Live Action G.I.T.S. ScarJo

Ghost In The Shell: GITS ScarJo

“Animated texts can represent to viewers not some stylized fantasy world, but reveal something about the world of actuality. The animated worlds depicted are, actually, part and parcel of our world”- Paul Ward (Animated Interactions: Animation Aesthetics and the World of the ‘Interactive’ , 2006

Too many times movies, comics, manga, and animation become part of our lives as memories we don’t want disrupted. Sacred. Immutable. However, the way Motoko Kusanagi was previously depicted is now being changed because the role will be played by Scarlett Johansson.  I understand the early uproar about it and the complaint, “Oh no! An American actress playing a Japanese character. Impossible!” but it happens in most adaptations or remakes. This complaint is the same as someone having a problem with Hugh Jackman, an Australian, playing the Wolverine, a Canadian.

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Ghost in the Shell we have many reflective moments of ‘stillness’ that draw attention to the Major’s preoccupation with self, the body and what it means to be human or not, in essence her ‘life’, soul or ‘ghost’. Her issues with who she is are made apparent with sequences where the Major is inanimate, and some of these sequences last for several frames drawing attention to her psychological state of mind. Ghost in the Shell’s preoccupation with identity and gender identity issues, as well as the use of reflective surfaces and images to depict fragmentary identity, is perhaps suggestive of the cross over of narrative theme and stylistics between cinema globally, but perhaps more importantly also the cross over of theme and narrative between anime and live-action which is arguably linked to generic traits- Caroline Ruddell – Breaking Boundaries: The Representation of Split Identity in Anime.

Take a look at the picture. Does she strike you as Japanese? The heart of the character really means anyone can play the role. She is manufactured, made to order just like a Realdoll™.  Of course when the news broke of the casting, the internet started demanding a recast. Yet, I believe Scarlett will do an awesome job, just look at her previous films. More than that, she brings a recognizable name and established fan base to the movie.

Next, we come to the westernization of many anime characters, specifically women. How many large busted, tiny waisted Asians are out there? How many blondes? While talking to a friend about this, he mentioned how in anime the popular girl normally looks American while the “friend” looks more traditionally Japanese.

Despite all the complaints about the casting we know how it will turn out – the people that took to the internet to vent their frustrations will still be the first in line. Meanwhile, I will continue to say that Scarlett will do a good job in the role.

–Max

The Stone Bill

I am going to throw this out there I love beer, all different kinds of beer. In the past few weeks Governor Nikki Haley signed a new bill in effort to get new breweries to move to South Carolina. It originally began as a way to get Stone Brewing Company to move to South Carolina.

The bill allows breweries to sell food and retail at their business and brew pubs to distribute their beer. Although the down side is brew pubs have to turn in their liquor licenses, which I believe is a somewhat fair trade off.

What this means to the everyday beer drinker

The “Stone bill” will allow more breweries to come in with fewer restrictions on selling their own beer. I am looking forward to seeing how many different beers come to South Carolina. I am hoping for more local breweries to open in the Upstate – I am sick of the overdone IPA.

So for the inner hipster in all of us, this has been a monumental step forward to better beer .

My beer list

I am a huge fan of brown ales:
Lonerider- Sweet Jose
BBC Nutbrown

For the summer I go for wheat beers:
Leinenkugel Summer shandy

Winter beer:
Blue moon-Winter moon

When I go to Hooters:
Coors light- large quantity

NGE – Live?

Neon Genesis Evangelion Live Action Movie To Be Directed By Michael Bay…..Finally

When I see such articles appear in my Facebook feed, like everyone else I have to read it immediately.  So far the general consensus is; “Oh my God no…Noooooooo…Whhhyyyyyyyy”.

On the contrary who would be better than Michael Bay to direct Evangelion?

I say no one.

I know everyone will quote some facts or errors about some scenes in one or more of his movies or just explosions, blah blah blah. The fact remains that you will still go see it in theaters and enjoy it, just like the rest of his films – which you love to bitch and moan about.  I’ve known plenty of people who say how much they hate his films and tell me they will never go see them, and yet they are first in line for tickets on opening night.  Just like TMNT. You will go see it and complain afterwards, and then buy the collector’s edition merchandise. [Editor’s Note: No, I won’t. Unless the entirety of the Internet rises with one voice proclaiming it the best movie ever.]

When Hideaki Anno ended NGE originally, he received death threats because he left the series confusing.  I believe this would be motivation enough to stay true to the story.

In the end Michael Bay will do what he does best: fighting robots, half-naked Megan Fox, with massive explosions everywhere – and it will be awesome.  He has the experience working with giant robots from the Transformers series, so he knows how to do the EVAs, and for the most part would stay true to the series, give or take.

Just imagine the EVAs versus Angels.

The battles over Tokyo 3.

In Imax 3D.Evas and pilots

Side Note: When talking to James about this the other night, I proposed that same question: Who better to direct?  Around 3 in the morning I get a response of “Del Toro”, to which I responded “he would be guest director”.

[Editor’s Note: And I say it’d be a good team up to have Bay direct, and Del Toro design the Angels.]

[More Editor’s Note: Also, people, this project is at best speculative hype from the media related to a question he was asked on the Transformers/TMNT press junket in Asia and the coy response Bay gave.]