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Sicario followed in 2015, displaying the same deft and artful direction. And in 2016 we have Arrival. comparable Hollywood scifi productions, but it serves Arrival well. Its emotional arc is somewhat touching and manages to dip only a generous foot into twee sentimentality whereas Interstellar stripped off and cannonballed in. It is perhaps closer to 2001: A Space Odyssey in its calculated pacing and distinct visual style (sans floating space babies and technicoloured psychedelia) complete with allusions to 2001’s orange space suits and black monoliths. protagonist struggle to come to terms with death, the nature of time and our own (in)significance. While this is great, it is not without its share of problems, part of which is that it descends into cliché to fill the leftover spaces: faceless, charmless military men who are much too ready to abandon diplomacy; faceless, charmless higher-up agent types who throw spanner Set in what seems to be after spanner in the present time, we follow Dr. protagonist’s works; Russia Louise Banks (Amy Adams), and China wanting bombs a high-flyer in the world of Arrival’s slick sleightfirst and questions later linguistics, who is contacted of-hand makes sure that all basic tropes of a disaster by the military to decipher though it is marketed as movie. It also suffers from a warped and another alien a lack of interesting locales “communication invasion story, gutturaland visual stimuli: mainly breakdown and sounding but its focus is taking place in a grey nevertheless almost squarely house, grey alien room global turmoil in hot mixtape times of uncertainty” on the humans. and grey army barracks from some An approach it’s sometimes painfully new-on-the-scene primed to explore the bland-looking. The extraterrestrials. Aided by timely and topical themes of cinematographer of his last astrophysicist Ian Donnelly, communication breakdown two films is absent from she works to communicate and global turmoil in times this one and sometimes it’s meaningfully with them of uncertainty as well as all too apparent. in order to find the reason difficult circumstances at for their visit, and along the individual level. We see Arrival is not a great film, it the way, they struggle with words, thoughts, intentions is however, a good one. It’s metaphysical incertitude, and actions interpreted smarter than expected, but dead children and fractions. and misinterpreted with probably less smart than it all the stupidity and would like to be; it’s in turn Though this is the basic brilliance of which our pretty and ugly and at once premise of the film, there little species is capable; we entertaining and a little is a certain thoughtful see international relations frustrating. charm and creativity break up, make up, break in the execution. It is down and pull itself back As Banks would say, it’s a slower paced than other together; we see our zero sum game. Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition Michael Clucas Film Columnist LMSS Webmaster 3rd year medical student Black Mirror, the hit television shows returns for a third series with a new home of Netflix, after previously residing on the BBC and continues in the same vain as its previous series. BLACK MIRROR Written & Created by: Each episode delves into a different dystopian future, each with different characters and plots, and usually there is little to celebrate at the end. In episode one, perhaps the weakest of the series, a fictional yet plausible societies hierarchy is ON The series finishes brilliantly, with the last episode “hated in the nation” being a one and-ahalf hour long who-dunnit, as a group of people are being killed by flying robot bees . As ridiculous as this may seem, Charlie Brooker manages to make the story NOW Charlie Brooker dictated by the ratings have a gripping plot and a people give each other subliminal message about after every interaction on the dangers of companies a mobile app. The episode having increasing power tells a tale of a woman who and state surveillance. will go to any length to get a Entrenched throughout higher rating, It seems every Brooker’s and with philosophy is episode has a social media making people platforms such deeper underlying think about as Tinder now their future message endemic in our with a hint of population, it dark humor, sends us a chilling reminder and this is epitomized in this not to let these take over our episode and the series as a lives. whole. Written by genius Charlie Brooker, black mirror gives a dark and dirty reflection of modern day life and paints a mostly startling picture of what society may one day become. Perhaps most harrowing is the fact that the show in the previous series As the world in each episode has predicted future events changes, as does the genre correctly of the episode with five times, series jumping dark and dirty the with one of from petrifying reflection of horror in episode these being an episode in to a downright modern day life two which a prime depressing action minister is story in episode forced to have sex with a pig three. There truly is (an act that David Hameron something for everyone in famously performed). the series. Season Three (2016) Brooker’s philosophy is making people think about their future with a hint of dark humor It seems every episode has a deeper underlying message, and whether you watch it to work out what this is or to simply enjoy the amazing acting or clever camera work, make sure to give it a watch! Episode 1: Nosedive Episode 2: Playtest Episode 3: Shut Up and Dance Episode 4: San Junipero Episode 5: Men Against Fire Episode 6: Hated in the Nation Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition