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2009's Best Sci-Fi

MrsStarbuck

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 6:08 am

District 9 for me...with Moon in a very close second place.

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 8:45 am

I loved Moon. I thought District 9 was the most overrated movie of the year. I voted for Star Trek.

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 9:40 am

District 9, the best sci-fi film in 2009 and the most underrated at the Oscars. Though, the best movie nomination and the other nominations are ok.

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 10:30 am

Quote (ENT567 @ Mar. 08 2010, 3:40 pm)
District 9, the best sci-fi film in 2009 and the most underrated at the Oscars. Though, the best movie nomination and the other nominations are ok.

Yes, I was hoping it would win something...but like you say, a nomination for a film like this is still pretty cool :)

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 1:27 pm

I'd like to keep an open mind here and listen to why people thought District 9 was so good. I didn't get into the movie at all. I thought the characters were bland and uningaging, the story was predictable, and the visuals were uninteresting.

But, I also hated "The Matrix" the first time I saw that...and then enough people convinced me that I really missed something...and they were right...!

So, let the convincing begin...!

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Report this Mar. 09 2010, 4:26 pm

I honestly don't know if District 9 is the kind of film that can stand multiple viewings, Vger. As much as I loved it I don't plan to watch it a second time, because it was just too upsetting.

But let's see what I can remember from when I did see it. Why did I love it so much?

Well firstly, in the UK it hadn't really been hyped at all, and there had certainly been no indication of the kind of film it was going to be. The "no loitering" signs promotion had led me to believe that it was going to be a cheesy, Independence Day kind of film...so the first thing that blew me away about it was that it was completely different to what I'd been expecting.

Secondly, I loved the documentary style footage. Now this kind of filming technique people usually seem to either love or hate. My brother, for instance, can't stand either Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity because of the way they were filmed, whereas I love them both.
Back to D9, I thought this style of filming worked really well for the story being told.

Thirdly, I really liked the lead performance by Sharlito Copley. That's not to say that I liked his character, but he seemed very 'real', and as the film went on I grew to empathise with him more and more.

Fourth, I liked the 'prawns', and in particular Christopher Johnson. Sure the whole setup with his son was a bit emotionally manipulative, but it really got to me, and I was rooting for him throughout the whole film.

Fifth, and probably most importantly, I found the whole thing one stunning, visceral experience throughout. It wasn't an easy watch for me by any means, and in fact I almost walked out in the scene where Wikkus is made to test the gun on the prawn, because I honestly didn't think I could stand to watch any more. But the whole tale was gripping, I really wanted to see Wikkus and Christopher make it okay.

Sixth, I thought the effects were awesome, especially considering the budget. Not once during the actual film did I stop to think that the prawns looked CGI (compared to, say, the new Alice film where the CGI is so obvious that it's kind of distracting).


Now this is not to say that it was a perfect film by any means. The main story was hardly original, and set pieces had obviously been stolen from various other films like Robocop, The Fly etc.

I also think it was unfortunately ironic how, in a film talking about the evils of racism, the portrayal of the Nigerians was about as racist as it could get.

But any gripes I have with the film have only come afterwards because, while watching it, I was so sucked into the whole thing, so on the edge of my seat throughout, that I didn't have time to think at all. And that's the real reason that I love D9 so much. It's been a long time since a film grabbed me so completely, and I found that I couldn't stop thinking about it, or couldn't get certain scenes out of my head for days afterwards.


Just my two cents on it anyway...

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 1:29 am

I voted for District 9. Great story, you go from hating Wikus to rooting for him. IMO.

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 2:52 am

District 9 definitely.

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 8:13 am

I voted for Star Trek.

District 9 gave me a headache...any movie that gives me a headache I never watch again.
I haven't seen Moon.
I wont see Transformers.
Terminator was dumb.
Watchmen was a waist of time.
Wolverine was just as poor as Watchmen.
And outside of the over load of special effects, I wasn't impressed with Avatar.

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 8:36 am

Quote (MrsStarbuck @ Mar. 10 2010, 6:26 am)
I honestly don't know if District 9 is the kind of film that can stand multiple viewings, Vger. As much as I loved it I don't plan to watch it a second time, because it was just too upsetting.

But let's see what I can remember from when I did see it. Why did I love it so much?

Well firstly, in the UK it hadn't really been hyped at all, and there had certainly been no indication of the kind of film it was going to be. The "no loitering" signs promotion had led me to believe that it was going to be a cheesy, Independence Day kind of film...so the first thing that blew me away about it was that it was completely different to what I'd been expecting.

Secondly, I loved the documentary style footage. Now this kind of filming technique people usually seem to either love or hate. My brother, for instance, can't stand either Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity because of the way they were filmed, whereas I love them both.
Back to D9, I thought this style of filming worked really well for the story being told.

Thirdly, I really liked the lead performance by Sharlito Copley. That's not to say that I liked his character, but he seemed very 'real', and as the film went on I grew to empathise with him more and more.

Fourth, I liked the 'prawns', and in particular Christopher Johnson. Sure the whole setup with his son was a bit emotionally manipulative, but it really got to me, and I was rooting for him throughout the whole film.

Fifth, and probably most importantly, I found the whole thing one stunning, visceral experience throughout. It wasn't an easy watch for me by any means, and in fact I almost walked out in the scene where Wikkus is made to test the gun on the prawn, because I honestly didn't think I could stand to watch any more. But the whole tale was gripping, I really wanted to see Wikkus and Christopher make it okay.

Sixth, I thought the effects were awesome, especially considering the budget. Not once during the actual film did I stop to think that the prawns looked CGI (compared to, say, the new Alice film where the CGI is so obvious that it's kind of distracting).


Now this is not to say that it was a perfect film by any means. The main story was hardly original, and set pieces had obviously been stolen from various other films like Robocop, The Fly etc.

I also think it was unfortunately ironic how, in a film talking about the evils of racism, the portrayal of the Nigerians was about as racist as it could get.

But any gripes I have with the film have only come afterwards because, while watching it, I was so sucked into the whole thing, so on the edge of my seat throughout, that I didn't have time to think at all. And that's the real reason that I love D9 so much. It's been a long time since a film grabbed me so completely, and I found that I couldn't stop thinking about it, or couldn't get certain scenes out of my head for days afterwards.


Just my two cents on it anyway...

I have to agree with EVERYTHING Mrs S has said, except one thing, I loved District 9 more the second time around (which was just on DVD) and I have now watched it a third time and it's just as impactful as the first time. I agree that it is a truly visceral film and certainly my favourite Sci-fi of 2009.

Give it another go V'ger.

I heart Wikkas

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 8:47 am

Quote (Mirrorgirl @ Mar. 09 2010, 2:36 pm)
I have to agree with EVERYTHING Mrs S has said, except one thing, I loved District 9 more the second time around (which was just on DVD) and I have now watched it a third time and it's just as impactful as the first time. I agree that it is a truly visceral film and certainly my favourite Sci-fi of 2009.

Give it another go V'ger.

I heart Wikkas

MG, there are two scenes that I don't think I can put myself through again. The first one I've already mentioned, when they make Wikkus use the prawn as target practice. The second scene is near the end when they are beating Christopher Johnson in front of his son.

This is not a criticism of the film though, because I think any film that provokes such an intense reaction in me is to be thoroughly commended.

I would like to see the film again (apart from those two scenes) though...but my sister has said she will NEVER watch it again (although she concedes that it was a very good film...but she had an even stronger reaction than I did when she saw it, and although her intial knee-jerk reaction was to say she hated it, she later admitted that she'd hated it because it was so good...if that makes sense).

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 8:51 am

Quote (JM1ICEMAN @ Mar. 09 2010, 2:13 pm)
District 9 gave me a headache...any movie that gives me a headache I never watch again

Out of interest, what was it about D9 that gave you a headache? Was it the way it was filmed? The 'shaky cam' style?

It made me feel sick, and by the end thoroughly exhausted (not the way it was filmed for me, but simply the content)...but that's the power of the film, and I adore it for that.

