Movie Review: ANNIHILATION – interesting, but an ultimately ponderous and pretentious exercise from the writer/director of Ex Machina

There was no way I was going to miss this movie – for two reasons, actually.  The first being that my daughter usually beats me to the punch on new releases and I needed to see this one before she did just cuz.  The second being Alex Garland.  Now, I haven’t seen most of Garland’s work, but I liked Dredd a lot, despite it mostly being a RoboCop movie in disguise,  and I flat out loved Ex Machina., which was, if memory serves, my favourite movie of 2015.

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Movie Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

X Men apocalypse

Being honest, I’m not a big fan of the X-Men movies. I can’t deny that X-Men (2000) was a real game changer for superhero movies. Good actors, a decent script that didn’t attempt to water things down too much, and a good young director in Bryan Singer – and, of course, the breakout performance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. 2003’s X2: X-Men United, the year after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man built on that, and paved the way for the genre being the annual cinematic staple it now is. Continue reading “Movie Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE”

Movie Review: EX MACHINA – terrific, thought provoking sci-fi. When does artificial intelligence become something more?

Ex Machina

Caught Ex Machina earlier today – a film I wanted to see, but figured it wouldn’t go on wide release, and would only play in arthouse cinemas like the Uptown or The Lagoon here in the Twin Cities, but no, there it was at the AMC chain up in Roseville. When I read a brief description of the plot about six or seven months ago, I was immediately interested; the philosophical question of identity – what it is, how it can be changed, etc – is a favourite topic of mine. Not only that, what I read reminded me a lot of the very good British sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror (now streaming on Netflix), so when I got the chance to go to see it, I jumped. Continue reading “Movie Review: EX MACHINA – terrific, thought provoking sci-fi. When does artificial intelligence become something more?”