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Arrival, what a piece of garbage

It’s hard to believe this crap movie got glowing reviews and is nominated for Best Picture.

It’s like a bad Voyager episode stretched out to two hours, but without the humor or camaraderie between crew members.

As soon as I saw that the lead character was a redheaded woman with pale skin, I already knew that she would be passionately advocating an empathetic approach to the aliens, while there’d be a bunch of boneheaded paranoid military people trying to screw everything up for humanity.

I think this movie was parodied in the very first Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors Halloween special which aired 26 years ago (or something like that). Which shows you how unoriginal it is.

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The Simpsons episode was actually a parody of a Twilight Zone episode from 1962 which you can watch on Netflix, Season 3 Episode 24 “To Serve Man.”

Just as in Arrival, alien spaceships land all over earth, and a linguist tries to decipher their written language.

But in other ways, this episode is to Arrival as the Bizarro Seinfeld is to Seinfeld. Instead of everyone being afraid of the aliens, with paranoia leading to the threat of global world war, in the Twilight Zone episode everyone believes that the aliens are our friends and here to give us their technology, which leads to world peace and cooperation.

And of course, in both cases, the linguist discovers that the world is wrong, but in the opposite way.

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It’s like a bad Voyager episode stretched out to two hours, but without the humor or camaraderie between crew members.

Explaining what I meant:

Arrival is a humorless movie, taking itself way too seriously, especially considering the movie is just a bunch of clichés from other movies and TV episodes strung together. For comparison, Manchester by the Sea, another movie up for an Academy Award, although a tearjerker, has its funny moments. (Manchester completely deserves the nomination.)

Half of the first season Voyager episodes have some sort of time travel theme.

Several Voyager episodes involve meeting strange new life and trying to communicate with it.

Nearly all Voyager episodes have some sort of moral preachiness about them.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Posted in Movies

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  1. ‘It’s hard to believe this crap movie got glowing reviews and is nominated for Best Picture.’

    It’s very easy to beleive. Lolz.


    February 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    • Gavin McInnes of talks about “Hillary-porn,” a subgenre of pop culture about “strong women,” like the lead character in “Arrival.”


      February 24, 2017 at 1:23 am

      • What does Gavin McInnes think American soldiers call Australian Aborigines? I can’t remember if he’s from Canada, where “aborigine” is sometimes a politically correct term for Indians.

        Greg Pandatshang

        February 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

      • Thanks for posting this, it helps me to understand and explain why I have all but stopped going to the movies: “I don’t enjoy your pornography.”

        Most movies these days are either Leftist pornography or Leftist fan service.


        February 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

  2. It’s really bizarre some of the movies that get nominated. That Sandra Bullock space movie that got nominated a couple years ago was not only a not very good movie, but affirmatively a bad movie.

    Two in the Bush

    February 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    • I have to admit that I’ve paid little attention to the Academy Award for some time, I would say no attention but then I am commenting here. But I learned that they are an industry dinner that for some reason gets lots of publicity and the quality of the movies and performances given awards are not that important. But I also had the repeated experience of seeing lots of Best Picture nominees and even awardees that were pretty bad movies.


      February 24, 2017 at 8:49 am

  3. Why is it hard to believe? Hollywood has been circling the drain for a generation. In the last couple of years it’s gone down the shitter.


    February 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    • The Aliens have arrived-genre is such a cliché, that it becomes too boring and predictable to watch.

      My favorite was the V series from the 80s — reptilian extraterrestrials who disguised themselves as deceptively polite, White people, with an appetite for human flesh, such that earthlings were rounded up in concentration camps, and then shipped to their spaceships to be used for food.

      The effects are now cornball, but it was cool back in the day.

      Certain scenes might be too triggering for you to watch. Marc Singer managed to knock one of them down in a scuffle as he surreptitiously boarded their ship, where he then ripped his mask revealing his lizard face.


      February 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  4. Maybe these aliens stopped for gas, and the enviromentalists pushed for attacking them? Now that might be entertaining. This idea of superintelligent aliens that have trouble communicating puzzles me. How is it they are superintelligent and technologically further advanced but they cannot communicate well? These aren’t stupid foreigners looking for work.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm

  5. Agreed, it was unbelievably bad. Vapid “science”, miserable characters, opportunities for entertaining scenes wasted on cliched artyness.


    February 23, 2017 at 10:51 pm

  6. My mother has red hair and pale skin. She is not a liberal.


    February 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    • Lots of Irish women have red hair and pale skin, and most of the ones I know are hard asses and not at all liberal, or even particularly empathetic.

      Peter Akuleyev

      February 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

  7. “It’s like a bad Voyager episodes stretched out to two hours, but without the humor or camaraderie between crew members.”

