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Tuesday August 18, 2009
District 9 out of 10
I'm back from GenCon Indy, but I'm far too tired to write about it. I decompressed at the movies today, and I'm glad I did. District 9 was pretty powerful.
It wasn't what I was expecting, but that's because I had almost zero expectations. I'd only seen one trailer for the film, and that one only served to provide context: alien refugees are under quarantine of some sort in Johannesburg, South Africa.
You know what? I'm not just too tired to write about GenCon... I'm too tired to write a proper movie review. I'll just say that the film earned its R-rating via violence and repeated f-bombings, and startled me nicely a couple of times, and that it's probably the smartest science-fiction film I've seen since Serenity.
It is my fourth-favorite film of the summer, and as such it pushes the threshold of disappointment down to between #7 and #8. Here are the standings:
1. Star Trek
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. District 9
5. Terminator: Salvation
6. Angels & Demons
7. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
8. Transformers: ROTF
9. Land of the Lost
10. Night at The Museum 2
Hopefully the threshold of disappointment will continue to drop. After all, that means that I'm only seeing movies that fail to disappoint me, and that sounds like the sort of thing I want to have happen with my movie dollars for the rest of the summer. Unfortunately I'm not sure what else the summer has to offer. Does 9 count? Is September still Summer Movie Season?