I went to see Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence at the Toronto Film Festival last night. I’d been eagerly awaiting this film since the moment it was announced. I really enjoyed it, but I knew what I was getting into. The movie was written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, and he really just makes the same movie over and over again, with slightly different settings and characters. You have to expect an Oshii film to have monochromatic faces, long still shots, fisheye views (which must make animators go mental) and a whole lot of philosophy. The film itself is visually stunning, and I’m glad I saw it on the big screen, but a lot of it feels like siggraph demo videos glued together. Really, it whet my appetite for Appleseed.