    Good one.

    Which reminds me… I don’t know if I already brought this up, but watch a Voyager episode called Course: Oblivion.


    February 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm

  8. What do you think Lion about this news. 🙂

    ‘This is not Trump’s America!’: Passengers rejoice when man accused of racism is kicked off flight

    Just happened 2 days back. flight bound from Chicago to Houston.


    February 24, 2017 at 12:36 am

    • Stupid moron causing trouble, what about it?


      February 24, 2017 at 3:01 am

    • United flight from Chicago to Houston. Can it get any more prole?

      Two in the Bush

      February 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    • We aren’t at war with India or Pakistan. Illegal immigrants come from South of the Border, not the Indian subcontinent. The kind of stereotyping these morons engaged in is why it is so hard to have a reasonable discussion about immigration or HBD, even with otherwise intelligent educated Republicans. I don’t think Trump particularly wants an America where proles attack odd looking tourists or American citizens just because they look different.

      Peter Akuleyev

      February 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

  9. Personally, I found Moonlight to be the most offensively bad movie of the year. So sodden with its own seriousness. A lot of the actors seemed like they didn’t really know how to talk in the “ghetto black” accent that the director wanted from them. Granted, the third segment was less bad than the rest.

    Actually, as far offensively bad, Silence was even worse, but in that case at least there are a lot of critics who agreed with me. Hidden Figures was also terrible, but at least that’s not in a genre that takes itself so seriously … one would hope. Actually, a lot of people do seem to take it seriously, including critics who somehow pretend it’s an Important Movie and ordinary folks who might believe it’s non-fiction, both of which are, of course, incredibly stupid ideas.

    I liked Right Now, Wrong Then, Krisha, and The Fits a lot.Toni Erdmann was pretty good (apparently there’s going to be an English-language remake; probably will be terrible). Hail Caesar was fun, light fare. Green Room was concise and exciting if not terribly memorable. The Witch got almost everything right but had a major problem or two. Elle was great for the first 60 to 90 minutes. The Handmaiden was an impressive failure, which there was a shortage of this year

    Manchester by the Sea was mostly successful, and generally I enjoyed it a lot, but I seem to be alone and unique in thinking that Casey Affleck’s performance left a lot to be desired.

    I kind of liked Arrival when I watched it, but it’s the kind of the thing where it seems stupider the more I think about it later. It’s definitely one where you need to to ignore the plot as best you can. Generally, I thought this was not a very good year for movies. I think I can explain that opinion cogently with regard to any particular movie, but as far as why there were so many this year that disappointed … I don’t know; I’m probably just getting crotchety. I always hoped I would grow into a curmudgeon.

    Greg Pandatshang

    February 24, 2017 at 12:46 am

  10. John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is a more likely encounter with alien life.

    Earth used to have about 10 species of hominids, modern humans killed all of them.

    JW Bell

    February 24, 2017 at 12:53 am

    • Many cornball shows/movies in the 80s dealt with alien lifeforms. ET was the only one who was benign if I recall, after him, every show about extraterrestrials were about diabolical aliens invading earth for one reason or the other. Some disguised themselves as humans, some taking forms as humans, and even one film was about aliens dressing up like clowns preying on humans for food.


      February 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  11. I liked “The Space Between Us.” Critics hated it apparently due to its pro-science, romantic, uplifting universe.

    I don’t see anything very good in any of the Oscar picks. What would have been an Oscar-worthy movie this year?


    February 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

  12. The short story the film is based on is pretty good though. The story is more concerned with the mind bending effects of the alien language, and the personal drama of the interpreter. I don’t recall the “unimaginative paranoid white guys want to kill peaceful aliens” subplot. I assume Hollywood added that.

    Peter Akuleyev

    February 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

    • Agreed. I haven’t seen the movie (and don’t intend to) but got blown away by the short story a few years ago. BTW the story is not really about aliens, they are just a plot device to explain the main character’s special ability. Other stories by this author, Ted Chiang, are also very good. He must have a very high IQ judging from them. Most of his stories are available online for free; he’d only written about a dozen over 25 years.


      February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  13. For some reason I just can’t do sci-fi anymore. And I actually played Star Frontiers as a kid.


    February 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

  14. Manchester by the sea was the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen. It was very well done but I left that theater with a pit in my stomach.


    February 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

  15. Arrival is basically a sappy female story about love stuffed in to a poorly written and nonsensical alien invasion/time bending plot. I hate it. And the idea that when aliens invade, the scientist America turns to will look like Amy Adams is simply absurd. Whatever happened to casting pudgy, slightly horrifying looking female scientists like Kate Reid from The Andromeda Strain?


    February 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

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