#HerTheMovie part ii and life in L.A on a general note

darlings

such a pleasant surprise!

who-we-are-in-RL also got a copy of her article about Mr. Spike Jones which was written for a UK publication (so Modern, as William would say – appearing in two languages!)

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lovely.

in other news……3e3b30c07cbb11e3b05212a6e2c83f33_8

lots of driving at twilight….30d681747d3211e3a0a00e0a1b2b9a73_8

working not necessarily feverishly but with definite purpose during the daylight hours (and what lovely daylight it is over on This Coast). d0fa94607c6511e39a7f12e9e786c5f7_8

the roses are particularly creamy at this time of year. e8ca38527cc911e39df312c88b6315b6_8and magical evenings galore.

well.

whatever next?

who knows (we sort of hope Some people do – but there again – life is a mystery and no mistake)?

that’s the best thing about being Here in L.A – anything could happen.

which is the opposite of the same-thing-happening-every-day (and we’ve been There and sometimes it was Nice to know that things were trundling on but really, to be honest, we’re Not that sort of person who truly appreciates, how can we put this – stability, domesticity and/or Routine).

so – let’s wait and see.

shall we?

*smilestocamera3*

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while we wait we lurk in bookshops idly (ok, fervently) wondering what it’ll be like to have our FIRST EVER BOOK in an actual Book Shop.

*shivers*

bloody lovely, most probably.

we’ll let you know.

 

#Her is the reason we were in a hotel room in manhattan with mr. joaquin phoenix and mr. spike jonze for #HerTheMovie

darlings

*sweetsmiletocamera1*

do you recall when we were in Manhattan (in a gorgeous hotel suite) and could Not tell you why we were there?

well.

this is why.

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yes.

we DO have a Most delicious life these days.

*blush*

oh you’re right.

*peers_closely*

the article is in Spanish!

(how clever who-we-are-in-RL appears to be *innocentsmile*)

sadly we can’t share the original (syndication in process to other Esquire potential happening now you see).

but here’s a sneak peek.

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(translation:)

If you’re feeling a general sense of malaise about real world relationships, you’ll feel comforted by the movie, “Her”, from writer/director Spike Jonze. The film is set in the not too distant future, in a Los Angeles that looks a lot like downtown Shanghai and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a ghostwriter of other peoples’ intimate correspondence.

Theodore is definitely suffering from a lack of love. He’s unwilling to sign his divorce papers and has retreated to his apartment where he plays 3D virtual reality video games in desperate isolation.

The only hot action he gets is disembodied; in sex chat rooms accessed via his mobile device where the lonely, sleepless souls roam in the small hours, with their ever-darkening appetites. Which sets us up nicely for the premise of the movie: can you fall in love with a sentient artificially intelligent being that only exists in the ether of the cloud-based Internet, piped into your earpiece, whispering sweet nothings into your troubled psyche?

In the movie the answer is yes.

a bit further on…..

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Jonze is anxious to position the movie as a love story and not a dystopian tale. He told Esquire: “Really I was writing about relationships and I wanted it to work on both levels. A lot of people are afraid of both technology and intimacy – and that’s what the movie is about.” But this is a movie about where we are heading and what that means for love, human relationships and our dependence on technologically advanced devices.

In an effort to learn more about Jonze’s vision of a future where operating systems fall in love with us, and vice versa, we interviewed several experts from robot anthropologists (yes this job now exists) to neuroscientists and famous thinkers in the field.

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Which brings us neatly to Joaquin Phoenix. If you want to find an actor that portrays human alienation and detachment and pain beautifully, you can do no better than cast Phoenix. Famously obtuse in press interviews, he is a remarkably gifted actor, whose pain and experience of a fractured reality is almost too much to watch onscreen.

Jonze met Phoenix over a decade ago when the actor read for “Adaptation” (the role that went to Nicolas Cage) and always admired Phoenix’s dedication as an actor. “Joaquin brings so much heart and sincerity to the role. Even though Theodore holds so much sadness, he also has a capacity for joy and playfulness and it’s a sweet contrast, all of which Joaquin brings to the performance—and more.  I felt that I watched him become Theodore.”

Phoenix agrees with his director that he tries to be purely instinctual these days when approaching a role.

“It depends on the movie – depends on the character – I’ve tried more and more to react to the moment, I used to impose my ideas on the scene too much and I wanted to get to a place where I respond to the moment as I get older I impose my ideas of what it should be and be more instinctual instead.”

so there you have it.

the reason we were in a hotel room in October in Manhattan and could not tell you that who we were with was Mr. Joaquin Phoenix and Mr. Spike Jonze.

did we like the movie?

oh, yes.

v e r y  m u c h.

in a delicious unsettling and glorious way.