Spike Jonze’s Her (2013) stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly: an introverted man at the end of a failed marriage, working in a job that manufactures heartfelt handwritten letters for those unable to express their feelings themselves. Immediately, manufactured emotions becomes a central theme. In… Read More

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Opening with a radio announcement declaring that a space shuttle’s mission to destroy an Earth-bound asteroid has failed, Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) details the final days on Earth. Dodge, played by Steve Carell, is a familiar Carell character:… Read More

Cold in July

On a warm July night in Texas, 1989, Richard Dane is awoken by his wife who suspects she hears an intruder in the house. With further commotion confirming their suspicions, Dane (Michael C. Hall) nervously goes to the wardrobe and retrieves his father’s revolver. Shaking, he loads… Read More