A Thrilling Opening Night at the Movies

On Friday, July 21st the POP Bag hosted a very exciting opening night event at Cinepolis Chelsea! There were moviegoers of all ages and genders coming to see the plethora of movies opening that night including: Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Girls Trip. Not only did they get to see some great films, but they got some great products and deals!

The showstopper of the bag was the discount code for a New York Times Film Club membership from our sponsors at the New York Times Film Club! Tons of POPPERS had piqued interest and were looking forward to signing up and getting great perks!

The other highly demanded item in the bag was Pipcorn from Pipsnacks. We gave out bags of this adorable and delicious popcorn in the flavors Cheddar, Truffle, and Sea Salt. Guest were thrilled about all three.

Are you upset you missed out on this awesome event? Don’t be sad! Instead, click HERE to sign up for free to become a POP Bag Insider! You’ll never miss another one of our fun events ever again!

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A Bananas War for the Planet of the Apes Event

On Friday, July 14th we hosted our event for the opening night of War for the Planet of the Apes! Fans of all ages poured in to watch the finale of the series. While the movie was the main attraction, the POP Bag became the main event! Moviegoers received a bag full of sweet treats and sweet deals.

First, they received a special discount on a New York Times Film Club membership from our sponsors at the New York Times Film Club.

Next item in the bag was a tasty coconut cookie from Emmy’s Organics. They received the flavors Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, or Dark Cacao.

The third item was naan chips from Bandar Foods. These yummy, Indian-inspired snacks came in Himalayan Sea Salt, Garlic, and Tikka Masala flavors.

And last but not least, were snack packs from Justin’s. This new snack contained banana chips as well as honey peanut butter for dipping. This new spin on a classic snack was a huge hit with out POPPERs!

Did you miss out on this event? Don’t worry! You can click HERE and become a POP Bag Insider for free, so you never have to worry about missing another opening night event again!

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Pip Pip Hooray! Pipcorn is Coming to The POP Bag!

We are just pipping with excitement to announce that Pipcorn has popped into our POP bags! If you want to come try this adorably delicious treat be sure to come to our event this Friday, July 21st!

Pipsnacks is a New York City based snack company founded by two siblings, Jeff and Jen Martin. It all started with Jen’s job in a Chicago natural foods store. At work, she was given an unusual breed of mini corn kernels.

Fast-forward a few days and her brother Jeff came to help her move apartments. Both were starving after a  long day of hard work, but Jen’s new apartment was empty. All she had to eat were the mini corn kernels, so she got creative and decided to pop them making the best popcorn the sibling duo had ever shared.

Fast-forward another two years and Pipcorn was created. The siblings found success through their hard work and dedication, but their biggest boost came from an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank. Jeff and Jen pitched their brilliant idea and were able to persuade investor, Barbara Corcoran to invest in them. With her help they have expanded tremendously and can be found in stores across the nation!

These mini kernels are popped in small batches and are hand seasoned. All bags of Pipcorn are all natural, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan, and whole grain. Additionally, the small, delicate hull on the kernels is able to break into tiny pieces. This means no more hard pieces getting stuck in your teeth or upsetting your stomach. Pipcorn comes in seven unique flavors including: Ghee, Cheddar, Salt and Vinegar, Truffle, Sea Salt, Kettle, and Rosemary.

For more information about Pipcorn click HERE!

Our promotion will be held at Cinepolis Chelsea New York City, beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, July 21st, while supplies last! Buy your tickets HERE! To Become a POP Bag INSIDER and be the first to know about upcoming events, giveaways, and more! Click HERE to join for free.

Pip Pip Hooray! Pipcorn is coming to the POP Bag!
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Monkeying Around with Bandar Foods

Bandar has been putting an Indian spin on American foods since 2012 and now their unique snacks are POPPING into Cinepolis Chelsea! Bandar’s baked Naan chips will be available in the POP Bag for our War for the Planet of the Apes event taking place this Friday, July 14th.

Indian heritage paired with a love for spicy foods gave birth to their first product: squeezable chutney. Lalit and and Dan met during school and began to wonder why Americans were okay with how odd their jarred chutney looked. They took to the kitchen with the help of Lalit’s family recipes and thus Bandar was born.

The world’s first squeezable chutneys make Indian flavors accessible for any meal. They come in five different flavors to allow you to add flavor to any meal. The can be used to top indian dishes or burgers, fries, pizza, and sushi.

