Being a middle school teacher has never been easy. Not by any stretch.
But now, the fact that I exist solely in a three-inch box on some kid's iPad (in some kid's room...yikes), the challenge feels borderline monumental. It's not the content, either, because let's be honest, no one gives a damn about any of that. What I'm trying to do, what I've always tried to do, is inspire my students. I want to show them some amazing piece of work, and then give them the tools and the desire to make something amazing themselves.
You'd think that all the technology in the world would help this process, but stylish devices and intuitive applications can only get you so far.
Turns out you need humanity.Ghost in the Shell last week. Of course, I knew I was settling in with something visionary and the inspiration for countless sci-fi films to follow, but I didn't know it would be so...arduous.
|At times, I felt a lot like the dude on the left, assuming those are bottlecaps jammed in his eyeballs.|
|This thing is so badass, I actually found myself rooting for it.|
- The tech is sooooo cool. Those briefcase guns near the beginning? Amazing.
- As was that entire market chase, water-based battle. The animation is so fluid, it almost makes the brutality kinda feel...pretty.
- The score is so wild. It's in what feels like a a pretty tight loop during the menu, and was initially irritating, but when it kicks in during the flick...it's f--king fantastic.
- Okay, that was some top-shelf detective work, checking the floor pressure and such. Kinda made me think of Cameron Diaz in that white suit thingy in Charlie's Angels...which is great news.
- The finale, well, the climactic battle scene ends in startling fashion. I guess giving up her body made the most sense thematically, but goodness, it was so...graphic (which is oddly satisfying).
- And finally, I guess check this one off the list, right? When the credits rolled, I felt like I had just finished my goddamned homework or something. Honestly, I'm probably going to go back and watch it again, not only because it's necessary, but, and another thing I dig, it's only 83 minutes long.
- Okay, maybe my eyes are bad (they are, pretty sure), but this is one of the ugliest 4k transfers I've ever seen. Sure, it's probably the source, but I felt like I was watching a VHS tape in my parents bedroom in 1987.
- Not sure if I can put my finger on why, but this shit occasionally reminded me of the animated bits of The Wall and that's entirely upsetting. My older brother - a fairly aggressive stoner in his day - used to always force that crap on me and I'm pretty sure it scarred me for life. *shudder*
- I think every Sunday morning, for the rest of my life, I'm going to fire this one up? Sundays always seem to fly by, and no lie this felt like the longest 83 minutes of my life.
- If this is your absolute favorite movie, I bet I know your ATM pin, you nerdy bastard (if you know me, mine's pretty obvious, too...but still),
- Totally unrelated, but HOLY F--KING SHIT this new blogger interface is the worst shit in the history of terrible shit. I feel like I need to be Tom Cruise in Minority Report just to attempt to place an image near text. And yes, precogs, I'm about to murder someone.
- And finally, do I have to see the effing live-action one now? Major shows so much boobage, I think if ScarJo goes half as far, my pants will fly off twice as fast.