Chappie 2015

Chappie: A Die Antwoord Music Video Directed by Neill Blomkamp

In 2016, police forces in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been almost entirely replaced by droids created by weapons and technology company Tetravaal. Engineer Deon (Dev Patel) goes against the wishes of CEO Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) to create a sentient robot and is kidnapped in the process by criminals Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones) and Yolandi (Yolandi Visser), who plan to use Deon’s creation for heists. Continue reading “Chappie: A Die Antwoord Music Video Directed by Neill Blomkamp”

Maleficent 2014

Maleficent Feels Like Two Different Movies

After years of protecting The Moors and its magical creatures from destruction brought by humans, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is betrayed by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), the man she loves, who steals her wings to become the king in the human kingdom. Swearing revenge on him, Maleficent curses his daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning), saying she’ll prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday, which will put her in an endless sleep that can only be broken by “true love’s kiss.” As Maleficent watches Aurora grow up into a beautiful and caring young woman, however, she starts to regret placing the curse upon her out of anger and tries desperately to keep Aurora from her deadly fate. Continue reading “Maleficent Feels Like Two Different Movies”

Matt Damon in Elysium

Elysium: How a Good Blockbuster Feels

Elysium is one of the few science fiction films that came out this summer that wasn’t Scientology propaganda (I’m looking at you, After Earth). I went in with high expectations and came out feeling wholly satisfied. Then again, it would be wrong not to predict a win for Neill Blomkamp (director of District 9 and protégé of Peter Jackson), who seems totally at home in the sci-fi genre. Continue reading “Elysium: How a Good Blockbuster Feels”