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…

How Her built a sci-fi future you might actually want to live in

In Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 contemplation of intimacy in an age of sophisticated artificial intelligence, the future doesn’t look as bleak as sci-fi viewers might expect. Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly navigates a future Los Angeles that, even polluted with claustrophobia-inducing crowds and a constant layer of…

Jim Carrey wouldn't let Spike Jonze direct the Ace Ventura sequel

The two Ace Ventura movies aren’t remembered particularly fondly these days beyond how much fun it is to say “do not go in there” when exiting a room, but 1995's Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls could’ve almost been a bit cooler than what we ended up with. That’s because famously hip dude Spike Jonze made a pitch to…

What is James Van Der Beek doing in What Would Diplo Do?

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The best celebrity impressions are usually the most accurate—if you don’t nail your halted speech patterns, the audience won’t realize that’s supposed to be Christopher Walken subbing for the story-time reader. But while imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, it’s hardly the highest or most engaging type…

Spike Jonze’s new perfume ad might lead to spontaneous dancing

Before crossing over to making bizarre but incredibly human films, Spike Jonze made his name directing skating videos, music videos, and commercials. He’s returned to that last format with an ad for Kenzo perfume that is a great short film (and, bonus, doesn’t really feel like it’s hocking perfume) centered around a…

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 Late Show swaps its intro for a Spike Jonze short film

Monday night’s episode of The Late Show opened with a new (albeit temporary) credits sequence, in the form of a Spike Jonze short film starring Stephen Colbert and Sesame Street’s Grover. In place of the bird’s-eye view of New York City that the talk show’s intro usually provides, we see Colbert wake up in Central…

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…

The best American film directors, from Robert Altman to Robert Zemeckis

Tough decisions are what A.V. To Z is all about. How do you choose between Sleater-Kinney and Spoon? What’s the deciding factor in a tag-team square off between Ren and Stimpy and Rocky and Bullwinkle? It gets agonizing, folks. But few of the judgment calls necessitated by this feature inspired more hand wringing,…

Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze wrote a play about how modeling is awful, made models watch it

Normally the presentations at New York Fashion Week take the form of runway shows, as the city’s high-end designers display their latest lines for the perusal of international buyers. But this year, unconventional fashion brand Opening Ceremony bucked tradition. Instead of a line of models parading in the hottest…

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…