NEW YORK - I'm somewhat torn as to whether to communicate just how awkward my interview with Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams was for Spike Jonze's masterful "Her" last month. Our video editing team did a wonderful job of making it seem less so, but let's just say that Mr. Phoenix lived up to his well deserved reputation. It's one reason you hear a lot more from the wonderfully charming Ms. Adams in the interview embedded at the top of the post than the movie's leading man. Granted, we were able to discuss a bit about Jonze's vision of a future Los Angeles and the changes to the project through production, but it certainly wasn't what I'd hoped for when I walked in the interview room. Certainly not for a film that ended up at no. 9 on my top ten list of 2013.
Maybe you'll see the seams of what we cut out or maybe you won't, but the most important thing is that you take the time to see "Her." The futuristic romance is expanding nationwide on Friday and it deserves to be seen on the big screen. It's arguably the best film of Jonze's impressive career and - fingers crossed - will make Oscar's Best Picture cut a week from Thursday. Even if it doesn't, you cannot miss out on Jonze's singular creation and its remarkable ensemble including Phoenix, Adams, a somewhat unheralded Rooney Mara and, of course, the enchanting vocal talents of Scarlett Johansson
Like the best of cinema, and there's been a few great examples of this over the past few months, "Her" sticks with you long after you've left the theater. So, whether you're planning your weekend around NFL playoff games or not, grab your her or him and make time for "Her." I can promise you Phoenix's performance on screen is much more engaging than his behavior in the interview above. Trust me.
"Her" is now playing in limited release. It opens nationwide on Friday.
2013 | Drama | PG-13Summary: A young woman visits her one surviving family member just prior to taking her final vows as a nun, and learns far more about life, faith and her family history than she expects.Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
2012 | Action | PG-13Summary: Daniel Craig makes his third outing as James Bond in a story that pits him against a madman played by Javier Bardem, and which reveals crucial details of Bond's history.Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
2002 | Documentary | NRSummary: The astounding rise, fall and rise Hollywood producer Robert Evans is packed with insider stories about Hollywood personalities and films like The Godfather and Rosemary’s Baby.Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Cast: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart
1940 | Comedy | NRSummary: Nearly perfect screwball comedy featuring a woman (Rosalind Russell) caught between her ruthless ex-husband (Cary Grant) and her dull insurance agent fiance (Ralph Bellamy).Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
2014 | Family | NRSummary: The early life of Walt Disney is explored in this family film with an art house twist. Though his reality was often dark, it was skewed by his ever growing imagination and eternal optimism.Director: Logan Sekulow
Cast: Travis Tritt, Olan Rogers, Ryan Dunlap, Mark Stuart
1999 | Comedy | RSummary: A high school teacher’s resentment towards a young overachiever leads them both into murky waters during the student council eletctions. Matthew Broderick is just right as the teacher, and Reese Witherspoon got her first star turn as the go-getter student Tracy Flick.Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
1988 | Mystery | NRSummary: Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.Director: Errol Morris
Cast: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson
1995 | Action | PGSummary: Teenager Angus adopts a stray dog and names him Yellow. Several days later, while travelling along the coast of British Columbia with Angus's father, John, the boy and dog become stranded when turbulent waters capsize their boat. Angus's parents relentlessly badger rescue teams. Angus, schooled b...Director: Phillip Borsos
Cast: Mimi Rogers, Jesse Bradford, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower
2000 | Drama | RSummary: Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu hinges three stories on an awful car accident, and explores the most difficult, and the most uplifting moments in life. Featuring Gael Garcia Bernal in a breakout role.Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
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