In this half of our discussion of the “weird conceptual sandwich” that is THE MATRIX and GHOST IN THE SHELL, we puzzle over why the latter hyper-stylish, cerebral film fails where the former succeeds. The two films ultimately have different aims, but their approaches are surprisingly similar — though it’s how they differ that’s most telling. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.
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Your Next Picture Show:
Keith: Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME and David Cronenberg’s EXISTENZ
Genevieve: Netflix’s FIVE CAME BACK
Tasha: Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN
Scott: Oz Perkins’ I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE and THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER
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