Tag : future
Tag : future
Spike Jonze has pulled off a very wonderful thing in his writing and direction of Her; A story so at home in the world we are just beginning to inhabit. Here Jonze shines the spotlight on the way we have come to relate to our technology, while simultaneously creating a touching and poignant love story that is, in essence, actually very human.
The excellent Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a newly divorced ghost-writer of romantic letters who’s own sense of love is battered after a recent divorce. Twombly is perhaps the quintessential (or the near stereotypical) modern human: Beset by anxiety and self-doubt, and deliberately withdrawing from emotional interaction with other people, he seeks solace in technology, games and anonymous online connections. Beyond the subtle performance, Phoenix is particularly impressive given the amount of time he dominates the camera in close up; Perhaps the most illuminating element of this film is the care and consideration that has gone into the script and direction.
Twombly installs, and subsequently falls in love with, an intelligent operating system (voiced with warmth and humanity by Scarlett Johansson) whose charming naivety and evolving sense of self allows him to experience her whimsical wonder at the world around her through new eyes. It’s almost as if they discover how to love, together.
In many ways this isn’t the story of an AI that develops an emotional attachment, it’s the story of a man who discovers and accesses emotions he’s buried and denied within himself. As a result, the fantastical elements are rendered everyday, and the interactions between the other human characters and their AI’s feel strangely more natural than those between the actual human characters.
There is great insight into the myriad of social interactions beyond the physical in Her. The new and different modes of society Jonze presents delivers a refreshingly positive foretelling of the future. Here Jonze has created neither a utopia or a dystopia – the oh-so-common format of futuristic films – but rather a ‘slight future’ that feels very real.
It would be impossible to discuss all of the fascinating concepts explored in this film without giving away far to much about its plot, but it’s safe to say there are very big ideas at play here, cloaked in a very small and intimate story. It is this depth that gives Her its touching insights into love, emotion and connection.
It is a film that engages the audience on an emotional and intellectual level, and pulls at the heartstrings whilst posing important questions about our own future selves.
Holo-Tupac inspired us this month to beam into the future for our future-themed May issue! Also, we’re now viewable on ipad and iphone!
Our insightful writer Tess Armstrong investigates holo-touring potential in our cover issue this month, and asks the important questions like ‘Did Harry Potter teach us nothing?‘ and ‘How about a Dawsons Creek holo-reunion?’. Regardless of the funnies, we found out there’s no future in holo-touring.
Meanwhile, we predict a return to nostalgia for CDs, as those little silver discs of wonderment become as ‘old school niche’ as vinyl is to us right now. MP3 killed the CD star? We think not.
The future theme continues as we look at upcoming trends for Spring with our Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up, and ask whether Australia is fashion forward or just terribly behind the times.
In design this month robots take over a-la The Jetsons, as our design editor looks at the best in design innovation – like brick laying mini helicopters. We still wish the man would let us have our taco-copter.
If that wasn’t enough (phew!), we also chat with The Jezabels about why record companies don’t matter anymore, and The Darkness about the future of the band post-reunion, deliver a swathe of the latest movie and album reviews, focus on up and coming local talent with an EP review special, and bring you the best events from around the country!
Check out Issue 18 by clicking on the cover below (you can download it to read it easier once you’re in the viewing window too!), and as always thanks for reading. Enjoy – and here’s to AP’s imminent move down to Melbourne… we welcome any and all suggestions!
From the Alphabet Pony Team x
Future Music Festival is back again with a solid lineup of big names – and some surprisingly good mid-level acts. We’re pumped to see heavyweights like Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim and Tinie Tempah top the bill, but we’re equally excited by the addition of Jessie J, Die Antwoord, a sneaky James Murphy set and Alex Metric.
And if you thought that was good, we hear there are more big name, heavy hitters to come…
Tickets on sale Thursday, 20th October 2011 @9AM. Check www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100. More information at the Future Music Festival site.
National Tour Dates 2011:
Brisbane – Saturday 3rd March – Doomben Racecourse
Perth – Sunday 4th March – Arena Joondalup
Sydney – Saturday 10th March – Royal Randwick Racecourse
Melbourne – Sunday 11th March – Flemington Racecourse
Adelaide – Monday 12th March – Ellis Park *new and improved venue*
Future Music Festival 2012 lineup so far:
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA (SWE) / FATBOY SLIM (UK) / PAUL van DYK (GER) / TINIE TEMPAH (UK) / THE WOMBATS (UK/NOR) / CHASE & STATUS – LIVE (UK) / SKRILLEX (US) / JESSIE J (UK) / THE RAPTURE (US) / SVEN VATH (GER) / DIE ANTWOORD (SA) / APHEX TWIN – LIVE (IRE) / THE NAKED AND FAMOUS (NZ) / GARETH EMERY (UK) / JAMIE JONES (UK) / JAMES MURPHY & PAT MAHONY (LCD SOUNDSYSTEM/ DFA) (US) / HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR (US) / AZARI & III (CAN) / FRANK OCEAN (US) / ALEX METRIC (UK) / HOLY GHOST! (US) / THE JUAN MACLEAN (UK) / BENOIT & SERGIO (GER) HORSE MEAT DISCO (UK) / STAFFORD BROTHERS (AUS) / PLUS MANY MORE!