Late Movie Reviews: The One I Love

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    Perhaps on a related note, I finally got around to watching Her, which touches on a rather similar issue. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is still reeling from his wife leaving him, and falls in love with a sophisticated artificial intelligence named “Samantha” resident on his personal computer. It seems only natural that he would, in a sense, because she was literally made for him and heuristically adapts to his behaviors and statements.

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    So rather like what’s being described here, both movies allow someone to explore an idealized version of a mate. And in both movies, and yet another movie I’ve seen recently and can in good faith recommend to readers here, Force Majeure, gur pber bs gur pbasyvpg pbzrf sebz univat gb fgrc njnl sebz na vqrny gb pbasebag na bsgra yrff-guna-vqrny ernyvgl.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Burt Likko says:


      I also saw Force Majeure and can recommend it.

      Though that movie also has an opaque ending. Burt,

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      • Burt Likko in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        V guvax jr ner fhccbfrq gb frr ure pbasebag ure bja vzcresrpgvbaf gur jnl fur fcrag zbfg bs gur zbivr pbasebagvat ure uhfonaq’f. Senaxyl, V gubhtug gur jubyr “ybbx, fur sernxrq bhg gbb” pbaprcg jnf n ovg gbb gnhg naq Ubyyljbbq naq jnf gur ovttrfg synj va na bgurejvfr rssrpgvir zbivr.Report

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Saul Degraw says:


        Qvq lbh guvax gur uhfonaq jnf snxvat vg jura ur unq uvf oernxqbja?

        Zl snibevgr fprar jnf ng gur raq jura gur uhfonaq “erfphrf” gur jvsr ohg fur jnf noyr gb fgnaq hc svar naq rnfl….Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    V guvax gur uhfonaq jnf unys snxvat vg jura ur unq uvf oernxqbja — ur fgnegrq bhg jnagvat gb znxr n fubj bs ubj hcfrg ur jnf, ohg nybat gur jnl, V guvax uvf bja jbeqf ortna gb qvfgheo uvz. Ur qvqa’g furq grnef jura ur pevrq. Ohg ur qvq ybbx funxra ol gur raq bs vg.

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    • Saul Degraw in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Fb lbh guvax gur zbz jnf va ba vg!? Gung’f na vagrerfgvat vagrecergngvba….Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        Lrnu, V guvax fur’q sbetvira uvz sbe uvf snvyher, ng yrnfg rabhtu, jura ur pnzr nebhaq gb nqzvggvat gung lrf, ur’q npghnyyl eha njnl. Fb fur jnfa’g tbvat gb yrnir uvz, nygubhtu fur erfcrpgrq uvz yrff. Gung’f jul V guvax gur cng raqvat jnf gurer — gur ybff bs erfcrpg jnf boivbhfyl tbvat gb rebqr gurve eryngvbafuvc, fb vg arrqrq gb fbzrubj or rdhnyvmrq. Naq gung’f jul V gubhtug vg jnf fhpu n cng, Ubyyljbbql raqvat, orpnhfr erny yvsr fb bsgra snyyf fubeg bs gur Vzcrengvirf bs Qenzngvp Pybfher.Report

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        Agreed or as they also say:

        Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagnReport

  3. aaron david says:

    Well, I happen to like both Moss and Duplass, so I will watch it at some point, especially as I tend to like smaller movies like this.

    That said, I have come across the problem that you describe before, wherein an author used a work of fiction to focus in on a facet of life or history, but the point of reference used is something that I found super distracting. Slaughterhouse Five was one that I always had problems with, as I felt that he had an immensely powerful story of war and then screwed it up with an asinine SF tale. Now, I first read that when I was in junior high, and every time I have reread it I get the same feeling.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to aaron david says:


      I honestly did not think of the SF aspects unless they were in investigation mode and then it raised all sorts of questions including the possibility that Ted Danson’s character was from an advanced civilization and was stuck on earth and decided to do anthropological and psychological experiments on humans by disguising himself as a marriage counselor.

      There was (SPOILER):

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