After a Kickstarter campaign and promoting the brand at trade shows, Bandar began to take off. They expanded to include Naan chips and Poppadums as well.

With naan bread as a staple and favorite part of Indian meals, the founders wanted to make it available for easy, every-day snacking. Baked into airy, crispy chips these Naan bites have 60% less fat than the leading brand of pita chips. They also come in 3 delicious flavors: Garlic, Tikka Masala, and Himalayan Pink Salt.

Poppadums are another play on an Indian classic. Papads are a traditional appetizer served at most meals. Poppadums makes them available as an everyday snack with no cooking involved. They’re baked from primarily lentil flour giving them 5g of protein and 50% less fat than traditional potato chips.

For more information on their products and Bandar foods click HERE.

Our event will be held at Cinepolis Chelsea New York City, beginning at the War for the Planet of the Apes 4:20 pm showtime on Friday, July 14th, while supplies last! Buy your tickets HERE! To Become a POP Bag INSIDER and be the first to know about upcoming events, giveaways, and more! Click HERE to join for free.

Monkeying around with Bandar Foods
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Live Lively with Emmy’s Organics

What’s better than a cookie? A cookie made with organic, non-GMO super-foods. Emmy’s Organics founder’s Ian and Samantha used a recipe Ian made to create a coconut cookie empire focused on good, real treats and responsible business practices. Lucky for you, the POP Bag has managed to snag some for our upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes event.

Emmy’s came to be when founder Ian created a recipe that would be gluten, dairy, and other intestinal irritant free. He later shared this recipe with his girlfriend Samantha, a self-proclaimed health-nut. The two realized the opportunity they had with an easy recipe and clean ingredients.


After selling these delicious super-food bites at the Ithaca Farmers Market and local Greenstar Co-op, they garnered a large customer base. With continued hard work and some luck, they managed to get into retailers across the nation and in Canada. They only continue to grow.

However, Emmy’s is not letting the success go to their head. As a certified B Corporation since 2013, they are consistently striving to do better for themselves, the environment and their community. Emmy’s prides themselves on their composting, recycling, and reusing practices. They continually find new ways to give back to their community and provide flexible, generous benefits to their employees; showing that businesses can make a difference.

For more information about Emmy’s Organics, click HERE.

Our event will be held at Cinepolis Chelsea New York City, beginning at the War for the Planet of the Apes 4:20 pm showtime on Friday,  July 14th, while supplies last! Buy your tickets HERE! To Become a POP Bag INSIDER and be the first to know about upcoming events, giveaways, and more! Click HERE to join for free.

Live Lively with Emmy's Organics!
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POPPERS Will Go Bananas for Justin’s New Snack!

It all started in the food processor of his home kitchen in 2004 and took years to perfect. Now,  Justin Gold’s nut butter stands on shelves of some of the most popular retailers. In less than a decade,  Justin transformed his small business idea into a multi-million dollar nut empire. We’re impressed with the story of how Justin’s came to be, and are ready to give you the scoop!

Although it took years of hard work, the way Justin’s was named is a funny story. As quickly as new ideas came to him, a new nut butter flavor was created. And having so many great ideas meant that there was a lot of nut butter filling the shelves of his Boulder home. It didn’t take long for his roommates to discover these tasty treats and start stealing and snacking. To prevent this thievery,  Justin started scribbling his name on the jars. This trick didn’t work, but it gave him a great business idea!

We’re going nuts for Justin’s and we know you will too! With plenty of delicious flavors like Maple Almond, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Honey Peanut, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. But Justin’s doesn’t just make nut butters. Our Poppers are getting exclusive access to a new exciting snack that just entered the market…

We’re sure you’ve heard of the Justin’s snack packs. Pretzel sticks paired with a creamy nut butter dip. Sounds good right? But Justin’s has changed the game with the NEW banana chip and peanut butter packs. Now you can conveniently carry the classic duo without any hassle. We’ve already given the snack packs a taste, and have fallen in love! Crispy banana chips with creamy and rich peanut butter are our current obsession. We’re confirming that this is definitely the best tasting nut butter on the planet!

We love Justin’s so much that we’ve teamed up for our next opening night event… War for the Planet of The Apes! On July 14th you can taste the new snack packs for yourself at Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema in NYC. To stay tuned for showtimes and more information become a Pop Bag Insider HERE to be the first to know about everything that’s POPPING.

