Brandon O'Brien

Brandon O'Brien

Poet, writer, critic, and some other things.

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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★★

  • Reminiscence

    ★★★

  • Soul

    ★★★★

  • Jingle All the Way

    ★½

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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★★

    It's not every day a creator gets to finally unshackle himself from his creation. Thrice Upon A Time, then, is a lockpick. It's not meant to give you everything you think you're supposed to want, but the things it does care to give are all measured and specific, and a lot of them do the work you think they must precisely because they are not trying to grant wishes about the past of the franchise. Much like the capstone of…

  • Reminiscence

    Reminiscence

    ★★★

    So... this movie is neither a perfect noir, nor a perfect science fiction movie, nor a perfect speculative interrogation of memory. It is, in a lot of ways, a very peculiar version of a very simple kind of noir - the science fiction equivalent of a cross between an interrogator and a court stenographer get hung up about a pretty redhead's earrings. Some parts of its lore about climate change do not work, and some parts of its lore about…

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  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

    Old Christmas movies are weird. As I've grown older, I've realised that they're all almost always emotionally hostile: the terse and manipulative return-to-the-parents'-home, strange romantic bullshit about how The Christmas Spirit makes all your hesitation rise into the clouds as vapor, or overwhelmingly consumerist weirdness.

    I initially wanted to watch this movie simply because it was one of Arnie's unique comedic roles in the middle of his career. I remember enjoying it a lot--hey, watch this goofy dad struggle to…

  • Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO Movie Wars Mega Max

    Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO Movie Wars Mega Max

    ★★★★

    It’s a Kamen Rider winter crossover movie, it’s supposed to be energetic and silly, but I have a particular soft spot for it because it’s my three absolute favorite Heisei Riders in a movie all to themselves. I still have personal mixed feelings about how the franchise as a whole used Foundation X around this era, but for the most part it felt coherent here. And, well, Nadeshiko.