Why the Critics Are So Desperately Wrong About Ghost in the Shell

With a 46% on RottenTomatoes and a 52 on MetaCritic, the new live action Ghost in the Shell movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, is bombing at the box office. The film is being almost universally panned by professional critics and fans of the 1995 animated film of the same name. Forbes, The Verge, Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and…

Arrival

Last weekend, Jake and I and a few of our closest friends went to see a movie that Jake had put on our radar only a few days before. And we fucking loved it. Based on a short story, Arrival is by far one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. Honestly, I can’t speak…

Blackfish

Blackfish tells a compelling story and presents disturbing evidence of the negative effects of captivity on orcas. Picking up where the post-Free Willy activist swell of the 90s left off, Blackfish lays out the history of the captive orcas from capture in the wild through to modern artificial insemination breeding. Along the way filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite highlights some important differences in the scientific community’s knowledge of the killer whale and SeaWorld’s talking points.

Ender’s Game

For those of you who haven’t read the book, I must insist that you do so before you see the movie. But borrow it. And you probably shouldn’t read this post because while I’m not going to outline the plot in explicit detail, there will be spoilers.

Weekend Stories

This weekend was a whirlwind of activity. A large event at the wildlife conservation organization I volunteer at on Saturday, followed by staff meetings and a massive Halloween party, consumed most of my waking hours. Jake has been traveling to see his family and wish his Grandfather a happy birthday this weekend, so I am left to my own devices. A terrifying thought. (Fear not, he is returning this evening!)