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Brooklyn Block Party — The annual “Brooklyn Comes Alive” music festival takes place this weekend, a two-day concert extravaganza offering a plethora of acts, local or otherwise, performing at multiple locations around Williamsburg. From Chance The Rapper-collaborator ProbCause to electronica veterans The Crystal Method, it’s a comprehensive lineup of up-and-comers as well as established performers, ample opportunity to be introduced to new acts as likely as it is to reacquaint with fan favorites. As...
Ghost in the Shell Directed by Rupert Sanders Opens March 31 Stop me if you’ve heard this one: There’s this semi-robot person in a world of vast and advanced technology, yet she senses a hollowness in her identity. Some of her creators fancy her a weapon, while her flashes of memory indicate that maybe she was once something more, or less. That nagging familiarity isn’t not just that Ghost in the Shell has already been made into...
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...
Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto Opens May 6 at the Metrograph It is impossible to imagine Walt Disney making a sexploitation film; however, in the late 1960s, across the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s Tezuka Osamu, whose influence on Japanese animation—the big eyes, fantastical universes, spiky-haired males, starburst backgrounds, Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion—compares to Disney’s in America, was doing exactly that. At the time the pinku, or pink film, was flourishing in Japan...