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Just How Often Can Major Get Blown Up in Ghost in the Shell (2017)?

1 Apr

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The live-action Hollywood “remake” of Ghost in the Shell (GitS) hardly succeeds in waxing the philosophical from Masamune Shirow’s manga or the anime directed by Mamoru Oshii. While I knew these ideas will be the farthest thing the hive mind planned for the Western adaptation, I secretly hoped for some redemption. A few scenes from the anime were nicely recreated in live-action format, but I wanted more substance than style, to which this film had in abundance. When this movie is partially shot with Alexa 6K (65mm) cameras, I’m hoping the National Geographic IMAX theatre in my hometown gets it during this film’s second run at theatres so I can see this movie proper on a square screen.

While I did not expect much of the Frankenstein-style discourse to exist throughout the film, there were a few moments Major (Scarlett Johansson) tries to understand who she is, why she was created and where her “ghost” comes from. This actress basically got a chance to play a different kind of Black Widow, a person stripped of her identity to become a professional hit-man (woman) and not have “family” to worry about. When she’s the main character, at least fans of this actress got what they wanted instead of waiting for a Marvel Comics Entertainment version.

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YouTube: Takeshi’s Castle

8 Jan

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MXCThis video is a great little find that I haven’t seen since these videos were uploaded in May of 2013. It’s Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC) or in this original Japanese format, Takeski’s Castle.

Takeshi’s Castle was an game show hosted by Beat Takeshi (the multi-talented Takeshi Kitano) and it ran on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from 1986 to 1990. The series was filmed at TBS’ Midoriyama Studios in Yokohama, Japan. The object of the game was to survive the various obstacles to storm the castle, owned by Count Takeshi, at the end. To the victor would go the spoils of 1 million Yen. But the castle was protected by Takeshi’s own private guard who tried to ensure no one would walk away with the Count’s money.

Years after its initial run, Takeshi’s Castle would be broadcast globally. In countries like the United Kingdom, it kept its namesake but was dubbed over with narration from Coronation Street and Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles. In the United States, characters in the series were dubbed over by actors. The series was spoofed using low brow humour under the name Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (later MXC). It would be broadcast and would become the flagship show for Spike TV.

Source(s): The Sukachan