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Alien Apartheid: Exploring Neil Blonkamp’s ‘District 9’

10 Sep

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District 9 (R) 112 min. Directed by: Neil Blonkamp.

cinemagrade A+

 ‘District 9’ has been playing for almost a month now and the critical and commercial response to Neil Blonkamp’s South African sci-fi actioner has been surprisingly strong and positive. Back in May, I cited the movie in my Top Ten Summer Sci-Fi list and placed it at the top. Even I, however, was still sideswiped by what I found upon walking into the theater. I saw the film two days after its release but vacation and a few other events thwarted me from writing it up. Now, with the initial excitement cleared and a little time passed to process it, I think I’m ready to take a crack at it. For anyone still on the fence about seeing it, or those who want a one sentence sum-up, here you go: District 9 is probably the best science fiction film of the last decade, and easily the best sci-fi action film since 1999’s The Matrix. So, if you wanna see it but haven’t, and know you are going, don’t read any further. Go in fresh and come back here later.

For all of you still around, I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as I can; discussing the film without giving away any of it’s myriad of surprises and delights. Continue reading

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Stop the Presses!!! Now this is a summer movie trailer!!!

8 Jul

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July 8th, 2009–

Wow. This is probably the third time I’ve written about this flick, but it just keeps getting better and better. Neil Blonkamp’s District 9 landed at the top of my most anticipated sci-fi films of the summer list, and this new trailer just solidifies what I suspected; this is going to be seriously awesome. Alien refugees, shadowy government conspiracies, humans infected with alien powers, advanced technology, a brewing interspecies throw-down. If you are any kind of science fiction fan at all, you owe it to yourself to check out this trailer. I also enjoy that they have taken the time to school Michael Bay on how to design a good robot.  Click over HERE to enter District 9. This one lands in August.