Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Ghost in the Shell
It’s far overdue, so I decided to watch Ghost in the Shell, which is an interesting futuristic anime film. In the near future, almost everyone has cybernetic enhancements. People are known by their “ghosts,” which is their consciousness or humanity. So long as they maintain that, they’re considered human despite some have enhancements that have nearly or completely replaced their organic components. Ghost in the Shell is about special agents who track down a hacker moving through ghosts. The film’s themes make viewers question what it truly means to be alive, and the special effects hold up well decades later. It’s a solid anime movie if you’re into science ficition.
Scum’s Wish is quickly becoming one of my favorite animes. It has an etheral, dreamlike art and animation style. The soundtrack and voice acting are top notch. But the best thing about this anime is the heartbreaking story it tells. The two protagonists are in love with people they know they can’t have, so they date and openly pretend each other are their love interests. The sex scenes are tasteful, heart wrenching, and, frankly, beautiful. As the story unfolds, you learn more about secondary characters who are just as self-loathing and pathetic as the protagonists. I highly recommend this show.
Father John Misty
Father John Misty is a pretentious hipster artist who thrives on irony. He’s also a beloved indie rock/folk musician, so, naturally, I had to check him out. His two albums aren’t terribly memorable melodically, but his lyrics are a mix of light and dark, happy and sad. Even though I’m not in love with his music, he’s an artist I’ll keep an eye on. Check out I Love You, Honeybear; True Affection; and O I Long to Feel Yours Arms Around Me.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is a spiritual successor to Ico, an awesome PlayStation 2 game. In Shadow, you try to kill 16 giant beasts in order to revive your dead girlfriend. It’s amazing such a technically impressive game was released on the PS2. I mean, you’re fighting walking levels as you climb up them and stab them in their weak points, all while the beasts move around and try to shake you off. The controls are horrendous, and it’s annoying figuring out what it takes to kill a beast, but Shadow of the Colossus is a classic worth playing.