If Annihilation could be distilled into a single image, it would be that of a hand seen through a glass of water. Crystal clear, the water reflects precisely what is set in front of it and, in this case, it’s a human hand. But, it’s a glass of water, circular in nature, and so the reflection is bisected — fractured if you will — and though you can see what is being reflected in the water, you can also see what is not being reflected. At first glance, your mind fills in the gaps of the image, but if you … Continue reading ANNIHILATION


Of all the people to get stranded on Mars, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is the lucky one. Smart, resourceful, cunning and, most importantly, optimistic, Watney can grow potatoes using human feces, manufacture water simply and reconfigure every possible piece of technology available to him. All while maintaining hope in the face of certain catastrophe and sanity in spite of being the only living soul on a planet. Yes indeed, Mark Watney is one of those rare-breeds. The Martian is a shipwreck story located in the barren wasteland of Mars, set to swinging 70s disco music, and featuring a diverse cast of incredibly … Continue reading THE MARTIAN

Movie Beat – 06.28.13

A Band Called Death – In 1973, the world was still a few years away from the Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and all the other purveyors of punk music. In Detroit, there was three brothers banging away at their instruments, playing loud, playing fast, playing punk music. They couldn’t get a record deal, so to obscurity they faded. Now, the music has been rediscovered, they are playing again, and Death lives on! Come see what Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney were all up to in that spare bedroom. Directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett and out … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.28.13