Her SynopsisSet in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
Her Release Date
In Theaters December 18, 2013
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, and Olivia Wilde
Written by: Spike Jonze
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Produced by: Megan Ellison
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
External Info: Her Official Website
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See The Troll Living On Joaquin Phoenix's Forehead
Instead of getting recognition for his Her role, he's getting recognition for his head troll. To understand what I'm talking about, you must watch the video above in full.
by Kristy Puchko July 18, 2014 comments
This Week In Home Entertainment: Her, Eastbound And Down And More
The future is frequently shown to be a less-than-idyllic place, but in Spike Jonze’s Her, the future is a place dominated by technology, filled with new fashions, and portrayed as a time that is very clean. It’s not the look or feel of the world in Her that is the important part, however. Instead, an unconventional relationship is at the heart of Her.
by Jessica Rawden May 13, 2014 comments
Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Its Day In Court Against Theft Charges
While the status of Her being a comedy or a drama is one that could be argued, apparently the films dramatic tendencies were enough to help the movie shake any comparisons to its doppelganger. The whole case becomes clearer when you read the further details provided in an earlier report TMZ provided when the case was first filed.
by Mike Reyes April 3, 2014 comments
For Your Consideration: Her Rewards With Repeat Viewings, And Should Be Rewarded By Oscar
I saw Her a couple more times, and each time, it was a new movie for me. Jonze’s film is soft but not quiet, funny but not uproariously silly, kind but not sentimental.
by Gabe Toro February 18, 2014 comments
Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Picture Race
My argument is that the category should have shifted from five nominees to three. That would increase competition. Imagine how tight this year’s Oscar race would be if Academy voters could only choose between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle? Now THAT’s a race!
by Sean O'Connell January 31, 2014 comments
Could Her Happen? Siri Creator Weighs In On How Close We Are To This Future
You're not getting a Samantha for Christmas anytime soon. Dag Kittlaus says so. And he would know, as he's one of the people who created Siri.
by Kristy Puchko January 31, 2014 comments
Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Original Score Race
What’s left is a competitive, dynamic field of nominees that can count sixty seven nominations amongst three people, while still leaving room for two first-time honorees. Could this year be a sonic passing of the torch?
by Gabe Toro January 27, 2014 comments
Watch Jonah Hill And A Surprise Guest Spoof Her On SNL
The jokes are obvious in spots, picking on the high-waisted fashion of Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story, or lampooning the inherent creepiness of Hill’s character – and, by extension, Joaquin Phoenix’s character – having sex with an operating system.
by Sean O'Connell January 26, 2014 comments
Arcade Fire's Her Score Available Online For Free
Ahead of its commercial release, the score has hit the internet (but not the original songs, sadly), and The Playlist has preserved them. You won’t get to hear Karen O’s nominated The Moon Song, but you will get to hear an instrumental of the end-credits tune Supersymmetry, which in the film is sung by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and can be found on Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor.
by Gabe Toro January 24, 2014 comments
Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Original Song Race
This is one of the better years, however, particularly considering at some points the category would have only two to three nominations overall. That wasn’t the case in 2013, as the voters truly spread the wealth, resulting in five very diverse, unexpected selections.
by Gabe Toro January 24, 2014 comments
Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Original Screenplay Race
Every year, the Academy Awards and its voters honor screenwriters old and new by handing out the statue for the Best Original Screenplay, often while employing a lackluster script of its own. While it remains to be seen what kind of material host Ellen DeGeneres will be given, you can bet than the stage direction “This is the part where you dance” will show up more than a few times. Probably in between jokes about Christian Bale’s gut, or his beard, or his hair.
by Nick Venable January 22, 2014 comments
Tom Hanks And Four More Disgraceful Best Actor Oscar Snubs
We can spend weeks reading the tea leaves – and because the Oscar ceremony is still more than a month away, we likely will waste all of that time. My guess is that Hanks split his attention between two performances, and ended up on the short end of the nominee stick in both instances.
by Sean O'Connell January 16, 2014 comments
Listen To Let It Go, Ordinary Love And The Other 3 Oscar-Nominated Songs
The Oscar nominations are in, and for some of us, it’s time to play catch-up and try to see some of those nominated films we haven’t gotten around to seeing. Fortunately, when it comes to the picks for Best Original Song, a trip to the theater isn’t required. Listen to all five nominees for Best Original Song right here.
