In our current landscape, you will not easily find another science-fiction/fantasy epic with such a firm voice, such a maximalist visual identity, or such a portentous tone.
This final movie, as messy as it is, provides something Evangelion has never had: a definite conclusion.
On the spectrum of spacefaring sci-fi thrillers, Stowaway exists somewhere in the middle of Gravity’s nonstop action and Ad Astra’s cerebral reflections, discreet and practical above all else.
An intriguing experiment, elevated by clever direction and impressive long takes.
The Rise of Skywalker walks back The Last Jedi by returning time and again to tropes and formulas. I wanted more.
Ad Astra is one of the loneliest science-fiction films I’ve seen, and also a thought-provoking, essential deconstruction of masculinity and loneliness.
Arrival is one of those rare films that are simply perfect the way they are. Every time I see it I am astounded all over again at how a film can be so profoundly clever and emotionally touching at the same time.