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Movie Review: Annihilation (2018) *Enter Area X*

Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Annihilation
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*

Annihilation Trailer #2 (2018) *Enter Area X*

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*

Annihilation Trailer #1 (2018) *Alex Garland’s Follow-Up to Ex Machina*

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*

LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

There was a time when Rob Reiner was, hands-down, one of the five best directors working in Hollywood.  From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Reiner helmed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, including The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The American President, and A Few Good Men.  Then he disappeared from the ranks of Hollywood’s top directors.  LBJ looks like he’s back on his game, and it also looks like a perfect role for one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors: Woody Harrelson.  You need a LOT of personality to begin to be able to capture who Lyndon Johnson was.  He was a complex, contrary, outrageous lion of a man.  The film looks to focus on his finest hour, which was the continuation of the work begun by Kennedy on the Civil Rights Bill after JFK was assassinated.  Even with Johnson’s swing (and few have ever walked through Congress with more), shoving that bill through was a monumental achievement.  That Harrelson, who is coming off his best comedic role since Cheers in last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and the psychotic Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, to slip into the skin of this giant of a man, shows his astounding range.  I’m really rooting for this when it opens November 3, 2017. Continue reading LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

Trailer Time: The Hateful Eight Trailer #1 (2015) *Go West, Tarantino!*

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

It’s a cryptic plot summary, but those who know Tarantino know it’s going to get a whole lot more complicated…..and then a lot of people will get shot.  This is Tarantino’s second Western in a row.  I thought Django Unchained was a brilliant nod to past spaghetti Westerns with unbelievable performances from Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

I also thought the last half-hour of the film went totally off the rails and the climactic shoot-out was so over-the -top as to be almost laughable.  However, the film did continue to show a progression in maturity in Tarantino’s writing, something that’s continued to improve as he’s aged.  The Hateful Eight has a fantastic cast and will be sure to figure into Oscar talk when it debuts on Christmas Day 2015 (this would be a very weird Christmas choice).

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino