Tag Archive: Spike Jonze


I can’t wait for this film. Scarlett Johansson has joined “Her” from director Spike Jonze (“Where The WIld Things Are”). From firstshowing.net:

Her is about Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system (not unlike iPhone’s Siri) designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. Johansson will voice the operating system.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Today would have been author Maurece Sendak’s 85th birthday. Sendak passed away in 2012. But his effects on me and countless others will be felt for decades to come.

Sendak was inspiring as an author. The simplicity with what he wrote was astounding, especially given the fact that his books aren’t rainbows and butterflies. One of my favorite quotes I heard from Sendak was this:

“Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what’s real and what’s not. They understand metaphor and symbol. If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous. Grown-up lives have become overlaid with dross.”

As I grew older, this is what I came to respect the most about Sendak. He understood childhood. He understood the highs and the lows, the good times and the bad times. He understood that just because a child is young doesn’t mean he or she isn’t affected and aware of events in the world. H gave the world “Where The Wild Things Are” and for that alone, he will have my eternal gratitude. Happy birthday, Maurice. Just know that my feelings for your stories can be summed up like this: I’ll eat it up, I love it so.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Composer Carter Burwell dropped out of “Thor: Dark World” citing creative differences. Burwell has scored every Spike Jonze film, “Twilight”, the upcoming “The Fifth Estate”, “Seven Psychopaths” and more. It’s a shame he dropped out, it would have been fun to see how he would have scored the film. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.