For more information about the brand, be sure to click HERE

ur event will be held at Cinepolis Chelsea New York City, beginning at the War for the Planet of the Apes 4:20 pm showtime on Friday,  July 14th, while supplies last! Buy your tickets HERE!

POPPERS will go bananas for Justin's new snack!
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Join the club POPPERS, The New York Times Film Club!

Friday,  July 14th is our screening event for War for the Planet of the Apes. Please come enjoy the film and our exciting brand offerings, exclusively for our POPPERS.

This month our POPPERS will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive offer from The New York Times Film Club at two of The POP Bag’s opening night promotions this July.

With a film club membership, POPPERS can take advantage of the following offers:

  •      Choice of 12 preview screenings of new films
  •      Access to red carpet premieres and special events
  •      Exclusive members-only access to unreleased independent films, documentaries, and film festival favorites
  •     Talks with film talent and Times journalists
  •      Discounts on select merchandise at The New York Times Online Store
  •      $5 members-only discount on up to 4 tickets to select TimesTalks film-related live events

For more information, click HERE.

Not a New York POPPER? That’s A-OK! The New York Times Film Club also offers club memberships in Los Angeles and San Francisco for all of those West Coast movie lovers.

Become a POP Bag INSIDER and be the first to know about upcoming events, giveaways, and more! Click HERE to join for free.

ur event will be held at Cinepolis Chelsea New York City, beginning at the War for the Planet of the Apes 4:20 pm showtime on Friday,  July 14th, while supplies last! Buy your tickets HERE!

Join the club, POPPERS, The New York Times Film Club!
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Best Patriotic Movies of All Time

Independence Day is just around the corner and people are preparing. While it’s a good idea get ready by stocking up on sunscreen, fireworks, and snacks, this year why not prepare by getting in the mood with a good movie! Here’s a list of some of the best patriotic movies that will make you feel proud to be an American:

  1. Patriots Day (2016): This recent film is based on the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in 2013. Emotions may run wild, since the event is so fresh in America’s mind, but it is impossible to not swell with pride throughout the relentless search for the bombers.
  2. Argo (2012): Another relatively new movie, that highlights the success of America, despite the efforts of other nations. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch the hostages attempt to sneak out of Iran, but nothing is as inspiring as watching fellow Americans try to save each other.
  3. American Sniper (2014): The amazing story of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle, one of the best snipers in American history. This film shines light on the sacrifices members of the armed forces make both physically and mentally. Kyle’s passion for our nation and our veterans is infectious. 
  4. Saving Private Ryan (1998): An American classic, telling the tale of a group of US soldiers’ experiences on D-Day. Nothing is more heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring than watching what a man is willing to risk to save a fellow soldier. 
  5. Zero Dark Thirty (2012): A behind the scenes look at all the hard work Navy S.E.A.L Team 6 put into finding one of America’s biggest enemies: Osama bin Laden. Telling the story of the 10 year hunt to find him, this film will make anyone feel proud. 
  6. Hacksaw Ridge (2016): The unlikely story of how Army Medic Desmond T. Doss became an American hero without bearing any arms. Follow along this not-so-typical war story and see how Doss became the first soldier in history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor without firing a single weapon. A story that reminds us all: we can protect our country no matter what our beliefs may be. 
  7. Forrest Gump (1994): Rounding out our list is a film quite different from the others. While it is not a war movie or a movie about terrorists, it showcases much of American history. Watch Forrest unknowingly stumble into some of the most historic moments. Forrest reminds us that with optimism and dedication anything is possible, and after all isn’t that the American Dream?

While these are just seven of our favorites, there are still an abundance of movies to choose from. Some other great options include: Glory, Born on the Fourth of July, Miracle, Black Hawk Down, Lincoln, and United 93. Let us know in the comments below which of these movies you’ll be watching this Fourth of July weekend! Also, let us know if we forgot to mention one of your favorites!

Check out The POP Bag's picks for best patriotic movies of all time!
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Top Summer Blockbusters of All Time

Here are the top five summer blockbuster movies of all time! See if you can find any of your favorites on this list.