by Kelly West January 16, 2014 comments
Five Oscar Truths Revealed By The Golden Globes
The Golden Globes announced their winners on Sunday, revealing the biases and beliefs of the ninety-something member Hollywood Foreign Press. As much as they get mocked for their ability to be bought and paid for, the Globes often look like a solid predictor for how the Oscars will fare.
by Gabe Toro January 13, 2014 comments
Weekend Box Office: Lone Survivor Number One, Hercules Anything But Legendary
Lone Survivor opened wide this weekend after two weeks in small release, taking the top spot with little competition. With $38 million, it topped Frozen which added $15 million to its impressive $317 million total.
by Scott Gwin January 12, 2014 comments
Watch: Siri Teams With Alamo Drafthouse To Stop Texting At Movie Theaters
Alamo asked the actual voice of Siri, Susan Bennett, to add oomph to their latest Don't Talk or Text" PSA. In this quirky vid, the cheeky virtual assistant refuses directives to text, calling her unseen user "rude" before threatening to send a message that will release embarrassing personal information.
by Kristy Puchko January 9, 2014 comments
Siri Is No Fan of Spike Jonze's Her
Buzzfeed drew our attention to Siri's shade throwing with a series of screengrabs, some of which are viewable here. While critics and award season acolytes are debating whether Scarlett Johansson's portrayal is worthy of Best Actress nominations, Siri is unimpressed.
by Kristy Puchko January 6, 2014 comments
American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street Snag Writers Guild Nominations
In the narrative categories, few of these nominees can be called surprising as just about all of the above have received critical praise and Oscar buzz. The dark horse contender in the mix is Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, which has had a soft open over Christmas and will expand next week.
by Kristy Puchko January 3, 2014 comments
Producers Guild Goes With Gravity, American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street
The PGA nominees serve a dual purpose, as Oscar trackers view them “as indicators of which films have momentum heading into the Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Jan. 16.”
by Sean O'Connell January 2, 2014 comments
Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Eric's List
2013 has been a great year for movies, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As Cinema Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in film, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 10 lists of the best movies of 2013. You've read both Sean and Kristy's lists, but now it's Eric's turn to rank the best blockbusters, indies and prestige films that came to us this past year.
by Eric Eisenberg December 30, 2013 comments
The 10 Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013
Last year was a pretty fantastic one for movie music. Directors like David O. Russell, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Ben Affleck made not only fantastic films, but also beautifully crafted soundtracks that blended perfectly with the story and visuals on screen. As a result, 2013 had a lot to live up to, but looking back on the last twelve months reveals that this year’s crop of filmmakers were more than up for the task.
by Eric Eisenberg December 26, 2013 comments
This Rotten Week: Predicting Anchorman 2, Walking with Dinosaurs and Her Reviews
I’m only moments from the time-honored tradition of trekking out into the first significant snowfall of the season and trudging a sled up and down a local hill with Little Rotten Week screaming “Go faster” and “My nose is chilly! Fix it!” Looking forward to “bonding”. But before I perform my Father of the Year duties, we’ve got some movies to discuss. It’s Ron Burgundy, dinosaurs and loving computers.
by Doug Norrie December 15, 2013 comments
5 Movies That Lost Some Serious Oscar Momentum This Morning
Nominations for the SAG Awards never match nominations for the Academy Awards completely, but there is usually quite a bit of overlap. Last year, for example, both of the male categories matched 4/5. So, while the average person might not even watch the ceremony when it’s aired on TNT and TBS in January, if they’re into the Oscars at all, they should take a long hard look at the nominees that were released this morning
by Mack Rawden December 11, 2013 comments
Fruitvale Station And Gravity Among AFI's Top 10 Of 2013
The American Film Institute tends to play a little more fast and loose with its annual end of the year best movies list when compared against other organizations. Usually, there’s at least one selection odd enough to cause a double take. Last year, for example, more than a few heads were turned by the surprising selection of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
by Mack Rawden December 9, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze's Her Named Best Picture By National Board Of Review
Having been lucky enough to see Her, I can tell you that it certainly is one of the best movies of 2013. But it does continue this very strange trend of year-end critic lists singling out movies no one has seen!
by Sean O'Connell December 4, 2013 comments
Second Her Trailer Further Suggests This May Be The Best Romance Of The Year
In the film, Joaquin Phoenix plays a heartbroken man who enters into a relationship with the bodyless voice of a new computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) that isn’t just artificially intelligent, but is also interesting and seemingly capable of emotions. Now I’m not trying to say all of the girls I talked to in my teens were comparable to mindless robots, but the trailer evokes the same feeling of “anything can happen here and now.”
