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One way of making me watch a film, is by calling it "cerebral"; And "Arrival" is as cerebral as it can get.

First, it asks the question what is this thing called "language" we are using? Language is our thoughts and words based on the reality we experience. What "is" Reality?

If you enjoy questions like that, not weirded out easily by philosophical musings, you will appreciate Arrival.


I'm not gonna make a detailed movie review here since the movie has the basic ingredients of film. But I will take note of the insights inferred by the dialog and as the story unfolds.

If you are an alien and you have a different perception of "time" or maybe your reality of "time" is different (for example: time for you is not linear - not the typical past, present, future), you have a different way of expressing it and probably bound to be misunderstood from the get-go by a different species like humans, at least in this context.

To use a less abstract example, science tells us that Time is linear since when you cook or make coffee, you can't unmake the coffee or uncook the food.

In the same vein, if in the human experience, "memories" are scenes or experiences from the past that we "remember" in flashbacks; what if you have "flashbacks" of the future? What if as an alien, time for you is like that?

Perhaps one would think this is all just fiction, but if you're the type who find it interesting that Time is now known to have a beginning, and what could there before time"? What if these aliens come from that Reality?

Actually, if you have seen Interstellar and Contact both "serious" sci-fi films, Time also played a significant part in which it becomes distorted or the future, present and the past become one and the same.

This reminds me of a recent scientific finding that the human consciousness moves on to live (aka a soul) in the quantum field. Experts who back this theory argue that our physical universe is just a perception, and that once our bodies die there is an infinite life beyond. Is this the science's term for "eternity". I guess at some point science and religion becomes one and the same too. But that's enough musing for now.

I don't know but this is enough musing for now.

Ne le Dis  Personne (Tell No One)

When I watch a murder mystery, I always treat the director as a magician pulling off a magic trick. Did the movie execute its magic trick flawlessly? Not at all. It was clunky, at best. It tried to be more than just a murder mystery by adding a variety of characters or strange occurences, but afaic, it brought only fatigue to the viewer. Halfway through the movie, it dawned on me that I was only putting up with the film not because of interest but for mere "closure". At the denouement, the film tries to pull a final twist, and by this time, I wanted to scream. The actors weren't bad, and seeing KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS (of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame) in a French film in full acting gear after all these years was a welcome treat. ??????

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

One of the better police dramas out there.


It's like being stuck for 90 minutes on planet stupid. Characters should be prosecuted for stupidity.

About Elly
About Elly(2015)

Watch only if your copy has good English translation. The takeaway is a glimpse of modern Iran: it's both conservative (the sacredness of marriage, unmarried couples don't go on trips together) and the dark side of it (domestic abuse). At the same time, the characters seemed normal, have access to cellphones, women drive cars and seem cheerful and content, at least in the First Act of the film. Unfortunately, we got a poorly translated copy in that one of the characters, visibly very upset, was offered a "sedative" in which the upset character said "toilet". At least, my Baes and I have a new inside joke. ??

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

A little bit slow-paced for me but the cinematography is a labor of love; one of the most beautiful in modern cinema and has really set the bar high for subsequent sci-fi movies. What seemed to be a typical premise about murderous androids delves into something deeper: Can androids develop free-will? The "final act" was well-worth it though.

Ex Machina
Ex Machina(2015)

Only three actors in this film and able to hold the viewers' attention from start to end. Unique plot, intense acting.


A 3-hr Nolan film is usually worth it.

Soul Surfer
Soul Surfer(2011)

Well, not in a few hours. But yes.

Raising Arizona

Anyone who has seen this film, would've a pretty high standard in comedies.

Django Unchained

Not the *same* effect if it took you 15 days to finish watching. #TooMuchBlood

Wreck-it Ralph

Story: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Artistry: 4/5
Fun factor: 4/5


a little bit cliched.


Probably Tom Cruise's best action flick. Better than the MI franchise.

Killing Them Softly

Just gangsters having a breakdown alongside the US economy. w00t for #SLAINE!


Another childhood favorite. I think I even cried here.

Monster House

The most underrated animated film there is.

Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty(2000)

Wesley: Worse... you're in Texas.

Wild Wild West

As a serious movie fan, I think it's safe to say that Kenneth Branagh's role as
Dr. Arliss Loveless is his finest performance. #ChristmasMoveLineUp


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the finest actor of his generation. Nuff said.

The Big Lebowski

"Dammit, Walter! Everything's a travesty with you!" Best part.

We Bought a Zoo

If you're looking for a feel-good movie with tongue-in-cheek script, here it is!

Marvel's The Avengers

Captain America makes it all worth it. <3 <3 <3 #nuffsaid

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

Watching the movie "Super 8" makes me say "Ohmygosh" the whole time. Even more delightful to find out it was the famed Elle Fanning who played the female lead.

The Hunger Games

This movie is good only if you hadn't read the book. Hah.

The Dark Knight Rises

So, happy to have seen this film. CHRISTIAN BALE is phenomenal as BATMAN.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

Although, the ending is quite predictably bittersweet, it's still a pleasure to watch for the character depth and the intense acting from Russel Crowe and Christian Bale and of course the vivid depiction of the wild, wild west era.


The story wasn't really that engrossing but the fight scenes looked real and unrehearsed. At times, they happened so sudden and would take the viewer by surprise. Oddly enough, the female protagonist gets hit a lot in this film but does NOT cry out in pain... she 'takes it like a man' instead, but it still looked odd.


This was surprisingly great! It kept me guessing what will happen at the end.


I loved this film. Love, love it! Glad Liam did this film. It was amazing! <3

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

Leave it to the Muppets to take on the silliest movie cliches! It's been a long time since a movie made me laugh this much. Countless of funny lines! It was a riot!

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

To be honest, I hated Bill Murray in this film. Because as an ignorant kid back then, I thought he wasn't 'handsome' enough to play my favorite character in the series Peter Venkman. I actually still feel disappointed until now. Lols.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I never appreciate the "punk" look until after watching "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)

Oh my gosssh!! I just saw this film and I liiiikkkkeeeeitttttt. I LIKEITALOTTT. Lols!

War of the Worlds

The only movie worth watching by Tom Cruise!