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Ghost in the Shell

In the future, Mira (Scarlett Johansson) wakes up with only her mind intact after an accident; using a cybernetic body, she is now part of a task force that’s trying to find out who’s hacking a powerful corporation. This live-action take in 3D on the original manga and the 1995 animated movie changes a few details and tries to complicate The Major’s background, yet still follows a predictable Hollywood formula without giving us something deeper to ponder. A few eye-popping visuals, and Johansson is obviously committed to her identity-relieved character… but a lackluster ride it is.

2017-U.S. 106 min. Color. Directed by Rupert Sanders. Comic Book: Masamune Shirow. Cast: Scarlett Johansson (Mira/The Major), ”Beat” Takeshi Kitano (Aramaki), Pilou Asbaek (Batou), Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche… Michael Wincott.

Trivia: Margot Robbie was allegedly considered for the lead.

 

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Trespassing Bergman

trespassingbergmanEdited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman spent most of his life, often in isolation. Watching them behave like starstruck tourists in awe of “the great genius” is amusing. It becomes more profound as they get into the actual films and their meaning. Packed with great clips from Bergman movies, and colorful comments (especially from eternal provocateur Lars von Trier), the film may be primarily for cineastes, but the themes are obviously universal.

2014-Sweden. 107 min. Color. Produced by Linda Costigan, Fatima Varhos. Directed by Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas. Featuring Michael Haneke, Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier, Robert De Niro, John Landis, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ang Lee, Isabella Rossellini, Wes Anderson, Harriet Andersson, Zhang Yimou, Woody Allen, Laura Dern, Francis Ford Coppola, Takeshi Kitano, Wes Craven, Alexander Payne, Holly Hunter, Ridley Scott, Thomas Vinterberg, Claire Denis, Daniel Espinosa, Tomas Alfredson, Mona Malm, Pernilla August.

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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

JAVA, 1942 – A CLASH OF CULTURES, A TEST OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

merrychristmasmrlawrenceIn 1942, a new British prisoner (David Bowie) is taken to a Japanese camp on Java where a Japanese-speaking colonel (Tom Conti) is trying to improve relations with the camp management. Director Nagisa Oshima was always a controversial filmmaker in his country and in his first English-speaking film he’s bent on depicting some of the worst Japanese habits of the period. Reminiscent of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), the film also portrays people on both sides who try to understand each other in spite of the dire conditions; nothing new, but it is moving. The theatrical style makes the film an original experience, and the musical main theme is instantly memorable. 

1983-Britain-Japan. 122 min. Color. Produced by Jeremy Thomas. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima, Paul Mayersberg. Novel: Laurens Van der Post (“The Seed and the Sower”). Cinematography: Toichiro Narushima. Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto. Cast: Tom Conti (John Lawrence), David Bowie (Jack Celliers), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Captain Yonoi), Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson.

BAFTA: Best Score.

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