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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!