Watch Spike Jonze Get Really Whiney in This Interview About Her

In the lead-up to the Oscars, director Spike Jonze has been doing a lot of interviews about his nominated film Her, which probably means that he keeps getting asked the same boring questions about what it means for a man to fall in love with technology over and over again. It's understandable that a person in his… » 2/17/14 12:20pm 2/17/14 12:20pm

Jonah Hill & Brompany Touched Each Other All Over SNL

There was a lot of broing out last night on SNL, from Leonardo DiCaprio ambushing Jonah Hill during the monologue, to Michael Cera gently cupping Jonah Hill's testicles during a Her parody. It was all great fun, and no testicles were harmed in the making of the sketch (though Michael Cera's credibility as an… » 1/26/14 1:00pm 1/26/14 1:00pm

Our Weird Tendency to Sexualize Technology

Spike Jonze's new movie Her ruminates on the ideas of loneliness, love, and our isolating dependence on technology. It also upholds a conventional projection of female sexuality on technology, in the form of an interactive AI voiced by the sultry Scarlett Johansson. In fact, it takes the allure of a sexy subservient… » 12/22/13 4:30pm 12/22/13 4:30pm

Rinko Kikuchi is Not Your Toy

A while back, I wrote a rant on Pacific Rim's conspicuous lack of women, but I feel that I failed to really go into depth about the movie's one really prominent woman, Mako Mori. While the physical lack of women is still problematic, what was actually somewhat refreshing was that the lone speaking woman didn't seem,… » 8/09/13 3:53pm 8/09/13 3:53pm

Skeleton Seeks Same In Superb Spike Jonze Short

Director Spike Jonze and accessory designer Olympia Le Tan teamed up to make this creepy-romantic, Halloween-appropriate short. Mourir Auprès de Toi ("To Die By Your Side") is set in a bookstore — actually, the famous English-language Paris booksellers Shakespeare & Company, to be precise — where the covers come to… » 10/24/11 4:15pm 10/24/11 4:15pm