Movies with MZS: ANNIHILATION
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Tickets available for purchase to the 7:30pm showtime on Wed Jul 10 here.
Haunting, terrifying, thought provoking, and surprisingly sleek and short for a visionary science fiction movie, ANNIHILATION was instantly identifiable as a cult classic the moment it hit American screens. Adapted and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) from the first in a series of novels by Jeff VanDerMeer, this is a rare female-centric mission movie, about five specialists (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny) dispatched to investigate a meteor landing site now called “The Shimmer,” where evolution and biology hae gone haywire.
Although ANNIHILATION’s initial release was drastically scaled back by its studio due to fears that it was too intellectual and confusing for a mass audience (international rights were sold to Netflix), the movie gathered a loyal following immediately, and already shows signs of becoming a retroactive consensus classic, in the tradition of films like Blade Runner and John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing. The movie will show on the big screen, with an introduction by New York Magazine and RogerEbert.com critic Matt Zoller Seitz.