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 — ‘Passengers’ is a Poorly Written Romance Wrapped in a Pretty Sci-Fi Film

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On the outset, Passengers looks like a potentially solid film with two great leads in Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, an up and coming director with his much buzzed about movie, The Imitation Game and the screenwriter of Doctor Strange and Prometheus.

But, of course, the spotlight is primarily on Pratt and Lawrence and all the positives and negatives that come with that kind of attention. Their performances and the story premise alone should have made Passengers a blockbuster, but somewhere along the way the story takes a few too many bizarre turns and finds itself in a sea of bad lines, clichés and plot holes. By the end, rather than a passenger enjoying this film, you may feel more like a hostage to a poorly written romance wrapped in a pretty science fiction film.

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Movie Review – ‘Arrival’ is a Poignant, Well-Crafted Sci-fi

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Despite the endless tools of communication at humanity’s disposal, it’s hard enough for the average person to get their point across on Facebook much less world leaders trying to understand each other at the United Nations. Communication is messy. Even as I write this I’m assuming you’ll read the words exactly as I intended rather than something else, but the truth is some will interpret it differently than others. Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is all about communication and how we interpret and understand information — and Arrival is wrapped in such a beautiful story with wonderful acting and masterful direction that you won’t even think twice about it.

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