Well yesterday I went on a Sci-Fi fest with Amythest and Nymaz. Went to see 'Ghost in the Shell' and 'Life'. So I thought I'd throw together some reviews.
I'm not going to comment on the various controversies about 'Ghost in the
Shell'. Just going to describe what I saw. It's a very stylistic, cyber
punky movie. Shiny and grimy at the same time. Scarlett Johansson looks
really good as the Major, but her acting was very cyborgish. The various
anime versions of the Major shows her with snark and emotions. The
plot is a mix of the original GitS and Stand Alone Complex, with some
added backstory that really wasn't necessary. On the plus side, the
effects are good, and the action scenes are dynamic. And since I have
a major crush on ms Scarlett, even if her acting was kind of wooden, it was
enjoyable to watch. Glad I saw it on the big screen, and I'll probably pick
it up on dvd/bluray, but if I'm wanting a cyberpunk fix, I'll probably
turn to 'Stand Alone Complex' or the original movie (which I'm watching now).
3 out of 5 ghosts in the machine.
Then we went to see 'Life'. Now this was a fun movie. Alien life form
examined on the ISS. Alien life form runs amok, fun is had. Unlike
'Prometheus' the scientists don't make completely stupid decisions. They
make mistakes, but they're understandable ones. None of the characters are
'mad scientists', and are all pretty likable. The monster is shoggoth-y
and the CGI was very well done. There's even a Lovecraft shout out in
the beginning, which made me a very happy cultist. Lots of 'Alien' themes,
and some 'The Thing' flavors, but with it's own way of doing things. It's
also pretty bleak, as most good SciFi/Horror is, keep in mind. Will
definitely watch repeatedly once I have it in my hot little pseudopods.
I think it gets 5 out of 5 flailing pseudopods.
So that's Vulpine at the movies. Had a good time, even if I wasn't feeling
too good. Hopefully next weekend I'll get to see another Lovecraftian
flick, 'The Void'. If not, it will be on DVD soon. Ok, catch you all later.