Say what you like about Scarlett Johansson, she is definitely making some intriguing choices of late when it comes to the roles that she is taking on, and that means it’s going to be a very interesting year for her fans in movie theaters this year.
Besides her co-starring role in the just-out Captain America: The Winter Soldier where her character of the Black Widow gets a lot more screen time than one might expect, she also has starring roles in two other films that both look to be very different not only from one another, but from what one might expect her to be doing at this point in her career.
First up, there’s Under The Skin which is already in release in some areas, and will be getting a wider release in just a couple of weeks.
From what little I’ve read about the film (I’ve been trying to avoid reading much, since this is the kind of film that I like to take in “cold”, going in not knowing too much beforehand and simply letting myself experience the film as it unfolds) this is one of those trailers that doesn’t really do justice to the unique, disorienting atmosphere of the actual movie.
The there’s also the movie Lucy, which is set to hit theaters later in the year. Here’s the first trailer for it:
When you add all of those to her voice-over work in last year’s Best Picture nominated Her, along with at least a small part in Jon Favreau’s Chef, which I posted about earlier, well, you certainly can’t accuse her of playing it safe when it comes to the roles she’s taking on, and I, for one, find myself very curious to see where she’s going to go next.
Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
This week sees the wide opening of one of the most anticipated films of the new year, the Joaquin Phoenix starring Her.
Of course, there’s really only one way to go with this one… well, actually, that’s not true, this odd love story provides lots of different angles to choose from for a double feature pairing, but just for the fun of it, I decided that I’d really like to see a marquee that reads “Playing Today: SHE and HER”.
Yep, the “SHE” part of that would be the 1965 Hammer film starring Ursula Andress and John Richardson
Yeah, maybe not the most obvious choice in the world, after all, but there you go. And hey, beyond just the title similarity, one could say they both involve very strange love stories, so there is that.
Anyway, what do you think? Do you have any other ideas for pairing films with Her? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!
While I’m really looking forward to watching Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams‘s performances in Spike Jonze‘s upcoming Her, at the same time I’m really hoping that the whole thing doesn’t devolve into simply waiting for the inevitable-seeming conclusion to play itself out. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn’t help eliminate that feeling at all.
Let’s hope Jonze has at least one or two surprises for us somewhere along the way.
Yeah, the premise here is the kind of goofy crap that could make for a really bad Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey movie. But when instead you’ve got Spike Jonez behind the camera and the man who may very well be his generation’s best actual actor, Joaquin Phoenix in front of it, plus a supporting cast that includes Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha” what you wind up with is one of the movies I’m most looking forward to seeing this winter. Simply entitled Her, it’s supposed to hit theaters in November.