Thursday Movie Picks #293: Love in the Tech Age

ThursdayMoviePicksHappy Thursday everyone! I can’t believe it’s been five years since I participated in this weekly Thursday Movie Picks blogathon that’s spearheaded by Wandering Through the Shelves Blog.

The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you’re up to it one of each. This Thursday’s theme is… Love in the Tech Age.

For this particular post, I’m going to keep it brief and share some of my fave scenes from the film:

HER

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

This film just breaks my heart!! This is one my top 10 films of 2013 (check out my review) and I still think it’s one of the greatest Joaquin Phoenix’s performances of all time, in fact, I would even say it’s one of Scarlett Johansson‘s best performances despite not appearing physically on screen. Hey, voice acting is still acting, folks. It’s a deeply emotional film that’s exquisitely beautiful and heartbreaking, perhaps much more so than many romantic films between two real humans. These two scenes are my favorites, though the entire movie is filled w/ memorable moments.


WALL*E

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Clearly humans aren’t always necessary for memorable cinematic romances. Wall*E and Eve are the cutest non-humanoid couple ever put on screen, complete with its own adorable meet-cute! Rivaling the marriage scene in Up, this could be the most romantic Pixar movie ever, while still delivering a potent environmental-conscious message.


You’ve Got Mail

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Oh how I miss Nora Ephron! This rom-com staple is no doubt one of the best films directed by women. Though the technology might be totally dated, the story is still so timeless. I love rewatching this and feeling nostalgic about using modem [ha! just kidding!] I guess Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have mastered building chemistry without actually meeting in person, though I’m glad there are more scenes of them together here than in Sleepless in Seattle. Bonus points for having Jane Austen’s reference here as the characters were discussing Pride & Prejudice in the cafe scene.


What do you think of my picks? Have you seen any of them?

12 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks #293: Love in the Tech Age

    1. Yeah I suppose HER is a shoo-in but I absolutely LOVE that movie and it’s perfect for this category. Glad you picked You’ve Got Mail too, another all-time fave of mine.

  1. I have to see HER even though it’s on my to watch list on Netflix for so long now, lol. I’ll watch it soon. Definitely a fan of both Wall-E and You’ve Got Mail. I do miss that AOL voice and it makes me feel very old, ha ha! Also, I just love the alternate NYC in that film where everyone was nice to each other and the city look clean. Of course in reality, that city is nothing like that at all!

    1. I think HER is still on Netflix, Ted. It’s SO well worth a watch, the visuals are amazing and Joaquin + Scarlett are fantastic. Yeah, watching YGM makes me feel nostalgic… though I can’t imagine life without a smart phone!

  2. Wall-E is a sweet film and one I truly enjoyed. I still have to see Her which is very popular today. We match with You’ve Got Mail. it is a nice film that i can turn my brain off and watch. The original version, The Shop Around The Corner, with James Stewart is the best and I also prefer the musical remake, In the Good Old Summertime, with Judy garland more than this one but it’s still good..

    1. Hi Birgit! Glad we matched in YGM, such a lovely, timeless movie. As for The Shop Around The Corner, I did see that one but for some reason, despite my love for James Stewart, I like the Ephron remake better.

  3. I picked Her and You’ve Got Mail and Her just recently this month so I didn’t go for them but so many kept them for this theme. So I’m like.. I had the strangest picks compared to others. 😀

    But I like those picks and I can’t believe this but I still haven’t seen WALL-E….

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