District 9 – Review

…this will become a SciFi classic. Like Blade Runner, it is not the kind of movie that depends of special effects even though the major effect is almost constantly visible.

Well, I saw the movie District 9 yesterday.

This may be the summer movie of the year. And it may be the best scifi movie of the year, including the wonderful release called Moon, which I saw earlier this summer (I can’t decide).

It’s amazing to me that two real science fiction movies got released in one year. For so many years, I thought we would be left to the drivel being pandered to us on what has now been renamed The SyFy Channel. (rumor is that this is the new name because it’s how teens text it).

I won’t give you a synopsis of the movie, because you can find that anywhere. I’ll tell you though, the way the characters morph and your sympathies change is truly adult fair. No simple answers here. Just as the Rotten Tomatoes short review says, this will become a SciFi classic. Like Blade Runner, it is not the kind of movie that depends of special effects even though the major effect is almost constantly visible.

The special effect is always there.
District 9: One of the special effect is always there.

It looms there in changing light and does nothing, yet you know it will eventually play a part in this astonishing drama.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I loved this film. See it, see it, see it.

Of course it is not a perfect film and has a few faults. You might even pick up on them as you think about and review the film, but none of the flaws interferes with its brilliance.

District 9

I’m going to see the above named movie today. When watching the previews, it looked like it might be a Transformers knockoff (which I had NO interest in seeing). But the reviews are raves. Like this joint rating of 88% from Rotten Tomatoes:

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Reviews Counted: 140

Fresh: 123

Rotten:17

Average Rating: 7.7/10

Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.

I’ll give you my opinion/review later today.

A Movie Day

I saw two movies yesterday. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince & a wonderful film titled Moon.

Potter was much better than I expected! In fact I really enjoyed it. By now people should know that the movies don’t follow the books exactly but they do follow them faithfully. I’d recommend that you see it!

Moon, is a film that you won’t find often at the multiplex but is definitely worth tracking down. Watch the preview… You’ll see what I mean.

This post is also a test of publishing from the iPhone. It could make it easier to post on the run.

whispers and Louise Log

Since I hadn’t been blogging, I missed posting #13 and now it is up for a vote to be played on WNET (PBS station) as a short. So I was going to post #13 (titled Louise and the Repairman), and put in a plug to go vote for it, which is real easy to do.

Just go to this Thirteen.org link and vote.

It’s been a long time since my last post, but I’m back.  I tried upgrading my various blogs and all  worked well until I got to my blog Whispers.  The upgrade crashed with a fatal error.  You can see for yourself.

Anyway the point is, I was running a series of shorts by talented film maker Anne Flournoy called the Louise Log. You get a chance to hear what is going on in Louise’s head (I like headphones but not necessary) as she goes through her daily life.  It’s very funny.  Since I hadn’t been blogging, I missed posting #13 and now it is up for a vote to be played on WNET (PBS station) as a short.  So I was going to post #13 (titled Louise and the Repairman), and put in a plug to go vote for it, which is real easy to do.

Just go to this Thirteen.org link and vote.

I’m posting the short here, but to see all of the episodes, go to Anne’s website and click on the Louise Log.

After you see this and when you go to Anne’s site, you can view #14, but remember to vote.  The poll closes at 5pm EDT.

Ghost Town

The perfect entertainment for these troubling times if you want a laugh.

I saw Ghost Town yesterday. What a fun movie. It starts out smooth and picks up speed as the movie goes on because we start to actually care about the characters. It’s premise is that a dentist (Ricky Gervais) goes into the hospital for a colonoscopy and finds out later that during the procedure, he died for seven minutes (“a bit less”) and can now see dead people. Greg Kinnear, whose demise opens up the movie, becomes his antagonist/guide/side kick/friend and tries to convince Gervais to break up the relationship his widowed wife (Téa Leoni) is in… But, never mind, I’m telling too much… Go see it. The perfect entertainment for these troubling times if you want a laugh.

Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, and Rick Kinnear in Ghost Town
Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, and Greg Kinnear in Ghost Town