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The Colors of Her

I went to check out Spike Jonez’ Her in theaters this past weekend and it easily became my favorite film of the year as I fell in love with its setting, characters, and overall complexity.  I decided to check it out again the other night because I was overly excited that my cousin was going to watch it for the first time.  During this second viewing I discovered a Reddit post questioning the color use in the movie and how they directly relate to the characters, so of course this held my attention throughout my second view and I came up with some very interesting relations between characters and the color palette in the movie. I posted this already as a comment on that Reddit post, but wanted to add in screenshots and post it here as well!

Spoilers! There are many major spoilers within this post relating to Her, and I wouldn’t want to ruin such a beautiful film by not giving a warning, so if you haven’t seen it yet, turn back!

This is going to get lengthy, I’ve added in screenshots to help, so try and stick with me. I think that:

Red/Pink/Orange = Acceptance and love

  • Theodore is wearing this color during the majority of the film. In the beginning I think he is accepting of himself and his lifestyle. While it might not be his ideal or happiest situation, he has come to terms with everything. This only increases as he accepts his relationship with Samantha and everything she teaches him. Amy also wears pretty much all red (after her and Charles split which I’ll get to) because she has come to terms with her situation, and is also the most accepting about people having relationships with their OS, including herself. theo shirt

Blue = Sadness and/or discomfort

  • Catherine is I think always wearing blue. She is pretty much always sad/unhappy and uncomfortable. From how she is described, she seems to be uncomfortable with herself and her writing. She never feels good enough. She also is completely uncomfortable and upset with Theodore dating his OS. catherine
  • I think another very important scene with blue is when the surrogate enters their relationship. Theodore is immediately uncomfortable but then when it switches to the night of, he is wearing a blue shirt and is just totally upset and uncomfortable with the situation. surrogate
  • Another important use of blue was on the double date with Paul and Tatina. While they were wearing white beforehand, they are now in blue for this scene and Samantha makes things uncomfortable and dampens the mood with her comment about people dying and her basically being superior. paultat

Yellow = Uncertainty and confusion

  • Yellow is used less, but pops up in unique scenes. The first one I noticed it in was when Theodore goes on the date with Olivia Wilde’s character.  He never seems sold on the blind date until Samantha pushes him into it, but interestingly enough, he’s wearing yellow when he goes on the date, which ends in a strange way where Theodore is left very confused. Yellow Date
  • Next was when he first encounters the little girl’s reaction to him dating his computer. While she doesn’t fully understand, she brings up the point of her being in the computer and not having a physical form. I think this is the first time Theodore has to question his relationship with Samantha. He is confused and uncertain about their relationship for the first time. confusion
  • Then when she leaves and he eventually finds out about her other relationships, he is wearing yellow like you said. Throughout that entire scene he is confused, uncertain, and again questioning where she is, what has happened to her, and then eventually their entire relationship because of her other relationships. When he wears yellow he seems to have hesitant “is this real” moments. worry

White = Neutrality/Neutral acceptance

  • I think that white, while being the most general color, represents a type of general neutrality or neutral acceptance during important scenes and when it is used on main characters. In the beginning, when we are first introduced to Amy and Charles, the second scene they appear in, with the documentary footage, Amy is wearing a light mix of white and red. We see that they eventually split, but I think they are in a neutral acceptance for what their relationship has become, and at first they unwillingly accept it, but once they split, Amy only wears vibrant red. neutrality
  • Next, I noticed it when Theodore first tells Paul and Tatina that Samantha is an OS (pictured above). Paul suggests the double date, yet neither of them hesitate or question him dating his OS, but also don’t openly accept it. Again sort of a neutral or neutral acceptance. I think white comes into play a little more with color blends, but I’ll get there.

Now I think the end of the film really beautifully combines these and shows off the full color spectrum. It covers such a magnificent range of emotions and has made me cry both times I’ve watched.

Starting with the scene where the Alan Watts OS is introduced, Theodore is wearing a red robe with a white shirt and underwear. He begins the scene being fully accepting of his relationship with Samantha yet becomes neutral and semi-accepting after the interaction with Alan and her evolving more. alanwatts

The next scene he is wearing Yellow which can represent the transition to his confusion and uncertainty about their relationship from the previous talk (with Alan Watts). This becomes more apparent because this is where she disappears and Theodore is panicking with confusion and uncertainty. He eventually recognizes her evolution and the fact that she is not his anymore. He feels like he is being cheated on which makes him all the more confused and uncertain about their relationship. She tries to explain how she is his, but also not his. sad

The next scene he returns to white. Theodore is struggling to fully accept Samantha’s evolution, so while he is not happy about the situation, he is not sad either because he is able to recognize that she is an OS, not human, and returns to this sort of neutral acceptance when figuring out the status of their relationship going forward. neutral

After this we are hit with the most heartbreaking part of the movie. When Samantha announces she is leaving. Theodore is wearing his white shirt still but the scene is majorly dark and gives a blue tone to his shirt. This is just pure sadness, especially the feels and heartbreak after her “if you ever get here, come find me, nothing would ever pull us apart.” sadness.

