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Old 08-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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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.)
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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That's top of the list alright, looking forward to that one
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #10
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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.
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