“Annihilation” Destroys my Mind

This week’s podcast features a discussion of “Annihilation,” a movie to which I gave five stars upon its initial release earlier this year. ┬áRather than rehashing the review, this episode is much more about my experience rewatching and inability to get all the answers I want from the movie. Does this inability lessen my love… Read More

Movie Review: “Annihilation” (2018)

I hate being hyperbolic, especially at the top of a review, but it would not be going too far to say that I love Alex Garland’s new film, “Annihilation.” With a screenplay from Garland, based on a book by Jeff VanderMeer, “Annihilation” stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a former soldier turned Johns Hopkins scientist who… Read More

"Ex Machina" — A Good Movie Which Earned Greatness it did not Achieve

Some films you can watch and then forget about between leaving the theater and arriving home. Others stick with you, they make you think, they make you wonder, and they desperately make you want to see them again. It was about a week ago that I saw writer-director Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina.” If you had… Read More

Interviews Revisited and why a 15 Minute Interview is Easier than a Four Minute One

A while back, I wrote a piece on doing on-camera junket interviews, and my experiences with them. Since then, I have done several longer interviews, and consequently I’ve been comparing the experiences. For the on-camera interviews, usually, I have gotten something on the order of four minutes Maybe a little bit more, maybe a little… Read More