Future hate

Canadian author Sheila Heti has spoken (or tweeted, anyway) positively about Her, the Spike Jonze film about a fellow who falls hard for the disembodied voice in an operating system. I’ve been avoiding the film, officially because it hasn’t opened locally yet, but really because I know I’m susceptible to this same sort of crush and I’d just as soon not be reminded of myself, though of course I’ve never looked anything like Joaquin Phoenix.

Then she sent this up:

What did he mean by that? I suggested that this merited further thought, to the extent that what I do can be considered “thought,” and she replied:

by “this” I’m pretty sure he meant the scenario in the movie. Kill so many so only computers are left to love? Who knows?

It looks to me, down here in Third Hand Alley, that the chap really doesn’t want to kill anyone, but fears that the film might lead him — or, perhaps more likely, someone else of a type he recognizes with a different set of values — to bring about this binary dystopia. Then again, guys in love do some incredibly foolish things at times.


  1. Roger Green »

    4 January 2014 · 3:35 am

    It’s reviewed well. want to see it, but it’s not here until 1/10

  2. CGHill »

    4 January 2014 · 10:16 am

    Same opening date here. (The disadvantage of not living in a megalopolis, like Heti’s Toronto.)

  3. Roger Green »

    4 January 2014 · 10:36 am

    Lots of people in NYC and LA don’t understand this. On FB, someone was commenting on two films he saw, both of which were fairly new (American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street), and the guy said, “I’d rather you review Inside Llewyn Davis.” Not only did I find it rude – the reviewer should be ale to review what HE wants, but Llewyn Davis hadnt even opened in Vermont, where the reviewer lived (or in Albany, NY, for that matter). Another 1/10 release, along with August: Osage County.

  4. Lynn »

    4 January 2014 · 11:05 am

    I haven’t seen the movie so this might be a total non sequitur but, on the subject of computers running the world, I highly recommend Neal Asher’s Polity series of novels.

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