Cloaked

Today The Daily Post had a Daily Prompt called Cloaked, and this is what it said:

Cloaked

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And this is my response:

Cloaked

The end,

-John Jr

Ghost In The Shell (2017 Film)

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What is it?

The 2017 American live action science fiction action film Ghost In The Shell which was directed by Rupert Sanders.

What is it about?

This is how the Rotten Tomatoes describes this film:

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.

As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen.

She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

Final Thoughts

I think that this film did a pretty good job with the visuals but the movie itself was empty and was just a shell that looked somewhat like Ghost In The Shell, but it did not feel or seem like Ghost In The Shell in my opinion.

This film took some parts of the Ghost In The Shell animated movies and television shows and combined them and changed some parts oddly, some important things were not explained, some characters had no names and most characters had no character development or hardly any role, and this film just disappointed me which is disappointing because I wanted to like it.

I would probably give this film a 5 out of 10.

They should have just made another animated Ghost In The Shell movie instead.

I am tired of most American remakes et cetera being worse than the originals, and I am tired of failed animation to live action projects.

Please stop remaking and re-imagining things if you are going to make it worse, and please stop trying to unnecessarily change things that are animated into live action because not everything needs to be live action because some of the most emotional and powerful things that I have seen have been animated instead of live action.

Still, you can tell that some hard work and effort did go into making this film and that they tried, and so they deserve praise for the visuals and for trying but they missed some of the most important parts of Ghost In The Shell so this film was mostly a pretty shell with no ghost in my opinion.

I think that you are better off watching the animated Ghost In The Shell films: Ghost In The Shell (1995 Film), Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, and Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie and / or watching the Ghost In The Shell television shows Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig and Ghost In The Shell: Arise.

Ghost In Shell (1995 Film) is considered to be the best of the films by some:

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is considered by some to be the most strange of the films, but it will make you think:

Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie is considered by some to be the film that better explores the relationship between and information about the characters who eventually become members of Public Security Section 9:

There was an animated Ghost In The Shell television movie called Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society but it was the worst and most disappointing of the animated movies so I usually try to pretend that it does not exist, I could not find an official trailer for it on YouTube, and so here is a review with spoilers of this movie by the YouTube channel BennettTheSage in a video called Anime Abandon – Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society:

The end,

-John Jr

Ghost In The Shell (2017 Film) Inspired Dreams

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Last night before going to sleep I watched some of the 2017 live-action Ghost In The Shell movie, and the dreams that I do barely remember from last night were inspired by this.

I can not remember most of the dreams from last night separately, and so I will type the first dream and combine the rest in the second dream.

Dream 1

All that I can remember of this dream is that it involved most of my family, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Batou and maybe some other people from Public Security Section 9 like Daisuke Aramaki from the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie, some other people, and I being outside during the day in maybe an area that was like a combination of my parent’s back yard and the field outside of it and a fictional version of the railroad tracks in the city of D near City Hall and maybe something else.

There were more details to this dream that I can not remember, especially involving the parts of the dream with my family and I, but I can not remember those parts of the dream other than communicating with my family.

Other parts of the dream involved The Major, Batou, maybe Daisuke Aramaki, and others dealing with people trying to hack people’s cyberbrains and defending against this and investigating this et cetera.

But that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

The rest of my dreams continued to involve things related to the live-action Ghost In The Shell film like cyborgs and cybernation, cyberbrains and hacking of cyber brains and defending against hacking, cybercrime, Public Security Section 9 (The Major, Batou, Aramaki, et cetera), and other things like that involving various groups (the government, the military, intelligence agencies, corporations, criminal organizations, et cetera).

These dreams possibly took place mostly outside during the day in some of the same or similar areas as the first dream, but that is all that I can remember of these dreams.

The end,

-John Jr

Memories Of My Dream Stored In Books Inside The Dream

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Last night I got in bed late and my mind was focused on different things during my last dream, and part of me was ready to get up earlier this morning but I made myself stay in bed trying to get some more sleep until it was time for me to get ready for work.

Part of this dream from last night was inspired by a Chris Stuckmann video that I watched last night on YouTube called Ghost In The Shell – Movie Review where he reviewed the live-action Ghost In The Shell (2017) film, probably the American Gods book that I am still reading and that I read part of last night, probably the last episode (episode 13 “Daredevil”) of the Netflix television series Daredevil (Season 1) which I watched last night, the video game Fallout 4 which I played yesterday, and maybe a few other things that I saw and heard and did last night.

My memory of this dream from last night is messed up and incomplete, and so I only remember some parts of this dream.

Part 1

This part of the dream involved the new live-action Ghost In The Shell film and / or a review of it (maybe Chris Stuckmann’s review), but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

Part 2

This part of the dream involved a book (maybe the book American Gods, but I am not sure), but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

Part 3

This part of the dream involved maybe a video game (maybe Fallout 4, but I am not sure), but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

Part 4

This part of the dream involved either two films (movies) and a television show or one film and a television show that I had watched in the dream, and that I was watching in the dream.

I do remember part of one movie that I was watching during the dream which was a horror film, maybe an American horror film, and it involved a woman with light-color skin with maybe long brown hair who had found some videos of her father who also had light-color skin with maybe brown hair.

