Having been informed that this was similar to The Big Bang Theory episode in which Raj falls in love with Siri, I had Mr T add it to our list before he could say, well, Big Bang.
Alas, bitterly disappointed. Maybe in a totally intolerant mood, certainly not in any mood to watch a film that should the first three minutes that I did watch be anything to go by was full of profanities. I'm afraid I gave up with the sequence that saw the leading man, Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix), beg his telephone 'sex-chat' partner to 'choke him with a dead cat'. TT
Interesting film once you get past the silly telephone sex scene early on that introduces us to Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) a desperately lonely writer in the final stages of divorce, looking for love or even just purpose in life. His attempts to do so are puerile and fail miserably until he buys an AI software package that promises to cater for his every need. The development of the love affair between the man and the machine is tender and fraught, hums with passion and falters on doubt, challenging us to consider the nature of failings in any relationship but also to consider the stark loneliness of individualism that pervades the society in which Theodore lives; a society that is perhaps all too imminent. Not a film everyone will relate to, dialogue rich, lots of tight screens and moody shots with music to suit but a truly 'artful' piece of work from Spike Jonze. NJT
Not one from LoveFilm but nevertheless a film we recently watched on DVD that I wanted to share with you ...
MOBY DICK ...
Originally a made for tv dramatisation in two parts. At times a bit slow but overall as good a Moby Dick film as most ... and way better than some - at least the whale was half-way convincing.
Mr T thought it had an interesting theological/philosophical(?) bent to it. The subtleties of this obviously (and none too surprisingly) having passed me by, I could only wonder why Moby Dick (surely a 'boy's name' for a whale) when the crew (apart from Captain Ahab as played by William Hurt who mumbled his way through) were repeatedly heard to say 'There SHE blows'? TT
Made for TV film in two bits. William Hurt as Ahab, Ethan Hawke as Starbuck and Charlie Cox as he who would be called Ishmael. A classic novel that doesn't really carry well into screen adaptation, as much of the anthropology of the whaling communities at this time, related by Melville, doesn't make it into the script. This nonetheless makes a good fist at capturing the key elements of the story, Hurt carrying every stretch of the driven and compelled soul of Ahab to evangelical status amongst the crew. Eddie Marsan does a good turn as the bullying first mate Stubb, primed for a fight and looking for it... as is the whale apparently. The only thing I found a tad awkward was the impression given that the whale was sentient in ways that it perhaps should not, could not be. It's not Jaws... don't make it out to be more than it is. NJT
Take a cute alien (voiced by The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper as played by Jim Parsons) add a sweet (but not so sweet that it left Mr feeling nauseated) story abut the nature of friendship and, if you look deeper, immigration and you have Home, a fun movie from the Pixar stables.
A great one for adults and little ones alike. I'm only surprised that this hasn't been more widely received here in the UK. TT
Movie for our times in many ways, with Jim Parsons ( better known as Sheldon of Big Bang Theory) voicing the character of Oh, a social misfit amongst the Boov, who finds himself on the run. The Boov have just removed all human beings to Australia in order to move into the rest of the earth as they attempt to escape their oppressors 'The Gorg' who seek their destruction. Oh pairs up with a young human who has been missed in this mass deportation who is desperately missing her mother and partners with Oh in order to find her. So mass immigration on galactic scale to escape death and destruction, deportations and invasions on earth, social isolation and exclusion from conforming society, the individual and the community, running away and standing up to speak are all in the mix here. What I don't get is how many reviews don't see this in the film... NJT
Despite the fact I don't profess to the Christian faith I do enjoy a good biblical film .... its just a shame that this wasn't one.
You know when you watch a film and your put strongly in mind of another film despite them being nothing alike? Well, I felt like this about this film and ... Monty Python's Life Of Brian to the extent I honestly expected to hear the iconic phrase 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'.
Don't get me wrong, Risen isn't a comedy but the acting was on occasion sooo bad, so OTT that I had to suppress my laughter. TT
Oh dear... thoroughly nondescript film. Creative possibilities denied, lost or not even considered? Just not going anywhere's in terms of plot or thematic interpretation. Is it unfair to criticise a film for what I'd hoped it may do? Probably but there was nothing of interest in this to have ago at. Mr. Fiennes was pithy and direct as one may expect but with little genuine plot to pursue the dialogue was trite and unenagaging. So much power and politics that could have been brought into play... Kevin Reynolds, what were you doing? NJT
Heavy on the 'F' word and vulgar jokes to say nothing of the tomato ketchup (or whatever it is they use for fake blood these days) - I'm only surprised there weren't more bodily function jokes - but do you know what really, really, made me wince?
No? I'll tell you.
I'm becoming increasingly annoyed by 'jokes' putting down the 'fat bird'. Constantly making jokes at the expense of Melissa McCarthy's and Miranda Hart's characters - Susan (played by McCarthy) held back, both career wise and certainly romantically, by her weight, Miranda Hart's Nancy's height even more blatantly the butt of several jokes.
To think writer/director Paul Feig claims this film supports women .... puh-leaze. TT
Not getting the Melissa McCarthy thing at all I'm afraid. She is just the same character in every movie I've seen with her in; Miranda Hart was being Miranda Hart and Jason Statham was being Jason Statham, although very nicely mocking himself and his other screen roles. So again, another one I won't be recommending to anyone.
Inspired by Kelly's One Sentence Movie Reviews, see her thoughts on Her here.