Ghost World – Daniel Clowes

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Author: Daniel Clowes
Genre: Comic
Pages: 80
Category: 17. Read a book that was turned into a movie
Format: Paper

Okay, this is also a cult classic and was almost the movie I picked except I wanted to check out the comic first. So here we are. Comics are definitely not my favourite way to read but I do like to check one out every so often. I figured sneaking one in this year would plenty, especially since the book I picked up included the entire series as well as comments from Daniel Clowes.

Anyway, this comic so perfectly sums up what it’s like to finish high school and not really know what you’re going to do with your life. Particularly that first summer when you’ve just finished up with exams and you’re just kind of bumbling around town probably drinking and sleeping in. I spent most of my first summer out of school working in one of those shitty fast food jobs but I also had plenty of time to laze about and contemplate life. I think the experiences of these guys are pretty common. That person you were so close to in high school, you slowly have less and less in common with the, until you realise that you don’t really want to hang out with them anymore.

I had a bit of an issue with Enid to be honest because she just came across as so manipulative of Rebecca. She spends an awful lot of time particularly in the early comics deciding with she and Rebecca will do with their days. Honestly, if she was my friend I don’t know that I would want to hang out with her either.

This isn’t an uplifting read or anything like that and it leaves you feeling just a little bit melancholy when you’re done but if you haven’t checked it out it’s a pretty cool comic.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Year: 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Genre: Action
Category: #49 An action movie

There’s been a lot of hate for this movie particularly in the lead-up to the release which largely surrounded the choice to have Scarlett Johansson as the lead actress. Given that this film was released as a Japanese anime in the 90’s with a lot of success there was a huge concern about casting a white actress and the Hollywood whitewashing that often occurs with modern movies. I certainly think those concerns are justified but I think the creators did a good job of explaining just why she was white even when the film was set in Japan.

I haven’t seen the original so I can’t comment on the film as a comparison but I will endeavour to watch it at some point and come back to you guys.

At any rate, the premise of this movie is incredibly cool that we could basically take someone’s brain out and put it in to a man made body and then use them to fight… and honestly, I don’t think we’re all that far from being able to do something like that.

Rating: 3/5 stars