Her (2013): Paintings of Photographs

From: USA

Director: Spike Jonze

When I started this, I made a quiet pact with myself to avoid writing about current films as much as possible. I am amending that contract now with a clause: UNLESS SUCH FILM HITS YOU SO HARD IT CANNOT BE UNDONE.

Her hit me so hard. It cannot be undone. I approached it with caution and I told myself it would be a melancholic ride. I came prepared. When the credits rolled I did not feel sad. I felt I was not allowed to feel sadness. The whole 126 minutes was like a series of painting that look like photographs – looked immaculately real but really was not. It fools you into thinking it is real but you do not care.

The whole principle of Her is not a reality at the moment but it looks and feels so tactile and relevant. Samantha, she who does not exist, is more real and more significant and more sufficient than anything and everything in Theodore’s life.

I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to feel sadness. Her would leave you hurt and confused and content, but in the end both lost and found.


What this film holds for me:

What: Theodore panicking and running around like the human that he is

Who: Spike Jonze and the first time I encountered his high-tech melancholia in I’m Here (note: must write about I’m Here see I’m Here entry here)


Gladiator (2000)

From: USA

Director: Ridley Scott

RS Gladiator

Possibly Russell Crowe’s greatest achievement in my honest opinion. When I first saw this film, I seriously thought he was a real-life Roman gladiator even though I knew none of such could exist at present time, more so agree to shoot a movie. I even thought Djimon Hounsou was an on-set recruited African warrior in real life so it was so weird to see him in Blood Diamond wearing common clothes. Amidst all that blade-killing and big-cat fighting, there was tender love and tense electricity.

Ridley Scott, you win. And Joaquin Phoenix just wanted to be loved.


What this film holds for me:

Who: my dad – can watch this 100×100 times

What: do not underestimate the power of your thumb