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Her is also better than S1m0ne

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A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
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Spike Jonze's Her is like Demon Seed, only less pulpy and suspenseful.


"A great film is one that to some degree frees the viewer from this passive stupor and engages him or her in a creative process of viewing. The dynamic must be two-way. The great film not only comes at the viewer, it draws the viewer toward it." -Paul Schrader

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It's not awful -- it's very good for what it is, and for what it's trying to do. But I found it a bit short of great.

 

The hosannas from certain film critics strikes me as entirely predictable, but the plaudits have extended to some older critics, too, threatening to blow up my theory that this is a movie that generates its strongest response with 20- and 30-something white guys.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Nate's Demon Seed comparison reminds me of something I tweeted yesterday:

 

I can't help wondering what the response to
#
Her
would be if the genders were reversed. Don't call it
#
Him
, though. That title's, uh, taken.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Saving Mr. Banks was a better film about revisionist Hollywood historicizing than Argo.

 

Sounds like we can pencil it in for ALL THE OSCARS.


It's the side effects that save us.
--The National, "Graceless"
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Setting the bar low here, but The Prophecy is a better movie about rebellious angels than Legion.

 

Perhaps that's not fair, since I've not seen Legion. But I'm willing to bet I'm right.

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NBooth wrote:
: Setting the bar low here, but The Prophecy is a better movie about rebellious angels than Legion.

: Perhaps that's not fair, since I've not seen Legion. But I'm willing to bet I'm right.

 

Oh, you are. Any movie about rebel angels that fails to even think of making Lucifer a part of the story (as Legion does) is automatically inferior to a film that does (as The Prophecy does).


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Goodfellas is a better version of The Wolf of Wall Street.

 

Also,

 

Glengarry Glen Ross is a better version of The Wolf of Wall Street.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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All Is Lost is a better version of Gravity

 

Come to think of it, The Wall may be a better version than both of them.


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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The Big Bang Theory season 5 episode The Beta Test Initiation is a better version of HER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iWcxlijzDM


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Catch Me If You Can is a better version of The Wolf of Wall Street, although they both suffer from criminal over-narration.


It's the side effects that save us.
--The National, "Graceless"
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is not better than any film I can think of.

 

And when I finished watching Silver Linings Playbook, which I did like, I had a sudden desire to see again Jerry Maguire, which I think is the better version.

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Facing Fear (Oscar nominated short doc) is a better version of The Railway Man

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A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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Godzilla doesn't hold a candle to Pacific Rim.


Formerly Baal_T'shuvah

"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
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For multiple realities layered within each other, and a "is this real or not" ending, eXistenZ is a better version of Inception.


"What's prayer? It's shooting shafts in the dark." -- Frederick Buechner, Godric

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