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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Tilda Swinton and Jim Jarmusch Discuss “Only Lovers Left Alive” at NYFF

Posted by The G on October 11, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

On October 10, 2013, actress Tilda Swinton and director Jim Jarmusch discussed their latest film, “Only Lovers Left Alive” at the New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall.  The film is about two vampires whose existence is threatened by the modern world.  Finally, a movie about vampires that didn’t suck!  Pun definitely intended. As it’s a Jim Jarmusch film, you’ll see his trademark minimalistic plot, huge focus on character development and tone.  The film is set in Detroit (yes!) and Tangier and Jarmusch discussed during the Q&A that he’s left his mark on vampire films by including that “when vampires are out and about, they wear gloves.”  Even if you’re not a fan of his films, the lead actress Tilda Swinton is extremely exotic and always entertaining.

Tilda Swinton and Jim Jarmusch

Tilda Swinton and Jim Jarmusch

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