Monthly Archives: November 2016

“ARRIVAL” New Movie Release – 11-11-16 PART II, Review


There are some movies that can stick with you for a lifetime.  They are vivid and clear in your memory. For me, the four movies that I can remember vividly, almost scene by scene, are “2001,” “E.T.,” “Close Encounters,” and “Star Wars.”

When I saw “Arrival” almost two weeks ago I thought it would be film number 5 on that list. I thought it would be a classic and I even pre-ordered the film on the Apple iTunes Store. Now, I am not so sure.

Yes, it was ingenious in that the beginning of the film was really where the end of the film would pick up after the film was over. It was a flash forward that you would see at the beginning of the film and would not see repeated in the final scenes. You would have to let your mind and imagination fill in the blanks as you walked out of the theater.

The interpretation of the physics concept of Time Dilation, the bending of time and shaping of time rather than it being a straight-ahead/forward linear concept was employed in “Arrival.” I understand the concept and for a science fiction writer like myself it is a wonderful tool to move the story and bend the story. And the concept of conversation circular patterns with artifacts as a language I also find fascinating. But so is Sanskrit and Hieroglyphics, communicating with shapes and patterns.

“Arrival” subdued color, removing a bit of Chroma and intensity of color, may have affected my overall carry-on mood about “Arrival” because I am not a fan of film noir, black and white, sepia-toned, or any other monochromatic method of image presentation. That is not how I see the world and how most of us see the world, unless it is at night that we are seeing the world. I am a daytime person not a nighttime person. It is just what I as an individual prefer. I like the night because the stars, planets, nebula, and galaxies are visible. But to tell a story on film I often see filmmakers purposely use night scenes for a cheaper shoot or to mask more complicated setups that would require more precise cinematography.

Am I making any sense? Maybe yes, maybe no? You have to decide then after you see this film “Arrival” if you feel the same way. The film in retrospect is a little bit of let down now that time has passed since my viewing. I told a friend of mine that I thought the sound design was excellent. And the editing was masterful. He said he thought even better was the sound editing. This friend of mine is and has been an editor, sound editor, director, producer working in Hollywood for decades winning constant industry awards so he knows what is good and what is mediocre and what outright stinks.

So yeah, is was a good movie. The direction, editing, acting, sound, set design all rang true and no mistakes with all of that got in the way of telling the story.

Trite and applicable…it’s like eating Chinese food, in a few hours or less you are hungry again. So, I guess I am hungry for the next sci-film that will move me like “2001” or “Close Encounters” or “E.T.” Maybe Steven Spielberg should try yet another scifi, emotional, and heart-tugging film before he passes the baton. Maybe he should try to produce and direct my “SETI Trilogy.” That is my hope and prayer from a selfish and ever-dreaming science fiction story teller…me

Frederick Fichman


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“ARRIVAL” new movie release, 11-11-16


I saw the new release movie “Arrival” on Friday.

As regular readers of my blog know, I write science fiction. My first book, “SETI” was print published by Penguin USA in the U.S. and Canada and by Headline Press in the U.K. and Australia in 1990. Since then I have written two follow-on novels and completed my SETI Trilogy. But I really can’t stop there. I am in the process of writing book number four. Book four will be then followed by books 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9. I have written the outlines for all books remaining in the series.

And that is why being at the first screening on Friday, the day of release here in the U.S., for “Arrival” was so important for me. I was not disappointed. The script, the direction, the editing, and sound design are all brilliant. The story is about…well, I can not tell you. This film is so constructed that if I told you anything I will have told you everything.

The only thing I can tell you is go see it. It is now and will become a classic in the science fiction genre of films. In about a month or two or when I see that it is available for download in the iTunes Store and my pre-order has been fulfilled I want to tell you my thoughts about this movie…I really want to tell you why this is such an ingenious film, an important film. This will be coming from someone who went to film school at the University of Kansas in the sixties and worked in Hollywood for over 30 years so I somewhat know what I am talking about. There is so much I want discuss and even divulge. So, as I like to say at the end of each of my blog posts…STAY TUNED.


Frederick Fichman

Finally Back After 6+ Weeks


Finally, I am back. We have moved. My new computer is up and running and our home is coming together…although still a lot of boxes to unpack.

Above you will see a picture of my work station. The monitor on top left is for Apple TV, monitor top right is cable TV, and the 27″ on my desk is for my new XPS 8910 Dell desktop computer.

I will be posting new and regular blogs soon, working on more books, and finally getting my podcast up and running.

So, hang in there with me and thank you for sticking around.

BTW, aren’t you glad the election is finally here on Tuesday. I have no idea who is going to win but I’m sure happy that the political b.s. is about to end.

Anyway, thank you again for being patient. bfn.


Frederick Fichman