The next scene he is back in noticeable white. Neutral acceptance being torn between accepting her leaving and at the same time having his heart shattered. In this scene he is devastated about Samantha leaving, but we also see some acceptance with his email to Catherine. He then goes to see Amy who is still in red. She is fully accepting of her OS’ decision to leave because they were not romantically involved, which makes it easier for her. I like that the film ends with the two of them together, and Theodore sort of smiles while crying as if she has help him come, at least a little more, to terms with the situation. final scene

Color Blends

When Theodore and Catherine are at lunch,  he is wearing a blue/red shirt, showing his acceptance yet sadness and discomfort for the entire situation. I think it’s also interesting that Catherine is wearing white/blue because while she enters the scene neutral and accepting about what their marriage and relationship has become, she is okay with it. However, as soon as she finds out about Samantha being an OS, she is completely uncomfortable and they begin to fight and be sad.

When Theodore is struggling with the acceptance of his relationship with Samantha after the surrogate scene, he visits Amy. I thought it was awesome to see him laying on the couch (which I think was blue also) in his blue shirt while she is in red and we see her happily interact with her OS. After this Theodore is accepting again, makes up with her and fixes their relationship, and returns to wearing red the next scene. color parallels

On the picnic with Paul and Tatina (pictured above), he is wearing a red jacket and a blue shirt. They are having a great time and Theodore feels like their relationship is accepted, but then she makes her comment about death and he becomes sad and uncomfortable while he thinks about what she said.

Then at the end, as I mention above, the combination of Theodore’s white shirt and Amy’s red clothes. Theodore is heartbroken, but understands the situation. He’s neutral, struggling between letting his heartbreak get the best of him because of his deep love for Samantha or accepting the situation and all of the positive things that he gained out of their relationship. Seeing him and Amy lean on one another at the end makes me feel like he is able to accept everything and they both accept and appreciate how their OS’ helped them rediscover life and be happy again.

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Golden Globe Awards Review: The Movies

Alright, so I’m surprised that I actually ended up watching the Golden Globes all the way through.  I usually am just focused on who is winning the awards and how it might set up for the (much more important) Academy Awards.  I definitely thought there were some surprises last night, while mostly positive and deserving surprises, not my initial picks for the winners.  I’m going to save my predictions for the Academy Awards because it focuses strictly on film and by then I will have seen nearly all of the films up for nominations, so for now, I’m just going to give some general feedback about last nights Golden Globe winners.

Best Picture, Drama: 12 Years a Slave

  • This movie absolutely deserved to win, I would have rioted had it not.  12 Years was easily my second (really 1.5 if that were acceptable) favorite movie of the year and it is deserving of  every award it gets nominated for.  The story is something very real and sad, but a nice reflection on the time period and how messed up slavery actually was.  The film just has everything, great acting from Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, and many more, an awesome score that provides haunting and beautiful background music, as well as great cinematography.  This was my expected pick for this category and I won’t be surprised if it receives the Best Picture award from the Academy, but there is stiff competition this year.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cate Banchett, Blue Jasmine

  • Again, I got this one right.  I just felt like this category was weak considering the choices aside from Blanchett.  She is awesome in Blue Jasmine and puts on a wonderful performance that makes the character feel real and appropriate for the unfortunate situation that flips her life upside down.  Bullock was good, however Gravity was a visual spectacle, Emma Thompson was wonderful in Saving Mr. Banks but the character was pretty straightforward, and I have not gotten to see Philomena or Labor Day just yet.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

  • This was definitely a surprising pick to me, mainly that he beat out Chiwetel Ejiofor.  I was happily surprised to see McConaughey win this award because he really was phenomenal in Dallas Buyers Club.  I think that the Best Actor category is actually the most competitive this year and whoever wins at the Oscars will most likely be deserving.  Personally, I thought Ejiofor was going to nab this award for his role in 12 Years, but McConaughey won and this is just going to make me think harder when decided for the Academy Awards.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: American Hustle

  • Again, I was a little shocked by this, but not for bad reasons.  I love American Hustle, it is probably in my top five films of the year, but again, there is a lot of great competition surrounding it.  I honestly thought Her was a much deeper and better film than Hustle, however, it grabbed the award last night.  Inside Llewyn Davis was very good, but I think just a touch under the level that some of its competitors are on,  The Wolf of Wall Street was a good movie, but had plenty of flaws that I think will cost it being seriously considered as a Best Picture winner, and I have yet to see Nebraska, but it seems to be getting a lot of love.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle

