I Watched The Greatest Movies Of All Time On Pan And Scan VHS

Alex Garland’s excellent Annihilation is hitting Netflix everywhere except the United States today. In these United States we got the pleasure of seeing this beautiful and challenging scifi film on the big screen… well, those of us who bothered to see it, anyway. In three weeks of release the movie has made about $26 million, less than what Black Panther is making this weekend.

This is sad, and there are a lot of reasons why the movie didn’t do well – not least among them being Paramount’s cold feet and unwillingness to spend more money to push the movie hard – but anyone who watched this film knew it was never going to click with mass audiences. And that’s okay.

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ANNIHILATION: The Dependent Origination Of Terror

Full spoilers for Annihilation follow.

Studies have found male DNA in the brains of women who bore male children. Cells from the fetus made their way into the mother’s body and then became a part of the mother; it’s called microchimerism. It’s not clear if that sharing of cells does anything to the mother, but this fact lays bare the intense mutability of our existence as solid beings.

Annihilation finds terror in that concept. Loosely based on the first book in a scifi trilogy, Annihilation is Alex Garland’s unique and personal vision of a world unmoored from certainty and stability, both emotionally and physically. It’s a world where love, trust and flesh itself can be molded and changed… often without our permission, or without our conscious understanding of the causes that led to these effects.

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