It'd be easier to be cynical toward Marvel's current calculated money-printing scheme - especially when they come out saying they already have films planned through 2028 - if only the product, like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," wasn't so consistently entertaining.
A man falls in love with his computer. On paper and shaved down to its simplest form, "Her" sounds like a terrible Adam Sandler movie (which is redundant nowadays). However, writer/director Spike Jonze - making his first feature film since 2009's adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are" - takes a romance that should feel transparently fake, and instead makes it feel sincere and real in all of its deep, intimate pleasures and pains.
I'm not saying that I have a bit of a man-crush on JGL ... but I'm pretty much saying that I have a bit of a man-crush on JGL. So the fact that I didn't like "Don Jon," his debut as a writer-director, is kind of awkward. I don't want to stop getting invites to the monthly JGL Fan Club screenings of "Premium Rush," but his new movie is a clumsy mess, a first attempt at writing and directing that really plays like a first attempt at writing and directing.
There are many undeniable truths out there in the world and one of them is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as sh*t. The guy is a tremendous actor, he can cover the sh*t out of a Tom Waits song and, when you look at pictures of him, you can't help but assume that he always smells like fresh l...