The Pestle


Ep 71: “Annihilation”

March 05, 2019

We explore Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” and discuss:

  • Cinematography and composition;
  • Story & theme, what is it really about;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.C.S. Lewis

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  1. Marc Israel says:

    What an interesting episode. Slo SciFi with a purpose. Your “note taking” paid off in spades, Wes! Can’t wait to see it again at home with all of your takes in mind.

    Annihilation is unique and you both flushed that out by expanding on each others thoughts beyond agreement making this your best Team Effort to date.

    As a disc buyer (streaming as a medium? meh) rewatchability is a HUGE factor in my purchase so your show provides me with trusted, thoroughly vetted and entertaining thoughts on movies that are so appreciated.

    Your willingness to discuss movies off the beaten path gets major respect as well. We’re lucky to have you two exoanding if your live if cinema.

  2. wes says:

    Thanks, Izzy! It ended up being such a fun episode for that very reason and we talked about that afterwards how we don’t usually figure things out on the fly like that, but it was really fun to explore the ideas that you can pull from a film like that. I really hope Alex Garland keeps making movies for years and years to come.

    I love that you actually buy the discs! I do, too, and I digitized them and made my own little homemade Netflix with all my favorite films.

    And thank you for your incredibly kind words, you’ve been a big second wind in keeping the show invigorating for us and it’s so so appreciated by me and Todd!!

    1. Marc Israel says:

      Wow, home digitizing!!! Protection from technological advancements (love that scene in Men In Black where Tommy Lee Jones says, “damn, I’m going to have to buy White Album again!”)

      I’m a conspiracy guy when it comes to streaming. Once they got their hands in your pocket they aren’t letting go. All of those discs that include a “free streaming version” only to have that link expiring soon, stop working without notice or arrive expired on older discs purchased new.

      Just not doing it, but digitizing what Ive paid for seems appealing

      1. wes says:

        haha, MIB strikes again! I agree man, when I saw that UltraViolet (or whoever) was no longer keeping their streaming services it definitely reinforced my decision to keep my own library. It’s a pain at first to go through them all, but being able to use Plex or just run them directly off the hard drive — Xbox, and some TVs can play directly from an external USB-powered hard drive — is pretty dang sweet.

    2. Marc Israel says:

      Wow, home digitizing!!! Protection from technological advancements (because we can only buy The Beatles White Album so many times! … and love that Tommy LeevJones In Men In Black Poker fun that’s quite impressive.

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