Monthly Archives: November 2016

Arrival Slick New Invasion Film

arrival-poster-2    Never have I been so completely confused by such an excellent piece of film making. There is an old Eastern provern that says time is a constant, renewing circle, yet those that don’t understand it are doomed to “fall out of time and perish from their own lack of knowledge”. Time is a weapon in and of itself, and that’s the premise of “Arrival”, a movie told from the thoughts and voice-over of Amy Adams, who plays Louise, a linguistics expert who gets brought in by  Forrest Whitaker, who has worked with her before and wishes to have her around as part of his team, also composed of scientist Ian (a post-Avengers Jeremy Renner) who are assigned to investigate a giant UFO that’s stationed itself over the western U.S. Plains—assigned to decipher the aliens’ language so we can tell what they want. Turns out that 11 more such ships have stationed themselves over various parts of the world and other governments are engaged in similar operations.

The beginning of this film is originally confusing, but it quickly clarifies itself as Louise’s life as she gets married, has a girl, and eventually loses that girl to what appears to be cancer and her husband walks out on her as a result. Louise, it turns out, has some sort of sixth sense that allows her to empathise with others, which turns out to be a great help in understanding the aliens.

The team enters the alien ship by a door which opens at regular intervals each day. The aliens are large globs with six octopus-like tentacles that open up into similarly octopoidal hands. Officially, they are called “Heptapods”, but when Louise asks what they should call the two aliens in the craft, Ian suggests “Abbott and Costello”, and it sticks. The aliens have deep, sonorus vocals, but they communicate by creating circles of a cloudy inklike substance from their “hands”. They appear to float in a heavy, foglike atmosphere on the other side of a glassy wall.

Arrival 1.jpg After a while, communication appears to become possible as the team mathematically analises the pictures of the “idea blobs” the aliens make, but several of the worldwide teams have apparently lost something in the translation and disconnect themselves from the info net that was set up. Even our own team is tricked into carrying explosives into the ship, but as it explodes, the aliens isolate Ian and. Louise from the explosion. That’s when Louise really realises that these are not evil entities, but the world prepares a violent conflict anyway, led by China, Sudan, and Pakistan. Louise re-enters the craft and sees only one alien. Her query reveals that the other was fatally hurt by the explosion. She apologises for the attack and fathoms out the whole story. The aliens have come to help us figure out how to make use of time as a commodity, a tool, a “weapon” (this “weapon” reference is what others mistook for aggression.

Arrival 3.jpg From that point, we go through a “fast-forward” segment where Louise manages to reach the Chinese warlord and convinces him of the aliens’ true purpose, leading into the various world powers agreeing to defuse tensions and work together again. The crisis is averted and the alien ships leave.

This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill invasion film, more in the vein of the original “Day the Earth Stood Still”rather  than “Independence Day”, and in the end you tend to remember Louise rather than the aliens. This is a highly intellectual tour-de-force that plays out a bit slowly in the beginning but always stays on track. It gets 5 Tomahawks all the way.

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The Long 2016 Fight For The White House

debate-1  This year of 2016 will be long remembered by people across the world. We had a woman accused of just about every depraved trick in the book going up against a “neophyte” who had never tried his hand at politics running for President. People picked a side and became impervious to the negative press. No matter what crimes Hillary was accused of or proven to have committed, hordes of voters rebuffed it and stuck with their choice because Hillary was a woman. Clinton claimed to be the women and children’s champion yet was touted by her detractors as being secretly “against” her feminine supporters and tied to a pedophile sex trafficking ring and laughed at officials who asked for an explanation about Benghazi.

Trump didn’t escape unscathed either. Supporters claimed he was a “business genius” while it was shown that a university he founded scammed people out of their education and  The Donald had filed for bankruptcy several times. He made comments that led to several women saying he sexually assaulted them, but he was able to prove that most, if not all of the stories were made up and in some cases were financed by the Hillary camp, further hurting her chances.

In a series of debates, Clinton kept trying to erode his support, but that too backfired when she said that she was glad Trump wasn’t in charge and he countered “You’d be in jail” (if I was) She never fully recovered.

hillary-meal-kfc  The Internet became a mine field for her detractors, who created and posted memes ranging from the comical to the downright mean, and posted songs gleefully pointing out all her faults, right up to Election night on November 8.

On that night, both candidates were in seclusion as the night went on. Hillary supporters inundated the Internet with maps showing how she would win. The mass media was clearly in Clinton’s pocket as CNN became known as the Clinton News Network and none of the press gave Trump a chance, yet from the first announced results that showed Trump ahead 19 to 3, the two seesawed all night until early Wednesday morning when Trump took a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. Clinton’s camp deep-sixed its “watch party” crowd with the message that they should go home as she wouldn’t make any comments because the race was “too close to decide at this time”, yet less than an hour later, Hillary called Trump to concede the race and the “newby” businessman was declared the 45th President with an electoral vote count of 289 against her 218.

crowds-revolt-against-trump-win  The battle wasn’t over yet. Throughout the campaign, Clinton had hired people to disrupt Trumps rallies and meetings, going as far as paying homeless people and drug addicts to  do so. When Clinton was announced as the loser, mobs of people—mostly Hispanics, which Hillary had heavily canvassed during her run—rioted in several West coast cities, causing damage and setting fires to American flags while asserting “F*ck Trump” and “He’s not my President”—the only English words rising from the mainly Spanish speaking mobs. Additionally, today arose the story of Clinton supporters vowing to assassinate Trump.

trump-takes-indiana  Now comes the sober truth. We are all Americans and must work together to heal these mixed feelings. Both Hillary and Trump have made great speeches to congratulate each other and are preparing to settle in their respective positions. Donald Trump is our new leader, and it’s our job to help him make America great again. And I say this in spite of the fact that he stole my campaign and used it, right down to that slogan, which makes him a thief if he knowingly did this, but I suspect his campaign managers secretly did this and I’m ready to move on and look to the future. It should be interesting if he goes for reelection against me in 2020.

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