Category Archives: Movie Review

Liar Liar (1997)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Liar Liar</strong> (1997)

(In theaters, April 1997) Jim Carrey is great as a lawyer unable to lie during a full day. Never mind the ambiguous script, the disappointing finale and the sugar-coated messages, this is one of the best comedies of the year. I don’t think that Carrey is the ultimate comedian, but he has charm, and the movie would be much poorer without him. There are more than a few good jokes other than Carrey’s antics, which probably accounts for the movie’s long-running success.

Kôkaku Kidôtai [Ghost In The Shell] (1995)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Kôkaku Kidôtai</strong> [<strong class="MovieTitle">Ghost In The Shell</strong>] (1995)

(On VHS, April 1997) Great anime movie, based on an equally superb manga. It’s far from being perfect (variable quality of animation, a lot of overlong scenes, classic “anime” annoyances) but it’s the best -and the smartest!- SF movie I’ve seen in a while. The plot is something between Nikita and Blade Runner: Female killer android searches for her identity. This movie passes my criteria for good media SF: I could imagine reading this as a short story.