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‘Voyagers’ Takes Horny Teens on a Trip to Nowhere

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We’ve all had this nightmare: the Earth is dying, so we’re forced to get on a spaceship full of teens on a one-way mission to a faraway planet. Such is the fate that befalls Richard (no relation), the saturnine scientist played by Colin Farrell in the new thriller Voyagers (in theaters April 9). Writer-director Neil Burger’s film concerns Richard’s plight, but it is mostly about the kids engineered to be the grandparents of the future colonists of humanity’s new home. They are of vital importance and yet will likely never see the fruits of their labor—a difficult pill for anyone to swallow, let alone a moody adolescent. 

Their moodiness was at least anticipated by the people who designed the mission. The kids have been unwittingly drugged as a preventative measure, their impulses dimmed, sex drives muted to nothing. It’s unclear when exactly the latter urges were meant to kick in, given that these cosmonauts are at some point supposed to get down to the business of making Adam and Eve 2.0’s parents. What is clear is that Burger is mulling over profound questions of humanity here, weighing the peace and reliability of this deadened population against the freedom and risk of full, conscious, passionate being.

Is Voyagers a metaphor for psychiatric medicine, especially as it is used among adolescents? Maybe. A political allegory for the organization of society and government? Sure. A fraught parable of consent, how it’s been taught and not at all taught to generations of our own young people? Could be. Burger’s premise comes laden with such thematic possibility. It presents a blank slate, a restart for the human experiment in which pretty much everything could be considered, either literalized or alluded to. 

And yet the film is mostly just a rehash of Lord of the Flies set in space. It turns down all the expected corridors and leaves most of its chilling implications unexplored. Accidentally or not, Voyagers also may make some arguments for gender essentialism, in its insistence that what happens in the film was probably inevitable. What a disappointment. 

For some reason—maybe it’s just the natural curiosity of youth—two boys on the ark develop a sudden suspicion of their surroundings. Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead) decide to stop drinking the blue juice that’s administered to all the kids each day after discovering that it contains a drug that is suppressing their natural desires. Once off the stuff, Christopher and Zac’s ids start firing. Not just their libidos, but also their capacities for anger, conflict, and dominance. You know, boy stuff.

Or at least boy stuff in the limited purview of Burger’s film, which treats these developments as all too unavoidable. Because Christopher’s hair is lighter in color than Zac’s, we know Christopher will be the good one and Zac will be the bad one. And we know that their pretty crewmate, Sela (Lily-Rose Depp), will somehow come between them.

Despite those obvious contrivances, Voyagers still hums with potential, the hope that Burger will do something daring and bracing. That potential is shed in scene after scene as these blank-faced, monotone kids go to mild war against one another, but don’t learn anything beyond the simple fact that people can be bad and selfish and stupid sometimes. Which is, I suppose, a lesson worthy enough of repeating. But we’re talking about the dawn of civilization here! Voyagers could have gone on such a bigger trip.

As the film grew duller, I entertained myself with unanswerable questions. What happens when some of the kids turn out to be gay, as kids sometimes do? What exactly was the plan to get them to start reproducing? And if children can be genetically engineered in a laboratory—as these ones were—why even bother with this whole tortured setup? I realize that this might be the kind of pedantry best left to the cranks at Cinema Sins, but all of the what-ifs and how-comes hang heavy in the pressurized air of Voyagers. If nothing else, it would be interesting to watch Voyagers address those logical knots. Instead, it has no real regard for its own fascinating structure, figuring we just want the boys to fight so that something dumb and primal can be asserted.

The film occasionally brings to mind Claire Denis’s spacebound psychosexual drama High Life, in which a group of convicts are stuck on a spaceship and forced to contemplate matters of existence. It’s a wild, eerie, unsettling ride. I wish Voyagers had any of that film’s oddball, Euro verve, that it was interested in transgressing or prodding or engaging at all with the inherent danger of its conceit. Instead we get a boys-will-be-boys pissing contest in which all the old ways of patriarchy are reiterated instead of interrogated, or satirized, or shot straight out of the airlock. 

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Medical Minute: Brain tumors, risk factors, signs & symptoms

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Emmy-winning news anchor Jovita Moore underwent surgery to remove two small brain tumors early Friday morning.

Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

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Just before going on the air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2’s Justin Farmer that she wasn’t feeling well.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. “I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand,” Jovita said.

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She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

Jovita told co-workers she was sometimes “forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself.”

What is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor occurs when abnormal brain cells clump together to form a mass. As the tumor grows, it presses on the surrounding tissue. Eventually, the pressure on surrounding structures causes symptoms, such as in Jovita’s case.

