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Batman: Gotham Knight Review


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Admit it: You love to see Batman bleed. It's his vulnerability that makes him so much more interesting than the Man of Steel. But we don't see quite enough blood in the Batman movies or kiddy cartoons. Thanks to Japanese anime, we finally get to watch the masked vigilante bleed profusely from gunshots and stab wounds (about as much as you'd expect from a man with no super powers).

This would've been bloody marvelous had two-thirds of the animated anthology Batman: Gotham Knight not stunk. Made to promote the summer's most hotly anticipated film The Dark Knight, the anime-style anthology isn't so much a segue between Christopher Nolan's first and second Batman films as it is a PG-13 revamp of the old animated series. Gotham Knight consists of six 15-minute short films -- each by a different director, writer, and illustrator. But as intriguing as it sounds to have so many brains devoted to this project, only two of the directors do justice to the Batman legend.

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Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Review


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Mamoru Oshii's amine sequel is more a philosophical meditation than the noirish detective story that provides the action. Illusion and creative vision pervade the animator's world of 2032 as Investigator Batou, a mountainous cyborg with a brain that's part Plato, part Terminator, goes from gunning down a warren of criminal Yakuza to repeating cloudy quotations: "No matter how far a jackass travels, it won't come back as a horse."

Batou is assigned by the government's covert anti-terrorist unit, Public Security Section 9, to investigate the "death" of a gynoid, a hyper-realistic female robot designed as a very cute sexual companion to a willing male. But the machines are becoming erratic, and the gynoids have begun to slaughter their owners. Do we have your attention, yet?

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Ghost In The Shell Review


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Japanese animation at its best, Ghost in the Shell tells an oddly compelling story that asks if machines have souls. In Shell, the answer is definitely yes, as a cybernetic cop tracks down a criminal known as "The Puppet Master," a master hacker that can crack directly into people's souls (the titular ghosts in the shells). Well animated save for the usual chatterbox lip movements that come with most Anime productions, with some nifty effects and, best of all, a really engaging story line. I'm not a huge Anime fan, but Shell is one of the best productions I've seen from its genre.

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Batman: Gotham Knight Movie Review

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Admit it: You love to see Batman bleed. It's his vulnerability that makes him so...

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