ARRIVAL- The Aliens Have Landed and They Have Something to Say but unfortunately , no one speaks their language. ‘Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life’ but I wouldn’t read his short story until you see the film. When the movie begins, it is already established that aliens have landed on 12 different locations on planet earth. Their ships are around 1500 feet tall and look like huge black oval eggs. Are they friendly? Why are they here? and What do they want?. So many questions, which is a very big problem since no one can figure out how to communicate with these visitors from outer space. That is, until military man Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) brings in brilliant linguist, Louise Banks (played beautifully by Amy Adams). Louise is happy (more or less) working at a university in the Northeast, and the last thing she wants is to be whisked away by a bunch of military men and taken to one of the landing sites where the aliens have parked spaceships. What’s so wonderful about ‘Arrival’ is that we experience the film through Louise’s character. We see flashbacks of her life with her daughter, and this gives her a lovely vulnerability and sadness. We experience her going through a mourning process at the loss of her child as she tries harder and harder to connect to the aliens. She must find a way to communicate with them before the world blows them apart. Yes folks, once again, humans want to destroy that which they do not understand. Louise delves head-on into learning the aliens’ language. To do so, she must get face to face with them, which means boarding their ship, which is no easy task. Luckily, she has physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to help her on her journey. His approach is much different than her’s. He believes mathematics is the way to go. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Louise is about to meet the aliens. Amy conveys every emotion her character is going through, and in turn you go through it them with her. There are two aliens on the ship and Louise names them Abbot and Costello. Of course it takes her awhile to get used to their appearance. These guys are no E.T. They are ugly and scary-looking. Turns out Abbot and Costello are Heptapods, which means they have seven long legs like an octopus, with equally long arms that seem to have starfish attached to them. As Louise visits with the dynamic duo from beyond our galaxy, she slowly learns their language and how to communicate with them. When she finally understands why they are here (plus a couple of other things I don’t want to mention for fear of spoiling the fun), Louise realizes that everything she believed about time is false. “Arrival,” written by Eric Heisserer, is a emotionally moving, exciting and intense film that asks the question, “If you knew everything that was going to happen in your life, is there anything you would do differently?” You may leave the theater with questions, and even some confusion, but eventually its meaning will become clear, especially when you discuss it other members of the audience. “Arrival” opens in theatres today, Friday, November 11 and I gave it 5 bagels out of 5. Don’t miss it.

Saw ‘Annihilation’ last night Hmmm Interesting, thought provoking, visually beautiful but don’t think I liked it all that much

‘Black Panther’ written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler (who also brilliantly directed the film) based on Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s Marvel comics character of the same name, is absolutely hands down one of the best and most original, exhilarating super hero films I’ve seen to date.
‘Black Panther’ written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler (who also brilliantly directed the film) based on Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s Marvel comics character of the same name, is absolutely hands down one of the best and most original, exhilarating super hero films I’ve seen to date.

This was the best Golden Globes show Oprah’s speech as well as others were amazing , powerful and emotional And I’m so happy my favorite film of 2017 Three Billboards won as well
Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand

I just watched the creepiest most disturbing, weirdest film I’ve ever seen ( except for ‘Mother’) called ‘The Killing of the Sacred Deer’ starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell I’m not sure how I feel about it. Has anyone else seen it and if they have please let me what you thought

Just watched a brilliantly original wonderfully twisted film Phantom Thread Absolutely loved it and I predict Daniel Day Lewis will get an Oscar for his performance

My review of the fantastic new film Star Wars The Last Jedi

Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Just saw the new Star Wars Movie At Disney Studios And it was FANTASTIC One of the best ones on a long time

Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Just saw Woody Allen’s new masterpiece ‘Wonder Wheel follows by a Q & A with Kate Winslet who was extraordinary and Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple who were all Fantastic It’s definitely a. Must See So interesting to hear their stories about working with Woody

Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Just saw the most beautiful sensual original film Guillermo Del Toto’s The Shape Of Water Sally Hawkins is wonderful in it Everyone is

Brilliant, Powerful, A must see

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ was written and directed by the mega- talented playwright/screenwriter Martin McDonagh (‘In Bruges’). This film is in one word, incredible.
Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Just saw the BEST film of 2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri written and directed by Martin McDonagh Brilliant on every level The film stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell who were all incredible A must must must see!

The best super hero movie EVER

In my opinion ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ directed brilliantly by Taika Waititi is by far the best super hero film ever made. It’s certainly the funniest. There was probably three scenes where I didn’t laugh out loud.
Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Just saw a really beautiful funny film that I
highly recommend when it comes out Last Flag Flying
Bryan Cranston
Was fantastic and Steve Carell excellent Great dialogue Directed by Richard Linklater

If I was still rating films with bagels this one would get five out of five

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