The Arrival

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  1. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Just got back from a prerelease screening with a Q&A from the screenwriter.

    Go see it. It's amazing.
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    You bet I'll see this one. It's my kind of movie ;)
    [tinfoil]
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    It's not in my two-bit town yet.
    We have a theater that has such nice physical facilities-- we got the electronic recliners this last summer and the screening rooms are seldom crowded. But sometimes we never get certain A-list movies (e.g., Moonrise Kingdom never came here). And they have the absolute worst informational system. I hate to think how much business that costs them. They have an app, but their showtimes are hardly ever on Fandango or IMDb, and you never know when the current movies are leaving (other than it's always on Thursday, of course)
    I've been looking forward to the arrival of Arrival for months, goddamnit.
  4. Commissar Smersh

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    ... how big of a town are you in?
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    10,000. We have a really nice six-screen theater, with two 3D's and electronic recliners, but the management apparently can't find its arse with either hand. Like most theaters, they roll over whatever is getting rolled over on Fridays. The best-- and sometimes only-- way to see what's playing is to use their phone app. When they first came up with that, there was a "Leaving soon" so you'd know you better catch a movie by the last showing of it on Thursday night. They don't have that anymore. They claim they often don't know what's coming or going until the middle of the day Friday, which means the problem is higher up the food chain.

    The app did not update yesterday, and the phone-line where you listen to the long drawn out recording of all the showtimes for each screen just rolled over to their fax machine. I only know they don't have Arrival because early in the day when I first called, an actual human being answered. I didn't think to ask her what actual was playing (until it was too late).

    And then there's the whole thing that some movies never make it here. I'm trying to think of other examples. Inherent Vice comes to mind.

    As nice as this theater is, it's probably at the very bottom of the distribution chain.

    [edit] I just checked and the app updated. Every movie that was here last week is here again this week. MOTHERFUCK!
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    Life in the stix! I like living in small cities, but there are real drawbacks to be had. It's like yesterday, I had to go everywhere in town that sold car parts to find 2 H6024 Silver Star headlights.
    This town of 36,000 is real limited in what a person can get at the retail level. All the merchants constantly tell you: "We can order it and have it here in 5-10 days".
    WTF? I can order it, have it here in 2 days and for 2/3'rds the price! I sure as heck ain't going to go to a brick-and-mortar shop to wait 2 weeks for a part.


    ...small towns :rolleyes:
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    That sucks. I have nine 10 - 24-plexes within 10 miles including the one where all the directors, screenwriters and Bryan Cranstons visit. :cool:
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    We just got a new one out here. They serve beer and wine, so at least I can get drunk off my 6 dollar drink.
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    Here's one of my favorites, in Columbia MO: https://ragtagcinema.org/

    It's in college/hipster coffeehouse/restaurant and they show artsy types of films that I won't like get. E.g., I saw End of the Tour there. They have old couches and recliners and school desks. And most importantly, they have an :bowdown: uber-strict no-fackin'-cellphone :splat: policy. You just check it, yur out on yur ass.
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    alamodrafthouse.com

    the best; the end
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    Sweet, didn't know they had one in SF. I'll have to find an excuse to check it out.
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    Saw Arrival this weekend with the wife. Very good movie. Definitely recommend it!
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    Have to agree to disagree. My review, in Heptapodese: [​IMG]
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    It has a 93% fresh rating. So I'm gonna have to disagree with "it sucked". How about "It wasn't for me".
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    hahaha! Some good movies are coming out of my province nowadays. I loved it!
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    I saw it but wasn't much of a fan. The ending could have been different. Try focusing more on the octopus aliens rather than boring humans.
    Also, did she just see/know the future or re-live it? That part I didn't catch because I had a heavy mouth breather slurping every drop he could get out of his Xtra large drink every minute.l
    Sorry I don't know how to black out the text so I don't spoil shit for people......something in my 8 years of being a member of this forum that I still haven't learned


    Lol its not working
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    OK. It wasn't for me . . .



    . . . because it sucked. :D I was soooo disappointed. It was a garbled mess and using the kid to create emotional impact is a tired and lazy trope. I also thought the cinematography blew. Wipe of that dirty lens, dudes! How about a tiny bit of color from the advanced space aliens!



    Spoiler tags. "spoiler" within brackets, then the text you want hidden, then "/spoiler" within brackets
    The aliens, in teaching her their language, re-wired her brain in the process. This was the gift or tool or "weapon." They basically experienced time in a non-linear fashion (e.g. Costello wasn't dying he was in "death process") and this was what they wanted to teach humans, because they would need humans' help in 3,000 years. Sooo, she was able to see the future, that she and Jeremy Renner would have a baby with a fatal disease-- which she also knew, but she decided to have the baby anyway. He disagreed with her on this and that's why they split. In a way, the movie, like the child's name Hannah, was a palendrome. Now, I had to get this from a website explaining the story, not from the movie itself, which is why I thought the movie majorly sucked. I walked out of there going, "WTF was that all about?"
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  18. GiggidyGee

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    (Spoiler) wtf!? (/spoiler)
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    brackets, not parenthesis. [ ]
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    Spoiler
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    You missed the entire end of the movie and walked out confused?
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    No, I watched it all and walked out utterly confused.
    Sci-fi think-pieces are my favorite movies, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the genre. I had to go to a website that explained it. It's a cool story. It's too bad the movie did not tell it. I probably would have understood it better if high, but I wasn't.

    To me Interstellar was 10x the movie this was. This might be because I had a pretty good working knowledge of relativity, and real relativistic science became a key feature of the movie. In Arrival, the linguistics was almost all meaningless dress-up. But more importantly with Interstellar they painted a realistic picture of the end of the world and the desperation involved and they actually took the time to develop the relationship between Cooper and Murph, and you knew the only way he would ever leave her would be to save the world. They don't cheaply and quickly kill Murph off-- in fact her character becomes a key player later on as an adult.
    Plus you had Matt friggin Damon as the psycho bad guy, and furthermore its two robots were much more entertaining than the monochromatic inkjet aliens in Arrival.