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Five thoughts on “Arrival”

So I watched Arrival on Saturday and then today (Monday) NASA flew a helicopter on Mars! Good time to talk about this particular film, right?

….I LOVED it and I really wish I’d seen it when it first came out. I think it would’ve been a great one to actually see in a cinema, alongside a whole crowd of people, too. Still.

After the poster comes five thoughts: most of them spoilery:

1. My god I hate the poster for this movie! One of the most visually stunning films I’ve ever seen and the poster is a five-minute Photoshop job with floating heads? I get not wanting to show the aliens but COME ON!

2. The twist in this film is one of the best I’ve seen, ever. When I realised that Louise’s daughter hadn’t been born yet, that it was the future rather than the past, I think I yelled “HOLY SHIT” or something alongline those lines just because of how invested I was. And when I write down the twist like that it sounds like something obvious and gimmicky but it really, really isn’t I promise you.

3. Amy Adams should’ve been Oscar nominated for this movie. This isn’t remotely an unpopular opinion but my god, why wasn’t she?!

4. So Hannah in some sense isn’t even dead? I mean… okay, she is dead, but since Louise no longer perceives time in a linear fashion she may still get some well, time with her, right? Flashes here and there. Maybe? Looking back over the beginning of the film knowing what the ending was, I sort of assumed that what was meant by Louise saying “Come back to me,” after Hannah died. Maybe I’m wrong but I guess that thought makes the ending less sad?

5. This movie is all about communication and how VERY important it is. So it sort of struck me as interesting that Louise loses something (her relationship with Ian) because she cannot or will not communicate something (the fact that their daughter will die) to him.

Also on a much lighter note man I really wanted to start learning languages after seeing this movie! I don’t think I have the brainspace for it, but I WANTED to?

Hold Up, There Might Be Alien Life on Venus — Nerdist

A team of scientists in the UK has discovered what may be a sign of life in Venus’s atmosphere. The scientists say they’ve found the chemical biomarker phosphine in the hellish planet’s cloud decks. The only time scientists have detected phosphine otherwise is here on Earth, where lifeforms are its sole producer. Professor Jane Greaves…

Hold Up, There Might Be Alien Life on Venus — Nerdist

Before anyone ticks this off their 2020 Bingo Card this is not really the same thing as finding LIFE life but it’s exciting nonetheless!

When I was a kid I got Venice and Venus confused and told my parents I wanted to go to Venus on holiday and got angry when they laughed. WHO’S LAUGHING NOW? Okay fine actually going there is still impossible.

‘Black neutron star’ discovery baffles astronomers — BBC News – Home

Laser labs that detect ripples in space-time may have witnessed a new class of cosmic object.

‘Black neutron star’ discovery baffles astronomers — BBC News – Home

Representatives of humankind get into a spaceship and approach this terrifying new discovery. After waiting around for some time, eventually a group of aliens float out of it.

ALIENS: “Take us to your leader.”

HUMANS: “Um… we’d better not.”

The Pentagon just released three UFO videos, as if 2020 wasn’t already weird enough — BGR

As if 2020 wasn’t a bizarre enough of a year already, the Pentagon sparked a flurry of news headlines Monday thanks to a turn of events that sounds like the stuff of science fiction movies. UFO videos declassified by the Pentagon were released on Monday, following the confirmation of their existence back in the fall…

The Pentagon just released three UFO videos, as if 2020 wasn’t already weird enough — BGR

Mm okay nothing surprises me about this year anymore.

(In many ways this is legit frightening to me, but I’ll take solace in the fact that none of the crafts seen in the videos are doing anything threatening, just flying around chillin’. And um, well if War of the Worlds is anything to go by, we have… enough germs for weaponry.)

Apollo 13 Crew Overcame Incredible Obstacles 50 Years Ago: Here Are Their Quotes on Survival — PEOPLE.com

“Good leadership, initiative, to think outside of the box. When things go wrong, how do we repair them? Those were the three things that were absolutely necessary,” said Commander Jim Lovell Jr.

Apollo 13 Crew Overcame Incredible Obstacles 50 Years Ago: Here Are Their Quotes on Survival — PEOPLE.com

Fifty years since the frankly quite incredible story of Apollo 13.

Venus

Today I stumbled upon this photograph of Venus, a ALIEN PLANET, and a lot of the comments underneath it basically consisted of, “yeah, this was taken in 1981, it’s not even good quality, who cares?” But I had never seen it and IT’S VENUS, IT’S A WHOLE NOTHER PLANET, HOW ARE YOU NOT INTERESTED? So here ya go. Next door.