The Best Movie at the 51st New York Film Festival: “Her” by Spike Jonze

Posted by The G on October 14, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

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.

Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze

“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.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

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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An Encounter with Lee Daniels

Posted by The G on August 16, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Lee Daniels and Geoffrey Dicker

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.

An Encounter with Kevin Smith

Posted by The G on October 15, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Kevin Smith and Geoffrey Dicker

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!

Happy Birthday, Oliver Stone

Posted by The G on September 15, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

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…

John Waters Reads from “Role Models”

Posted by The G on April 28, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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John Waters - Role Models 1

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 3

John Waters - "Role Models." Out now!

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