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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★

    What if Travis Bickle was a badass instead of a bumbling buffoon? Also, what if his chasing the girl and martyrdom were written in such a manner that they were just? I don't normally lazily critique what I see as a perverse male fantasy, but in this case the fantasy is so confidently told and so much relish taken in its violence that it made me feel ill. The film would have been better had the protagonist stuck to driving.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    Both a deconstruction of the mecha genre and a psychoanalytic thriller. Simply one of the best animes of all time.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ½

    Star Wars is truly timeless. Its universe exists beyond the consequences of temporality; its political sphere is as devoid of definition as its geography. Now, in Skywalker Rises, even the characters of Star Wars are granted this temporal immunity. Reanimated corpses fill the screen to remind the audience of what once was and will always be. In this neverending necropolis, historical change is impossible. But without the possibility of change, isn't the search for purpose meaningless? Only if you look for it within the boundaries of this film.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    The plot is as dreadfully boring and lifeless as its cast of characters (if they can be called that). The setting near the end of the film is visually interesting, but that is but a small glimmer in the sea of tedious nothing that is this film.