Saturday, August 15, 2009

Movies I Have Seen - District 9

Can I give my favorite movie of the year thus far to just the first 30 minutes or so of District 9? Not that I didn't enjoy the rest of it, but I can't remember a movie where the expository scenes stirred me so much more than the actual plot points. Many standout sci-fi flicks of the part few years have made it a point to comment, often brilliantly, on much deeper subject matter than their Comicon-friendly synopsis' would suggest. District 9 starts off running in that direction, but Children of Men it is not. 28 Days Later it is also not. I'm not sure it's even 28 Weeks Later. But I will say that it is an incredibly intriguing premise and even when it devolves into splattery aliens vs people vs alien people vs gangsters vs robots, it's as great as it sounds. I just wish it had stuck with the themes of that premise and borne it out. This movie introduces itself as having something to say, when all it really wants to do is be a decent little sci-fi action movie - one that seemingly features many of the most memorable video-game weapons of the past decade. I'm pretty sure the killer mech at the end was using the gravity gun from Half-Life 2 and the tracey mini-missiles from... everything.

That brings up a quite different issue, though - does a movie set in an environment so inherently political need to be political in and of itself? I suppose the answer is different for everyone. I predictably lean toward "more often than not", but then again I want to write a scholarly paper on why Transformers 2 is one of the most offensive movies I've ever seen.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Best Thing I've Seen All Day - 8/13/09

The Bouncing Souls: 20th Anniversary TV Spectacular Vol. 1 (Altpress.com Exclusive) from Alternative Press on Vimeo.



Let me just say that if you don't have a pretty extreme love and knowledge of The Bouncing Souls, this is going to be just awful for you. You have been warned.

But seriously. Way to age gracefully, guys.