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Ghost in the Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii Released on the same day in Japan, the United States and elsewhere, this animated film searches deep for what is common to us all: what it means to be human, to have a conscience, feelings… a soul, if you wish. These questions and philosophical musings are filtered through the non-race-specific female cyborg protagonist, who’s the muscle of a public security agency in charge of catching the hackers...
In the Realm of the Senses (1965) Directed by Nagisa Oshima Numéro duex (1975) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard "My hand is a machine that directs another machine. Maybe it's the opposite." Two films, two couples seeking solace in caves to re-assert their grip on the course of their lives. Tucked away in safe havens, they use the machinery available to them (sex organs, cameras, discourse) to explain, but also avoid the march of history. Political movements march...
Beat the Devil (1953) Directed by John Huston Like in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart is a globe-trotting fortune hunter out to plunder the developing world like a Conrad antihero who grew up playing stickball—here, he and dreamy-divine wife Gina Lollobrigida are en route to a shady uranium fortune somewhere in Africa. Like in The Maltese Falcon, he’s racing for his MacGuffin in unfriendly competition with a seedy gallery of expatriate character actors...
Silence Directed by Martin Scorsese Opens December 23 A masterwork set during the confrontational age of discovery, Martin Scorsese’s searching Silence—the 24th narrative feature by that high priest of American cinema—speaks volumes about the twin gauntlets of cultural and spiritual discord. The film, a passion-project adaptation of a 1966 historical novel by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, begins as a mystery, before pushing into more interior terrain altogether. Two Portuguese Jesuits, Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield, ably embodying a...

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