Its not at all about racial whitewashing. Stupid ignorant leftists are always trying to make everything a racial case. Its the reality of films as a business. I am a director and a filmmaker, and I think about what sells first. In this case, the issue is that Ghost in the Shell is a JAPANESE story of the highest caliber. I've been dreaming of making this since I first saw the anime. It must remain Japanese to transcend time and have its desired effect. i.e to alter conciseness and usher the era of cybernetics. And its here that the film-business regarding Johansson misses the point. Representation/identifying quality does not slave to the story of origin. A tale that transcends is racially blind, and Ghost in the Shell is that type of film. It would be smarter film-business to consider the savings of not using an super star (Ashkenazi jew /not representative of cybernetics), and make the story in the real back yard of where this is taking place (Japan). Otherwise this story has to be done in NY or San Francisco, and the type of runaway silicon valley of cybernetics would have to be created from scratch, chances are it will not be believable to anybody, killing one of the greatest stories of all time.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
GILLES DE RAIS--JEREMY WOODS
PROFESSOR--TANJA LEWIS MILLER
FIRST JUDGE--SUE HASSETT
SECOND JUDGE--MARK MAREK
THIRD JUDGE--TARA FERGUSON
JOAN OF ARC/CATHERINE DE RAIS--SONIA GUETTLER
JEAN DE CRAON--GREG BRANHAM
FRANCOIS PRELATI--TODD HESS
EUSTACHE BLANCHET--FRED TAMM-DANIELS
JEAN DE FERRON--MICHAEL BRADLEY
PERRINE MARTIN--AMBER DICKEY
SOUND: HEATHER HUBER, TODD HESS
SET: MARK MAREK, DANE WAVERLY
LIGHTS: AMBER DICKEY, WAYNE MAYHEW
THE HISTORIC LOWRY HOUSE
Saturday, April 2, 2016
BYZANTIUM, now on Netflix
If it happens to be dark outside, and you're looking through your streaming services to find a descent vampire movie, then I highly recommend calling up Netflix and watching Byzantium.
Without spoiling anything, you're in for the story of two female vampires and their tale of survival. The first is Eleanor, played by Saoirse Ronan, (which, btw, sounds like an awesome vampire name,) and her older sister, Clara, played by Gemma Arterton, (which is an equally impressive vampire name!)
Eleanor is an immortal trapped in the body of a sixteen year old. She appears to be beholden to Clara, who claims to be her older sister, though the two could not be any more different. Clara is a devious seductress who seems perpetually drawn to the darker corners of the sex trade. Her fishnet shirts and high heeled boots contrast sharply with Eleanor, who is a cardigan-wearing, introspective artist.
But as the movie progresses, we begin to discover the roots of these two vampires and the complex relationship that holds them together. All the things that a vampire enthusiast hopes for in a film can be found here, from bloodletting victims in remote corners of the urban sprawl, to flashbacks of the vampires' mortal lives, to fleeting glimpses of the larger tapestry of vampire secrets in the world.
If any of this sounds familiar, that might be because Byzantium is directed by Neil Jordan, who gave us Interview with the Vampire. But whether you hated or loved his interpretation of Interview, this movie deserves your attention. What he's done with Byzantium is give us a character study of two vampires that is both rich and bleak at the same time. The nuances of their relationship are new to the vampire genre, and that doesn't happen often these days.
And when it comes to vampire tropes, Byzantium rarely takes the easy way out, always giving a slightly new interpretation, while never straying far from what is familiar. The vampire origin story is especially vivd.
There are some nods to previous vampire works in the naming of certain characters, as well as the casting of Johnny Lee Miller in a minor role. Miller's pedigree includes the debatably important Dracula 2000, where he portrays a young vampire hunter. In Byzantium, his character is far different, and surprisingly short on screen time. (I'm assuming he did this one during a lull in his career, before he took the lead in Elementary.)
Tom Hollander also appears in a small role in Byzantium, who was previously seen hunting Saoirse Ronan in another movie, Hanna.
But ultimately, it's the performances of the two leads that make this film. Both are haunting and devastating in their own way, with Saoirse channeling a girl desperate to break free of the child that she's been playing for over a hundred years. Meanwhile, Gemma plays counter to the role that we've grown accustomed to seeing her in: as that of the wise and aloof love interest to the adventuring hero. In this, she is an unapologetic survivor - damaged, dangerous, and cunning, pulling at any thread she can in order to insure that the two vampires are always one step ahead of their enemies.
For the vampire fan, Byzantium is worth your time. It's tense, indulgent, sexy, and dark, and it's streaming right now.
By: Sean Rourke