9 Reasons Why “Annihilation” is One of The Best Sci-Fi Films of The 21st Century

By David Zou

Profoundly unsettling and endlessly imaginative, Alex Garland’s Annihilation, adapted from the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s brilliant best-selling “Southern Reach Trilogy” (2014), presents adventurous viewers with a frequently hypnotic and sporadically heady miscellany of grandiose ecological parable and nerve-racking survival tale in deep sci-fi accouterment.

Lena (Natalie Portman), a grieving biology professor and former U.S. Army soldier, is part of an all-female reconnaissance outfit sent into a top secret stretch of North American coast where something alien has altered the environment and nature has gone berserk; plantlife has grown into gorgeous and sinister floral forms and humanlike shapes; mutated beats, some seeming prehistoric, others like a Miyazaki fever dream, travel the timbers and marshlands down the coast.

This environmental territory, with startling shades of Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi, is in a frightening flux as its boundaries keep mushrooming. Lena and the rest of her unit, not at all the first reconnaissance team to lose their way trying to penetrate this strange southern zone, not only find that their GPS signals and other communications and tracking devices are affected by their environment, but also startlingly realize that their mental and emotional faculties are also socked in and uncertain.

The following list will detail, debate, and celebrate why it is that Garland’s second film as director ranks amongst the 21st century’s most mesmerizing and upsetting speculative fictions. Annihilation is a film that belongs on a very short list of incalculably ambitious, deeply thoughtful, teasingly ambiguous, hugely rewarding, and highly artistic sci-fi endeavors, standing shoulder to shoulder with lasting works like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire (1973), and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979).

Annihilation is a world of weird fiction; of dead husbands and daughters, of doppelgängers, waking dreams, monstrous rogue bears capable of ghastly human mimicry, mutated hyacinths → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Freefly’s new Movi promises high end stabilisation for smartphones

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

Freefly's new Movi promises high end stabilisation for smartphones

Freefly’s new gimbal for smartphones promises many of the same features as its full size cousins.

  • Freefly Movie
  • iPhone
  • mobile filmmaking
  • gimbal
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    Industry Master Calendar April 1, 2018 – Vegas, Galas and Festivals Abound

    By Olivia Gleichauf

    Welcome Below the Line Subscribers, While the MX30 Experimental Film Festival is ending today, the New Directors New Films Festival carries on throughout the week. Starting in the middle of the week is the Cleveland International Film Festival in Ohio. The Moet Moment Film Festival pushed back the submissions deadline, which is this Thursday. This […]

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    Location Managers Guild International Awards – April 7th

    By Olivia Gleichauf

    The LMGI is holding their 5th Annual Awards Gala at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, honoring productions in feature film, television programs and commercials from around the world, in which the creative use of filming locations enhances and helps to drive the storyline. The Awards show also recognizes the outstanding service by the Film Commissions […]

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    NAB is Here! National Association of Broadcasters Show April 7th through 12th

    By Olivia Gleichauf

    The NAB is an amazing event for the media, entertainment and technology industry that showcases ground-breaking innovation and powerful solutions for professionals looking to manage, deliver, create, and monetize content on any platform. With the newest tech, tools and professional connections, NAB is educating and refining skills, as well as presenting networking opportunities to make […]

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    The Cleveland International Film Festival April 4th

    By Olivia Gleichauf

    The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts from around the world through education and exhibition, to enrich the life of the community, and celebrate the human experience for its 42nd year. Using film as a catalyst for thought-provoking conversations and ideas, CIFF holds forums directly after screenings to offer audience […]

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    Canon Patent application for more apodization filter lenses

    By Richard Canon adds another patent application for apodization filtered lenses, this time for; 135/2.0 400/2.8 185/3.5 I’m not sure about the utility or expense of a 400/2.8 with such a filter, but a 135/2.0 sounds interesting. Japan Patent Application 2018-049102 → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    Roundup of the Sony related April fool’s day jokes (Sony A7F, Joyart 35mm FE lens…)

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    On top you can see the first image of the new Joyart ARTON G 35mm E-mount lens (Optyczne)

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    10 Movie Masterpieces No One Talks About

    By Woodson Hughes

    In 1978, the US saw the release of a book entitled The 50 Worst Movies of All Time (and How They Got That Way) by future conservative pundit Michael Medved and his cousin Randy Dreyfuss.