by Nick Venable December 3, 2013 comments
December Movie Preview: From Middle Earth To Wall Street
The holiday season is officially upon us, observed less through Christmas decorations and cold weather and more by the onslaught of Oscar fare hitting theaters this month. December is always a truly great time for both quality dramas and big bombastic comedies, and this year won’t be bucking that trend.
by Nick Venable December 3, 2013 comments
Scarlett Johansson's Performance In Her Isn't Eligible For A Golden Globe
Well, that ended quickly. Just as buzz was starting to finally build for Scarlett Johansson thanks to her much-hyped performance in Spike Jonze’s upcoming Her, the starlet’s hopes for one of the movie industry’s biggest awards has been dashed on a technicality. Because she doesn’t actually appear in the film, like as a physical body, she doesn’t qualify for any of the acting categories at the Golden Globes.
by Mack Rawden November 27, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze Directs Greta Gerwig In An Amazing Live Arcade Fire Music Video
Spike Jonze has an actual movie coming out this fall, called Her, that's pretty great. But if you can't wait until Her's December 18 release date, and want to combine Jonze's talent with the energy of this summer's Frances Ha, do we ever have you covered!
by Katey Rich November 4, 2013 comments
NYFF Review: Spike Jonze's Her Bends Sci-Fi And Romance In A Spectacular, Witty Future
Handheld computers have infiltrated our lives so swiftly, and so fully, that it's so far been impossible to gauge what they mean to us-- most analysis settles for "They're ruining everything!" to "They're improving everything!" and nothing in between. Spike Jonze, maybe miraculously, occupies an imaginative and heartfelt middle ground in Her, where in the not-so-distant future, a not-so-preposterous love story plays out between a man (Joaquin Phoenix) and the operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) programmed to meet his every need
by Katey Rich October 13, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze's Her Pushed Back to 2014
Her is being bumped from its original release date of November 20th to a limited release on December 18th, with a wide release on January 10th. Award season buffs will note this sort of schedule strategy is a common among dramas that hope to win the love of the Academy.
by Kristy Puchko August 15, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze's Her Will Close The New York Film Festival
In an interview at FilmLinc.com that accompanied the announcement, Jonze talked about the film in depth for the first time, describing it first and foremost as "a relationship movie," though imbued with high-concept ideas about technology and how we relate to it. Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely city-dweller who downloads a software program that is a female voice
by Katey Rich August 8, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze's Her Unveils Haunting Trailer That Goes Just To The Edge Of Creepy
Is it possible for a love story between a man and his computer to break your heart? If Spike Jonze has anything to do with it, yes. The first trailer for Jonze's first film in 4 years has debuted online, and you can either watch it above or in HD at Apple. It starts with tinkling piano music from Aphex Twin and only gets more plaintive from there
by Katey Rich August 7, 2013 comments
Scarlett Johansson Will Become A Lovable Computer In Spike Jonze's Her
In normal love stories, the person you cast as one-half of the couple is going to be in the movie the entire time. Spike Jonze movies don't tend to be normal anything, though, and in advance of the November 20 release of his new film Her, he's done the highly unusual: recasting the lead female role, months after shooting wrapped
by Katey Rich June 21, 2013 comments
Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man, The Fifth Estate And Spike Jonze's Her Get New Release Dates
Ken Scott’s comedy Delivery Man, formerly known as Starbuck, stars Vince Vaughn as an ordinary guy who finds out his sperm bank donations have led to him being the biological father of over 500 children. The film was originally going to be released on October 4th, but has changed to November 22nd.
by Nick Venable May 21, 2013 comments
2013 Movies You're Not Looking Forward To Yet, But Should Be
The fun of moviegoing is often in the surprises, in thinking you've got the lay of the land only to walk into a theater completely thrown off. At the same time, you can at least do your best to be prepared, and to keep a mental note for those movies that could sneak up on you in the end. Yes, everyone on the Internet is already anticipating Man of Steel and Pacific Rim and Saving Mr. Banks and the year's other heavyweights, but what about the smaller movies you might not see coming?
by Katey, Eric, Kristy, Sean & Kelly January 3, 2013 comments
Spike Jonze's Newest Film Gets An Official Plot Synopsis
While Spike Jonze has kept himself busy over the last few years, continuing to direct shorts and produce other projects, it's been far too long since he last helmed a feature of his own. While he's never been anywhere near the term "prolific" when it comes to full-length films, it's been three years since he made Where The Wild Things Are. Lucky for us the Jonze Drought is coming to an end.
by Eric Eisenberg August 31, 2012 comments
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