I´ve been watching Mamoru Oshii movies with my gf lately...Oshii usually takes very philosophical topics and includes long quiet scenes that let you contenplate what you´ve been watching and enjoy the set design....but there are also some really cool action scenes. Still they´re slow burning movies and won´t appeal to someone expecting an action movie.
We started with Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell II : Innocence...they make you feel like you´ve been suddenly dropped into the future...very cool cyberpunk and transhumanist themes but it can be hard to follow, he doesn´t spend time trying to explain the technology you´re seeing...thus the feeling that you´ve been dropped in the future.
Next we watched Avalon....it´s about a woman who plays a virtual reality war game for real cash (she´s a star player) but she´s also very lonely and seems to be driven only to find the secrets of the game. Makes you question what reality really is...
Then came Assault Girls...not nearly as serious as his other movies we watched...it´s very low budget and it looks a bit like a high quality amateur action move...again it´s about people playing a VR war game...a sequel to the one in Avalon actually...but this one takes place entirely within the game and makes a lot of in jokes only MMORPG players will probably understand. It´s a fun movie if you can follow it...and if your attention span can handle the long meditative sequences.
And the last one we watched was Sky Crawlers...this one reminded me a lot of 1984...it´s about a group of kids that fly old style propeller driven planes in an endless limited war among corporations. The civilians seem to like watching the battles almost like a sports game and don´t seem to understand how much the pilots are suffering. Like Ghost in the Shell this has a really beautiful mix of 3D and 2D animation.
So yes I´ve seen some good and great movies lately