Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Gareth Edwards’ 2014 GODZILLA had some nice trailers that really pushed a mystical, low-on-dialogue, low-on-melodrama approach to a Godzilla story. The film seemed awesome, in the truest sense of the word, and Edwards’ fascination with imagery of scale seemed a great match for the character. The actual movie was low on mysticism but high on…

Weathering With You (2019)

It’s hard to watch this film without thinking of director Makoto Shinkai’s previous film YOUR NAME, another romance-largely-in-Tokyo film so iconic and successful that whatever he did next was bound to bring some expectations of that film with it. And in terms of the general structure and ideas at play here there is indeed a…

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

Ever since his film INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, which climatically strikingly diverts from the real history it otherwise seemed situated in, an extra layer of tension and possibility has laid over Quentin Tarantino’s films. Reality is more malleable when it’s clear that he’s willing to change history in his stories. So making a film about the death…

Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo. (2012)

The first film in this REBUILD series was a direct, often shot-for-shot, remake of early episodes of of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION series, made primarily by the same people who made those episodes back in 1995. The second film superficially changed some things up, reshuffling parts of the story, filing off nastier (read: more interesting)…

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…