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Aliens 5 Will Be Directed By Neil Blomkamp and will “Finish Ripley’s Story Properly”.

Aliens, Alien Queen

Rather than a continuation of the weirdness that was Prometheus, FOX is going back to basics with its Aliens series.  Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has signed to direct a fifth film in the series that will give Ellen Ripley’s story “a proper ending”.  From his words in the Coming Soon article below, it seems like Blomkamp will bypass Aliens 3 and 4, much like Bryan Singer did with The Man of Steel’s series in Superman Returns.  I can’t think of a director more suited to getting the Aliens series back on track than Blomkamp.  My only disappointment was I was hoping he’d do one of the Star Wars spin-offs, but this certainly isn’t a bad consolation prize.  Sigourney Weaver will return to the role and has expressed confidence in Blomkamp’s ability to finish Ripley’s story.

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Trailer TIme: Chappie Trailer #2 (2015) Neil Blomkamp’s Third Film!

I don’t know what to make of Chappie.  Basically all of my interest in the film is based on the fact that Neil Blomkamp directed it and I loved District 9 and Elysium.  I find, though, in the trailers that Chappie is more annoying than potentially lovable.  Blomkamp certainly has a robot fixation as they’ve played major roles in all three of his films, so maybe it’s just how the trailer presents it.  Chappie hits theaters in March 6, 2015, official synopsis below.

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
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Trailer TIme: Chappie Trailer #1 (2015) Neil Blomkamp’s Third Film!

After two hard-boiled, fantastic sci-fi films in District 9 and Elysium, for his third feature, Neil Blomkamp is taking a bit of a different path with Chappie.  Check out the first trailer above and the official description below and get ready for something different then Chappie hits theaters in March 6, 2015.

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
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Top 5 Movies for MLK Weekend

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This weekend here in the States most of us have Monday off to honor the memory of slain Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  While I’ve never seen a great biography of King (though Hampton Sides wrote an amazing account of the events surrounding his last days called Hellhound on His Trail), there are many movies in every genre that honor his ideals and showcase aspects of the trials he, and anyone, who has had to fight discrimination, have had to endure.  I’ve picked one of my favorites from Law, Politics, War, Sports and Science Fiction that I feel show insight into this troubled area of the human soul.  I hope everyone has a great weekend. Continue reading Top 5 Movies for MLK Weekend

Movie Review: Elysium (2013) *Spoiler-Free*

Matt Damon, Elysium
Finally, a summer movie that lives up to expectations!  This summer has been such a depressing series of half-successes and outright failures that I was beginning to think we weren’t going to get a single one that knew how to stick the landing.  Now You See Me and Despicable Me 2 were both tons of fun, but they didn’t have much substance past the fun.  Elysium delivers both.

Quick plot synopsis:   In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium is Neil Blomkamp‘s first film since his Oscar-nominated debut in District 9.  This film will, inevitably, be compared to District 9 and that’s not entirely fair.  District 9 was an apartheid/racism allegory disguised as a science fiction film.  Elysium is a summer blockbuster with clear relevance to issues of class.  Blomkamp shows himself to be no fluke with a tightly paced, gripping sophomore effort.  His take on science fiction is gritty, at times brutal and realistic (odd descriptor but still apt within the confines of the plot).  With more money to spend than on District 9, Blomkamp makes every shot spectacular.  I wish I’d seen this in IMAX because it’s certainly warranted.

Matt Damon, Elysium

It’s good to see Matt Damon in an action film after a break following the Bourne movies.  He’s an unlikely, but extremely charismatic action star in addition to his dramatic talents.  Also very nice to see Jodie Foster back on the screen, but her role is much smaller than the marketing would have you believe.  Much more prominent is her bounty hunter played by Sharlto Copley, one of the most underrated actors working.  If you watch him in District 9, The A-Team and then this, it’s extremely hard to believe it’s the same man.

Without ruining some turns in the plot, the script has a weight that most blockbusters lack or have tried desperately to force this summer.  The action is fantastic, the fights brilliant and the cast stellar.  It IS better up there.  Get out and see Elysium.  New top picture of the year!
9.5/10
PS – When will humanity get that robot-building is never a good idea?
PPS – It’s nice to see LA still looks the same in 2154.

Matt Damon, Elysium