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12 September 2009 @ 09:52 am
In Theaters: District 9  
I used to go to the movies all the time. Like, weekly. As money grew tighter, that number dwindled. I still like seeing things on the big screen, but can't justify the expense as often. So when new movies come out, M. and I discuss if they're worth seeing in theaters, or if they can wait until DVD. Hence why my docket is now heavily populated with action movies and kids fare, with the occasional 'visual treats.'

When time was unexpectedly made available earlier this week, we seized the opportunity and made an exception for District 9, and man, very glad we did. The movie was excellent cinema. The trailers are a bit misleading, it's not the action flick that they make it look like. It is, however, excellent scifi, in that it uses the scifi as a setting to tell an interesting story. And Peter Jackson the director draws you in quickly and doesn't let up for the whole movie. Great stuff, highly recommended for the big screen.

New trailers:
* The Fourth Kind - Alien abduction as horror, with the 'no, really, it's based on a true story' angle. Ehn.
* Law Abiding Citizen - Gerard Butler revenge opus. Ehn.
* Legion - Fighting angels with shotguns. This is more my alley. In that it looks terrible, yet awesome. (Bonus: Paul Bettany.)
* Saw VI - The jist of the trailer: if you liked the first five, hey, here's another one.
* Zombieland - I had my reservations before (*cough*Woody Harrelson*cough*), but I think I'm on board now.

libertinemist on September 12th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
I have seen it too and it was really a not so usual thing that you see in movies.
The Antichrist: Me - Resistance is Futiletheantichrist on September 12th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
FWIW I didn't get action-scifi impressions really from the trailers I saw, though maybe pre-release Internet discussions colored my impression.
joechummer: Megamanjoechummer on September 13th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
For the record, Peter Jackson didn't direct. He produced. When the HALO movie died stillborn, Jackson gave the attached director (that he had handpicked) $30 million to make whatever film he wanted. With that money Neill Blomkamp wrote and directed this movie, which is a feature-length version of his 6-minute film "Alive in Joburg" (look it up on Youtube if you've never seen it).

Also, Neill directed a live-action HALO short to prove to doubting studio execs that he, an untried feature director, could direct a quality HALO movie. Look up "HALO: Landfall" if you're interested. It's really good (and in the style of District 9, to boot). Unfortunately, it wasn't this short that killed the movie; it was the studios not being able to decide who gets how much of the money.
PMMJ: Moviescheetahmaster on September 14th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I did know that, just drew a blank while writing this up. Corrected.