Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (2009)

Where the first film in this reboot (of sorts) series slavishly recreated the first six episodes of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION series it’s based on, this second film is a lot more original, incorporating some scenes and elements from that series, but amidst reimagined plotlines and characterisations, with a considerable amount of new material. I…

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone. (2007)

So much of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, the television series, as well as its sequel film THE END OF EVANGELION was about pushing both its characters and its actual viewers to progress, to self-actualise, to come to a meaningful psychological understanding of themselves and make an effort to connect with other human beings. Creator Hideaki Anno…

Revival of Evangelion (1998)

This is simply the interpretive clip-show of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION’s first twenty-four episodes, titled DEATH, compiled with the sequel film/arguable-alternate-ending THE END OF EVANGELION. As far as its own merits go, DEATH is certainly nice contextualisation for the sequel film, and is interesting enough a take on the clip show format that fans beyond completionists…

The Favourite (2018)

Three excellent leads stir a story about hierarchy, transactional relationships, perceived power, and all the other sort of concepts a costumed drama about queer women gives rise to. Director Yorgos Lanthimos films with striking fisheye lenses accentuating the warped perceptions at play (both of the individual characters and the monarchical setting in general), and he…

Widows (2018)

A heist film that thinks itself THE WIRE, but is much more like more recent HBO dramas, in using a talented cast (mostly) and general high production quality to smooth over scattershot writing. As a heist movie it goes alright. The pacing is wobbly but the actual heist sequences themselves have striking visuals and are…

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…