Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Other > Motorcycle.Com Lounge

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
schizuki
Founding Member
 
schizuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 5,030
Default Go see District 9

Terrific flick. The first hour or so was more admirable than good. Then its intelligence was joined by emotion and excitement, and it was popcorn-munching time.

Yeah, it's a political allegory, but it wasn't at all heavy-handed. And it was an equal-opportunity offender. Sure, the "bad guys" were a corporation (a weapons-making one, natch), but the protagonist was like every dull-witted NGO functionary you've ever read about totally f***ing some world situation up.

*Aside - I once saw a documentary on homosexuality in Hollywood films which explained how it was "coded" so gays would "get it" and straights wouldn't. The writer or director of District 9, I suspect, is a closet libertarian or conservative. I got the same vibe I got from The Dark Knight (which was a pro-Bush, pro-War on Terror, anti-appeasement allegory.) The evil defense corporation's flunkies looked like UN bureaucrats and peacekeepers.

As I said, the protagonist is far from a hero, but the Afrikaner actor who played him was amazing. And the director succeeds in drawing from the viewer a range of emotions towards him, from derision to hatred to admiration to contempt to pity. It was a brave choice for a lead role - the man simply wasn't likable, but you end up feeling for him somehow.

It was an intelligent mash-up of The Fly, Alien Nation, E.T., Iron Man, and The Office. Highly recommended.

(Oh, and you know how 50's sci-fi soundtracks always had a theremin? We're smack in the middle of a long stretch of Haunting Non-English Vocals Over Plaintive Strings. Eh, it works.)
__________________
Reverēre meam auctōritātem

Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer are praising the Supreme Court for overturning an anti-gay-marriage law that they both signed.

Last edited by schizuki : 08-21-2009 at 07:38 PM.
schizuki is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 08-21-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
sarnali2
Aging Cafe` Racer

 
sarnali2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719
Default

That's top of the list alright, looking forward to that one
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
12er
Founding Member
 
12er's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: SF
Posts: 2,801
Default

Were going to the Drive in Tonight to check it out. Double feature with the hangover for $6.75 a head. Ah the good Ole days are still alive in my hood.

No sooner did I hit submit and presto, the aroma of popcorn filled my office. Great timing coworkers.
12er is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2009, 07:39 PM   #4
schizuki
Founding Member
 
schizuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 5,030
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 12er View Post
Were going to the Drive in Tonight to check it out.
Let me know what you think!
__________________
Reverēre meam auctōritātem

Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer are praising the Supreme Court for overturning an anti-gay-marriage law that they both signed.
schizuki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2009, 09:01 AM   #5
acecycleins
Founding Member
 
acecycleins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 4,129
Default

Wifey and I are going to see Basterds tonight and District 9 Sunday mid-day. We have no 11yos wearing us out this weekend. Grandma duty is a wonderful thing. How a woman can walk around in a foot cast all summer and still be upbeat and want to watch grandkids is beyond me. Guess I owe her a night out at Bones Steakhouse. Thanks Mom.
__________________
"Slack" - a state of being in which everything flows smoothly.....a frame of mind so at ease that the universe naturally cooperates.
acecycleins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2009, 09:48 AM   #6
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by acecycleins View Post
Wifey and I are going to see Basterds tonight and District 9 Sunday mid-day. We have no 11yos wearing us out this weekend. Grandma duty is a wonderful thing. How a woman can walk around in a foot cast all summer and still be upbeat and want to watch grandkids is beyond me. Guess I owe her a night out at Bones Steakhouse. Thanks Mom.
They act entirely differently when they are alone at Grandma's house. You didn't know that?
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2009, 10:18 AM   #7
acecycleins
Founding Member
 
acecycleins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 4,129
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by seruzawa View Post
They act entirely differently when they are alone at Grandma's house. You didn't know that?
More than you know. Kids are such shyts.
__________________
"Slack" - a state of being in which everything flows smoothly.....a frame of mind so at ease that the universe naturally cooperates.
acecycleins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Good movie. Made in South Africa and not by Hollywood it has more originality than we've seen in a sci-fi production in a long time. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen. 5 stars.
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2009, 09:03 PM   #9
schizuki
Founding Member
 
schizuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 5,030
Default

My wife just pointed this out to me (because sometimes the hamster in my head falls off the wheel) - the evil corporation was called Multi-National United (MNU). So yeah, it was the United Nations in evilcorp drag.
__________________
Reverēre meam auctōritātem

Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer are praising the Supreme Court for overturning an anti-gay-marriage law that they both signed.
schizuki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #10
Dr_Sprocket
Founding Member
 
Dr_Sprocket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Delmarva Peninsula
Posts: 2,331
Default

Just saw X-Games 3D last night. ESPN does a great job of TV coverage, but the 3D version was AWESOME. Pretty neat interviews with Travis Pastrana and the GOAT, Ricky Carmichael, too.
__________________
"Aid to the helpless indigent is civilized. Aid to the irresponsible is socially corrosive." ----- Schizuki (c. 2011)
Dr_Sprocket is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off