‘The Endless’ Journey of Trying to Understand This Movie

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

I really didn’t think I’d run into more of a mind twisting movie than Annihilation so soon into the year, but I was truly proven wrong with Snowfort Pictures’ The Endless.

In the most simple explanation, it’s about two brothers who escaped a UFO Death Cult when they were younger. Now that they are cleaners and living an unsatisfied life, one brother, Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) wants a change.

He decides that he wasn’t happy with the lack of closure from the cult and wants to go back. Other brother Justin (Justin Benson) is very reluctant, but for some reason gives in.

As the movie progresses, it gets ridiculously strange and confusing. The audience is left questioning whether or not this strange group of people is actually a cult or not. All we really know is that it’s an otherworldly situation with people who know that life does not stop at just them.

Some of the cult crew included leader Hal (Tate Ellington), Anna (Callie Hernandez), and Tim (Lew Temple). They all presented strange and unique personalities, but they all added something to the development of the plot – even if it wasn’t very much.

Although this movie is about aliens, don’t expect to see any… because you won’t. The aliens are always seen in the darkness or underwater, but what can you expect? It’s yet another question that leaves you frustrated. Were they even aliens?

Regardless, I do have to applaud Justin Benson for not only starring as one of the brothers, but also co-directing (alongside Aaron Moorhead, the other brother), creating the story, and writing the story. Not many people in the industry can do that nowadays.

The acting wasn’t spectacular from anyone, to be honest. At the same time, I don’t think that was the point. The point was to deliver an interesting story that unintentionally ended up more confusing and mind twisting than “interesting”.
The Endless was a very forgettable movie. It was good, but forgettable. But, before I forget it altogether, I’ll say good job to the cast and crew for developing a movie about a cult that isn’t actually about the cult itself but actually about the cult that came after the cult and a force field and… okay, I’m done.

My Rating: 79%

Acting: 2.9/4

Cinematography: 3.2/4

Story: 3.3/4

Enjoyability: 3.2/4


‘Flower’: A Great Dark Comedy…Until the End

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Flower follows rebellious 17-year-old Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) as her and her friends Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) attempt to be vigilantes who catch men who have sex with underage girls, and blackmail them into giving them money.

Erica is living with her mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and her mom’s boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) when Bob’s son Luke (Joey Morgan), who has just got out of rehab, moves in with them. As Erica and Luke grow closer, he joins Erica and her friends as they try to take down Will (Adam Scott), a former teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted Luke. Things quickly spiral out of control.

One of the best parts about this film was its comedy. It has the perfect amount of dry humor that makes you laugh while considering the film’s central theme of inappropriate sexual relationships. The comedy in this film was so successful because it served a purpose by connecting to the central theme of the film.

Flower featured a phenomenal cast, and it showed. The performances in this film were amazing. Zoey Deutch’s delivery of her lines was perfect. Her character said so many absurd things and she gave them this dry, sarcastic delivery that fit the character perfectly. Additionally, all the actors had amazing chemistry. They all fit together just as they needed to for the story, and it made the characters and the story so much more engaging.

Honestly, I was absolutely loving this film…until the end. Up until about the last 10 minutes of the film, it had been amazing. It was funny, had some stellar acting performances, and an insane story that kept you on the edge of your seat. The plot was working so well and then all of a sudden I was like, “wait, what is happening right now?”

I won’t spoil what the ending is, but let me just say it is very abrupt and will likely have you wondering why they went the route they did with it. I’ve thought about this a lot since I’ve seen the film and I think they really were just continuing their commentary on inappropriate sexual relationships, but it just didn’t work for me. I think there were a lot more plausible endings that would have worked much better and still kept the central message of the film.

Flower is mostly a great film. It wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries. It was funny, showcased amazing acting performances, and was captivating. Although the ending was quite disappointing, the movie as a whole was pretty dang good.

My Rating: 86%

Acting: 4/4

Cinematography: 3.3/4

Story: 2.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4