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982): This all-time classic for all ages comes in at number one on the list. Featuring the kindest alien in theaters, this film is an excellent portrayal of childhood. It shows the beauty and mystery that children can find in the world. A must watch for anyone and everyone.
  2. Mad Max (2015): Fury Road: A newer film, but it’s an integral part of an old series. It breathes life into the dying, post-apocalyptic franchise started by George Miller by adding to the narrative. While it is not a movie for everyone, thrill seekers and adventurers alike will enjoy this one.
  3. Inside Out (2015): Pixar’s big comeback of 2015. This one-of-a-kind animated film appeals to children, as well as adults. The portrayal of emotions and internal turmoil evokes all of the emotions in the viewer. A truly, feel good film for the whole family.
  4. Toy Story 3 (2010): The long awaited second sequel of the franchise that brought children and nostalgic adults to theaters. The missing puzzle piece to the story allowed viewers to find out exactly what happened to Andy’s toys. A wholesome coming of age story, inspiring others that change is okay.
  5. Alien (1979): Rounding out the top 5, is sci-fi classic Alien. While these aliens are not as friendly or cute as E.T., the movie is a classic that will never lose its edge for as long as humans fear the unknown. This film is a must see for any horror fanatic.


What films this summer do you think will make the all time summer blockbusters list? Want to be a part of their rise to fame? Become a POP Bag insider and never miss out on an event again, so you can be first to see the summer’s next biggest hit.

Top Summer Blockbusters of All Time by The POP Bag
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Coming Soon: The Dark Tower

After 10 years of ongoing work, the long-awaited movie adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling series The Dark Tower is making it to the big screen. With the premier date pushed back multiple times, King fans are on the edge of their seats waiting to see the $60 million work to come to life. However, critics are apprehensive to see if director Nikolaj Arcel has really delivered.

The film’s official trailer was released on May 3rd by Sony Pictures. Since the posting on YouTube, three new TV spots have also been released, but critics are not happy. The 30-second commercials are brief and to-the-point. They establish the protagonist as gunslinger Ronald Deschain (Idris Elba) and the villain as sorcerer Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughhey). However, they do not provide any other substance. The clips are essentially snippets from the full-length trailer.

The lack of plot development does not give the movie a good look. So far, it is coming across as a stereotypical action movie, despite the sci-fi styling. This is making it seem like the film itself will not stand up to the powerful, eight-novel series. On the other hand, true King fans are not deterred because of the big plans Arcel has for the film.

The movie is intended to be just one piece of a larger franchise. Arcel has already begun branching off the books by making the movie act as a sequel. While the plot is claimed to address important parts of all the books, it also continues the story of Deschain and his fight against Padick. Following the full-length film in 2018, there is going to be a TV series coming with Elba set to continue his role as Ronald Deschain. The series is supposed to fill in the gap in the plot between the books and the films.

With all of these speculations, it is important to remember that the trailer is not the full movie. There is no way to tell if the movie is a hit or flop until it is in theaters on August 4. Once it hits the big screen, we’ll update you to let you know how it turns out.

In the mean-time, Stephen King fans, tell us: do you think that the film will be a hit? How do you feel about the following TV series?

Coming Soon: The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba
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Must-Watch Movies for Summer 2017


We are excited because it’s almost summer! Summer brings nice weather, ice cream, barbecues, & blockbuster movies. There are a few movies we are excited to see and would love to share them with you. Check out our must-watch movies for Summer 2017 below:

The Mummy

Must-Watch movies for Summer 2017

This action packed film hits theaters on June 9th and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a modern day reboot of the older Mummy film, but this time starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, & Sofia Boutella. In this film, the ancient princess is awakened from her crypt, ready to do what it takes to get back what was rightfully hers. Check out the trailer here.

Cars 3

Must-Watch Movies for Summer 2017

Lightning McQueen(voiced by Owen Wilson) is back and ready to show the others that he’s still the best race car in the world. He wants to prove to the new generation that he can be just as good as them. Think he can do it? See for yourself when the film hits theaters June 16th.

Despicable Me 3

Must-Watch movies for Summer 2017

Oh brother! In this third installment of the Despicable Me series, main character Gru(voiced by Steve Carell) meets the twin brother he never knew he had named Dru. This highly anticipated sequel hits theaters June 30th.

