I was a bit underwhelmed by Alex Garland's well-reviewed directorial debut Ex Machina. I thought it had good ideas but a draggy execution. There's more of the same in his followup, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel, but Annihilation rises to a disturbing, hallucinatory finale that makes the film harder to shake. Natalie Portman plays a biologist who, of course,… read more!
Movies Directed by Alex Garland (in alphabetical order)
Indie "it" boy Domhnall Gleeson play Caleb, a shy programmer at a Google-like corporation called Bluebook who has won a company-wide contest to spend a week with Bluebook's mysterious founder Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) in Nathan's ultra-remote mountain hideaway. Right off the bat, Ex Machina asks the audience to suspend a healthy amount of disbelief. How and why, exactly, does the billionaire CEO of… read more!
During the opening moments of Men, a London woman named Harper (Jessie Buckley) watches in shock as a man (Paapa Essiedu) falls past her window to his death, making eye contact with her as he descends in slow motion. We soon learn, in flashbacks, that this man was Harper's emotionally manipulative husband, whom she was preparing to divorce. Was it… read more!