And just to clarify, I have seen a lot of powerful and visceral films, and a lot of films that are geared towards provoking a reaction (things like, say, Irreversible). Just in case anyone thinks I'm a total wuss who can't handle any kind of violence or cruelty on screen :laugh:

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 11:15 am

Quote (MrsStarbuck @ Mar. 08 2010, 5:26 pm)
I honestly don't know if District 9 is the kind of film that can stand multiple viewings, Vger. As much as I loved it I don't plan to watch it a second time, because it was just too upsetting.

But let's see what I can remember from when I did see it. Why did I love it so much?

Well firstly, in the UK it hadn't really been hyped at all, and there had certainly been no indication of the kind of film it was going to be. The "no loitering" signs promotion had led me to believe that it was going to be a cheesy, Independence Day kind of film...so the first thing that blew me away about it was that it was completely different to what I'd been expecting.

Secondly, I loved the documentary style footage. Now this kind of filming technique people usually seem to either love or hate. My brother, for instance, can't stand either Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity because of the way they were filmed, whereas I love them both.
Back to D9, I thought this style of filming worked really well for the story being told.

Thirdly, I really liked the lead performance by Sharlito Copley. That's not to say that I liked his character, but he seemed very 'real', and as the film went on I grew to empathise with him more and more.

Fourth, I liked the 'prawns', and in particular Christopher Johnson. Sure the whole setup with his son was a bit emotionally manipulative, but it really got to me, and I was rooting for him throughout the whole film.

Fifth, and probably most importantly, I found the whole thing one stunning, visceral experience throughout. It wasn't an easy watch for me by any means, and in fact I almost walked out in the scene where Wikkus is made to test the gun on the prawn, because I honestly didn't think I could stand to watch any more. But the whole tale was gripping, I really wanted to see Wikkus and Christopher make it okay.

Sixth, I thought the effects were awesome, especially considering the budget. Not once during the actual film did I stop to think that the prawns looked CGI (compared to, say, the new Alice film where the CGI is so obvious that it's kind of distracting).


Now this is not to say that it was a perfect film by any means. The main story was hardly original, and set pieces had obviously been stolen from various other films like Robocop, The Fly etc.

I also think it was unfortunately ironic how, in a film talking about the evils of racism, the portrayal of the Nigerians was about as racist as it could get.

But any gripes I have with the film have only come afterwards because, while watching it, I was so sucked into the whole thing, so on the edge of my seat throughout, that I didn't have time to think at all. And that's the real reason that I love D9 so much. It's been a long time since a film grabbed me so completely, and I found that I couldn't stop thinking about it, or couldn't get certain scenes out of my head for days afterwards.


Just my two cents on it anyway...

I purchased District 9 with a gift card I received for Christmas and I had not seen it yet but it looked very good and all the reviews were positive. Although I did enjoy the movie and thought it was well done I do agree that the darker theme doesn't make it a movie I want to see multiple times.

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 11:37 am

Quote (VAD_BAXTER @ Mar. 09 2010, 5:30 pm)
I voted Star Trek simply because it had the most profound cultural impact of any sci-fi movie of 2009.

My personal favorite of 2009 is Moon. (Edged out TREKXI by a slight margin)

Yes I can hear people say "Avatar made more money, so it had more of a social impact" or "District 9 is a better movie" both of those statements are true to an extent. Yet which of those movies will be remembered in 20 years?

What 'profound cultural impact' did Star Trek have?

I honestly doubt if any of these films will be remembered in 20 years time.

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Report this Mar. 10 2010, 11:54 am

Quote (VAD_BAXTER @ Mar. 09 2010, 12:30 pm)
I voted Star Trek simply because it had the most profound cultural impact of any sci-fi movie of 2009.

My personal favorite of 2009 is Moon. (Edged out TREKXI by a slight margin)

Yes I can hear people say "Avatar made more money, so it had more of a social impact" or "District 9 is a better movie" both of those statements are true to an extent. Yet which of those movies will be remembered in 20 years?

Avatar, if only for its ground breaking special effects, will still be remembered 20 years from now. I think Star trek will also be remembered as the movie that saved the franchise and gave it new life.

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