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Will Aliens Be the New Vampires?

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With the success of recent films like the Transformers movies and District 9 (and to a lesser extent, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is the 26th highest grossing film worldwide), it seems like Hollywood is going alien crazy, giving the green light and putting a lot of alien-based stories in development — more than ever before. In a couple years, will aliens be the new vampires?  -(via /Film)

Will Aliens be the New Vampires?

No, the rise in interest in alien movies is just part of the Hollywood system.  The very same system that will also decide people aren’t interested in Aliens as much as Vampire’s.

Hollywood has a past track record for starting many projects to hedge their bet on what the next big fad will be.  Many of these projects get dumped or shelved after the sales numbers come in.

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The sales numbers are not so good for alien movies.  Transformers and Indiana Jones are franchises in their own right and won’t be thought of by the studios as alien movies.

There are also a lot of superhero movie projects in the works.  Could the superhero movie be the next thing?  With such a diverse story and setting potential there is a lot more that could be explored in this area on the big screen.

Vampire movies are still bringing in a lot for the studios.  Do you think they will continue doing more of them?  I hope not, it pains me to say that but with so many bad ones out there I would like for it to be given a rest.

What would you like to see as the next movie phase?

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Comment on Nigerian Ban of District 9

district-9-mechThe ban on District 9 in Nigeria is sad.  They are upset claiming that:

...the film clearly denigrated Nigeria’s image by portraying us as if we are cannibals, we are criminals…The name our former president was clearly spelt out as the head of the criminal gang and our ladies shown like prostitutes sleeping with extra-terrestrial beings… -Information Minister Dora Akunyili (via /Film)

Sweating the Small Stuff

I love the phrase don't sweat the small stuff.  To get stuck on the gang being Nigerian is to miss the commentary on the  problems of apartheid and the problems that ghettos bring.  The focus was not on the Nigerian gang it was on the social commentary.  The use of a Nigerian Gang could have been replaced by any other if the setting of District 9 was in another part of the world. Watch the movie, ponder the deeper messages and don't sweat the small stuff.

The message behind it is what is important.

  • The dehumanizing of another to allow for murder
  • Be careful of religious practices that promote cannibalism for many reasons mainly it's just not healthy and it causes brain disease.
  • Prostitution problems
  • The deteriorating effect drug trafficking has on a populace by masking it in trafficking cat food.

Being Nigerian

The choice of having a crime syndicate be Nigerian makes sense within the context of the setting.  All storytelling is lies and to make good fiction the storyteller must limit the number of lies in the story.  We all know that there are not aliens living  in a shanty town in South Africa.  The true art is in limiting the false parts of the tale so as not to distract the audience from the message in the story.

If the writers made the crime syndicate American, Russian, Japanese or Colombian then the story would have suffered and the messages behind the story would be more obfuscated.  The audience would have wondered why they were in South Africa and how they dealt with the South African crime syndicates without starting an all out turf war.

Crime Syndicate Not Representative An Entire People

A crime syndicate is not representative of an entire people.  District 9 did not have a group of Nigerian people in the district they made it a Nigerian Crime Syndicate.  There is a difference.  To say that the movie is attacking the entire people is short sighted.

I would like to think that an audience as a whole would watch the movie and think wow that crime syndicate was bad and not thinking that represented all people of Nigeria.  In a way, they have insulted the audience's intelligence thinking that the audience will mistake a counter culture for the Nigerian culture at large.

In Conclusion

District 9 gave the audience a chance to look at the ugly underside of apartheid and demonstrating the problems that ghettos bring.  The crime syndicate is Nigerian to make sense within the setting but the portrayal was to highlight the problems of crime and apartheid not to disparage a group of people.  Mainly don't sweat the small stuff and have faith that the audience is smart enough to know that a counter culture group is not representative of a culture at large.

Review: District 9

Overall Rating: 10district 9 District 9 is a brilliant, amazing, gritty, graphic, well told sci-fi movie that is not for the lighthearted yet highly recommended.  I loved this movie.  The best one to be released this year.  From writing, directing, acting, and cinematography this movie is good through and through.  Best of all on top of entertaining an audience District 9 will make you think and ask what if?

There are so many great social issues covered in District 9 yet they don't get preachy.  At first the people of earth wish well on the visitors being very interested in giving care to, and protections to the aliens but as time passes and the world grows board with the story attentions move else where and aid fades.  Then the racism creeps in.  They start with focusing on the differences and lack of understanding of cultural preferences and practices.

I like how many different types of racism are represented in this movie.  We get to see from the overt violent hate to Wikus who is the subtle unconscious racist who uses hateful names for the aliens.  They even show how the racism allows people to think of the group as other and thus allowing people to do anything to them they want from exploitation to testing on them.

Often you have heard me talk about the short comings of torture porn and the use of the grotesque.  I thought now is a great time to clear up that I'm not against the graphic and grotesque I just find it sad when a film uses it poorly.  District 9 is a brilliant example of the good use of gore.  The focus was not on the gore, it was a byproduct of the storyline and it kept the feel of the movie real, setting an appropriate mood.  There was not a celebration of the grotesque murder of another once again it was the byproduct of the setting.

This is an owner and is best to watch in the theater.

