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I wish I had the words to fully describe my complicated relationship with this franchise that I often love, but this felt hollow and soulless. It’s like Ewan can’t get a chance to really act because he has to commit to this daft Alec Guinness impression that sounds unnatural. As others have pointed out this whole series felt bland, dreary and lacking in anything you’d describe as fun. It felt like it wanted to “redeem” Ewan and Hayden and give…
One of the bleakest and most harrowing revenge flicks I’ve ever seen. Absolute nonsense in places, but some of these scenes will haunt me forever. One of those films that is infinitely more violent by what it doesn’t show than what it does. A difficult film to recommend based on its content, but it’s difficult to deny the craftsmanship.
There's something really satisfying about this sort of late eighties, high contrast, noisy anime. An early hit from Mamoru Oshii, this film deals with some pretty high concept stuff (destruction of history, mass urbanisation, the fear of technological advancements) that its goofy presentation can sometimes mask. It's actually quite nice watching an Oshii film with more expressive/cartoony characters that the director rarely deals in. If you compare this to Ghost in the Shell, with it's expressionless and difficult to relate…
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Outstanding. Blew me away. The opening with its beautiful, long tracking shot and then it's down to business. Another masterful long shot as we introduce the cast and then the debate begins. It switches to fast cuts as the men argue it out. When the tension rises we get right in their faces. You can see their doubt; the sweat drips from every pour and the frustration runs high. It's incredible, gripping stuff the entire time and hugely progressive for…