Sunday, August 30, 2009

District 9

Okay it's good. The bastard offspring of The Office and Alien and an acute satirical portrait of contemporary SA. All it's missing is a Thabo Mbeki figure siding with the industrialists in private and blaming white racism and the CIA in public.

It's also a morality tale, a fairy story with two morals:

1 - Never piss off a Van de Mevwe
2- Be kind to prawns.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Other View on District 9

“You fucking mizungo [white person], I’m gonna get you!,” screams the menacing black Nigerian cannibal. ...District 9 illustrates the strange new state of racial and political identity. It suggests some lingering Afrikaans’ fear or, possibly, how Jackson really thinks about the Maori and Aborigines.

New York Press - From Mothership to Bullship. By the ironically named Armond White (lefty)

Rolling Stone on District 9

This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.

District 9 - There's always something new out of Africa?

...the locals are fed up and pushing for segregation...

...violent clashes between impoverished black South Africans and Zimbabwean refugees...

...Unemployment is rampant, healthcare is nonexistent...

LA Times