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Disco Cactus
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This is a fantastic movie movie from one of my favorite directors. Really no flaws I could see. Maybe I'm just gushing, idk. But man, this movie blew me away. It completely subverted my expectations. This is a thinking mans(or womans ) alien movie. Sorry for being so vague, but this is one movie you don't want spoiled for you. Great movie. 5 out of 5.

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Agreed.  Great fresh take. Screenplay adapted from a short story.


Am I on the right track with THIS ? Let me know.
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The funny thing is, I don't know when it happened, but Eric Heisserer learned to write really well. It's a very welcomed change and the movie was really good.


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The funny thing is, I don't know when it happened, but Eric Heisserer learned to write really well. It's a very welcomed change and the movie was really good.


I assume you are referring to his script for the Nightmare on Elm St remake. From what I have heard the finished product was very different from what he wrote. Check out this article.

http://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3397692/eric-heisserer-interview/

Very insightful.

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An article by Eric Heisserer about how he wrote Arrival.  A wonderful script.


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Quoted from Disco Cactus
I assume you are referring to his script for the Nightmare on Elm St. From what I have heard the finished product was very different from what he wrote. Check out this article.

http://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3397692/eric-heisserer-interview/

Very insightful.


In all fairness, I was also referring to The Thing and the first act of Final Destination 5, as well... =)

EDIT: I know Wesley Strick had a hand in messing that one up, too, but I like to blame Heisserer. It makes me smile.


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I loved The Thing! Amazing prequel. Sure the CGI wasn't the greatest, but that is hardly the screenwriters fault. I do sorta agree with you on the first act of FD 5, but the rest of the film was actually quite good. It's probably the best film in the franchise.

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I loved The Thing! Amazing prequel. Sure the CGI wasn't the greatest, but that is hardly the screenwriters fault. I do sorta agree with you on the first act of FD 5, but the rest of the film was actually quite good. It's probably the best film in the franchise.


Zack, we're going to have to disagree about The Thing, but that's okay. It's good to have differing opinions. Seriously, though, the dialogue in the first 10 minutes of FD5 is among the worst I've ever heard.

Anyway, sorry to derail. Arrival was very good. =)


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An article by Eric Heisserer about how he wrote Arrival.  A wonderful script.

Interesting stuff. I haven't seen the movie myself, unfortunately, because that whole plot about language sounds intriguing and is definitely not what one would expect from that flick on first sight. A very brave concept that is, I believe.

In the interview, I especially liked the part where he explains how much work he had to invest to find the single term "non-linear orthography". A whole page goes into the bin and what stays is such minor story-characteristic/specific term. It's such a drudgery...


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Interesting stuff. I haven't seen the movie myself, unfortunately, because that whole plot about language sounds intriguing and is definitely not what one would expect from that flick on first sight. A very brave concept that is, I believe.

In the interview, I especially liked the part where he explains how much work he had to invest to find the single term "non-linear orthography". A whole page goes into the bin and what stays is such minor story-characteristic/specific term. It's such a drudgery...


That may be the plot, but the magic is in how this film pulls it all together to make you feel something.

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I thought the movie was good, not great. I kinda expected something more. Especially in terms of atmosphere.
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Just saw it - didn't really care for it. Just too many WTF moments (e.g., some how soldiers are able to load TNT into the most guarded thing in history, a linguist is able to just leave her tent and walk into the pod/spaceship - no guards/no barriers, etc. etc. One plot point after another where I'm thinking that would never foking happen.

A poor man's Close Encounters  IMO  


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One of my favorite movies of the 2016. I was intrigued the whole time, and I left the theater still considering what it was I just saw. I'd be surprised if it doesn't win best Adapted Screenplay.



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Boring characters. Boring aliens. Boring message about time. I can't even understand the hype generated from this snore fest.
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Boring characters. Boring aliens. Boring message about time. I can't even understand the hype generated from this snore fest.


Yup.


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