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Ghost in the Shell (2017).

April 15, 2017

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IMDb: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

 

White-washing controversies aside, I want to be blunt and say I totally enjoyed this film. That is why I am absolutely surprised by the ratings it has been getting, which are lower than what I think it deserves.

I have seen the original twice, before watching this film as well as after seeing it for comparison. Yes, nothing beats the original, as what purists would predictably say. But this film, with its stunning visuals and a few solid tweaking in the storyline, stands on its own.

There’s so much more to appreciate in this film than what the negative reviews make out of it. I personally think the concept and design of the highly modern world in the movie is spectacular (3D hologram effects and all).

The choreography of fight scenes is perfect. I love love love the first 5 minutes of it — its first action sequence with the robotic geisha gone rogue. THAT was super cool.

There are, however, some things to harp on such as Johansson’s too angsty-stiff portrayal of Major (take it from a die-hard Scarjo fan) as well as the absurd and unnecessary part where the Japanese-speaking Section 9 Chief Aramaki doesn’t get any Nihongo responses from the other characters. Well, at least, the character Aramaki is a hundred times likable in this film. Thanks to the portrayal of the amazing Japanese actor/director Takeshi Kitano, chief Aramaki is more of a father-figure to the Major rather than a cold and restrained boss in the anime version. I’ve actually let out some muted yaaaaaaasssssssss!!! during scenes where he’s a total bad ass.

Danish actor Pilou Asbæk was a very good Batou. The portrayal of his relationship towards Major was super spot on. I was grinning from ear to ear. (Fun fact: he was also in the ScarJo movie Lucy!) Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet was incredible, as per usual. Peter Ferdinando as Hanka CEO Cutter and resident bad guy was very impressive in his own sinister take on the character. And good lord, Michael Pitt. All I can say is, RISE KING! I love you and all of your movies and I hope you make more and more movies. Lol I’m embarrassing.

This movie may not fall in the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, but this is certainly a lot more entertaining and satisfying than some of the “higher-rated” movies I’ve seen.

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GHOST IN THE SHELL Trailer 2 (2017).

February 17, 2017

IMDb: A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

 

OHMYGOD MICHAEL PITT AND SCARJO IN ONE MOVIE????!!!! MY FCKING HEART

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Month In Review: JANUARY.

February 2, 2017

I’ve been making progress now. I’m able to see more than 3 movies to feature in this blog before the month of January ended. I’ve gotten more active here too, and so I’ve made it my goal to continue this winning streak (!). Steadily. Charot.

So without further ramblings, here are the movies I saw (either online or in the cinema) in January:

 

  1.  Sing (2016)

Sing (2016), Sing, Gunter

It’s a charming feel-good animation movie that’s certainly perfect to watch if you are quite curious to see cute anthropomorphic animals sing and perform some modern and classic hits.  If that above gif can’t convince you on watching this, I don’t know what else can.

 

2.   Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Assassin's Creed

Saw this in the cinema and it certainly left me puzzled and unsatisfied. I’ve never played the game or familiarized myself with the game’s story line so there’s that, definitely clouded my judgment. HOWEVER I was not familiar with the Warcraft video games and novels either but I sure did enjoy the movie. Immensely. Nevertheless, AC’s stunt work is great as well as its visual effects.

 

3.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Surprisingly, I enjoyed this Star Wars standalone film more than The Force Awakens for several reasons: First, Mads Mikkelsen stars in it. The Chirrut Îmwe – Baze Malbus tandem was brilliant, funny and adorable af for me. I loooooooove K-2SO and I’m so glad he is no C-3PO who I find annoying. And most importantly, there’s extra love for this film because of the ethnic diversity of the casts in there. It’s amazing to see Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, and Riz Ahmed take on important roles in a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, both films are extremely enjoyable for me especially for the fact that the character leads are kick-ass females.

 

4.  Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue (1997), Perfect Blue

I got a little bit lost and confused in the ending and so I had to google about it. I ended up learning about Folie à deux (or shared psychosis), “a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another”, thanks to Wikipedia.

 

5.  Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

I am super stoked about the upcoming Scarlett Johansson live-action version (mostly because I’m a ScarJo stan and waiting is such agony) and so to quell the embers of over-excitement, why not watch the original first?

 

6.  The Cat Returns (2002)

The Cat Returns (2002)

A new favorite, this goes second on my animation list next to Howl’s Moving Castle. ?

 

7.  The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

I don’t know why I let time pass by before I watched this classic gem.  But I guess there’s good reason to it. It’s so easy to connect with the mentally adrift, lost and confused Benjamin Braddock now that I’m out of college myself. Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of him was funny as hell. Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson was phenomenal, with a face and voice that’s distinctly unforgettable. Also worth-noting were the impressive camera-work, hilarious but mordant script and the heavy use of the sonically-endearing Simon and Garfunkel music.

 

8.  The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

The energy translated in the film was unbelievable, I’ve never seen such fine performances given not only by the lead roles but also by the minor characters (loved loved loved Luca Brasi and Clemenza). If you’ve never seen it yet, then this cinematic masterpiece (regardless of the gazillion times movie critics have said so) is truly worth your free time.

 

9.  La La Land (2016)

La La Land (2016)

Expected to get the usual feel-good cutesy-patootsie musical when Maneung and I decided to catch this on the big screen and so……………..To put it mildly, I was an emotional wreck in and out of the cinema. Maneung had to take some minutes to emotionally recuperate from it before going back to work.

 

10.  Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

It’s not on my top Studio Ghibli favorites but still worth a watch. Because of course it’s a Ghibli movie. If you are fond of the Studio’s other movie The Cat Returns, then you’ll be glad to see a cameo from a beloved character.

 

11.  The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

That Fredo-Michael scene was stupefying, it’s one of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever seen. Also, young Robert De Niro is sooo damn fiiiine.

 

12.  The Great Wall (2016)

The Great Wall (2016)

Though the look/feel/story of it is nothing more than that of your typical Hollywood blockbuster film, the impressive visual spectacle from the acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower) deserves to be enjoyed on the big screen. Honorable mentions: that glorious scene on the gif, the GORGEOUS costumes and Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal being cute together.

 

So there you go, those are the movies for January. Catch you again on the next one. Btw, how about you, what are the movies you saw in January? Would love to see you share about them. 🙂

 

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