Posts Tagged ‘District 9’

AT VERY FIRST SIGHT: Avatar, this is a big deal I hear

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

‘Avatar’ – James Cameron’s long in the works, super highly anticipated sci fi alleged masterpiece released a teaser.

Go HERE to check it out and then we can discuss.

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Welp.  I’m underwhelmed.

Maybe this is a leap, but I think ‘District 9′ is gonna fuck all this up.  Sorry for the crudeness, but after seeing that rooted, raw, terrifyingly real aliens-on-earth scenario this… just… seems… meh.  Like it’s trying too hard, right??

CGI on CGI kissing?  Care.

D9′s Prawns were so tactile.  These blue guys?  Not so much.  If I care when that one Avatar? (Zoe Saldana I’m gonna assume) starts to cry I will be shocked.  And the oh-so-blue (today’s theme) makes it look too fantasy.  Which I mean in a bad way, not in a legitimate genre kind of way.  Sci-fi and Fantasy are different, says Roman from ‘Party Down.’  But those creatures do look kind of dragon-y so maybe it is both sci-fi and fantasy and wow, stop me, I’m going in circles.  Basically, I thought James was a sci-fi guy, therefore fantasy would be an insult.

Honestly though, there’s just no way this movie could hold up to the amount of anticipation, and I feel kind of bad.

It all has such a feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ to me and Neill Blomkamp is the new James Cameron, all perfectly timed and up in his face like that.

Poor James?  Or is this what happens to self-proclaimed kings of the world…

STALKING: Alive in Joberg

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I know, I’ve been MIA (the acronym not the person). So here’s a little ditty to hold you over. Neill Blomkamp of District 9 started out with this shorty. Let’s gear up for the feature:

FOREPLAY with ‘District 9′

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

District 9

Something that has to do with ‘District 9,’ but I can’t read it cause it’s in alien. Obviously.

So I picked up the Calendar section of the LA Times (yes, the actual, physical newspaper) and there was a GREAT article on District 9 and its fabulous writer/director Neill Blomkamp. What’s that? Never heard of the guy? Maybe it’s because his first huge project, Halo, got shitcanned after some-odd months of prepro. But being pals with producer Peter Jackson certainly has its perks. I imagine the convo went something like this:

Neill: Shit. Halo‘s out. Bastard studio execs can’t play together nicely.

Fran Walsh: Why don’t you make that little mockumentary of yours a feature?

Neill: Really!?

Peter: Meh. I’ve got all the money in the world. Let’s do this shit.

Neill: Hellz yea. We got all these Halo people in em-effing New Zealand, let’s just turn them loose on this mo’fo. Listen – my mate Sharlto Copley, he’ll be the lead dude. He acts sometimes but more importantly, we can pay him next to nothing!

Peter: Wicked cool Neill. Let’s fuck this shit up.

Okay, maybe that’s what it would’ve been like if Angela and I had the conversation, but whatever. Fact of the matter is, here we are promised a fresh, new twist on sci-fi and I believe it.

Blomkamp’s unique background growing up in South Africa has influenced this film hugely – an alien aparthied it’s being called – and I think it will bring insight to a genre that’s filled to the brim with re-makes.

Refreshing, intresting, intelligent. I’m in.