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Last night I saw a movie for the first time in years. That movie was Annihilation. I had little prior knowledge of the film before seeing it. I didn’t see a trailer. I didn’t read a review. I just went and saw it with my wife. Here is the gist.
As a disclaimer I will admit I enjoyed this film. I enjoyed going to a movie for the first time in a long time. It was great, minus the idiot on his phone in the row in front of us. It was a pleasure. Thank you for reading my review of Annihilation.
Best Shot: The best shot in this film, aside from all of the visually stunning flora and fauna, is at about the midpoint when the team of experts stumbles upon a mess hall. They find a video of some sick death by a cadet before them. The crew finds the scene of his death has turned an abandoned swimming pool into an explosion of colors and what appears to be mold. This grotesquely morbid end creates creates and aesthetic I have rarely seen in films. Like zombie ants with fungus shooting from their heads. Like mummies on display. This was the best shot in my opinion. Although everything seems to sparkle and shimmer in alien phosphorescence.
Worst Shot: Spoiler alert the worsts shot is at the end when the alien in the lighthouse pirouettes the main character. It’s far too long. Far too played out. I have seen in before. It adds very little. We know that the alien is trying to mirror the humans before this point in the film. Also, the shots of the extra-marital affair involving the main character. This affair does nothing to move the plot.
Plot: Perhaps we have reached a point in the sci-fi cannon when all ideas have been exhausted to the point at which we just basically are trying to understand us, while realizing there is nothing out there beyond us. Perhaps. The pedestrian alien in Annihilation are basically the same alien in Signs, or any other cartoon alien–except for with a smaller head and limited facial features. Aliens are still somewhat green and still somewhat humanoid and thinking. However, these aliens may not understand the ideological concept of “want”, “wanting”, or “preference”. The just do. They just change. For whatever reason, it’s never really explained.
Takeaway: Annihilation is visually appealing, it’s visually appealing like Prometheus. The film offers moments of tender human relations, marriage, and longing. It also bring a bit of horror with a monster bear and the idea of going nuts in a world where, or in a bubble–ironically for our times, a bubble, where those around you are going clearly mad. Changing from one thing to another irregardless of the individuals intentions. These things happen. Like biology, I guess. Near the end of the movie the main point shows through: things change for the simple reason that they can. Outside alien entities change us for their reasons and their reasons are unknown. That’s basically it. Annihilation poses more questions than it answers while still making me thing a little bit but not offering much novel idea. It was an entertaining flick, but it has some explaining to do, and of course a work cited may be necessary in the credits.
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I walked through my neighbor’s house today looking for flaws and thinking how I would never buy this place, ever. It’s too small and I like unfinished basements. I went house-shopping today but did not buy. Instead, of buying the American Dream I take a step back and try to get out of our American Nightmare first: credit card and student debt. I walk through my neighbor’s house and I know I should have started earlier, as most millennials. But unlike the aforementioned group–my “tribe”, I protest that and focus on financial freedom. I have no time for distractions, I know I’m funding some bank exec’s beach. Also, wait til the housing market crashes again.
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“Fluffy” rescue dog who purportedly saved family from would-be robbers
Frogtown USA– In what seems to be an ironic and tragic series of events, authorities have responded to a gruesome scene in what could only be described as an armed robbery gone incredibly and horribly wrong.
At the shocking scene bloody body parts lay strewn at what could have been an armed robbery only thwarted by the new family companion, pictured above, a dog named Fluffy, a newly adopted rescue animal. No victims were harmed, no property stolen, and only the suspected criminals were left scathed.
After the failed heist, intervened by “Fluffy” the Rogers’ beloved newly adopted rescue dog, assailants made away not on foot, bleeding profusely from badly torn orifices, crying in agonizing pain, from deep and infected canine bite wounds.
In lieu of these blessed and terrifying events, the Frogtown detectives have issued an all points bulletin for the general public to be on the look out for two men in shredded ski masks missing arms and legs and most likely suffering from extreme blood loss.
[The] Body parts have been removed from the scene and been logged into the Frogtown criminal investigations headquarters as evidence of this epic failure of an attempted armed robbery. Authorities are tirelessly trying to match arms and legs to at large assailants via DNA analysis.
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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch laying down the law about singing competition as he raises both hands for two questions confusedly during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by MPR/AP
What seemed a strange outcome to what would potentially be a interminable filibuster, which would then transpire into the ever dreaded “nuclear option”, government representatives have agreed to settle their contrasting differences in an unprecedented singing competition, because both parties love The Voice.
Tension soared to new heights on Monday as Democrats poised to block the Gorsuch vote and waste more time just talking (for lack of purpose)–which they have immense practice at, and as the Republicans estimated ways they could eventually change the rules by reinterpreting them as not to break them. Then, a silver lining, wonderful idea: sing it the fuck out. Now instead of meaningless jabber, they will serenade!
In this astonishing change of heart, all humility was saved by what was at first a quiet suggestion of a fair competition, one that Russia could certainly not hack or manipulate the paramount results of, and still, a game that would give any one group an option to decide who is more right than the other unequivocally. That’s when Gorsuch made the suggestions himself.
It was a risky move that was taken–very necessary though, very… to put that novel idea forward into the shark tank of US politics, and for once all parties agreed on something for a total of 20 seconds… an anonymous, yet, highly reliable source onlooker unaffiliated with CNN said. It was incredible. God… it was like they wasted the last year and just did something. Holy shit. Wow. This is AMAZING… it’s like a kale salad. another legitimate anonymous source partaking not associated with MPR said off the record.
Gorsuch went on to graciously expound that he got his unique concept of a singing competition from watching hit network television show The Voice, he thought of fixing all the world’s problems by singing about them seems absolutely realistic, and ironically very similar to a filibuster but more upbeat. And everyone loves The Voice.
Today politicians are going to use their voices for the voices of the American people because of The Voice, and Gorsuch, and in this competition determine once and for all Gorsuch fate and the future of America.
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