Feat. The Music of Radiohead
“We are so wound by time, by its order.”
The exploration of Time has become a staple of the science fiction genre. So many classics have toyed with the possibilities of the temporal dimension, and to great effect, delivering huge entertainment value, and changing the way we perceive our reality, often through mind-bending plot twists. From H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, and quite recently, Chris Nolan’s Interstellar, to name just a few.
Arrival explores Time in conjunction with Language, and delivers a kind of plot twist that is categorically unique from any other I’ve experienced. And to that I will say no more.
It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s solid. In a few years we might look back and see it as Director, Denis Villeneuve’s, arrival to Sci-Fi. This film is perhaps what The Abyss was for James Cameron: a scout in uncharted waters – a sign of great things to come, i.e., Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Watch out for Villeneuve’s next go at the genre: Blade Runner 2049. Out next fall)
I had hoped to include a new EFC music video, but I had to scrap that project after several hours of torment. It just wasn’t coming together. Lately I feel like Tom Cruise after he loses the power to reset the day in Edge of Tomorrow. This creative blackout could be due to the demands of my new job. More likely, however, is that it’s from me not currently having access to the proper strain of medicinal inspiration. Isn’t it funny how pharmacology can sometimes make all the difference?
The video I had planned would have featured an even better song from Radiohead’s new album, had I been able to piece it together. I was not. And so I’m settling for the simpler, obvious choice from the album, Decks Dark. I’m very disappointed, especially since this is one of my all-time favorite bands we’re talking about. But I’ve already wasted enough time here. The show must go on. Patch the holes in the haul and keep rowing. There are more movies to get to!
EFC 12 Soundtrack: “Decks Dark” by Radiohead
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049 (2017))
Writers: Eric Heisserer (Lights Out, The Thing), Ted Chiang (Short Story)
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Inside Out: Sadness (35%), Anger (23%), Fear (15%), Joy (5%), Disgust (3%)