Sandy, James and Jeremy get all friendly with cinema's extra-terrestrial chums! Our review of Denis Villeneuve's electrifying sci-fi peacnik movie, Arrival, is split into spoiler-free and spoilerising segments. If you haven't yet seen Arrival, you can skip over the spoilers to hear our discussion of three important American science fiction films that also grapple with mankind's first contact with an alien race – namely, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day and Contact.
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APOLOGY: Alien listening devices caused a noticeable electric buzz in the background of this week's show. We don't believe that this will hamper your enjoyment of the show but rest assured that this will not be an issue in future episodes.
00:00 – Intro + audio clip from trailer for Arrival.
02:15 – Spoiler-free review of Arrival.
15:00 – SPOILERS for Arrival + audio clip.
26:36 – Discussing Close Encounters of the Third Kind + audio clip.
38:30 – Discussing Independence Day + audio clip.
48:55 – Discussing Contact + audio clip.
THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
FILMS & TV SHOWS MENTIONED:
Arrival (2016, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Sicario (2015, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)
The Martian (2015, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, USA – dir. Joss Whedon)
Interstellar (2014, UK/USA – dir. Christopher Nolan)
Prometheus (2012, UK/USA – dir. Ridley Scott)
Primer (2004, USA – dir. Shane Carruth)
A.I. (2001, USA – dir. Steven Spielberg)
Contact (1997, USA – dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Mars Attacks! (1996, USA – dir. Tim Burton)
Independence Day (1996, USA – dir. Roland Emmerich)
The X-Files (1993 to 2002 – Fox)
V (1983 to 1984 – NBC)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, USA – dir. Steven Spielberg)
Star Wars (1977, USA – dir. George Lucas)