If you’re not one for dystopian worlds, loud noises or paying extra to watch Gravity in IMAX 3D (although you should, because it’s AMAZING), you can still get out of your comfort zone by watching some lesser known gems.
While none of these won’t take you to outer space, each one of them are unique in their own ways. From falling in love with a piece of technology to seeing the lives of those working in a strange hotel, these quirky comedies (or in the case of Her, a dramedy), are more about the story rather than the crazy special effects.
Here’s a movie that might just be too true to life.
Taking a look at our obsession with technology, Her follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer who falls in love with his newly-purchased computer that’s designed to meet his every need. But seeing that the computer’s voiced by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson, it seriously wouldn’t be that hard to fall in love, right?
I do have to say that I was left awe-struck by the trailer as it’s absolutely stunning. Pair that with a soundtrack featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and an amazing cast (Amy Adams! Rooney Mara! Olivia Wilde! Chris Pratt!), this film should DEFINITELY be on your radar.
Her comes out January 10, 2014.
A Case of You
Taking another look at how we use technology,A Case Of You is all about how we use it for the dating scene.
Justin Long plays a young writer (they all seem to be writers, don’t they?) who tries to impress a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) by becoming everything she likes — according to her Facebook profile. He finds himself in a mess when she starts to fall for him and he struggles to keep up the act.
Rom-coms like these always seem cheesy to me, but I just couldn’t say no to Justin Long… Or Peter Dinklage… Or Sam Rockwell. All three are always so delightful in their roles that I really couldn’t resist putting this film on my list. Add the fact that Long wrote the film alongside his brother Christian and Keir O’Donnell, it should be that much more interesting to see how the story plays out.
A Case of You will be released in select theatres on November 6, 2013.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
From the Instagram-like filter of the camera to the odd mannerisms of the characters, director-writer Wes Anderson is the epitome of quirk.
His upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, follows the legendary concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). As Gustave takes Zero under his wing, the pair somehow find themselves in a middle of a battle over a family fortune, not to mention the theft of a priceless painting.
I’m mostly excited to see this film because Wes Anderson has never failed to impress me. From the adorable kiddie-romance of Moonrise Kingdom to the brilliant stop-motion animation that was Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel features all of Wes Anderson’s cinematic elements. From the bright colours, crazy costumes and moustaches galore, the film also includes Anderson veterans such as Adrien Brody, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson along with new faces like Saoirse Ronan and Léa Seydoux.
The Grand Budapest Hotel comes out in theatres March 7, 2014.