Ghost in the Shell (1995) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 9

effects 10

editing 8

writing 8


4.2 out of 5 🐙


The foundational anime classic that spawned the ScarJo remake is mandatory anime AND comic book movie watching. Its influence can be seen in so many subsequent films, notably the Wachowski Siblings’ seminal 1999 masterpiece ‘The Matrix’ and Spike Jonze’s “Her”. The story is blazingly original. The animation is layered and stunning. And the action set pieces are a balletic marriage of sci-fi tech, red-blooded brutality, and Eastern martial arts choreography. Oh, and there are more boobs in this than I have ever seen in any single movie in my life. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or negative but I felt it bared mentioning. It’s a quarter of a century old but few if any films in this oeuvre have come close to matching its unique aesthetic and voice. It’s singular. And it does all this in only 80 minutes. It’s a master class in creativity and leanness.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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