I’ve had a few movie-themed posts in the past months, but I couldn’t resist blogging about some awesome independent movies that I’ve recently watched.
District 9 (2009)
Directed by Peter Jackson (a la Lord of the Rings), District 9 is embedded with so much sci-fi political allegory that it boggles the mind: alien eating voodoo-ism, inter-species racism, and of course, South African “alien” apartheid. Aliens have migrated to Earth, but after a weakened arrival, they are forced into refugee camps in Africa as the world’s nations decide on their next strategy. The movie dazzles as a human is infected with alien genes and becomes a hybrid of both species. The government wants to use him as a potential weapon while others want him as a religious deity. A lot of suspense and a lot of far-out action scenes that can only originate from video games and Japan (I.e. the action and the ultimate transforming weapon). Worth a check out, but I’ll only watch it once.
My Rating: B
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Absolutely one of my favorite movies of the Summer (no pun intended). It’s about young love, but with a realistic perspective (especially the ending). Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are charming in their roles as they treat life in a whimsical manner but still present what life really is. The non-chronological format gives the film a time-spanning epic feel while the special effects are wonderfully enchanting (the IKEA trip, the musical number to Hall and Oates, the reality vs. expectations screen split). A great film with an honest take on young love.
My Rating: A
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
A sad, haunting tale that won the British Independent Film Award. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is about a German boy who lives by a concentration camp and befriends a Jewish boy. The young German boy does not know anything about Nazism, but lives it as his father is a Nazi officer. The boy’s naiveite is human and scary as he needs a child companion as he lives with his family. The movie is very short but packs a lot of emotions and suspense as we start to care for the Nazi family. The ending is not conventional, but is the best part as the suspense really kicks in. It is also a grim reminder that the Halocaust resulted in millions of Jewish deaths.
My Rating: A
I didn’t have time, but I wanted to watch Ponyo this weekend. Next time.