Excerpt: I suppose I’m a fan of alien movies, mainly in the sense that we don’t really know if they exist or not. Take seeing a film like “District 9″ and then as part of your double feature seeing “Steel Magnolias”. Right. The two just don’t seem to be comparable on the same level, do they?
Excerpt: One of the most oft-discussed big budget fallouts in Hollywood – Microsoft’s canning of Peter Jackson ’s supposedly lavishly overdone "Halo" project – was one of the greatest things to happen in modern movie history.
Summary: At first I was a little disappointed in District 9 . I expected Alien Nation , or something along those lines. The docu-style shooting took me a bit by surprise, and so I was heading, or so I thought, to disappointment.
Excerpt: Human behavior in District 9 is deplorable. MNU employee Wikus Van De Merwe is investigating the alien-populated District 9, and discovers eggs laid by the Prawns, the latter term offensive slang for the aliens.
Excerpt: For the second time this summer, a young, brand-new director has emerged from out of nowhere to present a vision of where sci-fi can go from here. It first happened with Moon , the elegant and tightly sealed thinkpiece from Duncan Jones that operated far more with the head than with the heart.
Excerpt: Smuggling a strong political allegory under the guise of a scrappy, docu-style science fiction thriller, Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 asks a simple question: If an alien spacecraft stalled out over a major city, stranding legions of starving and impoverished creatures, how would humankind respond?
Summary: First-time director Neil Blomkamp smashes onto the filmmaking scene with his sharply original debut movie, delivering a fast-paced thriller packed full of gags and guts in the manner of his mentor, producer Peter Jackson. More D9 is more than just a Close Encounters for the YouTube age.