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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    For an initial viewing experience, I think Anno succeeded despite the impossible expectations everyone had for this film. Thrice has everything fans of the franchise wanted: faux-military procedural rhythms, space opera antics, slice-of-life reverie, mind-melting abstractions, brutal mech combat, expository introspections, religious symbolism, dials it all up and overdelivers. When the credits rolled, I felt satisfied.

    At the same time though, I felt empty. I wanted to feel MESSY, to leave the film thoroughly disturbed and needing to process it…

  • His and Her Circumstances

    His and Her Circumstances

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Me, one episode in: "Haha knowing Anno, I can't wait for these two to psychologically breakdown and regress into abstract pencil sketches."

    Me, end of the show: "Oh."

    But seriously, Anno outdid himself. The first 2/3s of this show was impeccably paced, with every emotional beat and visual gag landing just the way it was meant to. I'm continually impressed by his seeming ability to transform production "limitations" into confident, purposeful aesthetic choices. Even before the final 1/3, there were…

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    To the guy that sat next to me during tonight's rare theatrical screening, I hope you are reading this because fuck you.

    1. I'm happy you brought some friends who are virgins to the show/film because EoE is always in need of more exposure.
    2. However, I believe EoE should be experienced without interruptions or guidance. One should absorb it all, then try to make sense of it after. This doesn't just go for EoE; it goes for pretty much…

  • Manifesto

    Manifesto

    Saw the film installation at the Park Avenue Armory and... I'm curious how they intend to release this as a film and retain the same effect. In case you cannot make it to one, I will try to describe the experience, assuming the film installations don't vary too much from location to location:

    There are 13 screens in the large, empty room, spaced out in a somewhat grid-like formation. Lights are either very dim or off so the only illumination…