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 2: Innocence
Ghost in the Shell 2 is, obviously, a sequel to the original film, and it’s not as good. That’s probably because the Major doesn’t play a major (heh) role in the film, and she’s an intriguing character. The story is about killer sex robots or something. It’s simply not as fascinating as the first movie, but I still plan on watching the anime series based on the franchise.
Your Name is the best anime film I’ve seen. It’s a movie so good that everyone, anime fan or no, should see it. It’s about two Japanese students who randomly switch bodies every other day or so but forget upon switching back. They start leaving messages for themselves to find upon switching to learn more about each other. The story is unconventional, the animation is beautiful, and emotional highs and lows are gripping. Definitely watch it.
Colony House is a mostly secular band comprising Christian members. I don’t love their music, but a couple friends and I went to their show at The Rave in Milwaukee, and we had a good time (though the best part was definitely the opening band, Deep Sea Diver). Near the end of the show, a drunk guy started spinning in circles in the middle of the crowd, the drummer pointed him out mid-song, and staff tackled him and dragged him out. Good times. Kinda weird how I’ll remember that more than the band’s music. Still, listen to You & I, Follow Me Down, and Remembered For.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
I’m happy to say Uncharted 2 is much more fun than Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The gunplay is largely the same, but the game controls slightly better. But even better than that is the story and almost nonstop action. There’s a love triangle, betrayal, multiple adversaries, explosions, train rides, platforming, and supernatural weirdness. It’s a good time overall. I don’t have that high expectations for Uncharted 3, but I’m curious about Uncharted 4, so I’ll continue chipping away at the series.