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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Real(er) Alien Nation: <i>District 9</i>'s Neill Blomkamp Appears at Alamo Drafthouse

The Real(er) Alien Nation: District 9's Neill Blomkamp Appears at Alamo Drafthouse

When District 9 opened in the summer of 2009, we went into the theater blissfully unaware of the viral marketing campaign and came out believing Neill Blomkamp might be the next great hope for science fiction movie making. The story,…
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Film, "Elysium": In Space, No One Can Hear You Be the 99 Percent

"Elysium": In Space, No One Can Hear You Be the 99 Percent

As didactic as science fiction gets, Elysium delivers an allegory about the haves and have-nots — and the plight of illegal immigrants — that's so blunt, it operates as little more than a cacophonous CG-ified lecture. Working in the same…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>District 9</i>

District 9

The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp’s fast and furiously inventive District 9, their huddled masses long ago extracted from their broken-down mothership and deposited in the titular…
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Film, Alien invasion as apartheid metaphor? It works in <i>District 9</i>

Alien invasion as apartheid metaphor? It works in District 9

The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp's fast and furiously inventive District 9, their huddled masses long ago extracted from their broken-down mothership and deposited in the titular…
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