    Though there is no point in discussing the contents of this book or its quality, the tome unleashed a tidal wave of interest in bad films and the fascination that they create in viewers. Well, yes, bad films of a certain nature can appeal to the more juvenile side of a viewer’s psyche, but, considering how many wonderful things await the discerning viewer in the cinematic world, why dwell on the bad?

    While it has always been a truism that the bad outnumbers the good, logic would follow that anything that could be termed “good” would be cherished and seen and loved by the film savvy of the world. Or so one would think. Sadly, good films slip through the cracks virtually every day that comes. Why? Well, sometimes the timing of release is wrong. Sometimes, the distribution and/or advertising don’t connect with the public. Sometimes, the film is ahead of its time or the subject is not one that would ever be fodder for mass appeal.

    The films listed below are worthy films that didn’t get much notice or fell by the wayside. Some did attract notice once but look to be rather forgotten now for some reason or reasons. However, by sharing these titles and a little about them, perhaps some might be stimulated to seek them out and see what they have to offer.

    Remember that many films which are now thought of as great and/or beloved were virtually “dumped” in their own times and had to wait for another, more favorable season, to come into their own.

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Canon shows off it’s new low light sensor, capable of 100fps video

    By Richard Canon also released a video detailing it’s new 19um full frame low light sensor, improved from it’s first generation low light full frame sensor now capable of shooting up to 100 fps on 1080p video. Canon USA also launched a new sensor portal here. This portal contains a variety of information on three signature new … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    Review: The Petzi Treat Cam is a camera with an integrated pet feeder

    Most of the cameras we test at DPReview fall into predicable categories like DSLRs, mirrorless, and compact enthusiast models. However, we feel a sense of obligation to bring you industry-leading technical reviews of other imaging products as well.

    With that in mind, we present our review of the Petzi Treat Cam, a camera with an integrated pet treat dispenser. Unlike most cameras, which are designed to take with you, the Treat Cam is meant to be left at home. Once you’re in the field you can check in on Rover or Fluffy using the camera’s smartphone app, give out treats, take photos and even talk to your pets. What’s not to love?

    We tried to reproduce the Treat Cam’s unique feature set using a mirrorless camera, a bowl of pet treats, and a DPReview editor. It didn’t end well.

    Key features:

    • Fixed-lens camera with autofocus
    • Support for video live streaming
    • Built-in treat dispenser
    • Speaker for talking to your pets from afar
    • Night mode with IR light
    • Smartphone app with remote operation
    • Social media network for pets

    The Treat Cam has a different form factor than most cameras we review, owing to the fact that it includes an integrated storage reservoir for treats. It lacks the ergonomic niceties found on other cameras though, strictly speaking, the Petzi isn’t really designed for handheld use. (OK, it’s totally not intended for handheld use, but that didn’t prevent us from trying.)

    Although the Petzi Treat Cam excels at some tasks, it’s not the best camera for hand-held use.

    Setting up the Treat Cam is a breeze. Create an account on the Petzi network, pair your phone with the camera using the Petzi app and – Shazam! – you’re connected. Pop off the → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Fools’ day: This is the Sony A6700 :)

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    April fools day joke spotted by Chris Hunter 🙂 – #sonyimages #sonyalphasclub #sonyalpha #sonyphotography #sonyphotogallery #sonyalpharumors #sonyalphagear #SonyPhotoGallery #SonyAlphasClub #SonyMirrorles #sonyalphaphotos #a6500 #sonya6500 #a6700 #sonya6700 A post shared by Andrea Photographer-Explorer (@andrea_pizzini_photographer) on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:23am PDT

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors