Neill Blomkamp has been a hot topic of conversation lately. His robot drama, Chappie, just opened wide today, and stealing a lot of the spotlight from that release, talk of his upcoming Alien movie has been everywhere (I actually almost feel bad for the guy, he can’t open his mouth about his new movie without being asked about his next one). Both of those things are pretty big, but that’s not even everything, as he’s once again been chatting about a sequel to his debut feature, District 9.
Most of our favorite characters in sci-fi have distinct jobs that are almost as important as the characters themselves. Dr. Peter Venkman was a Ghostbuster. Rick Grimes was a cop. Malcolm Reynolds was a badass ship captain. But there’s an entire labor industry embedded Hollywood films that you may have never noticed before. And design studio Invasione Creativa has scoured the cinematic landscape to create faux business cards. I don’t see any business cards for whoever would actually be selling these things though, as they’re definitely welcome to fill up my wallet since there’s no money in there to keep them company or anything.
Speaking of companies, I’m not quite sure that it’s the greatest idea for a successful plastic surgery practice to offer the world triple boob surgeries. As inspired by Total Recall, this strange end of the medical spectrum would be off-putting to some, but I bet a large enough client base would form that might keep them in business for a while, especially those of who were adolescent boys in 1990.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
In 1971, Stanley Kubrick released his follow up to 2001: A Space Odyssey with the violent, dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. Adapted from Anthony Burgess’ best-selling novel, Kubrick challenged audiences with notions of redemption, crime, sex, and government control.
Considered one of the auteur’s best films, A Clockwork Orange earned Kubrick his third straight Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and his second for Best Picture (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was nominated for the 37th Academy Awards). The film that ended up winning Best Picture during the 44th Academy Awards in 1972 was William Friedkin’s The French Connection, while Friedkin also won for Best Director over the master film director.
Looking back at the films nominated for Best Picture, many argue that A Clockwork Orange was the superior film. Kubrick’s bleak tale pushed audiences to re-consider societal norms and the art of movie-making altogether. Today, A Clockwork Orange would have a slight edge over The French Connection, just in terms of popularity and legacy.
A Clockwork Orange was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, but lost out to The French Connection in both categories. Stanley Kubrick never won an Academy Award for Best Director, but he was later nominated for his 1975 film Barry Lyndon and, arguably, A Clockwork Orange was his best chance at a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar. As it stands, Stanley Kubrick only earned one Academy Award in his lifetime: Best Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey. – Rudie
Anyway, whoever made these things deserves a big whomping pat on the back, and then a cattle prod to the neck to make sure they keep delivering. And then maybe we can get a whole squad of like-minded people together, and we can prod them into making actual 8-bit video games based on these movies, because that would probably be more amazing than the tie-in games that Nintendo actually had to offer. (Man, this prod feels really comfortable in my hands.) I believe we all remember playing Hudson Hawk for five minutes before smashing it to pieces with a copy of The Return of Bruno.
Neil Blomkamp’s science fiction action piece Elysium kicks in theater doors tomorrow. Though it has met with a rather tepid critical reaction for heavy-handed political rhetoric—read my review here—it is still definitely worth a watch, especially for genre fans. His previous film, District 9, also his directorial debut, fares somewhat better, but there are still some issues. Now, thanks to the magic of the Internet and people with much more time on their hands than you, you can watch everything wrong with that particular feature film in three minutes (in all honesty, the whole thing runs close to four minutes, gasp).
This video from Cinema Sins features your usual, run of the mill movie mistakes. You know, continuity issues, like the books on a bookshelf have been rearranged from shot to shot, and someone saying the wrong address as the NMU forces are about to raid a particular alien shanty. And of course, because we’re dealing with speculative fiction and unique technology, that always brings of some problematic questions, like if the ship doesn’t have enough power to leave, how can it just hover there for an extended period of time like it does without the batteries running out? Seriously, it just hangs out there for years without budging.
In a few short months, Neill Blomkamp will release his follow-up to District 9 with the science fiction allegory Elysium. Since Elysium was supposed to be a release for March 2013, Blomkamp has already moved on to his next project Chappie. While we have no idea what Blomkamp will have in store for audiences with Elysium, many still wonder if he’ll ever make a sequel to his directorial debut, District 9.
In an interview with IGN, Neill Blomkamp talked about how much he wants to make District 10 (the would-be title for the District 9 sequel), but he’s currently busy getting Elysium in theaters for August. Blomkamp is also getting Chappie together and he can only do so much in one day. Blomkamp explained:
“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.”