Movies :: Top 20
Week 39 of 2017
1. New Image from 'Annihilation' | Natalie Portman, Oscar Issac, Jennifer Jason Leigh | Dir. Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
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In the science fiction film Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a scientist named Lena, who is part of an expedition tasked with exploring an area which has been taken over by a mysterious force. “[She] finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset,” says writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina). Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson costar as her fellow team members, while Oscar Isaac plays Portman’s husband.
One other character of note featured in the film? An alligator, as is revealed in EW’s exclusive first look photo, above. “It is their first tangible encounter with something strange,” says Garland. “The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on an alligator. They’re starting to get their heads around how weird the place is.”
Annihilation is based on JeffVanderMeer’s 2014 novel, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, which the author continued with Authority and then wrapped up with Acceptance. “I was in post-production on Ex Machina, and one of the producers of that film, Scott Rudin, called up and said, ‘I just acquired this book, I think it’s interesting and, would you take a look,'” says Garland, whose screenwriting credits also include Dredd and 28 Days Later. “I don’t finish books, or films, or anything, really, if it isn’t grabbing me for one reason. Well, I read it in a sitting. I found the atmosphere incredibly strong and I liked the kind of dream state that it created and put me in. It had all sorts of qualities that I found really interesting. I thought immediately, Yes, I’d like to try this.”
Isaac recently promised EW that Annihilation would be “very weird and very beautiful.” “That’s what we were shooting for,” says Garland. “The beauty part of it was quite important. Even when it’s grim, and something dark is happening, there’s quite an overt beauty, and we took pains to make sure that happened.”
Although the original book is part of a trilogy, Garland says he regards his film as a standalone movie. “I did once work on a film called Dredd, which I imagined to be the first part of a trilogy,” says Garland. “But it’s not something I like doing. I’d rather work on a story that I felt was self-contained rather than one that sort of had a ‘dot-dot-dot’ at the end. I think that provokes a sort of instant, understandable, cynicism. We sense the money grab and I feel that pollutes the story. So, right from the get-go, I did not think of this as being part of a trilogy; I thought of it as being just a single, self-contained movie. If other people wanted to do that, that would be fine. That’s none of my business. But from my point of view, it’s just one.”
Annihilation — a Paramount Pictures and Skydance presentation — is in theaters Feb. 23, 2018.
I cannot wait for new movie from Alex Garland after Ex Machina.
The book is very mysterious. It will be interesting to see how it translates to film.
Alex Garland sure likes to cast Oscar Isaac as a scientist in his films.
I forgot all about this movie after its release date got pushed back to 2018. Very excited to see how Alex Garland does after Ex Machina which took most by surprise.
2. Official IMAX Poster for Jigsaw
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You're tearing me apart Jigsaw
Cool poster, i'm sure the movie will be shit though
I just rewatched the whole series this week after going to the Saw house at Halloween Horror Nights, I’m so pumped for this
Didn’t know this was gonna be in IMAX. Just like Geostorm, this movie will probably suck and still be the same as the other “Saw” movies after the first one. BUT, since I loved the Saw movies, as long as it’s gory as fuck with tons of traps. sign me up.
Cool poster. This is the final film right? Didn't they say that about the last one...
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