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The original Ghost in the Shell film is a masterpiece. It’s an incredibly beautiful film that explores ideas of technology, identity and memory. The director Mamoru Oshii elevates the source manga by Masamune Shirow into one of the best anime films of all time.  When news of a live-action version directed by Rupert Sanders hit, hardcore fans of the original were doubtful that it could be effectively translated to the big screen. The casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role justifiably raised accusations of white-washing. After watching the film last night I can assert that that the doubters were correct; the film does not live up to the high expectations established by the original two films or even the later Stand Alone Complex TV series.

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Alien is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi franchises and I’m getting excited about the release of Alien Covenant. This new trailer is perhaps the best look at the Ridley Scott directed film. The trailer shows a deeper more of Covenant’s crew and the nature of their mission as well as a better look at the Alien planet and the Xenomorph there. Have a feeling this will be worth the wait for the May 19th release.

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When it comes to authentic reproductions of denim, no country does it better than Japan. Artisans there have sourced many of the original shuttle looms that made crafting denim the traditional way possible.

Weaving Shibusa is a documentary that delves into the revival of denim in Japan. The film gives unprecedented access to the storied industry of Japanese denim, told by the vintage denim experts thesmselves, the highly regarded “Osaka 5”.

What makes Japanese denim special is not only the materials, machinery, and techniques, but also the people and ideas behind the process. This film reveals the intense passion and insight behind Japanese denim, but also poses the question; what is the future of these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past?

The trailer gives a quick glimpse into what viewers can expect from the film which releases in August. There will be a premiere at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on August 6.

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