Do we have unhealthy relationships with our computers and smartphones? Hell to the yes. My constant need to check Facebook and email is super duper unhealthy. Will I stop? Not likely.
The good thing is, I have real, functioning human relationships that supersede my tech obsessions. Not so for Theodore, the protagonist in Spike Jonze’s new movie “Her.” Lonely Theodore (played by a creepy-’stached Joaquin Phoenix) develops a rather strange and unhealthy relationship with “Samantha,” the voice inside his artificially intelligent computer, and seems to spiral out of control. Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), of course, learns from Theodore, and is therefore able to perfectly tailor her responses to his needs. It creates a creepy co-dependence between the two. Then Theodore develops a romantic relationship with her. I suppose this is Jonze’s all-too-obvious meditation on how we’ve become overly dependent on technology and this is his version of our dystopian future. I wonder if I actually need to see this movie because I already kind of live it? [YouTube]
When it comes to Joaquin Phoenix, I would hit it anytime, anywhere, anyplace. As a puberty-ridden teen in “Parenthood” (in which he was credited as “Leaf Phoenix”)? So cute. As a murderous lover in “To Die For”? Swoooon! As a lovesick neighbor boy in “Inventing The Abbots”? Fucking obviously. As Johnny Cash in “Walk The Line”? How is that even a question?! And as his rapping alter ego JP in “I’m Still Here”? Yeah, even then. So what do I think of his latest look, for the Paul Thomas Anderson film, “Inherent Vice”? It’s different and a little shaggy, but, mmmm, gimme some of those mutton chops. What can I say, I’m hooked. [Photos: INF Daily]
Oh Joaquin Phoenix. How you’re still such an important part of my entertainment life. Even when you said “bye! Good” to us, I never stopped loving you. Even when you embarked on a drunken “rap career,” I maintained my adoration. Throughout everything—any by “everything,” I mean the “massive fleecing you put over on all of us boned us with“—I stood by you, because you’re one of my main men.
This new look, though. This baggedy, raggedy sheepdog look you’ve got going on, dude: it is not flattering. Can I take you for a walk somewhere real quick-like? Can we journey on a trip down memory lane? Because for real, this is how I love my Joaquin. Read more…
“Paul called me Bubbles on the set. Bubbles was Michael Jackson’s pet monkey, and I was Paul’s pet monkey. The key to Freddie is an animal, just pure id. For the scene where he’s arrested and put in jail and all that, I just watched videos of wild animals that get into suburbia. If you’ve seen video of a deer or a bear that finds its way into suburbia and the cops have to tranquilize it, it seems as if the brain stops working. If they’re cornered, they’ll slam into walls, or one leg tries to go left while the other is going right. It’s complete fear and chaos. They can’t control themselves at all. That was the key to Freddie. And Paul certainly called me his pet monkey.”
– Joaquin Phoenix on preparing for the role of Freddie in “The Master.” I’m so excited to see this film. I’m also excited that JP is over and Joaquin is back. He’s a transformative actor. [Time]
I always knew a day would come when Joaquin Phoenix would decide to repossess the hot. At long last, that day has arrived… but where is Casey Affleck with the camcorder to document it?