This weekend’s Ghost in the Shell brings the beloved manga and classic anime to live-action life — and gives Scarlett Johansson another opportunity to play an impossibly lethal femme fatale. In honor of her most recent action extravaganza, we decided now would be a terrific time to reassess Johansson’s filmography by revisiting some of its brightest critical highlights, and we turned up a more eclectic collection than her blockbuster résumé might lead one to suspect.
Lost In Translation
A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.
Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else, he’s waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there’s actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape – but not before stopping the sinister plan.
Tennis instructor Chris Wilton grows friendly with Tom Hewett, a wealthy student who shares an interest in opera. Invited to attend a performance with Tom, Chris meets the family and instantly attracts Tom’s sister, Chloe. Chris marries her to get a job with her millionaire father, Alec, but a dangerous affair with Nola Rice, Tom’s American girlfriend, threatens his newfound social status.
New Jersey bartender Jon Martello knows what’s important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests, and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.
The Avengers (and its Franchise)
When Thor’s evil brother, Loki, gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow and Hawkeye. She deserves a standalone Marvel movie of her own. Black Widow might technically serve as a supporting character, but she’s a cornerstone of the MCU.
I think she is just that beautiful from nature. Her face, her body, her charm and everything she had is what makes her as a one of the best actress in this era. Proud to be your super fans, Scarlett Johansons!