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…

Subnature Dinner

Subnature was initially applied to architecture—the idea that marginalized spaces and materials should not be rejected, but embraced. This concept was brought to food by the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen, a project born out of the world famous Restaurant NOMA. Duke partnered with the Nordic Food Lab when they decided to do a program on Subnature and Culinary Cuisine, which concluded with the Carolina Chefs Dinner at the Cotton Room—a beautifully renovated former cotton warehouse in Durham’s downtown Golden Belt development.

The X Files

I missed out on this cultural waypoint of the 1990s, second grade was too early to get hooked on a television show for me. At the time it was also way outside of my comfort zone. Even as an adult I have an overactive imagination, but as a child it was a problem because I wasn’t yet old enough to not believe everything I saw on television. So far my favourite episode is very close to the end of season two where Cigarette Smoking Man™ is visibly shaken by coming close to public exposure. That moment of fear and weakness from the villain is pretty rewarding.

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!)

Hallowed Weens

I’m picky about my fictional characters. It makes me a bad movie buddy for B-films and scary movies. Because I’m a critical viewer and I ask “why?” Don’t get me wrong, I love fantasy and adventure stories. They’re my favourite fiction genres. But the characters have to be believable!