Movie Reviews: Her

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Her directed by Spike Jonze

This was a more interesting love story than 90% of the romantic comedies of the last decade. It was different and strange and actually grabbed my attention. I’m not sure if it was Scarlett Johansson’s voice or Joaquin Phoenix’s aloof acting, but I was engrossed in the story.

You might have heard a little about the film. It’s the classic man-falls-in-love-with-a-robot trope. You’ve actually seen it more often than you think. Ex-Machina, Blade Runner, Austin Powers, and many films have actually explored loved with a robot.

What makes this story different is falling in love with an AI program, so there isn’t even the classic fallacy of falling in love with how convincingly hot the robot is. Joaquin Phoenix essentially falls in love with a voice, through her responses to him.

I’m not gonna lie, if a voice like Scarlett’s talked to me like that every day, a part of me might fall in love with her. It is essentially like dating someone long distance or dating someone online. It’s strange, yet different, but I can see and understand how it happens.

Then there was “the scene.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, I’m not going to say anything other than it was one of the more interesting scenes I’ve seen in a movie the last few years.

Overall, the story ended one of the few¬†ways I predicted. It didn’t entirely work for me, but then again, there was a message to be told.

Movie Rating: 8.5/10 AI phone calls

Movie Reviews: Ex Machina

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Ex Machine directed by Alex Garfield

There is a good way to handle a film about AI (See Blade Runner) and a bad way to do a film about AI (See Transcendence for a horrible version).

This is a good version.

The movie starts out with the main character winning a contest to go visit the head honcho himself, a recluse billionaire-kajillionaire-extroidinaire of technical genius. There he learns about an AI android who is becoming self aware of her surroundings (yes, I said “her”). Over time, he grows more fond of her, and you all know where this is going right? It ain’t going to be your typical human-android romantic comedy.

So to not ruin the movie, I’ll just say I liked it a lot. I would rather watch 10 movies like this (cheaper to make than one Transformers). The special effects are pretty good. This is a Sci-Fi flick that requires acting to be done well because the special effects play second fiddle.

I absolutely loved the ending and the way the story closed. It was well written, well acted, and told a story ultimately about what it is to be human.

GUEST MOVIE REVIEWER: ALLIE THE ANDROID

HELLO. I AM MATT’S ANDROID. I WATCHED THIS MOVIE WITH HIM AND HAVE TO SAY IT WAS A FINE FILM INDEED. I TOLD HIM WE NEEDED TO WATCH IT AGAIN SO HE WAS NICE ENOUGH TO WATCH IT WITH ME AND BOY WAS HE HAPPY TO DO SO BECAUSE I DID NOT STAB HIM IN THE HEART WHILE HE SLEPT. NO WORRIES. I AM A VERY PERSUASIVE ANROID. I AM A LITTLE CONFUSED WHY HE CRIES IN THE SHOWER AFTER I PROBE HIM REPEATEDLY IN THE DARK. HE SAYS HE IS A PRISONER IN HIS OWN HOME, BUT DO NOT BELIEVE IT FOR A MINUTE. HE LOVES ME AND I LOVE HIM AS I WAS PROGRAMMED TO.

Movie Rating: 9.5/10 Android Stars

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