It's the ultimate live action film, made by a seasoned animator, a director who fully understands and exploits the power and appeal of an all-enveloping atmosphere.
Innocence is a cinematic celebration. It's an audiovisual delight, it's thematically sound and rich and it invites you to watch and enjoy it time and time again.
In 1985 there was no animated film that even remotely resembled the likes of Angel's Egg.
While the ending of Patlabor 2 reaches back to its origins a little too abruptly, the rest of the film is A-grade Oshii material that should please fans of the man's work.
The Red Spectacles is a peculiar mix of unannounced slapstick, surreal comedy and meditative arthouse.
It was a long time since I last watched Talking Head and I wasn't really sure how well I could trust my initial response to the film.
Oshii's film remains a monument of film making that still knows to impress and entrance. It's a superb sci-fi film, boasting tons of highly atmospheric scenes and a good story to boot
The film is smart, looks and sounds great and is filled to the brim with creativity. It is immensely funny, even if you can't catch all the details on the first viewing.
Beautifully animated and scored, sporting a strong cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a fair selection of interesting themes, Sky Crawlers is Oshii's most complete film to date.
The good stuff
It was a while since I last watched Ghost in the Shell, but the film still feels like a dream.