Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Special Report From Section 9...

Science Fiction is a major influence in my life; and there is no way that I could ever deny that fact. I may be able to conceal it for short increments of time in mixed company but eventually I will tip my hand and reveal my true self. I love the stories, I love the characters and I love the possibilities for the future that Science Fiction presents. I love watching Science Fiction based movies and television shows and I love to reading sci-fi stories. A science fiction movie with a decent script and good art direction has the same effect on me as good pot has on other people...I watch Blade Runner and I get high off of Ridley Scott's vision of the future. Lets face facts here, Blade Runner is the reason I bought my first trench coat; I suppose that Colombo may have had a small part to play in that fashion genesis. Taking all of this into account are any of you really surprised that I spent last night watching Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence?

At this moment, I cannot give you my opinion on the movie; other than to say that like every other viewer on the planet I found the work "visually stunning." I remember reading a comment that the director made saying that the animation in this movie is four years ahead of anything that we have here in the States. After my first viewing of the film I would be inclined to agree with him but with one caveat. Are we really making the same kind of animated movies in this country? GITS is unquestionably adult fare; while most of the cutting edge computer animation in this country or animation in general for that matter is still oriented towards a child audience. I have to give this film a second viewing because to be honest I am still digesting everything; but the only thing that bothered me last night while I was watching it on DVD was the fact that there was no dubbed option. Personally, I prefer to watch foreign films with subtitles that way I don't get distracted by the fact that none of the actors lips are in synch with the dialogue. What bothered me last night was the fact that the subtitles were taking my attention away from the background in the movie. The background art in both the GITS films are amazingly dense and, to me anyway, compelling. The setting is what helps to give the characters and the story depth and realism. That is all that I am going to say at the moment because I need to watch this film again. I turn my attention now to some articles on Cyberpunk that a Professor has just dropped off at the library to be placed on reserve.

5 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

Similar thoughts... visually amazing, yes! I really want to see it again... twice actually. Once to take in a little more of the plot (which I found to be a bit overwhelming). And a again to just focus on the visuals.

7:08 PM  
Blogger TheDarkLordDerfla said...

I agree Sam, the plot was very hard to wrap my head around. When I linked to the trailer I felt like the v/o was describing a different movie.

MAybe this weekend we can squeeze in another screening.
Mike

7:16 PM  
Blogger TheDarkLordDerfla said...

I agree Sam, the plot was very hard to wrap my head around. When I linked to the trailer I felt like the v/o was describing a different movie.

MAybe this weekend we can squeeze in another screening.
Mike

7:16 PM  
Blogger manuel noriega said...

i agree that the background animation was amazing. i would have to say too amaing in contrast to the charater art. it was like watching the background of one movie with the characters of another. i dont remember too much about the plot, i was distacted trying to place all the biblical and philosophical references.

12:17 AM  
Blogger TheDarkLordDerfla said...

General Noriega,
I agree with you that the character animation is some scenes did not equal the background work...but there were some spots where everything came together. I was also very distracted by the qoutes; I don't like to be out qouted.

Mike

8:13 AM  

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