Maybe it will have a story, or maybe even make sense. That would be wonderful. This moves this movie from “skip it” to “maybe watch.”
Comment on Nigerian Ban of District 9
The ban on District 9 in Nigeria is sad. They are upset claiming that:
...the film clearly denigrated Nigeria’s image by portraying us as if we are cannibals, we are criminals…The name our former president was clearly spelt out as the head of the criminal gang and our ladies shown like prostitutes sleeping with extra-terrestrial beings… -Information Minister Dora Akunyili (via /Film)
Sweating the Small Stuff
I love the phrase don't sweat the small stuff. To get stuck on the gang being Nigerian is to miss the commentary on the problems of apartheid and the problems that ghettos bring. The focus was not on the Nigerian gang it was on the social commentary. The use of a Nigerian Gang could have been replaced by any other if the setting of District 9 was in another part of the world. Watch the movie, ponder the deeper messages and don't sweat the small stuff.
The message behind it is what is important.
- The dehumanizing of another to allow for murder
- Be careful of religious practices that promote cannibalism for many reasons mainly it's just not healthy and it causes brain disease.
- Prostitution problems
- The deteriorating effect drug trafficking has on a populace by masking it in trafficking cat food.
The choice of having a crime syndicate be Nigerian makes sense within the context of the setting. All storytelling is lies and to make good fiction the storyteller must limit the number of lies in the story. We all know that there are not aliens living in a shanty town in South Africa. The true art is in limiting the false parts of the tale so as not to distract the audience from the message in the story.
If the writers made the crime syndicate American, Russian, Japanese or Colombian then the story would have suffered and the messages behind the story would be more obfuscated. The audience would have wondered why they were in South Africa and how they dealt with the South African crime syndicates without starting an all out turf war.
Crime Syndicate Not Representative An Entire People
A crime syndicate is not representative of an entire people. District 9 did not have a group of Nigerian people in the district they made it a Nigerian Crime Syndicate. There is a difference. To say that the movie is attacking the entire people is short sighted.
I would like to think that an audience as a whole would watch the movie and think wow that crime syndicate was bad and not thinking that represented all people of Nigeria. In a way, they have insulted the audience's intelligence thinking that the audience will mistake a counter culture for the Nigerian culture at large.
District 9 gave the audience a chance to look at the ugly underside of apartheid and demonstrating the problems that ghettos bring. The crime syndicate is Nigerian to make sense within the setting but the portrayal was to highlight the problems of crime and apartheid not to disparage a group of people. Mainly don't sweat the small stuff and have faith that the audience is smart enough to know that a counter culture group is not representative of a culture at large.
Reviewing The Clone Wars A Theatrical Pilot
Review of: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Overall Rating: 8.5
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a wonderful exciting movie that is a must see for Star Wars fans. To clarify some points that apparently people did not get. This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie. The Clone Wars is a piece of fandom that has made it into the mainstream.
Don't This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie. It is not a star wars movie George Lucas is done with Star Wars, there is only 3 about Anakin's rise and fall, 3 about his redemption, and there is the possibility for 3 more about the Skywalker family but George has already told us that he isn't going to do them. For those who are upset over this it would be like watching Star Trek The Next Generation and getting mad that Kirk is not in it.
The Clone Wars is a piece of fandom that has made it into the mainstream. Since this is a work of fandom it presumes that the audience has familiarity with the Star Wars setting and especially the Clone Wars animated series and so the pilot does not take time away from the story to tell the audience about things they should know. This is great because the pilot has a great pace and does not sag to explain set up.
This pilot has a great pace, story, and action sequences. They did a great job with the project. It is a must see for Star Wars fans and a great film for those who like animated films. I'm very excited about the series that is scheduled to start in January and can't wait to see more.
The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt’s son is taken by a group of renegades. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt’s son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin’s apprentice.
- The old newsreel style of intro very reminiscent of Starship Troopers: although I missed the classic scrolling intro it is only for the star wars movies.
