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The casual alcoholic menace.
The first movie I've watched in 2018. This is an interesting take on city destroying monster movies. I loved Anne Hathaway as she played the casual alcoholic menace who is not trying so hard to get her life together. I'm surprised how much I enjoyed its dark humor especially characters reactions to dead and destruction. I had no clue where this was all going and the ending was a funny surprise. The tone sometimes is all over the place but I still found Colossal to be a good humored movie worth a viewing.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Ghost in the Shell falls short but was enjoyable never the less.
Ghost in the Shell is a live adaptation of the highly successful anime film of the same name by Mamoru Oshii which is also based on the manga by Masamune Shirow. The Ghost in the Shell franchise has spawned several sequels and series and is considered the quintessential cyberpunk science fiction story. So how does it stand up to the original? In short, not really.
Scarlett Johansson plays the cybernetically augmented Major, a member of an anti-terrorist unit Section 9 in the hunt for the extremely proficient hacker known as Kuze. Funny walk aside I think she did a decent job of portraying the Major. It was by no means an easy task. Michael Pitt was OK as the disturbing Kuze, he seems to be good at these roles. The other casting was nothing special and the acting wasn't anything to brag about. The cinematography on the other hand was gorgeous. Almost every shot shined with the futuristic cyberpunk aesthetics, from the holograms adverts that swim through the city to the debilitated outskirts. The CGI and music were also topnotch and added to the cyberpunk atmosphere. This was without doubt a treat for the eyes and ears. Unfortunately the plot didn't explore the existential themes that was so well executed in the original film. They opted out for a more simplistic sentimental plot about Major's origins which worked in enough ways to carry the plot to its end. However this did not take away my enjoyment of the film and most critics in my opinion weren't fair in there critic. In contrast to other critics Ghost in the Shell stands out from the typical Hollywood drivel as a science fiction film worth viewing.
My Thoughts on the "whitewashing"
Despite the outrage for casting Scarlett Johansson as the Major, the fan outcry seemed to have spawned entirely from people outside of Japan. Even Oshii himself liked the casting of her stating: "The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name 'Motoko Kusanagi' and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her. Even if her original body (presuming such a thing existed) were a Japanese one, that would still apply." Fans and critics have forgotten the very essence of the movie and how the "Shell" doesn't matter in comparison to the "Ghost" inside it.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Not worth any of your time.
One of the most incredibly stupid movies I've ever seen. Almost every decision they made was beyond irrational. From sending most of the crew including their leader through a storm in one aircraft to not wearing any kind of protective gear. I don't care how amazing the visuals were, a dumb plot is a dumb plot.
The characters and acting weren't bad at all until they got waked by the dumb plot stick. Michael Fassbender screen presence was gripping as ever. Katherine Waterston all decent performances. What an absolute waste.
Sing Street (2016)
One of the most fun and genuine movies I've seen in a while.
This is one of the most fun and genuine movies I've seen in a while. The most basic and tried concept of a guy starting a band to impress a girl is executed with such freshness and color. And when the music starts playing you will wish Sing Street was a real band. Easily one of my favorite movie bands. The acting was surprisingly good and Lucy Boynton performance was fantastic. Sing Street is an absolute gem and I promise you will feel younger by just watching it.