Saturday Double Feature: Arrival (2016) And…

arr01Yep, I’ve decided it’s time for the return of what used to be a regular feature here on the blog, the Saturday Double Feature.

The idea here is simple: take a movie that’s currently in theaters and pair it with one from the past to crate an interesting double bill. In the previous iteration of this feature I limited myself to movies that were 1980s or before for the back half of the bill, but this time around, considering the fact that it’s 2016 and even movies from the 90s are “ancient history” to so many of my younger readers, I think I’m going to be a little looser with that restriction. After all, even a movie like today’s, which came out in 1996 is twenty years old now. And when you take into account the fact that today’s second feature wasn’t even that well known when it first came out, well…

Okay, so let’s start with the current flick, Arrival. I haven’t had a chance to get to the theater to see the new Amy Adams-starring sci-fi film, but from the trailers and from what I’ve heard from friends who have, it looks like a solid, intelligent s-f movie.

The starting concept is simple: one day, alien ships suddenly appear in the skies over Earth, and Adams’ character Louise Banks, a linguist, is brought in to attempt to translate what appears to be attempted communications from the ships.

Let’s take a look at the trailer, shall we?

 

So what did I choose to pair Arrival with? Well, how about another alien first-contact movie with a very similar name?

That’s right, I’m talking about 1996’s The Arrival starring none other than Charile Sheen. Directed by David Twohy, better known for writing and directing Pitch Black and Vin Diesel’s other Riddick flicks, The Arrival begins with the interception of a signal from outer space by Sheen’s astronomer character Zane Zaminsky. When he attempts to follow up on and find out more about the signal, he finds out that there may be more involved than he at first thought.

To be honest, The Arrival is one of those movies that actually feels like it’s better than it really deserves to be, but in my estimation, it really should be better known and more seen than it is. Even most of my cult movie friends seem to have no idea that this film even exists, which is truly a shame, and I highly recommend it. A quick check at Amazon shows the Blu-ray selling there for just over $7.00, an it’s definitely worth checking out at that price.

Go ahead, give the trailer a look:

By the way, The Arrival did manage to spawn a sequel, 1998’s even-less-seen Arrival II (yeah, for some reason in most promotional material and onscreen the “The” was dropped from the title for the follow-up). Here’s the trailer for that:

Okay, so that’s my pick for a double (or even triple) feature pairing with Arrival. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.

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Saturday Double Feature: Riddick (2013) and…

Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Okay, so one of the last of the Big Summer Movies to open this year, was Riddick, Vin Diesel‘s follow-up to Pitch Black. (Yeah, I know, there was another movie in between there, but the creators of this one seem content to ignore it, so I will too.)

So what have we got here? A post apocalyptic world, a protagonist who travels around with a specially enhanced dog, and a whole lot of the action takes place underground. Hmmm… well, it might be a slightly Riddickulous stretch, but how about we pair it up with another film with those same plot elements?

Yeah, that’s a very very young Don Johnson in the lead in 1975’s A Boy and His Dog, which was based on a story – actually, there are a number of stories – centered on Vic (the Boy) and Blood (his Dog) ) by Harlan Ellison

I know, from the trailer you may be wondering where the “underground” part comes in. Well, that’s just one of the surprises that this film has in store.

Again, one of the things that surprised me when I was talking about this movie with some friends was how few of them had actually seen or even heard of it. I know it’s pretty obscure, and certainly not the kind of thing that is going to get a lot of play on TV, but it’s definitely memorable if you have seen it, and has a certain cult cache that I had thought would make it more well-known than it apparently is. Well, fortunately for them – and you – the whole movie (albeit in a slightly edited version) is available on YouTube, so I’ve embedded it below.

So¬† there you go. And how about you? Any other ideas for pairing films with Riddick? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!