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
Not many people liked the live-action Hollywood adaption of the classic anime film Ghost in the Shell, but I’m not one of those people. I love Scarlett Johansson as Major, and while the story is simple and relatively straightforward, it’s enjoyable. Some people complained that Ghost in the Shell whitewashes the anime by casting white people, but that’s bunk. It’s called creative freedom, people, and Scar Jo did an excellent job bringing Major to life.
Spotlight is a movie about journalists who uncovered the pedophile priest cover-up conspiracy. As a journalist myself, I found the film fascinating, though the drama is pretty low key. The last journalism-related movie I saw was the one with Russell Crowe and features gun fights and whatnot. Yeah, Spotlight is better.
BioShock 2 kind of gets a bad rap, and it’s not fair. I wrote it about it in my column here. But yeah, for the fifth time or so, I decided to replay through the BioShock series. It’s still as fantastic as ever.