Monday, August 17, 2009

Of Taylor Swift and District 9

Joss Whedon and fans of the Guild's new video, "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar", are excited that they have conquered the "Swiftbot" to be the number one video at iTunes USA. As of this updated blog, it's still number one. The mp3 is only at Amazon, but should be at iTunes as well, ready to reconquer the site.

Oh, when I mean "Swiftbot", I mean Taylor Swift's latest song, "You Belong With Me." The video is basically an ABC Family movie compressed into four minutes.
When you think about it, how does that compare to a group of RPG players singing a dance tune that blows anything Lady Gaga has done out of the planet? I just hope ABC Family doesn't turn "You Belong With Me" into a two-hour movie. It's been done before...a LOT! If, however, you don't put ugly glasses on Taylor, and she's just thinks she can't compete with the Gossip Girl cliques until she slowly realizes she can by being, well, better than them, that would be an improvement. Still, if she wants to tackle a TV-movie, she should start at Lifetime.

Now, I tweeted about District 9 yesterday, after some fellow Twitterers raved on how cool this movie is. From what I knew, it was about how people in Johannesburg deal with aliens that have been stranded here for more than 20 years. I also thought it would be a metaphor for how we deal with immigrants. The aliens in this movie have their own derogatory nickname...prawns. They are seen as parasites, with no role in society. However, it may have something to do with the fact Earthlings can't use the aliens' technology because they lack a certain fluid.

Well, it is that...and more. The key to the story is a man named Wilkus, who's been chosen by his company, MNU, to evict the aliens and send them to a new camp on the outskirts of town. When we see him, he acts like a guy who's just an average guy, happy to get this chance. He has his problems with the aliens, but does the job as best he can. When he comes across a silver cylinder, his life will never be the same. One thing is for sure, he sees the aliens in a different light, because he has no choice. Sharlto Copley, who's actually a movie producer, does a great job portraying a man trying to survive as he's caught in the middle between the aliens and his own kind.

Already, there has been speculation for a sequel, maybe called District 10. If you see the movie, you'll see how a sequel has to be inevitable. Director Neill Blomkamp says he's like to go back to the District 9 world for a sequel, but nothing has been discussed yet. Again, when you see the movie, it could be the start of something big. Let's just hope we get another good story, because that's always more important than 60-foot Optimus Primes.

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