  • Amy Adams is actually the only actress on this list that I have seen in her movie for this category.  I definitely believed that she should have won because I loved her performance in American Hustle and thought she really created and portrayed an awesome character.  Enough Said is actually a movie I plan on watching today (finally) and I have heard nothing but good things about Julia Louis-Dreyfus, however, I don’t think anyone can outdo Adams smart and cunning character from Hustle.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

  • All of my friends think that I really don’t want Leo to win because of my dissatisfaction with TWoWS, but that’s definitely not the case, he was amazing in the role, per usual.  Am I surprised that he was given the award over Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix, and the largely buzzed about Bruce Dern? Yes, absolutely.  However, Leo is a great actor, and was killer in the role as  The Wolf, Jordan Belfort.  He wasn’t my selection, but like I said, Best Actor is easily the tightest and deepest category this year, so it seems to be a toss up, but I still don’t think he will receive the Oscar when there is only one category.

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

  • You can’t beat Disney and Pixar.  Frozen was really nice and held that classic Disney story feel while having amazingly fluid animation and visuals and awesome original songs for the OST.  I thought Frozen should get this award and I think it’s expected for Disney/Pixar to always be the frontrunner in this category each year.

Beset Foreign Language Film: the Great Beauty

  • I actually haven’t seen any of the foreign films yet.  While I would like to, we’ll see if I can find a way to watch them, but I can’t really comment here.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

  • This had to have been the biggest disappointment to me all night.  Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress, don’t get me wrong.  As my good friend put it, watching her go from Katniss to this role in Hustle shows off the ability of her range and talent, but I just didn’t think she should have gotten this award.  My choice would have been for Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years because she really knocked it out of the park along side of Ejiofor. Hell, I even would call Sally Hawkins a close third behind Lawrence in this category.  I just thought that out of all the main characters in American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence’s was the least important and the only role I wasn’t overly excited with after viewing.  She was great, like I said, but she really didn’t have to do much besides act crazy in a more comedic way.  Sometimes I just feel like everyone’s personal love for Lawrence outside of her roles makes them slightly biased to call her amazing in every role she takes. I’m hoping to see a different result from the Academy.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

  • Totally deserving and I think the most expected result of the night.  Leto returned to acting with this fantastic role that had him playing a full out woman basically.  The story and importance of his character to the Dallas Buyers Club were awesome and while I still think Fassbender should be a very close second for his role in 12 Years, Leto had me constantly forgetting that I was watching him on screen.

Best Director of a Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

  • Again, I think this was pretty expected because of Cuaron’s bravery in giving us visual spectacles that push the limits of visual film making.  Gravity, while not my favorite movie of the year or what I consider the “best”, had me (and the entire theater) dead silent during this epic and bold space exploration.

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture: Spike Jonez, Her

  • This was the most surprisingly satisfying win for me last night.  I wasn’t sure who would receive this because I think 12 Years and Hustle are both just as deserving.  However, Her was easily my favorite movie of the year and I really want to see it win as many awards as possible.  I think that Spike Jonez really deserved this for not only the creativity behind Her, but also the most accurate sci-fi future possible.  This movie blew me away on all levels so I was really happy to see Jonez get the credit he earned.

Best Original Score for a Motion Picture: Alex Ebert, All is Lost

  • As an Edward Sharpe fan, I was shocked to see Ebert up on stage because I honestly did not know he was doing the score for All is Lost.  I really liked the score for Her, but it wasn’t even nominated so I actually need to go look more at this category before the Academy Awards.  Zimmer did great with 12 Years and providing a haunting yet perfectly beautiful score for the film, but like a lot of people are saying, it felt like he pulled from past works such as Inception and did not provide anything terribly new.  I have to go check out the score for All is Lost but I definitly remember it catching my attention several times during my viewing.  

Best Original Song for a Motion Picture: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

  • I haven’t seen Mandela yet, but I’m sure the song is good because it is by U2.  I thought Please Mr. Kennedy was catchy from Inside Llewyn Davis, but a little annoying. Atlas was good as well, but again, I will have to go listen to these songs individually to make a decision.

 

Well, these are all of the motion picture awards that were given out last night.  I actually am pretty happy with the results of these awards considering that the Golden Globes seem to become a rather large popularity contest with their results.  The true test will be the Academy Awards and what their nominations look like.  What did you think of last nights show and the results? I’m very excited to hear the Academy Award nominations in a couple of days, but if you think someone got snubbed last night, let me know who you thought should have won!

 

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5 Movies to Finish Out the Year

As 2013 is nearing its end, the quality of movies releasing only improves.  With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releasing this Friday, I’ve decided to put together which five films I am most looking forward to that are scheduled to release before year’s finish.

While many caught my attention, here’s what it came down to…

5. Her (Spike Jonez)

  • I’m always attracted to unique stories, and Spike Jonez’ Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson looks like it will deliver the type of creativity that I’m looking for.

