Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: GitS is one of my all time favorite franchises with the original Stand Alone Complex tied with the original film as my favorite entries. The first season of this sequel series was pretty underwhelming, especially in its initial form. Almost everything is a big step down from the original from the writing to the music to the visuals. Things got a bit better when the iconic voice cast of the English dub returned and the second season rolled out. Season 2 is a noticeable notch above the first in most respects, losing some of the silliness and resembling SAC a bit more. Then the ending throws you for a vague and incoherent loop and I have some pretty mixed feelings about it. In all it was nice to say hello again to my favorite versions of some beloved characters but that's about it. After some pretty mixed entries I hope this franchise can find its groove again.
Bullet Train: Fun action film in the vein of other 'killer's brawl' movies like Smokin' Aces, though I was only moderately entertained. Pitt gives an endearing performance as a reluctant, almost pacifistic killer and most of the cast are pretty charming. Not sure I'd watch again, though.
Prey: You know when a trailer sneaks up on you and it looks good and you hope it's good and it actually turns out good despite the odds? This was Prey for me and it feels pretty good, man. Easily the best entry since the first - not that that's a high bar to clear. Bit sad that the best sequel of the bunch is the one that doesn't get a theatrical release.