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Movie Review: "Ghost In the Shell" is Visually Pleasing But Still Underwhelming

GHOST IN THE SHELL
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han and Juliet Binoche
Based the Manga by Masamune Shirow
Screenplay by Jamie Moss and William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger
Directed by Rupert Sanders 

Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs

 Out of Four


Masamue Shirow's revered, visionary manga series Ghost in the Shell has rabid fans all over the world. and was cited by the Wachowski's as a heavy influence on The Matrix. The 1995 film version, directed by Mamoru Oshii, is considered a classic as well, so there's a lot to live up to with an American remake, and the backlash started some time ago with the casting of Scarlett Johnasson in the lead role. Fans argued that the character of The Major, also known as "Motoko Kusanagi" is Japanese, not American. But it's important to point out that in Japan, the backlash is virtually non existant, as people expected an American version to star an American actress, and Oshii hi…

Check Out This Wonderful Poster For Colin Trevorrow's THE BOOK OF HENRY

It's becoming a rare breed these days to find a good looking movie poster but this one for Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry really hits the mark.  The poster is illustrated by the hugely talented James Goodridge and reminds me of the classic posters of the 80's.  Trevorrow tweeted the poster yesterday and has become a hit with movie lovers.  You can watch the trailer below.


SYNOPSIS: Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Hen…

Galactic Fashion Episode 22 Now Out. A monthly podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion

Galactic Fashion is a monthly podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion, hosted by Johnamarie Macias and Teresa Delgado and part of the Jedi News Network. 

In episode 22, Teresa is back and the two hosts talk about the latest from Her Universe, the new Dooney & Bourke collection, the latest previews from Po-Zu's Star Wars footwear collection, RockLove Jewelry's newest licenses, and much more! Plus, the two interview (35:10) fangirl and video content creator Amanda Jean (@AmandaJeannn). Topics include how AJ became a fan of Star Wars and Disney and how that has affected her field of study, how she goes about preparing for conventions and Star Wars Celebration, she also gives us makeup/nail/convention tips, and much more. Plus, Mark Newbold and Matt Booker interviewed Sven Segal, the founder and director of Po-Zu (20:00). You can listen to episode 22 on iTunes and email them at Twg.galacticfashion@gmail.com with your comments, views and opinions to be a part of the sho…

‘THE BOSS BABY’ shows you who's in charge in a brand new clip featuring Alec Baldwin

“Let's just say... I'm the boss!” - The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) In eager anticipation of the upcoming release of THE BOSS BABY, a brand new clip has been released by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation in which we see the Boss Baby unveil his true identity, much to his brother Tim's confusion and surprise. Featuring the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow and from the director of Madagascar, THE BOSS BABY is due to arrive in cinemas this weekend.

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of fami…

VIDEO - Interview With Special Effects Expert Neil Corbound Who Worked on Saving Private Ryan and Rogue One.

The folks over at CookeOpticsTV interviewed special effects guru, Neil Corbound who has worked on Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Gareth Edward's Rogue One A Star Wars Story.  They tell us:

We interviewed special effects expert Neil Corbould at CamerImage 2016. He is best known for his work on Gravity, Gladiator, Rogue One and Saving Private Ryan. In this episode he talks about his work on Saving Private Ryan and his role as a special effects artist and how he worked alongside Steven Spielberg. 



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Bitcoin, Tesla and More Could Shape the Next Decade of Star Wars Movies

George Lucas may have left the Star Wars franchise, but that doesn't mean an end to our exploration of new galaxies beyond our own. In fact, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Star Wars will continue long after Episode IX, which is currently being prepped in time for release in 2019.

Commenting on the franchise at Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment, Iger said we'll likely see "another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories". If that's the case, the world as we know it – both on-and-off-screen – will look very different by then, which could make for some interesting new storylines. Indeed, when Spielberg originally directed A New Hope back in 1977, innovations such as electric cars, bitcoin and even the internet were mere twinkles in the eyes of society.

Of course, the idea of Star Wars or any sci-fi creation is to move beyond the norm and look at what life would be in the future. However, the mind is oft…

Behind the Magic: Creating the Mirror Dimension in Doctor Strange

A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects behind the mind-bending world of the Mirror Dimension for Marvel Studios Doctor Strange.



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Watch the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Perform Classic Sci-Fi Themes Including E.T, Star Wars and Close Encounters

Last night I was lucky enough to watch the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales.  The theme of the evening was sci-fi classics and I, along with the packed crowd were treated to some of the finest renditions of the most iconic soundtracks.  Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Doctor Who, E.T, and Close Encounters were all represented to name a few.  The BBC National Orchestra of Wales were flawless throughout as they were conducted by Edwin Outwater.  Another added treat was each performance was introduced by Robert Llewellyn who is famous for playing Kryten in BBC's Red Dwarf.

John Williams was well represented during the evening with renditions from E.T, Close Encounters, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens.  I've put together a montage of some of the performances and you can watch that below along with the full video of Close Encounters.

What do you think?

Montage Video


Full re…

Check Out This Dagobah Themed Terrarium

I love the Interweb.  For one you never know what you might randomly find.  Take this Dagobah themed terrarium for example.  Browsing Reddit and this hits the front page.  It really is a piece of art though.  I would have to add a little speaker and have the ambience of Dagobah playing.  You can keep the smell though.

Source - Reddit

Rob



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VIDEO - Blake Neely Discusses His Inspiration From John Williams For Supergirl Theme

In this short video from San Diego Comic Con, Blake Neely discusses his inspiration from John Williams when he created the epic soundtrack to the DC TV show, Supergirl.  Neely also writes the music for The Flash, Legends of Tomrrow and Arrow.  A composer I strongly recommend adding to your playlists.  Hugely talented





Rob Wainfur
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Movie Review: MILD SPOILERS: "Life" May Be Worth Living, But It's Not Worth Watching

LIFE
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Fergusson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, 
Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Directed by Daniel Espinosa


Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs
















Out of Four

Space movies are back, and we're not just talkig about Star Wars, or even Guardians of the Galaxy. Ever since Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity set the box office on fire (or would have if fire could burn in space, which it cannot, despite what Star Wars might say), astronauts have been in vogue, with movies such as Interstellar and The Martian. People seem to be interested in reaching for the stars again, if not on a launch pad, at least in a darkened theatre.  We've seen the interest wane as the quality drops (think The Space Between Us). so it's hard to say how much longer it will last. But it was, of course, inevitable that at some point this trend would lead to amother painful remake of Alien, but actually watching it happen, and watching a strong cas…

30 Random Jaws Facts

Following on from our article last week where we listed 35 random facts on Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, I felt it was only fitting that I assemble a bunch of random facts on one of the my favourite Spielberg movies, Jaws.



1 - According to Box Office Mojo the movie’s budget was $7 Million and took $470 million at the box office worldwide and domestic.

2 - The original budget for the movie was green lit at $3.5 million


3 - Several decades after the release of Jaws (1975), Lee Fierro, who played Mrs. Kintner, walked into a seafood restaurant and noticed that the menu had an "Alex Kintner Sandwich." She commented that she had played his mother so many years ago; the owner of the restaurant ran out to meet her, and he was none other than Jeffrey Voorhees, who had played her son. They had not seen each other since the original movie shoot.

4 - When composer John Williams originally played the score for director Steven Spielberg, Spielberg laughed and said, "…