‘Chappie’ Poster: Neill Blomkamp’s Latest Robot

Chappie

Neil Blomkamp has two major movies under his belt, the amazing District 9 and the pretty good but visually spectacular Elysium. Next year we get his third film, Chappie, also starring Sharlto Copley along with Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver.

Details have been locked up tight but today Sony tweeted out this shiny poster giving us look one at Chappie himself (a reject looking robot wearing bling. I like it.) and tomorrow there will be a trailer. No idea what to expect but somehow I think that marking 6th March on the ol’ calendar is a pretty safe bet.

(source: Twitter)

Review: Maleficent

Maleficent

So I have to warn you now that this review will contain spoilers after the jump because there’s pretty much no way I can tell you anything about this movie without spoiling it. Short version: Angelina Jolie is good, the subtext is shocking (for a Disney movie), but the movie isn’t very good. If you want to know why keep reading, if you want to go see it without knowing anything then stop reading now.

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Maleficent Trailer: This Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

Maleficent

I’ve had mixed feelings about Maleficent ever since I heard about it because honestly the “re-imagined fairy tale” thing has kind of worn out it’s welcome with me. Then they marketing started happening and it just looked a bit… meh.

So imagine my surprise when parts of this new trailer actually looked kind of cool.

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Review: Europa Report

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It’s hard to know where to begin with Europa Report. Not because it’s bad; it’s really not. More that the measure of what it might have been is heavy enough to weigh the final product down. For all the talk of it being a return to real, “hard” science fiction, the film turns out to be just another adequate space thriller.

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Open Grave Trailer: Sharlto Copley Has No Memory and New Friends

Open Grave

Imagine if you will that you’ve just woken up. You’re freezing and you don’t know where you are and you’re surrounded by bodies. Worse yet, you have no memory of who you are or why you’re there. Pretty much you’ve just imagined the opening to Open Grave, or at least the opening to the trailer. Let’s watch!

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Review: Elysium

Elysium

Neill Blompkamp burst on the scene a few years back with District 9, a movie fresh new SciFi action film concerning a group of displaced aliens living in a massive ghetto in Johannesburg South Africa. The film was born out of Blompkamp and Peter Jackson’s attempts to put together a Halo movie and when that fell apart those resources when to expanding Blompkamp’s short film Alive in Joburg into a full fledged movie. The result was a fantastic film with an original approach, story, characters and clear allegory to social and political issues facing us today. I’m not going to spoil it, just go watch it.

I mention this because the follow up, Elysium, is another SciFi action film with an interesting and unique approach and some clear allegories to social and political issues of our time. So how does it stack up? Not bad, actually.

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