The universal idea moving forward after loss is something that resonates and connects with people on a very deep level.
If you can get past the porn-centric theme, which can initially be a bit much, as well as a few unlikely moments, it is a smart little movie about a young man grappling with his truth and coming into himself. Pun shamefully intended.
This year the top movies reflect the hopes, fears, and obsessions of their audiences, and so they offer us a chance to reflect on what these films can teach us. As our opening images suggest, one of the primary themes of our current films is one of our current dilemmas: Why do we feel so alone in a world in which it is possible to be connected 24/7?
He'd no doubt find Samantha's remark that not having a body has distinct advantages a hoot.
Her and the lack of a female body seems less like a feminist victory, and more like the unfortunate end result of an industry thoroughly uncomfortable with the realities of the female form.
Her does not stoop to the expected critique of modern society and our relationship to technology. This film is instead a sparkling, luminous love letter of possibility.
What if your soulmate didn't have a body?
Committing to email interviews with talent can be a tricky thing. Often times, wit and/or humor - attempts at it anyway - can get lost in translation ...
I was basically an agent, like in Entourage. Except I also produced content, I could wear jeans more often and I had a soul.
Particularly tricky is writing strong and memorable female characters when you are a dude. Sure, from Shakespeare on, its been done but the challenge remains.
Those who support boycotting Israel are often blinded by hatred. They single out Israel as the world's worst oppressor. They do it to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the world.
If you pay taxes in a country engaged in wars abroad, drive a car when you could ride a bike or take a bus or support a position of "no compromise, then you should not fool yourself into believing you do no harm to others.
Imagine my surprise when I found that my little machine was caught up in a swirling conflict involving the SodaStream Corporation, the international NGO Oxfam, Scarlett Johansson and Israeli-Palestinian relations.
It's okay to pressure the Israeli government to do its share in order to promote a peace accord, but it seems many have forgotten that there are two sides to this conflict, and that the welfare of the Palestinians depends on many things.
This week we were told that the State of our Union is, as per usual, strong. President Obama, also as per usual, gave a solid speech. But it was hard to take it as much more than political theater (albeit theater with a wildly skewed entertainment-to-applause ratio). Given what we know about D.C. dysfunction, boilerplate bits like "let's work together" and "let's all come together" played like laugh lines. And despite the presidential exhortation, "let's make this a year of action," progress in Congress will more likely look like traffic in Atlanta in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm. For some actual action, we'll have to tune into the Super Bowl, where even if the game is a dud, the commercials usually rock. Maybe next year's SOTU should include breaks featuring Scarlett Johansson or puppies and Clydesdales.
By claiming to support a two-state solution while helping to bolster the occupation, Scarlett Johansson is acting as a Susan Collins for the occupation, pretending to be moderate, while acting to bolster extremists.