Spike Jonze just released one of the best music videos in recent memory

Spike Jonze has directed some of the best music videos of all time— “Sabotage,” “Buddy Holly,” “Praise You,” “Get Back.” There’s a sort of goofy exuberance to all of them that seems to come from a place of permanent, childlike (but never childish) playfulness. He’s continued to direct music videos over the years, even…

2001’s HAL and Her’s Samantha would have made a cute couple

In a way, HAL-9000, the sentient computer from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Samantha, the hyper-advanced operating system from Spike Jonze’s Her, have a great deal in common. They are both examples of artificial intelligence that far exceeded their makers’ loftiest expectations. Though inorganic, they…

KAYE remade a classic Weezer video for her song “Honey”

In the early-’90s Spike Jonze became the master of music videos. Weezer’s video for “Undone—The Sweater Song” may not be Jonze’s most flashy, but it’s simple execution—featuring a single shot on a steadicam filmed in big, blue room—would not only help push Weezer’s idiosyncratic songs to the mainstream, it’d inspire…

Joaquin Phoenix falls for Dr. Steve Brule in this recut Her trailer

In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix’s high-waisted-pants-wearing Theodore Twombly falls madly in love with his computer operating system. Considering said operating system is voiced by Scarlett Johansson, that’s a pretty understandable decision. But what if the O.S. didn’t sound quite as appealing? What if it were…

The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney falls in love with DiGiorno’s Twitter account

It was always going to end up this way. When Spike Jonze’s Her presented a love story between a lovesick Joaquin Phoenix and a really fancy operating system, an important boundary had been crossed. A precedent had been set: Disembodied virtual entities had come into their own as full-fledged movie characters. And with…

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil has put a date on when you might be able to date artificial Scarlett Johansson

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, subject of the fascinating documentary Transcendent Man, has written a lengthy critique of Spike Jonze’s Her on his blog, claiming that much of the movie’s technology could/will actually exist in the next 15-20 years—including the kind of advanced artificial intelligence that a…