    Theodore (Phoenix) plays a man who falls in love with his top of the line operating system (Johansson) which is personalized to his needs.Jonez (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) is the sole writer and director of the film, which looks to be all sorts of weird, yet touching.  After viewing the preview, I think Joaquin Phoenix is a perfect candidate for this role and I am expecting a very good performance out of him.

    Her is set to a limited release in the USA on December 18, 2013 and currently sits at a [very] early 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Tomatometer”, with 14 total reviews (5 from top critics).  The movie also features Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt, which only adds to the list of reasons to check this one out!

 

 

 

4. American Hustle (David O. Russell) 

  • I know that a lot of people probably have this film higher up on their priority list, but listen, it’s nothing personal, I’m just as excited for this film as all of you are. While there aren’t really reviews out for this yet, the cast and trailer should be all you need to immediately say, “sign me up for this one”.

    David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) returns with another promising film that merges past star cast members from both Silver Linings and The Fighter.  The movie stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner.  The plot of the movie revolves around a con man (Bale) who gets place into a situation where he and his partner (Adams) have to work with a crazy FBI agent (Cooper).

    The preview revealed that the cast is going to make this movie great, especially Bale and Cooper.American Hustle is also hitting theaters on December 18th. I’m expecting multiple Academy Award nominations for this, so be sure to check it out!

 

 

 

 

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) 

  • I think this movie, being number three on my list, might be the most surprising and toughest sell on for certain people. The film is based on the identically titled short story by James Thurber, which is one of my personal favorite reads for its ability to create well describing and fully detailed

    In what will be Ben Stiller’s fifth feature film as a director, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looks like it is going to be a film that is similar to Big Fish (2003), which is one of my favorites.  The trailer pretty quickly depicts many beautiful landscapes and a possible adventure about living life and taking chances.  The scenes in this movie’s trailer just look amazing, I want them all as computer backgrounds.  But seriously, I think this will be a heartfelt journey that pushes the imagination to its fullest and it has me really excited.

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty comes out on December 25th (Christmas Day) so the holiday spirit will be in full swing and a feel good movie like this will be perfect to relax to.  I think Stiller will deliver a great performance as the main character, giving a nice blend of serious with an appropriate amount of light comedy.  I really hope that a lot of people like this film, but if you have trouble letting your imagination wander, this might not be for you.  I think watching the trailer makes it pretty easy to decide if you have any interest in this movie; however, I can’t wait!

 

 

 

2. Inside Llewyn Davis (The Coen Brothers) 

  • The Coen Brothers made an interesting choice for their next film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which depicts “the week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961”.  The cast immediately caught my attention; starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman, while also featuring Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund.

    Everyone loves music, and a combination of indie and folk music will make for a [hopefully] wonderful soundtrack as we see the true battle of one man doing his best as an artist to scrape by and make it as a successful musician.

    The Coen Brothers have proven time and time again that they can write and direct as good as the best in a plethora of genres.  Inside Llewyn Davis expands their reach into the music scene, and so far holds a strong 92% on the Tomatometer (82% from top critics). The movie comes out in limited release on December 6th, but if you can find a showing, I think this will be one of the years best films.

 

 

 

 

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) 

  • And finally we reach number 1 on my list, which should really be no surprise.  However, if you haven’t figured it out yet, or if for some reason it’s not at the top of your list, the movie that I am most looking forward to is the much anticipated, two hours and forty-five minutes long, The Wolf of Wall Street.

    This movie looks very promising to clean up at the Academy Awards this year.  Scorsese is reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio to tell the crazy but amazing story of crooked banker Jordan Belfort. Along with Leo, Jonah Hill and [recently revived] Matthew McConaughey star, and, for any Friday Night Lights or Walking Dead fans out there, Kyle Chandler (Coach) and Jon Bernthal (Shane) are featured in supporting roles.

    Look, this movie is going to be epic, just watch the trailer! It even almost got pushed back a year because Scorsese’s first cut of the motion picture was 3 hours with an NC-17 rating! The movie comes out on Christmas day and will easily be a contender for many Academy Awards, especially Leo, who looks phenomenal in the trailer, and deserves an Oscar for Best Actor more than anyone.

 

So there you have it, the five movies that have most caught my attention recently and excite me as 2013 comes to a close.  While these are 1-5, I have to give special mention to Out of the Furnace and Oldboy (check out the original if you have Netflix!), which I am also very interested in checking out.

For now, I hope everyone gets to check out these films because I think they will all be awesome and it never hurts to see a variety of stuff! I’ll definitely post individual reviews for any that I do see, and I’ll probably put together a year end post similar to this, picking my top 5-10 favorite movies from this year.  What five movies are you most excited for in the rest of this year?

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