It's that time of the year: time for top 10 lists, time to start gearing up for awards season, and picking the contenders and ensuring we shout their names in all caps from behind our laptops, and a time for critics to champion our favorite movies and performances -- which is why I think it's time to take a look back at my favorite female-centric (and gender politic-centric) films and female performances of 2013.
Winter is coming ... for Captain America, anyway. As we enter the year filled with such anticipated titles as 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Godzilla' and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' Empire Magazine has debuted its latest cover featuring new images from the next installment in Marvel's buzzing superhero universe -- 'Captain America 2.'
Technology is a duplicitous wonder: it vastly connects us to people, places, and things beyond our reach, but limits our interactions with the people right in front of us. It allows us an additional layer of protection and evasiveness, while giving us the freedom to be whoever we want to be while hiding behind brightly lit screens. In 'Her,' Spike Jonze imagines a not-so-distant future, that's not just plausible, it's incredibly tangible; its characters -- both human and not -- contemplating what it means to exist, to connect, and to love.
Spike Jonze's new movie 'Her' may not get Scarlett Johansson a Golden Globe, but it's definitely one of our most anticipated titles for the rest of the year. The latest trailer plays up the melancholy as Joaquin Phoenix finds joy (and possible emptiness) when he falls in love with his computer's operating system.
Scarlett Johansson delivered a career-best performance this year in Spike Jonze's 'Her' and it has a lot of critics talking about award consideration. But, there's one award Johansson won't be winning: The Golden Globe. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which manages the Golden Globes, has said that Johansson's performance is ineligible.
Although he's been busy putting the finishing touches on 'The Wolf of Wall Street' for its upcoming Christmas release, Martin Scorsese still managed to find time to throw together this charming short film for fashion house Dolce and Gabbana. The black and white short, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson, promotes the brand's The One fragrance line, but if anything, it just makes us want to see Scarlett Johansson in a Scorsese film.
Before I write anything else about 'Don Jon': yes, there are some guys in Northern New Jersey who really do act this way. Some of the particulars are exaggerated, but not really. Whether the interior life of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's protagonist gym rat, club denizen, muscle car driver is accurate is something I'll never know, and considering the emotional dysfunction on display, I think I'm okay with it.
Scarlett Johansson's performance in 'Under the Skin' is perhaps best known for one where she is naked frequently. And, while that might be all you really need to know about 'Under the Skin,' there is also this interesting tidbit. For the film, where Scarlett plays a beautiful-but-evil man-killer, the actress secretly went out, seduced regular guys walking down the street and lured them into a van.