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Grump Select – Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX

January 30, 2008

After nuclear World War III and non-nuclear World War IV (the so-called Second Vietnam War), the world is a very different place. Japan has since risen as a major superpower once more, despite Article IX of their Constitution, which prevents them from taking part in actual combat. Instead, using nanotechnology, the country turns the tide with microscopic machines that scrub the environment clean of radiation, thus making nuclear weapons less of an advantage. The wars end and the geopolitical climate shifts considerably, most notably, the splitting of America into three separate nations – the American Empire, the Russo-American Alliance and the United States of America.

Meanwhile, Japan has flourished. It’s home to amazing technological achievements including full-body prosthetics and intelligence-enhancing brain implants, making total recall and vast information storage possible. Cyberbrains and cyborgs are commonplace. Androids and artificial intelligence are advancing exponentially. Robotics like mechanized armor and multi-pedal tanks ensure some country or privatized military are heavily armed. The Internet has evolved into a single global ether that any individual with a cyberbrain can tap into in real-time. Cyberspace is as real as you make it.

Japan also flounders. The country has no idea what to do with the three million war refugees it gives ill-equipped shelter to. The shadow of the ultra-nationalist American Empire looms over the mostly-ineffective Japanese government while big companies and manufacturers secretly hold the reins. The proliferation of advanced technology brings a dark side as well – cybercrime, a new brand of terrorism. Boundaries are blurred; man and machine are almost the same and reality itself is in question. Espionage and subterfuge is at an all-time high.

This is the backdrop of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, perhaps the greatest work of cyberpunk science fiction put to screen.

omg YES


Grump Select – DEATH NOTE: Domine Kira

November 27, 2007

It’s time again to let you, the readers, into the most treasured lock boxes of our hearts and show you those things that we treasure dearly. This time, the spotlight is on one of the best manga we’ve ever read, DEATH NOTE. Another Halloween-y entry! After Thanksgiving. :|

…Just as planned.



A Load of Bullshit Hyphen Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters

August 17, 2007

You may remember The Day Boston Stood Still earlier this year because alarmist authorities threw a hissy fit over some Lite Brites they found in the shape of Aqua Teen Hunger Force characters, mistaking them for hydrogen bombs or something. Many of you, I’m sure, remember that baffling stunt more than the movie it promoted. I certainly forgot about it until it quietly slipped out into the DVD realm, sure to be snatched up by Adult Swim loyalists and those curious to see what the fuck Boston’s bobbies went crazy over, and what a few gents probably lost their jobs over too.

They went crazy over bullshit.

This movie is just… pure bullshit. It’s not even worth talking at length over. If you’re a fan, you’ll like it. If not, don’t even bother. Characters are not properly introduced, the story is just a load of stupid crap strung together by a weight lifting device thing and if you’re really curious be ready for lots of gore, terrible animation, pop culture references for the sake of pop culture references and the most annoying work-out pop bubblegum song on loop forever and ever.

The rest of the music is pretty awesome. Metal heads will be pleased.

Fans will gasp at the sheer amount of favorite characters who show up (no Wisdom Cube though) and gooey delight will spread from their pores at just how much shit goes on in 80+ minutes. I was surprised how the movie just kept going and going. But it was funny, I laughed a whole lot. Definitely a flick to watch with friends, at a party, preferably with some booze and chips and guacamole dip. The DVD seems to have a ton of extra content, including, apparently, a whole other 80+ minute movie. Yeah, I dunno, I didn’t watch it yet.

One thing I will give it, it skewers the conceits of cliches of BIG MOSHUN PITCHURS pretty well. Subtitles for obvious locations, big stupid set pieces, flashbacks and exposition up the wazoo, and the origin story gets a big pbbtttt right in its fat, ugly face. I don’t know if they specifically target The Mummy Returns but they also make great fun out of a stupid climactic resurrection scene. If anyone would take the time and effort to remember and lampoon The Mummy Returns, it’s these guys.

If that doesn’t cut the mustard, Aqua Teen fans, Bruce Campbell makes a brief appearance as a giant fried chicken nugget so that’s cool for those who would think it’s cool and Space Ghost himself shows up for, like, a second.

So there ya go. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon The Movie Film For Theaters. A whole load of bullshit. Brilliant? Up in the air. Stupid? An overwhelming “fuck yes.” At worst you’ll waste a rental, or you may find Meatwad as cute as I do.