Spider Man: Homecoming

Must-Watch Movies for 2017

Another Spider-Man reboot? Yes, but this one combines Spider-Man(played by Tom Holland) with other beloved action heroes – Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr) & Captain America(Chris Evans). Spider-Man just finished a stint with The Avengers and is looking forward to returning to a normal highschool life – that is until the Vulture appears. Check out this exciting film when it hits theaters on July 7th.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Must-Watch Movies for 2017

In this new Planet of the Apes film, Caesar(Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a war with an army of humans led by Colonel(Woody Harrelson). The apes suffer imaginable losses, which brings Caesar on a quest to avenge his kind. As he comes face to face with the Colonel, the battle begins that will determine the fate of both species and the future of the planet. It hits theaters July 14th but you can check out the trailer here.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Feeling the Love with Chocolove Almond Butter Cups

Chocolove Almond Butter Cups

What is going on with the weather here in NYC? One minute, we are enjoying the nice sunshine, the next minute we are cold! The constant changing of weather has us feeling down in the dumps – especially because we are ready to break out the spring wardrobe and throw away(we mean put away) our coats until next winter. Chocolate tends to help bring up our mood so we decided to take a quick break to pick up a snack. While perusing the aisles of Whole Foods, we spied something new from one of our favorite chocolate brands – Chocolove almond butter cups. We had to choose between dark and milk chocolate and decided to go with the milk.

Before taking a bite, we had to take note of the cute little heart imprinted on the chocolate – so sweet! Flavor wise – this is delicious! The milk chocolate is nicely sweet – not over powering. As noted on the package, it has a 33% cocoa content. There is just the right amount of almond butter inside the cup and it’s also not bland, as we know almond butter can be sometimes. The ingredient list is perfect – only being made up of four ingredients. Overall, we think this a great snack. You can either eat the one package by yourself or share the other cup with someone you love. We are definitely feeling this new product from Chocolove and look forward to trying more!

Ready to taste it for yourself? Learn more about Chocolove and where you can purchase their delicious goodies here.


We tried Chocolove's new almond butter cups and we love them! Check out our review!
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Have a Fiesta with Our Must-Watch Movies for Cinco De Mayo!

Looking for a little something to add to your Fiesta? How about one of our must-watch movies for Cinco De Mayo. Check them out below:

Three Amigos

Three Amigos - Must-Watch Movies for Cinco De Mayo

This 1986 comedy brought together Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, & Martin Short as the Three Amigos – silent film stars who are mistaken for real heroes by people in a small Mexican Village. They thought they were there to do a show but turns out, the village thought they could help them fight El Guapo, the bandit who keeps stealing their money. This movie is filled with lots of laughs and worth checking out – if you haven’t seen it already.


Desperado - Must Watch Movies for Cinco De Mayo

This 1995 movies starred Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi, who wanted revenge against the drug lord who killed his lover. Want to learn the backstory? Check out El Mariachi and for the continuation – Once Upon a Time in Mexico.


Frida- Must-Watch Movie for Cinco De Mayo

This 2002 biopic drama starred Salma Hayek as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. This movie told the story of her life and how she began painting – to her up and down relationship with her husband.

What movies do you have to add to our list?

Check out our Must-Watch Movies for Cinco de Mayo featuring Frida, Desperado, & Three Amigos
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Movie Picks

It’s that time of the year again, POPPERS! The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is in town and a lot of great films will be available to watch at Cinepolis Chelsea! Here are a few we think that you should check out:

Super Dark Times

Super Dark Times - The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks

Directed by Kevin Phillips, this film tells the story of two best friends, Josh & Zach who one day decide to take Josh’s older brothers samurai sword to play with at the local park. That afternoon spirals out of control with Zach feeling guilty and Josh showing signs of off-balance behavior. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson - The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks

David France’s documentary focuses on “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, a fixture in NYC’s gay ghetto, who along with fellow trans activist, Sylvia Rivera, founded STAR(Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in Greenwich Village. In 1992, Marsha was found floating in the Hudson River, her death ruled as a suicide. The movie seeks to celebrate her life and achievements, while also trying to solve the mystery of her death. Learn more and get tickets here.
The Reagan Show

The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks - The Reagan Show

This documentary uses archival footage to take a look at how Ronald Reagan became president at the height is his Hollywood career. Learn more here.
House of Z

The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks - The House of Z

House of Z follows fashion designer Zac Posen from the beginning of his career until now. This documentary shows how he gained success quickly, hit a few slumps, and where he’s at now. Learn more here.
My Friend Dahmer

The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks - My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer before he became a serial killer. He was a teenage loner who conducted grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab. He was invisible to most until his weird behavior attracted some friends. Check it out here.

