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My favorite film at the 51st New York Film Festival was “Her” directed by Spike Jonze. It appears the festival saved the best for last as the film was screened throughout the day on October 12, 2013 – the final day of the NYFF. I attended the press screening in the morning which was attended by the film’s director Spike Jonze. Also joining him for a question and answer session were some of the stars of the film: Joaquin Phoneix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.
“Her,” is set in the not so far off in the future Los Angeles and it focuses on the love life of Theodore Twombly (portrayed brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix). Theodore lives in a world of technology and he falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). As expected in a Spike Jonze film, there are funny, touching and very quirky moments. For music lovers, the film was scored by the ultra-hip Arcade Fire, so you definitely will not want to miss this film.
As you watch this film, you will immediately be sucked into Theodore’s world and you will scarily not find it too far fetched that a person could fall in love with a virtual operating system. I don’t want to spoil the film because I want you to see it when it gets released, but I can assure you, if you liked “Being John Malkovich,” you will also like “Her.” Once the screening was over, I had a few nice photo ops and you can see those after the jump. Thanks to everyone who was nice enough to take photos with me and also for your great performances!
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Lee Daniels and Geoffrey Dicker
Lee Daniels’ The Butler is coming out this weekend and it’s definitely on track to be one of the best films of 2013 (although, no diss to Lee, but that is not saying much considering what types of drivel are being released these days). But I digress, I met the “Precious” director last week and he was super cool. I am looking forward to seeing The Butler. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?
I hear that Oprah steals every scene. Thanks again Lee and good luck at the box office this weekend.
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Kevin Smith and Geoffrey Dicker
Oh, how I love Kevin Smith! “Clerks,” “Dogma” and “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” are movies that will not just make you laugh, but will probably make you pee your pants from laughing so hard. No matter how many times I watch his films, I laugh out loud many times, every time. I’ve met Kevin Smith many times in my “pre camera” days and he’s always super cool to his fans. In fact, when I asked him to take a photo the other night, he responded with “Of course!” LOVE that! Thanks again Kevin for all the laughs – past, present and future!
Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.
I used to really love Oliver Stone’s movies. He experienced war, had a love for counterculture and was a big fan of The Doors. He went on to make a bio-pic about Jim Morrison that was way more fiction than fact and introduced the Doors as a drug band to a new generation of fans instead of focusing on the groundbreaking music they made in a very short time. It was almost forgivable but years later, Stone made a movie about George W. Bush that attempts to ask the audience for sympathy for one of the most loathsome creatures that has walked the face of the earth since Hitler. Disgusting, according2g! Oops. I am on my soap box again. Perhaps he’ll snap out of it and make a return to making good movies…
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John Waters reading from "Role Models"
On April 27, 2011, legendary film maker John Waters made an appearance at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York to read passages from his book “Role Models.” Who are some of John Waters’ role models, you ask? Singer Johnny Mathis, writer Tennessee Williams, a gay reality-porn auteur, a lesbian stripper called Lady Zorro, and ex-Charles Manson groupie and murderer Leslie Van Houten. John Waters is one of my role models – that’s for sure!
John Waters - "Role Models." Out now!