Welcome to Friday’s post. I’m glad you found your way here. It proves a) you’re very, VERY smart and b) you’re about to be Tentertained! I teach, I entertain … I’M A TENTERTAINER! Not to be confused with a taintertainer which is something else entirely and requires working with gloves and penicillin.
So I saw the movie Her last week in preparation for my annual Oscar party (total guests, 1 … unless you count the statuettes). I try to watch all the nominated Best Picture movies whether I think I’ll like them or not. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, as was the case with The Wolf of Wallstreet and sometimes the movie just reaffirms why I didn’t want to see it in the first place.
Her is just such a movie. I hated that movie. I unabashedly hated every second of it. It bored me to the point of becoming a mouth breather. I cringed, I cried, I routinely daydreamed about what it would be like if I was born with suction cups on all my fingertips.
Spike Jonze did this. SPIKE JONZE. Spike Jonze, for those of you who don’t know is a pretty cool guy. He’s the co-creator of Jackass, was married to Sophia Coppola and directed the movie Being John Malkovich when he was 29. Blah, blah, that’s all great and impressive but Spike’s greatest work, the thing that secured him in the super-cool, can do no wrong Hall of Fame was his work in music videos.
But what made me love Spike Jonze enough to forgive him the movie Her, was the video for Island in the Sun by Weezer. 3 men, cavorting and monkeys. No one needs more.
Island in the Sun – Spike Jonze version
As a comparison, this was the first (and far less popular … most people have never even seen it) version of the video by a different director.
Island in the Sun – early version (not Spike Jonze)
Not a single monkey, bear or panther.
Weezer Buddy Holly – directed by Spike Jonze
The thing about Spike Jonze for me is, within 5 seconds of watching any of the videos he’s made, I smile. And I smile until it’s over at which point I more often than not, press play again.
And by the way, I do realize that I’m the one and only person who didn’t fall over fainting at the brilliance of Her. I know this because I Googled “Am I the only one who hated the movie Her?”. And I was the only one.
It was my pleasure to teach you something today. It was my pleasure to entertain you.
That my friends, is Tentertainment!
Have a good weekend!
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