Arrival: Giant Aliens & the Importance of Language

There are films that are better told through a linear plot. Some films, however, turn into cinematic beauty for their lack of chronology. Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2001) is a great example of this; so is Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible (2002), which made me curse a lot in a certain post.

So is Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), a surprisingly amazing film that plays around the concept of time. I have a lot of feelings insights about the film because it shows the importance—and difficulty—of communication.

—MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD—
Seriously, turn back and watch the thing before entering the danger zone.

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Film Dump: Journalism 101

I never knew that a major subject I was bound to dislike and a favorite hobby of mine would clash at one point in my life. Still, it happened last month when our professor gave us an opportunity to watch a couple of films that center around journalism/news reporting. From then on, I just knew that those were the final days that I would love that certain subject.

P.S. some very minor spoilers might appear, so beware.


Contents:

  1. All the President’s Men
  2. Shattered Glass
  3. Spotlight

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ELBIKON & Deadpool

ELBIKON 2016

To those who aren’t familiar with the term, Elbikon is a combination of the words Elbi (LB = Los Baños) and kon (localized spelling of con, a.k.a. convention). Basically: a comic convention in Los Baños.

Acquisitions (CW):

  • Baymax/Yokai Pin by Lyndon Gregorio
  • Daredevil Pin by Lyndon Gregorio
  • Bookmark by April Marie Praz Pagcaliwagan
  • Ugh #2 by Hulyen (Julienne Dadivas)
  • Deadpool cupcake by Clover Bakes (which isn’t in the photo because I ate is as soon as I bought it LOL)

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The ‘Pretty Woman’ Incident

Before anything else, I’m assuming that anyone who reads this knows about Garry Marshall’s Pretty Woman (1990), starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s basically about a prostitute (Roberts) and a businessman (Gere) who fall in love in a span of a week.

Warning: everything below this line is kind of rated PG-15 (or probably higher, depending on your country’s law).

So it was a peaceful Friday morning and I immediately thought, “This day will be awesome,” because why wouldn’t it be? The weather was chilly, I had no classes for that day, and I woke up earlier than usual (and I surprisingly didn’t feel groggy).

I went to the dining area to eat—my grandma was already having her breakfast—and turned the TV on, flipping through the channels that I normally watch. As I browsed through all of them, the only things I found that were worth watching were Shrek The Third (I think) and Pretty Woman, the prime suspect of this incident. I picked the latter.

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Film Dump: Supernaturals, Adventurers, and Spies

Ever since I finished my paper, I’ve been trying to catch up on a lot of the films and TV series that I downloaded months ago. So far, I’ve only watched three films (because my addiction to The Sims 2 is taking over me), and I’m going to attempt to write my thoughts about them without spoiling the whole plot. Some very minor spoilers will still appear, though, so beware.


Contents:

  1. Insidious: Chapter 3
  2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service

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