Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated Icelander composer responsible for scoring Arrival, mother! and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, has passed away.
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In 2008, we were basically living in another world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn't exist, we were still recovering from George Lucas' Star Wars prequilogy, and Fantastic Four was - ok let's be honest, in about the same place it is now. These years have seen a renaissance in comic book films, along with a surge of high-concept science fiction and fantasy. These are the greatest movies of the past 10 years.
For eons, humankind has looked up to the sky and wondered if it was alone. While we still haven't answered that question just yet, fiction has stepped in to show us what that moment of first contact might look like. Sometimes it has led to a golden age of human space exploration. Sometimes, it brings on death, destruction, and basketball games. But either way, the visitor from another world story is one that humanity never tires of telling itself. Here are the five most successful and the five most hostile first contacts with aliens in fiction.
In our minds, there was no better genre film last year than Arrival. There are lots of reasons for that, but the main one is the film's dual nature. The first time you watch it is completely different than the second time, once you know its secret.
One of the many marvellous things about Arrival is the way Eric Heisserer adapted Ted Chiang's short story, "Story of Your Life", into a script that stayed true to Chiang's work while adding new, cinematic elements to the story. Now the Oscar-nominated Heisserer is taking on another film in the sci-fi genre.
The films the io9 team has picked as the best science fiction and genre films of 2016 are a very motley crew. This year we loved superheroes, animation, farting corpses, live action, talking animals, and more. These are films spanning different genres, disciplines, and themes, which experienced varied levels of success. Each is worthy of acknowledgment, though, so check out what we crowned the best of the best, and worst of the worst.
Perhaps the world's greatest literary mystery, the Voynich Manuscript has been plaguing code crackers for roughly 700 years.
At 240 pages, the medieval manuscript is written in an unknown or coded language and filled with pictures of exotic plants, naked figures and the stars. Nobody knows what it actually is, or where it originated.
If the last week is any indication, America -- and by extension, the world -- is in for a very weird, fractious four years. The country feels split by lava-filled fault lines and any path forward feels like it's going to be tough to endure. Good thing a great science fiction movie all about finding ways to talk to alien lifeforms just came out.
It's difficult for linguists to explain to people we meet what it is that we do, and why we are so fascinated with it. Finally, popular culture is giving us a reference point. Arrival doesn't assume we'll be able to communicate with aliens with some advanced technology that makes no sense. Instead, it explores how that kind of "universal translator" could come to be in the first place.
If you've ever been to a foreign country where you don't speak the language, you know that an inability to communicate can be frustrating, if not a bit scary. But in Arrival, when 12 shell-shaped UFOs land across the world, everything seems to hinge on the skills of Amy Adams' linguistics expert, Louise -- just as the movie itself hinges on making communication compelling.
The early days of espionage were devoid of the high tech glamour that we're accustomed to seeing in spy thrillers. For decades, secret messages have been broadcast across the airwaves for anyone to listen to -- and they have.
Enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists have been following these broadcasts for almost as long as they have existed. With very little information to go on, they have dubbed these broadcasts 'numbers stations'.
But what are they, exactly? Who is sending these mysterious -- and often creepy -- messages, and why can't anyone seem to crack them?
The final trailer for Arrival is here, and while it's a quick clip that incorporates footage we've seen previously, it serves its intended purpose by raising our already sky-high expectations for the movie. Bonus points for making the beats of the alien language feel like the ticking clock that's pushing the protagonists.
While everyone's been loudly shouting about Logan or whatever superhero movie en route to our eyeballs, I've been quietly working myself into a sweaty stupor over Arrival. Because it looks so goddamn good.
Arrival is one of those grounded sci-fi flicks -- think Contact, think Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I cannot wait for this movie.