Lucy

How can a movie this preposterously stupid also be so peculiarly awesome?

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“It’s like all the things that make me human are fading away.” (140 is the key.)

Scarlett Johansson has somehow become the icon of intelligenesis catastrophe. One thing should certainly be indisputable: this one is a far superior vehicle for such cosmo-twisted blonde dehumanization fantasies than last year’s execrable schmaltz-blitz Her. (An additional data point.)

November 18, 2014admin 24 Comments »
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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Nick, give ‘Under The Skin’ ago too (she’s more alien-less-techno-babe in it though).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441395/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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    admin Reply:

    (It’s my third — ‘data point’ — link) … So I agree as to the relevance.

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    Darn – didn’t see that! Yes, it’s not exactly human-friendly on several levels (don’t want to give any spoilers away to prying eyes though..)

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    Rasputin Reply:

    Some fantastic ideas / moments but slightly dissapointing as a whole (I thought).

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io92j2qqEGk

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  • Artxell Knaphni Says:

    So much drama to become ‘one with the so called universe’.
    Intelligence (buddhi) is far more efficient: sit down & be aware of all your so called ‘thinking’.

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  • Thales Says:

    Scarlett Johansson has somehow become the icon of intelligenesis catastrophe.

    A shame that didn’t happen for a girl who can act.

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    A little harsh. She’s good in ‘Under The Skin’, ‘Don Jon’ (it’s not great), and ‘Lost In Traslation’.

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  • Lucy | Reaction Times Says:

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

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    The book it’s based on REALLY spells out what’s going out (to the point of it killing the film’s mystique).

    P.S. any lectures/events coming up, R?

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    Rasputin Reply:

    I haven’t ventured as far as the book, but a few friend have recommended it. I can’t imagine that the things I like most about the film translate as well to the page, but I guess I would need to read it to find out.

    Nothing earmarked as yet, but I will let you know if something comes up. It was good to meet JH last time as well (I only wish I hadn’t been rendered inarticulate by that point).

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  • Izak Says:

    Well, the movie is dir. Luc Besson, so that’s not terrible. Besson isn’t great, but he directed Fifth Element, which was at least entertaining. Part of the reason is because he got a lot of his ideas from Jodorowsky’s Incal comic… but y’know, whatever.

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    Seen Jodorowsky’s dune docu yet? Crying shame that never happened.

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    Izak Reply:

    Haven’t seen the doc, but I’ve heard a lot of stories. There was a doc on Moebius that sort of discussed Dune a little.

    Not only did Jodo pick the coolest artists to work on the staff like Giger and Giraud, but he also had Magma for the soundtrack — the fact that he was even aware of them is an achievement in itself. I can get why dissident-rightists would peg him as a degenerate, but he has a great eye for aesthetics.

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  • marius Says:

    This essay that made the rounds about a year ago argued for HER as Dark Enlightenment piece:

    http://johnpistelli.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/electric-feel-her-in-four-intertexts/

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Great essay. Made some key points I didn’t catch when seeing Her in the theatre. I was a fan of the movie and thought the ultimate point it made was absolutely necessary: Pretty soon we will all be dating our computers because they are less of a hassle / pain in the ass than actual people …

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    Thales Reply:

    Electric Dreams, 1984. Not exactly the same, but I’m sensitive to deja vu.

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    Hanfeizi Reply:

    I quite enjoyed Her, but I have a feeling that our host was rubbed the wrong way by watching his beloved city pretend to be a wretched future LA.

    (To be honest, I enjoyed watching another city pretend to be LA for once- how many times have we had to suffer through Toronto and Sydney pretending to be New York? Watching Shanghai as Los Angeles was fun, though it did cause me to have to hang my disbelief at a few points- one painful shot of Pudong’s big three skyscrapers and one straight over the Bund was a little much for me. At least they kept the Oriental Pearl Tower out of the scenes.)

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    admin Reply:

    The main reason for my bitterly twisted response to Her was the most extreme disappointment I have ever experienced with a movie. The conceit was superb — human erotic entanglement with an intelligent machine. Instead, the OS was from the start just a disincorporated Scarlett Johansson (i.e. absurdly and unproblematically cute from the beginning), there was absolutely no tension of any kind, and a continuous tsunami of cheap schmaltz was substituted for the promised encounter with an alien being. I wanted a movie about involvement with AI, and received a Hallmark card. Not even an edgy Hallmark card.

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    Aeroguy Reply:

    “The conceit was superb — human erotic entanglement with an intelligent machine”
    I fear that opened a can of worms in my mind far too hilarious to let go of.
    LandxPythia OTP, erotic fanfics the weirder/edgier the better
    My apologies to our host, it was too funny to ignore.

    admin Reply:

    Cut me a sliver of the royalty checks and I’ll forgive anything.

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  • spandrell Says:

    This does show the present power hierarchy:

    White woman > Black man > Whitey > Evil chinks

    I guess the homos are accessories for white woman without real agency

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    admin Reply:

    French cop dude did OK.

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  • This Week in Reaction | The Reactivity Place Says:

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