- The animation style works, I found it curious at first because it is not familiar. but is easy to watch and not distracting from the story, The ships looks awesome
- I was pleased to see that they did not live up to my two biggest concerns one being too kidsey and two the battle up the cliff face. they didn't make it too kidsey. kept the same feel that we love about the Star Wars setting where it has a nice balance between being dramatic, comedic moments, moments of tension moments of excitement. The battle up the cliff face made sense, was dramatic, and intense with a dash of play added in.
- they actually pulled off showing the severity of battle and not glorifying it by giving subtle moments where in the background after a battle we can see wounded soldiers hobbling off the battlefield or a trooper stooping down to confirm a fallen soldier was dead which showed the suffering of battle but did so without blood and all of the grotesque reality
- It is a wonderful follow up to the animated clone wars
- it has a great pace and does not sag in the middle, the story is set up like an intense duel where the overarching story is the two duelers which is supported with multiple mini tension objectives that operate to give tension and satisfaction but build one upon the other toward a clear ending. They stay focused on the storyline there is lots to take in but nothing that is unnecessary for the storyline.
- The ending has a fun twist to it. instead of the final battle and then the ending we get reminded that there is an objective and that the final battle is not that objective. I loved this and of course they work out that the final scene is similar in style to the final scene in episode I and IV. a nice homage to the Star wars Movies.
- The characters were well done. Asajj Ventress was portrayed much more like the Ventress in the books and earlier series. I especially loved Ahsoka she was a perfect padawan for Anakin.
- characters have nicknames for each other which added a nice reality to the pilot especially for Sky Guy and Snips.
- The force powers are taken to the next level and since it is animation they were able to show those powers in their fullest.
Dislikes / Concerns
- Concerned: people will not get that this film is a TV Pilot released to the theaters and not a theatrical movie.
- Concerned: This is a film for fans of Clone Wars they don't baby the audience and unfortunately some "adults" can't handle that.
- I Still think Count Duku looked weird because he is so blocky
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About The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
|Review of: The Seeker: The Dark Is RisingOverall Rating: 8.0 B-|
The first hurdle I had to get over with this film was some of the mediocre promotion. This movie gave the appearance to have been overly influenced by the Harry Potter films which caused me to initially think it was some kind of bad Potter knock off. Honestly, I expected to see a scene about 15 minutes into the film for someone to turn to Will and tell him that he is a wizard. Thus why I initially didn't care about it, I don't need a Potter knock off I can just watch or read Harry Potter.
I'm glad that I was able to move past that obstacle because this film is not a Potter knock off. That being said the cinematography has a lot of Potter cinematography influences in it and it pulls a lot of it's flavor from classic fantasy elements but that is where the similarities stop.
Overall this movie was an enjoyable experience. Fans of fantasy they will enjoy this film because it hits all of the fantasy notes but it will not be a knock out because it does not move beyond your typical fantasy story elements. Those who are not fans of fantasy will probably find the fantasy elements to be overly cliche. As for me I'm a fan of fantasy and found it to be cliche but still enjoyed the fantasy tale.
The Plot: Will Stanton is a day away from his fourteenth birthday when he finds out that he is the Seeker a special warrior of light. Aided by a small group of timeless warriors of light known as The Old Ones and the special powers that just awoke within him, Will travels through time to gather the six Signs. The Rider who is The Dark that will rise and cover all of the earth in five days leaving Will only a short amount to gather the Signs which gives him enough power to defeat The Dark.
The movie is based on the second book in a series of children's novels by Susan Cooper which were published in the 1960's and 1970's.
- The classic Fantasy tale
- The Cinematography was nice and compelling
- Will's power set was interesting especially when he asks about flight abilities
- the scene where they have Will actually handle all of the things thrown at him like a fourteen year old boy with super powers would
- They did make everyone interesting even if they were flat and lacking in depth
Dislikes / Concerns
- The cliche Fantasy elements, the all to convenient occurrences to set up the hero in the beginning, the classic fight and victory event with the villain at the end
- The lack of plot twists I figured out how it would end within the first 10 min of the movie and I'm usually not that good at the game of guessing the ending nor do I try to but this was so obvious I could not help it.
- The characters were very flat and lacked depth, that being said they were still interesting.