Coming Soon-Ish: Siri, Sex Addicts, and Saving Artwork from Nazis!


Spike Jonze is one of those directors who makes movies I keep meaning to watch but don’t quite get around to. The only one I actually have seen is Being John Malkovich, which I liked but don’t remember particularly well. I only saw it once, several years ago. His latest film . . . you know, I might actually get around to this one.

When I read the concept on paper — average schmo falls in love with Siri — I was not particularly impressed, but there’s something very lovely about this trailer. And that moment where Scarlett Johansson asks, “How would you touch me?” Wow. It’s been ages since I’ve been interested in a Joaquin Phoenix movie — probably because he’s been playing pretend-crazy for a few years now — and, for that matter, it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to see something with Amy Adams too. (Less because she’s been playing crazy, and more because she’s been picking a lot of Guaranteed Oscar Nominee Roles.)

I’m pretty curious to see which way the story will go. Also, apparently Arcade Fire is doing the score? Hells to the yes.

The Monuments Men

War movie. Nazis. Based on a true story — my least favorite words ever. And yet, somehow, this trailer has entirely won me over, probably because there’s a little Ocean’s Eleven going on in there. (The scene between Clooney and Damon at the bar reminds me of a similar scene between Clooney and Pitt from O-11.) Also, the story actually sounds fairly interesting, despite the serious overplay of Nazis in recent years . And it’s got a great cast. I’m not sure this a theater movie for me, but it’s at least definitely a rental.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I’m curious about this one. It’s hard to judge, considering the trailer barely has any dialogue at all. There’s easily the possibility that it’ll end up being ridiculously schmaltzy. But I’m interested regardless — I’ve wanted to see more dramatic work from Ben Stiller since The Royal Tenenbaums, and I’m hopeful for this. Plus, not surprisingly, I identify heavily with shy introvert protagonists who live almost exclusively in their own heads. Although, as a result, I tend to be a bit less forgiving when I don’t like how movies represent said introverts.

The trailer itself is very pretty and paired with the spectacular Of Monsters and Men. This is the third trailer with awesome music. Can we go a fourth?

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Well, maybe not. I like some of Imagine Dragons’ songs, but “Demons” isn’t actually one of them.

As far as the trailer itself goes . . . eh, I’m very so-so. I like Mark Ruffalo a lot, and I’m all about seeing the sexy relationship between Bruce Banner and Pepper Potts, but I have the feeling that I’m going to have a significant problem feeling sympathy for the sex addicts. Which I didn’t know about myself, going into the trailer, but when Josh Gad’s character gets caught with the camera, and I think I’m supposed to be like, Jesus, look what this addiction has done to this nice young man, really all I feel is repulsion and almost nothing in the way of sympathy. I don’t know. Sex addiction certainly makes for a unique rom-com set up, but I don’t think I’ll be seeing this one unless I hear stellar reviews for it.

And finally . . . Haunter

This is an interesting trailer, partially because I don’t think it very effectively communicates the plot — which may or may not be intentional. I can’t really decide.

On the downside, there are a few lines of cheesy dialogue that I’m not exactly loving. On the upside, the plot description that I’ve read — which now feels spoiler-ish to talk about, even though I don’t think it is — is an unusual take on a haunted house story. Also, the look of the movie is sufficiently creepy, and Abigail Breslin is an incredibly talented young actress. I’d like to see more of her work as she grows older.

Work that doesn’t have Halle Berry and 911 emergency responder superheroes, anyway.

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