Movie Review – Controversial ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is the First Good Anime Adaptation

Anime to live action adaptations have a troubled history. Unless I’m forgetting something, I don’t believe there has ever been a successful or well-done adaptation of an anime movie or television show. Of the most recent ventures, Dragonball: Evolution and Speed Racer were both critical and box office failures, and that’s putting it nicely.

Ghost in the Shell, then, had quite the mountain to climb to overcome past grievances and honor both the original anime movie while introducing the story to non-anime audiences. While it’s not perfect by any means, struggling to go as deep as the original, it still keeps the soul of the movie rather than settling for a shell, but also knows when to be its own thing. The end result is a satisfying science fiction that many people will enjoy.

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Movie Review — ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is a Formula-Driven Action Blockbuster

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While I have loved many Marvel movies of the past (Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers), the first installment of this franchise, Captain America: The First Avenger, just like this sequel, left me disappointed. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (what is it with these super long titles?) is full of action, comedic life, and a twisting and turning narrative — but despite all this, the sum of the parts does not succeed as well as the successful components.

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