Vulpine Goes to the Movies: Ghost in the Shell & Life

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.

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