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I Love ‘Arrival’!

I just watched Arrival yesterday after not having seen it for a while and wow, I really love this movie. In fact, it’s one of my top ten favorite movies of all time. I just can’t get enough of the brilliant screenplay and the outstanding performances of Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in this visually masterful handling of a sci-fi film. Denis Villeneuve is a master of this genre.

Considering how much I enjoyed the film last night I wanted to revisit this review I wrote celebrating the beauty of this one-of-a-kind film. Enjoy!

I went to see Arrival roughly five years ago when it sprung into theaters around the country. I went to watch it because it was garnering immense praise from critics and it seemed like an interesting science fiction film to watch. After seeing it I, for the most part, enjoyed it but its plot was confusing and I didn’t fully understand what was going on. It ended up being nominated for Best Picture that year, showing that the praise it received was somewhat legitimate. I, however, hadn’t watched the movie since…until a couple of days ago.

I was bored and looking for a fun movie to watch in the middle of the day. I came across Arrival and considering that I had only seen the film once about a year and half ago I figured I might as well give it a go again and see if I’ll understand it a little better the second time around. As soon as it came on I knew that I was going to enjoy the movie immensely.

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The cinematography was beautiful and immediately sucked me in with its dark tones. The music, composed by the recently deceased Jóhan Jóhannsson (Sicario,) is perfectly alien and it works brilliantly with the overall film. But what struck me the most about the movie wasn’t the colorful tones of the movie’s scenes or the way the music gave me chill bumps but rather the originality of the story.

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Throwback Thursday: Watching ‘DUNE’: A Research Project

We’re one week away from Villeneuve’s Dune and so I thought it would be perfect to look back at my review of the 80s’ adaptation of the film. Enjoy!

Oh my goodness, my friends, I finally watched Dune. I’ve been ultra-fascinated with this science-fiction epic since I started seeing details of the much-needed reboot directed by Denis Villeneuve. However, yesterday, my sister and I decided to do a little research (and thus spoiling ourselves of the plot) by watching the original Dune movie from 1984 and we were flabbergasted…and not in a good way.

As I watched the film unfold I found myself jarred by the incomprehensive storyline that seemed to weave and pounce on my senses with information and exposition that left me reeling. On more than one occasion I would rub my head and ask aloud, “What is happening?” And that is exactly what is wrong with this 80s’ cult classic.

It isn’t the story that was bad. In fact, the story was actually kind of amazing. It was the adaption of this story that was so jacked up.

Names, planets, and other important tidbits seemed to be thrown at me nonstop and at so quick in succession that I just couldn’t follow. It felt like a story that needed at least four hours to be half-explained correctly had been crammed into ONE movie, leaving me drained and overwhelmed by the film’s underwhelming conclusion.

And can we talk about Chani?!

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I’ve Got My Tickets for ’Dune’ and Now I’m Starting To Get Excited for This Movie

Yep. I’ve got my IMAX tickets for Dune in a couple of weeks and it’s just starting to kind of dawn on me…I’ve got tickets for Dune!

I’ve been waiting for this movie since it was delayed last year and now I’m mere weeks away from seeing the film for myself. Last year I watched the original Dune movie from the 80s’ and even though its graphics were dated and the story was a bit hard to follow or just felt rushed I understood how amazing this story could be.

Now, Denis Villeneuve has brought it upon himself to bring this epic story to life, in IMAX, with a stellar cast, and I am pumped.

The overall consensus from the critics has been that Dune is a visually enthralling masterpiece but its story drags and feels more like a prologue than an actual concise film, which makes sense considering its the first part of a two-part story. The consensus from casual viewers though is that this is an incredible movie; the most powerful film since The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars which sounds ludicrous but very well may be true.

All in all, in roughly two weeks I get to find out for myself. 😆

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‘Dune’ and ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Get New Posters

It’s getting closer to seeing more and more of these highly-anticipated movies and the hype is very real. Here are two more posters for two films I’m very excited about.

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This is the best poster for this movie yet! Woo, that’s fire!
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The color is lovely and the layout of the characters is nice. This is a quality official poster right here.

Two nice posters on a Monday.

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The Official Trailer for ‘Dune’ Is Here!

It’s getting closer. Dune‘s time is almost upon us and I know for a fact it’s going to be one of the biggest events of the year. The official trailer dropped today and here’s a note; if you’d rather stay in the dark about the story then I really would refrain from watching this trailer because it shows a lot. But nevertheless, here’s the official trailer for Dune.

Epic. That’s all I can think when I see this trailer. It’s going to be an epic experience in IMAX. One that will remain in my heart for years to come.

I’m glad I watched the old Dune movie from 1984 because I can actually look at this and see things that I recognize which is really exciting, to be honest. This looks like a faithful reboot of a story that deserves to be seen on the big screen these days.

The hype is real.

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‘Signs’ Is One of the Creepiest Science-Fiction Movies I’ve Ever Seen

Have you ever heard of Signs, an M. Night Shyamalan movie from 2002 starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix as two brothers living in the Midwest when strange things start happening at their farm.

Yeah, it was a film that I had never heard of before last week but when I watched it I knew I would never forget it.

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I watched the movie’s trailer and I knew it was probably going to be a little spooky but it wasn’t until I actually watched the film and found out that it was a M. Night Shyamalan movie that I began to get worried.

I’ve seen The Sixth Sense and Split so I know Shyamalan is good at scaring you and sure enough Signs had me wholly frightened for roughly two hours. Like A Quiet Place, Signs messes with the psyche for much of the duration of the movie but frankly I think Signs is scarier than A Quiet Place.

Is it better than A Quiet Place? No. A Quiet Place is more cohesive and has a stronger ending but Signs is one to watch if you’re a fan of scary sci-fi movies. I honestly have never been so terrified watching a science-fiction movie because when I watched Alien I already knew what the alien looked like and I knew some various scenes thanks to my father always mentioning how much those scenes scared him when he first saw it.

All in all, I’ll give Signs 85 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It was pretty good but I can’t give it anything over a B.

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