'Perfect Blue''s source material is seeing an English release for the first time; 'Ghost' bombs at the b.o.; and 'your name.' makes a modest splash in the U.S.
'Mind Game' coming back to home video thanks to Kickstarter; 'AKIRA' might get the 'Get Out' director; Ghibli classics coming to theaters near you
A spry, classy set of riffs on the 'Ghost In The Shell' universe, drawing on characters we know and extrapolating from the setting at large, but newcomers to the franchise shouldn't make this their first outing with it
It looks at first to be a mere genderswapped spoof of the samurai genre, but underneath it's actually a loving and observant homage to all the great things about those stories of lone wolves vs. corrupt power
Very little is known about the recently announced 'Ghost In The Shell' animation project, but the people on board so far are about as good as you could ask for
Miss Hokusai is a beautifully animated project about the irrepressible daughter of one of Japan's most fabled artists, an effort drenched in period detail and jazzed up with touches of magical realism. It is not, however, a very good movie. It's aimless, unfocused, even indifferent — adjectives I don't want to use for something that clearly radiates artistic ambition and sports a top-notch production pedigree. But material like this, and especially a main character like this, deserves a movie with more of a point of view on its material than an indifferent shrug.
I don't give star ratings for reviews. I used to. I never will again if I can help it. A simple Yes or No will do the trick for those seeking a rating, along with some discussion of what the thing is about and why it is about it. But star ratings mislead readers, distort the function of commentary, and are all but meaningless. They don't even do much towards their intended goal, providing gradations of recommendation for a given work.
Let truth be told: When I walked into the theater to see Ghost In The Shell (2017), I was cracking my knuckles and expecting to rip the movie up the middle. I walked out with a very different attitude, one I documented in my review. The movie is problematic, and is a limited take on its source material, but I felt a case could be made for how it attempted to use its casting as an actual thematic element. It wasn't obliged to do so, and that I saw a case for how it did such a thing surprised me. But my appreciation is not automatically anyone else's, and there's still plenty about this movie that is worth critiquing and deserves spelling out.