Click here to see a schedule of all movies playing during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
The POP Bag's 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Picks
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Ghost in the Shell (2017) Film Review

Greetings POPPERS! The live-action film Ghost in the Shell is receiving very questionable reviews, so we had to watch the film ourselves to see if it lived up to the essence of the Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow. The premise is complex at times, so let’s discuss it, and then we’ll get to the good stuff!

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell(2017) POP Bag Review 

This fantasy/science fiction/action film takes place in the future where humans are able to insert their “ghost” into a cybernetic body, also referred to as a “shell”.  These turned cyborgs have been given enhanced abilities, such as increased strength, vision, and intelligence. Who is the mastermind behind this technologically advanced method you ask? It’s the leading research and development organization called Hanka Robotics and it’s genius Dr. Ouelet. Now, they have successfully created a cybernetic organism for the first time by implanting the brain of Motoko Kusanagi in a “shell”. Motoko’s body was injured so badly that only her brain was salvageable. As a result, Motoko’s brain was inserted into a shell instead of having an AI built, which left Motoko to become the first successful man-machine hybrid.

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell

Dr. Ouelet decided to give her a new identity as a counter-terrorist operative named Major Mira Killian to help keep Hanka Robotics from outside threats; however, the now Major Mira Killian, is experiencing glitches after her first mission due to Dr. Ouelet keeping some of Motoko’s memories stored in her brain. As more “glitches” take place, Major Mira Killian begins questioning her memories, especially after she learns that there was a prior experiment that “failed”, which goes by the name of The Puppeteer. With similar cybernetic attributes to that of Major Mira Killian, The Puppeteer informs Major Mira Killian that the drugs she is taking, as instructed by Dr. Ouelet under Hanka Robotics’ orders, is suppressing her true memories.

Now, let’s move on to the amazing scenery of the film. The scenery throughout the film was absolutely awe striking. The aerial shots of futuristic Tokyo with 80 ft. tall holographic geishas and orange koi fishes swimming circles around giant office buildings, painted a realistic picture of a bustling, technology-centric metropolis that could very well be Tokyo in the distant future. It felt so authentic yet so outlandish – in the best way possible. This highly updated, future-fied version of modern day Japan was a beautiful contrast to the bleak, gray-scaled setting seen in the less affluent parts of Tokyo.

The industrial, whitewashed cement, technology-barren apartment buildings of run-down Tokyo was a tragically beautiful sight to see against the pixelated images of the city that the audience was used to. It was magical! The moments of silence in the movie were the most amazing we have ever seen in a film. There’s one scene in particular, of a geisha silently walking down a hallway at a chillingly slow pace with no intelligible background noise. The silence of the scene, the swiftness of the geisha’s steps, and the haunting feeling of the hallway she is walking down set a tone of pin-drop silence, perfectly setting the audience for the forthcoming calamity.

There are countless moments in this film that incorporate various authentic facets of the Tokyo culture, while also accomplishing the storytelling goal of the film. From the crowded hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to the tech-centered city and its inhabitants, to the typical Japanese caricatures of geishas and other eastern images – the film absolutely transports the audience to a realistic look at what Japan could be in, say, 300 – 500 years (?)

Aside from the great special effects and scenery, the film stayed true to the concept and theme of the original Ghost in the Shell with all of the fighting scenes, the creation of Major Mira Killian, and the thought-provoking story that questions the more-machine and part-human complexity. However, we get the feeling it slightly missed the mark, and didn’t live up to its predecessor.

Ghost in the Shell wasn’t a bad movie . The original manga focused less on spectacle and more on its philosophy, while the live action version focused more on the special effects and went deeply into explaining everything that was happening instead of just delving into the philosophy of the movie. If you look at the movie on its own, it is just another Hollywood action movie set in the future that gets deep sometimes but not enough to make a lasting impact. While the original Ghost in the Shell developed a cult following, it lacked a wide appeal so some changes were made; therefore, it became more Americanized to make it more palatable towards American audiences, which we personally believe detracts from the movie and takes away from the things that made the original so great.

No matter the outcome, the live-action film for Ghost in the Shell is well-done, and we definitely recommend you watch it! It will certainly put things in a more realistic perspective, and will entertain you, so visit www.cinepolisusa.com to purchase your tickets today and get ready to be fully entertained. If you are in NYC, then visit Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema for a epic movie experience!

The POP Bag Review for Ghosts in the Shell
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