You’re only as limited as your imagination – and the number of Lego blocks you happen to own.
In the case of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, there is no limitation. And such is the setting for a world of Lego where we are introduced to Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who follows the rules of the handbook passed out to the entire population by President Business (Will Ferrell).
Emmet is a guy who lives in a society where “ordinary” is a compliment and rules are meant to be followed, not questioned, but are done so willingly because, as is heard quite often in the movie’s theme, Everything Is Awesome.
The idea for the story behind Her feels like it might be ahead of its time, but in some ways it’s also been a long time coming. From the mind and talent of writer and director Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix plays an introverted, somewhat socially awkward, divorcee who strikes up a relationship with an artificially intelligent computer operating system.
And it one of the most uncomfortable films I’ve ever watched.
Dating in the movies is always a big ordeal, a larger-than-life experiment that always ends in blooming romance and “happier ever afters” or tragic heartbreak that requires a sequel to tell the story of how the protagonist got over it.
Dating in real life is rarely like that. That’s the strength of Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eva, a masseuse and single mother whose daughter is about to move away to attend college.
Everyone has been raving about Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film that takes place in zero gravity just above earth in a project servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.
The movie, which focuses on Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney) after their shuttle is damaged by space debris, takes a minimalistic storytelling approach as we are left to painstakingly watch Stone and Kowalski attempt to reach a level of stability in such a hopeless setting.