So frustrated by the amount of potential this film wastes because on paper it's brilliant (like just take a look at that beautiful poster). I dunno how a film with this many crazy ideas, colorful production design, and Nicolas Cage himself managed to be this boring & lifeless, especially coming from Sono of all directors... I guess the man fell victim to the trappings of Hollywood. I still respect the originality and the neon-lit action during the final twenty minutes is fun enough but unfortunately it comes too late to salvage the rest of this mess.
Another genius Czech stop motion film, and another one that is most certainly going to give me nightmares. It's not quite as morbid as Barta's own The Pied Piper, but definitely creepy enough to not deserve being labeled as a kid's movie.
This comes close to capturing that same experience I had watching Svankmajer's Alice and reading those I Spy books I loved when I was younger. The surreal mix of animation styles was mind-blowing and I was constantly left in awe by the new visual tricks introduced in every scene - you never know what batshit insanity will be thrown on screen next.
Completely different from the series & the first movie in the best way possible. This is the closest movie that I have seen to replicating the same exact feeling that I got while watching Ghost in the Shell (1995) for the first time.
While the first movie is more streamlined and fun, this is atmospheric and haunting, and ultimately so much more fulfilling as an experience. Noa and Asuma (and the labors, for that matter... I almost forgot that I was…
Black Rain deserves more love. The neon-lit visuals are so surreal and beautiful to look at- almost way too good for a film like this, actually. It looks like Blade Runner's little brother, even if Black Rain is nowhere near as sophisticated. Japan looks breathtaking here, although the culture seems to almost be as fetishized as it was in movies like The Wolverine. The plot is nothing too special despite some interesting turns here and there, and there is one…