You may have heard that “Arrival,” a thriller about an alien invasion based on a Ted Chiang short story, has been nominated for eight Oscars.
Yes, it’s that good.
Amy Adams, the protagonist, plays a linguist brought in by the U.S. government to try to communicate with mysterious beings, who have landed in pods around the world.
Longtime readers know how much I love sci-fi.
But this isn’t a hard-core, technologically heavy film. It’s beautifully shot, with exceptional sound, and is really more about life, time and — of course — language.
It’s not a perfect film, if you ask me, but it’s very good.
Gizmodo has a list of good sci-fi films you might have missed this year.
The only one I’ve seen here is “Midnight Special,” which I thought was solid but not earth-shattering.
I must say I was surprised to see “Swiss Army Man,” which I mentioned back in April, listed here. I just couldn’t get past the trailer. But maybe it’s worth a watch?
Embedded above and on YouTube here: a new trailer for “Tomorrowland,” a cool-looking film directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. Due to be released May 22.
File under: Newley.com posts about sci-fi thrillers…
Here’s the trailer for
“Short Circuit,” “Chappie,” a movie due out in March by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp.
Yes, it features Hugh Jackman with what appears to be a mullet haircut.
Yes, the film also features the members of Die Antwoord.