The woman started watching these videos, which were disturbing and creepy, and I remember part of one video that showed her father suddenly having four uneven somewhat bulging eyes as he stood up making strange mumbling / chanting / humming-like sounds like something was possibly controlling and / or possessing him and / or had changed or cursed him or something like that.

The woman was disturbed by these videos and she started trying to figure out what was going on, the woman probably got caught up in whatever her father had got caught up in during her investigation, and the same thing probably started happening to her where she would suddenly have four or more bulging uneven eyes while making strange sounds and she probably underwent other changes and probably acted different like she was possibly not in full control of herself when this would happen to her.

There were more details that I learned and saw as I watched this film, maybe a female friend and / or one or more of her family members started to wonder if something was wrong with her so they probably started investigating what was going on as well, but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream now.

Part 5

All that I can remember of this part of the dream is that I was seeing and hearing part of a WWE professional wrestling event, the ring announcers were talking, and the professional wrestler Big Show (Paul Donald Wight II) was with them.

Big Show was talking about injuries that he has had (including some recent ones), and that he was going to take a break or retire from professional wrestling because of his injuries but he did not say if it was a temporary or permanent retirement.

The crowd and the ring announcers wanted Big Show to stay, Big Show said that he wanted to stay, but sometimes you have to make hard decisions.

The next thing that I remember is that later Big Show was in the middle of the wrestling ring with some attractive women who were barely wearing clothing, maybe professional wrestlers or cheerleaders or something, and they were entertaining the crowd.

I remember Big Show asking the women what they wanted as a gift, maybe it was Christmas or something, and the women said that they wanted the professional wrestler Kevin Nash and the crowd started to cheer.

Music started to play like maybe Kevin Nash was going to walk to the ring, Big Show started trying to energize the crowd, but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

Part 6

This last part of the dream was the most interesting part of the dream, but unfortunately I can not remember most of the important details so I will have to make some assumptions during some parts of this part of the dream.

This last part of the dream brought all the parts of this dream together, I possibly realized that I was about to wake up but I am not sure, and I started trying to remember as much as I could of each part of the dream so that I could remember it when I wake up I assume.

I was in a room, there was maybe a female there (I assume a woman or young woman with maybe light-color skin with maybe short or medium-length hair) with me who was the relaxed and fun to be around type, and I remember trying to remember each part of the dream so I was focusing trying to remember this dream before maybe the dream collapses and / or I wake up.

While I was doing this the female / woman / young woman was talking to me and out-loud to herself, she was very relaxed and at ease compared to me as I struggled to focus on remembering the various parts of the dream, and she was probably trying to help me.

Maybe this female was part of me or was a projection / representation of my subconscious in human form or was a normal dream character or something, but who knows.

She was telling me to relax and she was joking about how I looked so serious trying to focus on remembering the various parts of the dream, her talking was breaking my focus, and I probably told her that her talking was distracting me.

I started saying out-loud the various parts of the dream that I was starting to remember to myself and to the woman hoping that she and I would remember some of it, I also hoped that someone could record what I was saying out-loud because I knew that I was going to lose many of the details of the dream when I wake up, and I was losing details of the dream as I was remembering parts of it and saying those details out-loud.

Saying the details out-loud possibly actually helped me to remember some of the details that I remember now, and so that was not totally pointless.

I probably asked the woman to please try to find a way to save the details of the dream that I was saying out-loud, and then she started looking around the room when she noticed maybe a shelf with some books (maybe notebooks or something like that) that was near me.

The woman opened one of the books and she saw that the book contained details of part of the dream, and so she opened the other books to see that each book contained details about a different part of the dream so each book contained part of my memories of each part of the dream neatly organized.

So one book contained some memories of the Ghost In The Shell part of the dream, the next book contained some memories of the next part of the dream, et cetera.

The woman told me that I could stop straining myself to remember because these books already contained my memories of this dream, I asked her to read parts of each book to me, and so she did as I continued focusing on trying to remember the parts of this dream while comparing what she was reading with what I was remembering.

The details that she was reading in the books matched my details, and so I stopped trying to focus on remembering my dreams because somehow my mind had already organized my memories neatly into those books or she did it somehow.

I thought that this was interesting that my mind possibly did this on its own and that this had even happened, I started thinking about the implications of this, is it possible that our minds often hide memories (details) of our dreams in the dream themselves that we can find and read?

I probably thanked the woman and I probably went to start glancing at the books before the dream collapses, I was still thinking about all of this, and wondering if this woman was my subconscious or some other part of me or a normal dream character or if she was a third-party in my dream because she probably seemed so comfortable there like how you feel around a close family member or how you feel around yourself.

But the dream probably collapsed as I was trying to quickly glance through the books where the memories of this dream were stored while thinking about all of this and / or I woke up.

When I was trying to quickly read the books before the dream collapsed, it probably reminded me of the scene from the film Inception when the character Dom Cobb was trying to quickly read the documents that he stole from Mr. Saito’s safe before the dream collapses, but it was quiet and undramatic in my dream:

The end,

-John Jr

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