Brain tumors can remain in the brain or metastasize (spread) elsewhere in the body.

Cancer in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, can metastasize to the brain.

Tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What are the risk factors for a brain tumor?

A family history of cancer is one of the risk factors. About 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

Brain tumors are diagnosed more often in Caucasians and biracial, mixed people.

Certain chemicals, such as industrial cleaners, solvents, or medications can increase your risk for brain cancer.

Exposure to radiation can also increase risk.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, people who never had childhood chicken pox are at greater risk of getting brain tumors.

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor within the brain. The space surrounding the brain inside the skull doesn’t allow for much wiggle room. A tumor, or even an aneursym, will press on surrounding tissues causing noticeable signs and symptoms.

Signs & symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, vertigo
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Change in mental status
  • Memory loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
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    How are brain tumors diagnosed?

    Your doctor will order diagnostic tests and perform a physical exam. The doctor will use an ophthalmoscope to visualize your optic nerves inside your eues. The scope shines a light in your eyes to see if your pupils are unequal or dilated.

    Diagnostic tests include CT scan, MRI, angiography and skull X-rays.

    How are brain tumors treated?

    Treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the tumor.

    Surgery can also be combined with chemotherapy and radiation.

    There are risks involved with brain surgery, such as loss of mobility, loss of speech and paralysis. Post-surgical infection is also likely.

    Patients may temporarily lose the ability to walk or speak after surgery, depending on the location of the tumor that was removed.

    Some patients will require physical therapy or speech therapy after surgery.

    This has been your Medical Minute.
     

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    Courteney Cox Channels Monica Geller in Hilarious Instagram Video

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    Courteney Cox is showing how much she has in common with her Friends character Monica Geller!

    The 56-year-old actress posted a hilarious Instagram reel on Thursday (April 15) where she revealed that she shares a love of organization with her iconic character.

    “Tell me you’re a Monica without telling me you’re a Monica,” Courteney says at the start of the clip, before pulling out a drawer of perfectly arranged cooking utensils, her uniform spice drawer and neatly organized pantry.

    She ends the video by giving the camera a little shrug and saying, “I know.”

    The video was a hit with some of Courteney‘s famous friends.

    Erin Foster commented, “Classic Monica,” while comedian Whitney Cummings wrote, “Hahahahhaha.”

    Sarah Hyland was very impressed by Courteney‘s organization skills, writing, “I had an orgasm when that drawer opened.”

    The cast of Friends just wrapped filming for their HBO Max reunion special. Check out the details here!

    You can also grab a Friends-themed face mask just in time for the reunion.


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    Gabrielle Union’s Latest Look Is Making Her Fans Excited – Check It Out Here

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    Gabrielle Union shared her latest look on social media, and her fans cannot have enough of her. Check out her post here.

    ‘It’s the curlssssss for me. It’s the curlssssss. @flawlessbygu curls 🖤💥🔥When I’m asked how @flawlessbygu was able to come out the gate performing so well and to continue to have healthy sales growth month after month, it comes down to company values 1) The Products Actually Work 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2) Accessible @sallybeauty @amazon 3) AFFORDABLE everything is 4-10$ 4) The #LiftAsWeClimb initiative to ensure we use our platform and access to amplify and empower other Black-owned businesses ✊🏾🙏🏾👑 5) We listen and embrace feedback,’ Gabrielle captioned her post.

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    Someone said: ‘Okay…the curlssssss & the BABYFACE for me.🔥’ and a commenter said: ‘Its the dimples for me splash🌹💦💦’

     

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    One other follower said: ‘So beautiful here is a challenge you and Brandy should be each other for Halloween!!! The girls would eatt.’

    A commenter said: ‘Whoa!! Gabby is glamorous, not that she was already drop-dead gorgeous but Wow this look is a KILLA,’ and someone else posetd this: ‘Your book is so amazing! One of my favourites! ❤️’

    Gabrielle Union   just praised an amazing young and talented poet. Check out her impressive message.

    ‘Today’s #WCW I want to celebrate in honour of #NationalPoetryMonth, @ajamonet. She is a poet, writer, lyricist, activist, and a voice we all desperately need. She is the youngest poet to become the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion at the age of 19, and is the last woman to have won this title since,’ Gabrielle began her post.

    She continued and said: ‘She is a true artist in every sense and has so much soul, depth and truth to offer. She has also been a leading force through her activism, working with the Say Her Name campaign to highlight police brutality against black women. Please take a moment today to read her words, and let her poetry sink in. Let us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.’

    The artist appreciated her message.


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