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MOVIE REVIEW: ANNIHILATION

Posted in Aliens, Beauty, Eye Candy, Fantasy, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2018 by darklordbunnykins

ANNIHILATION

Paramount’s decision to sell Annihilation to Netflix for all territories outside Canada, the US, and China is great if it gets the film a wider audience than would pay to see it in a theatre. The shame is that Ex-Machina writer-director Alex Garland’s adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel is a stunning work of art whose natural home is a darkened movie house. Indeed, on a big screen with a great sound system, Annihilation‘s thrills, chills, and ideas are that much more profound and intense.

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Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Natalie Portman (Black Swan) plays Lena, a soldier-turned-scientist whose military husband Kane (Ex-Machina‘s Oscar Isaac) returns to her a year after going missing. His assignment: to investigate the Shimmer, a mysterious phenomenon slowly engulfing the southern coast and making its way towards populated areas. An ill Kane is re-captured by the military, and Lena goes with him. Eventually she persuades Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the leader of the next team to go into the Shimmer, to let her come along. What she discovers there is best left unexplained, as it is alternately astonishing, beautiful, and terrifying.

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Indeed, while the IMDb classifies Annihilation as “Adventure, Drama, Fantasy,” it possesses a bloody streak of body horror. Some of the most genuinely weird and wild images ever seen in a big-budget Hollywood production are on display here, and its visual and thematic debt to both John Carpenter’s The Thing and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Annihilation mark it as a bold work of imagination.

THE DARK LORD BUNNYKINS RETURNS… WITH DARK PRINCE BUNNYKINS!

Posted in Beauty, Devils, Eye Candy, Goth, Halloween, Images with tags on April 8, 2013 by darklordbunnykins

The Dark Prince Bunnykins

 

Those of you curious as to why posts on The DLB have been so infrequent in recent months, please meet the reason: The Dark Prince Bunnykins! The past several months have been taken up serving this little fledgling Monster Kid on hand and foot, as well as his beloved mother. I am planning to ramp up posting, when time (and sanity) allows.

EXCLUSIVE! ELENA ANAYA ON “THE SKIN I LIVE IN”

Posted in Beauty, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s penchant for transgression has not diminished over the years. His latest, The Skin I Live In, casts Antonio Banderas as Dr. Ledgard, a plastic surgeon (and mad scientist) who keeps a woman (Elena Anaya) locked up in his clinic and conducts various procedures on her. Shades of Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face, although the film is actually inspired by the melodramatic Thierry Jonquet novel Tarantula.

The DLB recently spoke to Elena Anaya during the Toronto International Film Festival where I asked her if she considered Skin to be a horror film:

“It’s a cold horror film. I think horror with no blood, with no screams. It’s something that is starting to leave you frozen, like in a creepy, scary way. Like this question inside that you make to ask yourself like, ‘What’s going on here? Who are they? Who is she? What is their relationship?’ and then the answer comes — poof — it really cuts you.”

The Skin I Live In opens in Canada Oct. 28.

LOOKING BOO-TIFUL: OPI UNLEASHES

Posted in Beauty, Halloween with tags , on September 1, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

OPI celebrates the best day of the year — Halloween, obviously — with the release of the the Spook-ettes mini-pack ($16.95 CAN) and the Pair’em Scare’em duo pack ($20.95 CAN) . Available at professional salons and spas, Spook-ettes includes four mini lacquers: He’s My Boo (orange), Mummy Knows Best (white), I Only Date Werewolves (black) and Zom-Body to Love (glow-in-the-dark green), as well as free nail decals.

From the press release: “The Pair’em Scare’em duo pack will bring Zom-Body to Love and OPI’s bestselling Black Shatter together in a hair-raising pair. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over completely dry OPI nail lacquer. Paint Shatter over two coats of Zom-Body to Loveand add a top coat for a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark manicure.”

Spook-ettes pack

Glow Shatter

RAUCOUS ROCKABILLY: HANK III TEARS UP AUSTIN’S REVIVAL FEST

Posted in Beauty, Concerts, Events, Festivals, Music with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Apologies, fiends, for the lack of updates. The DLB has just returned from a vacation to Hell’s awesomest half-acre: Austin, Texas. But while I was there I was able to scare up a few stand-out stories which will be revealed over the coming week. First up, a bit of musical mayhem from this past weekend’s Revival Fest, a raucous gathering of tattooed pin-up queens, gruesome greasers, and all manner of Texas-sized fun — all in celebration of that particular musical mutt known as rockabilly. Close to the top of the bill was Hank III, i.e. lonesome country king Hank Williams’ grandkid. Hank serves up his country through a filter of punk and metal. Here he is playing “Tore Up & Loud.”

DVD REVIEW: “BLACK SWAN” (2010)

Posted in Art, Beauty, DVD, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sex, Thriller with tags , , , , on March 29, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Black Swan (2010)

Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLauchlin

 

Like every other critic, the DLB was mightily impressed by Black Swan. Likewise, the DVD, available today (March 29), provides an intriguing look at the making of an A-list horror film.

Divided into three parts, `Black Swan Metamorphosis` is a relatively brief but comprehensive three-part look at the creation of the film. Aronofsky and his collaborators discuss key aspects of the production, including Portman`s ballet training, production design, cinematography and of most interest to horror fans, Portman`s film-long transformation into the titular Black Swan which involved a very subtle blending of CGI and practical effects. Most gratifyingly, Aronofsky admits that Black Swan is a horror film, and that the story of the ballet is essentially that of a `were-swan`. Well worth picking up.

Film: 4/5

DVD: 3.5/5

MOVIE REVIEW: SUCKER PUNCH (2011)

Posted in Art, Beauty, Fetish, Images, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

SUCKER PUNCH

Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish and Scott Glenn

Directed by Zack Snyder

Written by Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya

Naming your film Sucker Punch is a dangerous move because it allows critics like me to write things like “Sucker Punch: emphasis on the ‘suck.’”

Now that’s a rather glib assessment of such a visually striking film, but it’s accurate. Sucker Punch looks fantastic, but unlike the quick, startling jab promised by the title, it’s more like a slap in the face to the ideas of character and plot.

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