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  • kaziz
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    I haven’t seen Arrival yet but the reviews from Venice seem positive but mixed—quite like the reviews for Midnight Special. Reviews for both single out the performances from Amy Adams in Arrival and Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst. Both are by celebrated up-and-coming auteurs. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Arrival has more of a showing at awards ceremonies because of its release date and the fact that Jeff Nichols has another movie which seems to be overshadowing Midnight Special, but I for one was blown away by Midnight Special and its performances.

    They don’t seem super similar as movies: the plot for Midnight Special seems much more earthly, narrower in scope and much more ambiguous even though it played as very audacious and emotional.

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    kaziz
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    bump

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    GusCruz
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    I only recently watched Midnight Special and hated it. Nichols never does it for me. Hopefully Arrival delivers something different.

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    Volcarocka
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    I liked Midnight Special a lot, but it’s not going to be much of an Oscar player. Probably no recognition at all. I don’t mind, since not every good movie has to get an Oscar. But Arrival seems different. It’s reviews suggest it’s going to be a contender in some major categories, and even if it misses out on major ones due to the competition, it will likely still pull some Score or Cinematography nominations.

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    PJ Edwards
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    Midnight Special was garbage

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    Riley
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    Midnight Special was a miss, but critics gave it a pass because goodwill for its director is apparently that strong. Based on the trailer, the same thing seems to be happening with Arrival.

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    kaziz
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    LOL Midnight Special is very close to Arrival in its Metacritic score. I’m surprised you all didn’t like it though. Not your canonical sci-fi movie, clearly—far too slow and brooding for—but critics did rave about the performances

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    kaziz
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    Midnight Special was garbage

    Definitely not true, but you’re entitled to your opinion. A lot of people thought it was very subtle and beautiful—two adjectives that are likely to be used for Arrival (subtle maybe not. The trailer looks a little too on-the-nose)

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    Midnight Special was garbage

    Thank you for stating the obvious. Just from the trailer for Arrival I can tell it will be infinitely more watchable than Denis Villeneuve’s PRETENTIOUS boring mess Enemy.

    Arrival will be >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> better than Midnight Special, which was so bad I’m seriously debating whether to see Loving. 🙁

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    I really enjoyed Midnight Special’s subtlety and decidedly anti-blockbuster feel, even though it’s not destined for the Oscars. (For what it’s worth, I also enjoyed Enemy, so different tastes for different people I guess).

    I feel like Arrival will also be somewhat anti-blockbuster. I enjoyed the trailer, but some people didn’t. If they marketed the movie for what it is (an emotional contemplation of human nature with subtle performances and themes) no one will show up, so they have to make the trailer “on-the-nose” I guess.

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    Jim Brooks
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    Give me Arrival

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    GusCruz
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    I really enjoyed Midnight Special’s subtlety and decidedly anti-blockbuster feel, even though it’s not destined for the Oscars. (For what it’s worth, I also enjoyed Enemy, so different tastes for different people I guess).

    I liked Enemy fine enough too, and I’m not that big on Villeneuve either.

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    I feel like Arrival will also be somewhat anti-blockbuster. I enjoyed the trailer, but some people didn’t. If they marketed the movie for what it is (an emotional contemplation of human nature with subtle performances and themes) no one will show up, so they have to make the trailer “on-the-nose” I guess.

    Same is true of Midnight Special though—I don’t quite see what the difference is in terms of ‘destined for Oscar’ except that prognosticators/pundits are so far up Arrival’s butt that they forgot about Midnight Special, and that all critics praised its performances like insane — particularly Kirsten Dunst.

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    I feel like Arrival will also be somewhat anti-blockbuster. I enjoyed the trailer, but some people didn’t. If they marketed the movie for what it is (an emotional contemplation of human nature with subtle performances and themes) no one will show up, so they have to make the trailer “on-the-nose” I guess.

    Same is true of Midnight Special though—I don’t quite see what the difference is in terms of ‘destined for Oscar’ except that prognosticators/pundits are so far up Arrival’s butt that they forgot about Midnight Special, and that all critics praised its performances like insane — particularly Kirsten Dunst.

    You are correct. Oscar pundits, prognosticators and voters are all set to forget about “Midnight Special” if they even thought of it, or saw it, in the first place.

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    kaziz
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    How about we start changing that? Gold Derby, can you at least start listing under-the-radar contenders like Midnight Special which were amazingly critically-acclaimed? While we’re at it, we can start recognizing amazing performances like those by Kirsten Dunst, Jena Malone and Molly Shannon?

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