Daniel PG Simpson

Daniel PG Simpson

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Known on Youtube as Eyebrow Cinema. I like movies and Heavy Metal.

Favorite films

  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Citizen Kane
  • Seven Samurai

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★½

  • Life Itself

    ★★★★

  • Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • All About My Mother

    ★★★★½

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★½

    After seeing mass praise for years, along with one of my close friends being a particularly passionate advocate for the franchise (you know who you are), I've finally taken the plunge and watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. Specifically, the original anime series which started in 1995 and the movie The End of Evangelion from 1997. I'm reviewing the latter here but talking about the film does require some context from the show, which I can say is honestly pretty great. I…

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★

    There are certain things I'd have liked to see explored in greater detail, namely a more thorough consideration of how Siskel & Ebert influenced the trajectory of film criticism for good or ill or Ebert's strong sense of moralization and how that would shape his writing. These are featured in the movie, but in short doses. Overall though, I don't have much to complain about with Life Itself. It's a thoughtful look back at the life of someone who means a…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    There's a lot I could lambast Don't Look Up for. Its central climate change metaphor doesn't actually work given the threat of climate change is a gradual breakdown of systems and not the instantaneous cataclysm the film depicts. Adam McKay's recent tendency to talk down to his audience like they're a bunch of dumb-dumbs is more condescending and self-satisfied than ever. That McKay's anger, while valid, is ultimately misplaced, targeting the masses for being too concerned with celebrity gossip and…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    ★★★★

    I thought I had seen Polanski's Macbeth in a high school English class, but watching the film now, I don't think that's true. For one, I didn't remember a lot of these scenes, but more importantly, there's no way a movie this violent and sexual was ever shown to me in school. Indeed, that's what stands out most about this adaptation. Macbeth has always been one of the more grizzly Shakespeare plays, but this version is straight-up nasty. This is…