Movie of the Week: Arrival.

I’d call this feature something else, except that I’m pretty much locked into it at this point. Anyway: Arrival is coming out on DVD in two weeks, and if you missed it the first time then you should correct that.  This is the kind of science fiction flick that will infuriate you about Hollywood, because they can clearly make movies like this, but won’t. And there’s no excuse. It was a hit. It racked up a bunch of Oscar nominations, including some of the ones that the studios most like to brag about. I am an unrepentant blow-em-up, popcorn-movie guy, and I raved about Arrival.  And now Hollywood will go back to making stupid (in both senses of the word) movies that nobody likes, because God forbid they should challenge their audi… sorry. I’ll stop ranting, now.

Arrival. Awesome flick. Go pre-order it.

And so, adieu to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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Tweet of the Day, This Addams Family Re-imagining Works Remarkably Well edition.

Particularly Wednesday’s. Really gets the subtle menace of the character. Christina Ricci did a very marvelous job in a movie full of people doing marvelous jobs.

Whither the Fantastic Four?

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson wants to integrate the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  (pause) …You know what I’m going to say about that, right?  Yup: “And I want a pony.”

It’s starkly incomprehensible why Fox can’t make a watchable F4 movie. It’s not the superheroes in question: they’ve got a good interpersonal dynamic and absolutely top-file villains to fight. Doctor Doom alone would be a stellar addition to the MCU’s bad-guy roster, and God knows that the MCU needs more good villains not named Loki. But you can’t really do Doom without Reed Richards, and the MCU can’t get Reed Richards without Fox’s permission, and Fox won’t give that permission and apparently can’t do the job right on its own.

I’m starting to think that the only real solution here is to have Marvel and/or Disney invade Fox, conquer it, and annex outright the F4 and X-Men properties…

Arrival/Needful Things production team 21 Laps to do Larry Niven’s Inconstant Moon.

Oh, 2017. How much nicer you are to me than that last, horrid year was. From Hollywood Reporter:

After nabbing a spaceship’s worth of Oscar nominations for Arrival, Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner are jumping back into the elevated sci-fi drama genre.

Fox 2000 has preemptively picked up an untitled pitch that is based on Inconstant Moon, a short story written by Larry Niven, the author behind the sci-fi literary classic Ringworld.

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So, who wanted a remake of ‘Every Which Way But Loose?’

YOU SHOULD BE VERY ASHAMED OF YOURSELF: “A new take on “Every Which Way But Loose” is headed to the big screen, the 1978 comedy that teamed Clint Eastwood with an orangutan named Clyde.” In fact, I want you to sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done. Because do you think that Hollywood is going to let us have a simple trucker-with-a-monkey flick? No.  No, they will not.  We will get something else.

Something unholy.

Another short film: ‘Envoy.’

This got sent to me by a reader who knows me well enough to know that I’ve been watching short SF films all evening.  Because I should be finishing up a write-up of Winston Churchill’s walking cane, but between this and helping my wife prep for a routine medical procedure tomorrow I’ve been a bit distracted. But that’s OK. People have been a bit distracted on the Internet today anyway.

Tweet of the Day, Oscar Nominations Are Out edition.

Spoiler alert: no Deadpool. Not even in the technical ghetto where they typically stick all the genre movies.  Guess the Deadpool folks are going to have to console themselves somehow with gobs and gobs of money…