2016 Movie Challenge|Week 3|Her

HerAs one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 3: A movie with a one word title

‘Her’ is a film set in the future in which a man, Theodore Twombly, (Joaquin Phoenix) starts a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), his OS- an intelligent computer operating system. I think this film is brilliant for several reasons. The most impressive reason is Joaquin Phoenix’ performance. I have not followed his career, and I think I’ve only seen one other film with him in it, but I couldn’t believe how incredibly honest and real his character felt. It was like he WAS Theodore Twombly, and we got to see a part of his story. Secondly- the story itself. I could really see it happening with the reliance of computers and social media today. We’re only a few steps away from such a personalized computer/tech experience- so the idea of a computer girlfriend or boyfriend (while it sounds crazy) also sounds like something that could really happen.

Another reason I love this film is because of the screen play. Many scenes are just Phoenix alone, talking to his OS or narrating the personal letters he writes for people at his job. Even each of the conversation he has with his real live friends and his estranged/ex-wife are meaningful. It’s beautiful, it really is. It’s one of those films that cannot be just background noise, although the score is lovely. This film is written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze AND marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut. Hats off to him, this film was simply stunning.

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A move by a female character
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future
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