Story:  District 9 is an interesting twist on the visiting alien theme.  Aliens arrive on earth on a life boat, homeless and needing our help.  We give them a ghetto to live in but tensions grow after decades of intolerance grow between the aliens and their human neighbors.  Now it is time to evict the aliens and move them to a more permanent camp far away from any city.  watch the trailer below

Likes

  1. Writing
  2. Directing
  3. The gritty documentary cinematography style
  4. The character Wikus van der Merwe his flaws, his development and evolution of.
  5. The intro and it's success in easing the viewer into the films setting.
  6. The use of the child is well done where he serves a purpose within the story and is not just there for a cheap emotional ploy.
  7. Brilliant use of graphic gore.
  8. Lots of stuff going boom:  exploding people, aliens and property.  Yet an appropriate amount for the story and style of movie.
  9. Cool alien tech including a Mech that rocks!!!
  10. The social topics covered:  slums, racism, crime, corporate greed, and government / populace turning blind eye.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. The beginning jumps around a little and may be a bit tricky for some to get into the movie but after a few minutes they focus in on the main character Wikus and everything slides into place.
  2. Not for the light heartted this movie is gritty and earns it's R rating from being graphic.

More on District 9 read District 9 Round Up


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District 9 Round Up

Exploring: District 9

district 9District 9 is an interesting twist on the visiting alien theme.  Aliens arrive on earth on a life boat, homeless and needing our help.  We give them a ghetto to live in to placate them while we try to learn all of their technology.  It's interesting because our governments which represent us are the villains instead of humans being the victims. I hope the movie will go into some of the fun social / political issues that are present today in our society.  Will it be able to get people to realize that bad behavior by a government that represents a people still implicates the people in their crimes.  Will it be able to draw attention to societies desire to put foreigners into a ghetto and the problems that the behavior breeds?  Will this movie help those blinded toward their raciest behaviors to notice the warning signs?

I started out uninterested in District 9.  The initial promotional material seemed to me to be gimmicky and vapid.  Now I can't wait to watch District 9 because:

  • The alien's look interesting.
  • The alien technology looks fun
  • The underlining potential to address and explore some good social / political issues that face our modern society.
  • The story has hooked me
  • The latter trailers are enticing and exciting

District 9 hits theaters Friday August 14th

The Plot / Story: Twenty-eight years after their first contact the alien refugees, now living in District 9, welcome is wearing thin.  Their care is handed over to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare but very interested in getting their weapon tech to work unfortunately the tech requires alien DNA to work.  After an accident that changes Wikus van der Merwe's DNA the MNU field operative quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

For me this is a watch in theater.  If you haven’t voted yet, head over to Theater or Renter: August 2009 and vote will you watch it in the theaters, rent it or are not interested?


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DISTRICT 9 More Video Fun

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I can't wait for District 9 to hit theaters.  Here is a series of videos below that give more of a look over the fence into the district.  Watch the videos below.

The Alien Weapon dilemma

I like how in this video they give us a better look at some of the alien's weaponry and explains both MNU's desire to get that technology and the problems that is preventing them from that.

District-9 tv spot: Warning

This one really shows off the look of the aliens that live within District 9.

District-9 tv spot: They Rise

I like this one for the nice look we get at the mech suit that will be in District 9.  I love mech suits in all forms and having one in the movie is a huge plus for me.

District-9 tv spot: Change

This video features more of the tech that the aliens use and some of the action sequences that feature that tech.  Plus a mech suit catching a missile is a plus in a movie.

District 9 hits theaters this Friday.


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Theater or Renter: August 2009

Theater or Renter: August 2009 includes five SF movies G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, District 9, Ponyo, Shorts, Halloween II, The Final Destination.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the movie. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

Release Date:  AUGUST 7th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Hasbro, Di Bonaventura Pictures

Director:  Stephen Sommers

Produced by:  Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Stephen Sommers

Written by:  Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett  Story: Michael B. Gordon, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers  Comic book: Larry Hama

Stars:  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, and Dennis Quaid

The Plot / Story: Ten years in the future the Cobra Organization raises to terrorize all nations of the earth.  With only one group to stop them Duke forms the G.I. Joe, a top secret team of elite soldiers.  Yo Joe!  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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District 9:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as: Sci-Fi

Studio:  WingNut Films, QED International, Key Creatives, Wintergreen Productions

Director:  Neill Blomkamp

Produced by:  Peter Jackson, Bill Block, Ken Kamins, Paul Hanson, Elliot Ferwerda

Written by:  Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars:  Jason Cope, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley

The Plot / Story: Twenty-eight years after their first contact the alien refugees, now living in District 9, welcome is wearing thin.  Their care is handed over to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare but very interested in getting their weapon tech to work unfortunately the tech requires alien DNA to work.  After an accident that changes Wikus van der Merwe's DNA the MNU field operative quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Ponyo:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Studio Ghibli

Director:  Hayao Miyazaki

Produced by:  Toshio Suzuki

Written by:  Hayao Miyazaki

Stars:  Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson

The Plot / Story: A juvenile fish named Ponyo wants to become a human girl.  In pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke and they go on a mad capped adventure together. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock:

Most refer to the name of this film as "Shorts"

Release Date:  AUGUST 21st

Listed as:  Family, Fantasy

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Robert Rodriguez

Produced by: Robert Rodriguez

Written by:  Robert Rodriguez

Stars:  Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy

The Plot / Story: Toe Thompson's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Can Toe and his two newfound friends save the residents of Black Falls from themselves? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Halloween II:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films

Director:  Rob Zombie

Produced by:  Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, Rob Zombie

Written by:  Rob Zombie

Stars:  Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor-Compton

The Plot / Story: Family Is Forever...  At least if your brother is Michael Myers.  He returns to his home town of Haddonfield, bringing death in his wake, to bring "closure to the secrets of his past". (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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The Final Destination:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Director:  David R. Ellis

Produced by:  Craig Perry, Warren Zide

Written by: Eric Bress

Stars:  Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Jessica Ritchie

The Plot / Story: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt,  to leave... escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one — in increasingly gruesome ways — Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film is shot in HD 3-D (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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