Director Alex Garland’s last film, Ex Machina, is one of the best science fiction films of the last 25 years, so Annihilation has been greatly anticipated by me for quite awhile. This is in spite of the fact that it is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel that I did not care for at all. I found the book’s style of writing in which events leap in and out of the characters inner monologue and the reader has to do a lot of heavy lifting to keep up with a weirdly presented already odd plot to be off-putting. Unfortunately, with a few minor changes to make the end a little more coherent (a little), Garland’s Annihilation is a pretty faithful adaptation of the novel. Continue reading Movie Review: Annihilation (2018) *Enter Area X*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. 2018 continues a sudden uptick in quality with two well-reviewed new films to challenge Black Panther. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/23/2018): Annihilation, Game Night
Paramount Pictures and Skydance have released the second official trailer for Annihilation, director Alex Garland’s follow-up to his 2015 hit Ex Machina. The futuristic gothic horror adaptation, based on the first part of novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy, stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. Annihilation will arrive in theaters on February 23, 2018. Continue reading Annihilation Trailer #2 (2018) *Enter Area X*
Paramount Pictures and Skydance have released the first official trailer for Annihilation, director Alex Garland’s follow-up to his 2015 hit Ex Machina. The futuristic gothic horror adaptation, based on the first part of novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy, stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. Annihilation will arrive in theaters on February 23, 2018. Continue reading Annihilation Trailer #1 (2018) *Alex Garland’s Follow-Up to Ex Machina*
Natalie Portman is the first millennial to win an Oscar. She’s the first profile we’ve done on a member of the Star Wars ensemble. She’s been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Jane Foster in the first two Thor films. She was born in Israel in 1981 and started her acting career at 11. Despite being around since the early 1990’s, the actress is still several years short of 40, and after going trough a slump for a few years (which spawned the famous “Star Wars ruined my career” rant), recent outstanding performances like last year’s Jackie indicate she’s back on track as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. I actually think there is a little something to the Star Wars rant in that her best films are generally before or during her time playing Padme Amidala during Star Wars Episodes I-III. I think it was only after she won her Oscar for the twisted ballet drama Black Swan that she transitioned into taking the kind of adult roles that suit her now the way things like Leon, Heat, and Garden State did at those times in her life. I’m excited about her next project for 2017, and I think Portman is heading into a new golden phase of her career.
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