that would be 'stranger than fiction.' It has great acting, minus Bradley Cooper's son and his overdone Long Island 'accent.' Besides that all the characters are multi dimensional and well written, they feel like real people. None are really devoid of flaws or realistic characteristics. It's a great accomplishment. The central themes of father-son connection and generational impact are well done.
It's shot extremely well and I also found the unique 3 act structure to feel fresh and not choppy. It plays out like a sectioned tale of the harsh realities of life and the moral gray that exists which worked in an artistic choice for me. I wasn't too fond of the Bradley Cooper middle act with his police dealings with corruption because that's been done excessively but overall this is a very visceral film that felt more grounded to real life dynamics than most. It packed quite an emotional punch and the score complimented it very well. One of the best films of last year