Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*

Chris Pratt, The Magnificent Seven

Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own tail at this point.  There may be multiple versions of every movie ever made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven is not an offender.  The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or override the classic.  The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story has already lent itself to reinterpretation.  It’s a Magnificent Seven for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is enjoyable. Continue reading Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*

Trailer Time: Ghost in the Shell Teaser #1 (2017) *Anime Classic Comes to Life*

The first teaser for Ghost in the Shell isn’t so much a teaser as it is a glitchy series of images of what the live-action adaptation of the classic anime series might offer.  Ghost in the Shell has made headlines, primarily, because of the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Major Moto Kusanagi.  Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese story, and if you thought the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange was whitewashing, this is a comparison between Johansson and the character from the series:
Ghost in the Shell, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson, Major Moto KusaganiJohansson is a big fan of the series and pushed hard for the role, but you can understand some of the blowback.  You can dye her hair purple, but short of some ghastly Cloud Atlas-like make-up, she’ll never look remotely Asian.  Ghost in the Shell joins an absolutely packed March 2017 schedule, opening March 31st opposite Jessica Chastain in the adaptation of the best-selling novel The Zookeeper’s Wife.  For more on the controversy surrounding the film read below: Continue reading Trailer Time: Ghost in the Shell Teaser #1 (2017) *Anime Classic Comes to Life*