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spike jonze’s ‘HER’ is a beautiful picture – with a limited palette

Spike Jonze is someone that needs very little introduction… but just incase, here is a brief one, courtesy of  FNND. Jonze’s breakthrough video for The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” earned him four MTV Video Music Awards. Throughout the 1990s, he directed music videos and commercials. In 1999, he acted in and directed Three Kings. Jonze’s first full-length directorial effort, Being John Malkovich, earned him an Academy Award nomination. He went on to  direct many of the most interesting and critically lauded movies of the past decade, from Adaptation to Where the Wild Things Are. So what happens when a director known for his artful execution of big ideas decides to make a film about some guys computer operating system? HER is an American Science fiction romantic comedy drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. It marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut . The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. The film centers on a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system with a female voice and personality. HER is set in the future – but …

The Intouchables provides some Joie de Vivre

The Intouchables is a French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. The plot of the film is inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver Abdel Sellou, discovered by the directors in A la vie, à la mort, a documentary film. The Intouchables maybe cheesey and corny in places, but this film leaves a smile on your face and a rejuvenated confidence in the morality of human beings. Give a man responsibility to fellow man and he will behave responsibly. It is based on a true story but the facts are slightly adapted for the screen, although that doesn’t stop this film from being wholly predictable. The paragliding shots are funny and there is great chemistry between Sy and Cluzet throughout the film Which elegantly displays that they’re the only two in the room to understand their jokes…. It’s funny and at times, provides a humorous take on disability. This movie has flaws for sure but it’s charm is inimitable and it does exactly what it sets out to …

Computer Chess movie – a wonderful story of nerds

The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning.  The difference between nerd and geek is “geeks get it done”.  Usually, “a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely travelled to the ones invented by his favourite authors”. “Or who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to – somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer, not a drab teenager’s room in his parents’ house.” Other definitions include: A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person’s smooth operation within society. A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academia; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake A more recent school of thought sees nerd as being a derogatory …

‘Papa’ New Hemingway Biopic Shot and premiered in Cuba

FNND is a longtime fan of  Ernest Hemigway – the prolific writer and hard living man loved and lived in Cuba from 1939 to 1960 – until he heard that Fidel Castro’s new revolutionary government could be taking all American property. The cult of Hemingway has since become entangled with that of the island. Now, a team have completed a major Hemingway biopic called ‘Papa’. It is the first major Hollywood film to actually use Cuba as a site to film in for over half a century. So it makes sense that last month saw the international premiere as part of Havana, Cuba’s 37th International Festival of New Latin Cinema. The movies focus is on the story of the friendship between Hemingway and a  journalist. The movie and its producers worked very hard for the cooperation from the Cuban authorities to allow filming there. Bob Yari – The films director had insisted that filming anywhere else was not an option, despite hiccups including lack of internet access and last-minute cancellations of consent for filming in a boat. “It was an absolute …

DIFF’s Free outdoor Screenings Return To The Beach

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have announced that the outdoor screenings return to THE BEACH this December. Film Fans will be treated to an exciting selection of screenings in a complimentary event beneath the stars for eight nights.   In a celebration of all things cinematic, the films this year will be showing at the Beach. It is a new addition to the retail and F&B landscape in JBR. The Beach is another one of Dubai’s developments catering to both local residents and tourists. Set against a scenic backdrop of the Arabian Sea, the destination provides an ensemble of options for community engagement including a host of outdoor activities, fitness facilities, retail stores, Cinema, restaurants, ‘The Market’, as well as ‘Splash Pad’, a play-area for kids – plentiful choices for a good day out.   On the opening night of the DIFF, film fans will be able to watch all the action live as it unfolds from the red carpet before nestling into your giant beanbag and enjoying a highly anticipated film curated by …