Yesterday (2019)

In 2013 Richard Curtis wrote a magical realism meets romantic comedy film in ABOUT TIME, which was a lovely, surprisingly strong film, that really mined its premise (a kind of casual take on time travel affording one the chance to ‘perfect’ the key relationships in their life) well. YESTERDAY had a similar kind of magical…

The End of Evangelion (1997)

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION ran for twenty-six episodes. The finale aggravated much of the audience, leading to much outcry, death threats to creator Hideaki Anno, and so on. Towards the end of the show, genre trappings increasingly fell away as the focus went more and more to the psychology of the characters, themes of the show…

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)

Not quite just a clip show, NEON GENESIS: EVANGELION: DEATH & REBIRTH is comprised of two parts. The first, DEATH, is nearly entirely footage from the television show. The second, REBIRTH, is the first thirty minutes from what would end up being finalised as the sequel film to the show (often billed as an alternative…

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)

“All you do is wait, wanting people to give you happiness.” NEON GENESIS EVANGELION more or less translates to “Gospel of the New Century”. It broadcast over 1995 and 1996. The show’s creator, Hideaki Anno said in 1996 “I think the people who are very much involved with the Net have very narrow views toward…

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

“It’s easy to fool people when they’re already fooling themselves.” After the behemoth of AVENGERS: ENDGAME and its dizzying success, the Marvel films turn inward with SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, a surprisingly meta and cynical look at the artifice of ‘superhero cinema’ and how people – already operating under increasing self-delusion in both the film’s…

Better Call Saul: Season 4 (2018)

“I don’t wanna talk / About things we’ve gone through / Though it’s hurting me / Now it’s history / …. / The winner takes it all / The loser has to fall / It’s simple and it’s plain / Why should I complain?” In the first three seasons of BETTER CALL SAUL, Jimmy McGill…

Years and Years (2019)

Melding sci-fi and soap-y domesticity is nothing new to showrunner Russell T Davies, nor is incrementally showing modern Britain descending into fascism. Yet his 2019 miniseries YEARS AND YEARS still feels delightfully new, not really the sort of “BLACK MIRROR, but six episodes!” the promotion made out, but a rumination on family and temporality (very…