Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell plays up to hyper-connection and disconnection felt from our own world, being so drenched in the constant techno-stream. Through the lens, everyone else seems to belong somewhere. The memories ourselves and others present to emulate that same belonging could just as well be fantasy, or mere glitches in our perception. Scarlett Johansson’s special ops cyborg Major grapples with this … Continue reading Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

Nineties nostalgia sees the collective consciousness turn to simpler times; the pre-digital age that was a cornerstone in speculative fiction. It was the decade that gave rise to the cyberpunk subgenre and its pluckier, more optimistic cousin – the Y2K aesthetic. Here, distant futures were exactly that, and the world we’ve evolved into is a satire of our own predictions. eSports are a lucrative career … Continue reading The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

Review: Ghost in the Shell ARISE Borders 3 and 4

Seeing just how Major Motoko Kusanagi met and formed her oddball law enforcement team was a hope granted with the release of Ghost in the Shell: ARISE, but producing the dreaded prequel-to-a-classic in the shadow of Mamoru Oshii’s movie was no less a risk for the demand. Thankfully, the OVA achieves the state of visibly and atmospherically belonging to the franchise, while expanding on its … Continue reading Review: Ghost in the Shell ARISE Borders 3 and 4