Eraserhead (1977)

David Lynch’s first feature film already sees his very singular style and vision fully-formed, as this surreal descent into the subconscious shirks narrative logic and defies clarity in structure, to instead explore an unnerving dreamscape for viewers to make their own meanings out of. One might certainly find reading certain meanings into the film easier…

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)

A noticeable step up from the preceding five “Arise” films in this third iteration of the “Ghost in the Shell” franchise in film. While it doesn’t reach the heights of “Stand Alone Complex”, let alone the brilliant 1995 film, this is much clearer, more purposeful storytelling than the other “Arise” films. The heightened focus on…

Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 5: Pyrophoric Cult (2015)

This film, or compilation of episodes rather, functions as connective tissue between the “Arise” series of “Ghost in the Shell” films, and the more ambitious 2015 film in the same continuity, bluntly named “The New Movie”. It’s very much in the vein of the previous “Arise” films – competent enough cyberpunk storytelling, but not particular…

Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 3: Ghost Tears (2014)

More daring than the last two instalments in the “Arise” series, the third iteration of “Ghost in the Shell”, “Ghost Tears” pushes the boundaries of the franchise further than the last two films, though never so much as to be as impactful or thought-provoking as the very first 1995 film. A few potentially interesting themes…

Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 2: Ghost Whispers (2013)

The second in the “Arise” reimagined “Ghost in the Shell” film series. Stylistically very similar to the first film – a plot-heavy, action-focused rejigging of the basics of the “Ghost in the Shell” characters and setting. Competently made but not particularly imaginative or captivating. Some elements of the fantastic 1995 movie are referenced or reinterpreted…

Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 1: Ghost Pain (2013)

Another new continuity series of films for the “Ghost in the Shell” franchise, distinct from both the 1995 film and its sequel, and the “Stand Alone Complex” series. As with “Stand Alone Complex”, this new “Arise” series waters down the philosophical bent of the original film to more diluted, generic cyberpunk, action-focused entertainment. It’s more…