August 20, 2013
On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by The Film Stage Show host Brian Roan (from Episode #166) for a spoiler-filled discussion on Neill Blomkamp's feature debut District 9, the 2009 South African sci-fi action movie which introduced us to Sharlto Copley. The purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.
June 15, 2012
Early last year, we were pretty damn excited about District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi film Elysium. However, plot details were scarce, spy photos were perplexing, and we've yet to see any official first look photos that give us a better idea of the story. but with the film slated to hit theaters in March next year, it's time to start the hype machine again. The first step is for the studio to get some test screenings underway, and that's where our first official plot synopsis comes to light complete with character names for stars Jodie Foster and Matt Damon, and it sounds like another great sci-fi flick from Neill Blomkamp.
September 5, 2010
Although its been over a year since District 9 hit theaters, it's still one of my favorite modern sci-fi flicks, and it's still one film I always think back to. At Comic-Con, I picked up a life-size replica of one of the alien weapons, which is on display on top of my DVD shelves. Weta Workshop, which designed the weapons and aliens and vehicles in the film, is releasing a new book called The Art of District 9 next month which you can pre-order on the Weta website. A fully-featured product page launched with some photos from the book and I thought it looked cool enough to feature today, especially for anyone else who also loves District 9 too.
June 19, 2010
This is indeed only a rumor for now, but the more I think about it, the more I feel like it could actually be true. An article popped up on TheOneRing.net yesterday proposing the possibility that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp might be directing The Hobbit in place of Guillermo del Toro. First, don't forget that District 9 was a Peter Jackson production and Blomkamp has worked with him for years. In addition, TOR has been receiving tips and hints pointing towards Blomkamp, including a breakdown for the movie "which included who the director is: Neil Bloomkamp [sic]." Maybe we'll see a big announcement at Comic-Con?
May 18, 2010
So last week with the Cannes Film Festival shifting into full gear and the time zone difference with our own Alex Billington bringing us the latest from the fest, we didn't have time to publish the newest weekly Netflix Instant update. But now we're back with a vengeance (and last week's list sucked anyway). This week we've got a solid collection of flicks including a film from my Top 10 of 2009, an animated flick that was snubbed for an Oscar nomination, one of my favorite comedies of all-time, an 80's horror favorite that has a remake lined up and a throwback to when Tom Hanks used to actually be funny. So what's in our queue this week?
April 28, 2010
I know I'm not the only one who's anxious to hear more about the prospect of a District 9 sequel or prequel or whatever, not only because I really loved the movie and want to see more, but also because I'm a huge fan of director Neill Blomkamp and want to see more from him. Last week, a rumor hit on MarketSaw claiming that a sequel, to be called District 10, would shoot this year, but that was obviously just not true at all (hence why we never mentioned it). Empire caught up with Wikus himself, actor Sharlto Copley, and got a good update out of him about what to truly expect regarding a sequel/prequel. Read on to find out what he said!
February 23, 2010
I'm guessing most of you didn't even know District 9 had a co-writer? Indeed it did. In fact, Terri Tatchell is married to director Neill Blomkamp, so it was more than just a simple collaboration. This story is a bit old but I just found it today thanks to our friends at GeekTyrant. A few weeks back on, the sci-fi site io9 did an interview with Tatchell talking about the success of District 9 and what's next for her and Neill. Tatchell revealed that she's been working on a screenplay that's a feature-length adaptation of a short sci-fi / fantasy film called Terminus. The concept is just wacky, I don't know how she'll make it work, you gotta hear this!
February 5, 2010
There's a reason why Weta Workshop is one of the best special effects companies in the world! Courtesy of SlashFilm we've discovered that Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop out of New Zealand is selling life-size replicas of the alien weapons from Neill Blomkamp's District 9. No, they aren't actually operable, but even if they were, you don't have any alien DNA so you couldn't fire them. "PLEASE NOTE: Unless your genetic makeup is part prawn, you cannot power up or fire this gun." They're also pretty damn expensive (since they are life-size) coming in at around $500 a piece. But damnit, these are freakin' awesome, I really want one!
February 3, 2010
Last November, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was chosen to be a part of TEDx in Vancouver. The director wanted to join the program but couldn't be there in person so he recorded a video (via SlashFilm) which is now online. He was asked in an interview once if he thought the aliens represented in District 9 were an accurate representation of what extraterrestrials are really like. His answer was "no" and from there he goes off on a talk about what real aliens would be like and if there is life on other planets (and why we haven't found it yet). It's an absolutely fascinating video presentation that I definitely suggest watching.
January 7, 2010
Geoff Boucher of the LA Times' Hero Complex has been running a fantastic interview series with District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp, the South African filmmaker who blew away audiences last summer with his mid-budget sci-fi alien movie. Thankfully it was successful enough to warrant a sequel, but of course the question is, do we really need a sequel? In his final interview piece, Boucher talks with Blomkamp about a sequel, a prequel, and other ideas for his future, including his next movie, which will be set in another city (but not in South Africa) 150 years from now and addresses "sociopolitical ideas that interest me." Read on!
November 2, 2009
Isn't weird that even though a movie makes lots of money and is considered a huge success, no one wants to see a sequel. And yet movies that barely make any money somehow get sequels that no one wants (e.g. Ghost Rider)? Well, the good news is that we probably won't see a District 9 sequel for a few years. That's good because I don't want a sequel to be rushed into production. But it's also bad because I'd actually like to see them make District 10 at some point. Over on Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke has a new update saying, basically, that Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson won't come back unless (or until) they figure out a story.
August 25, 2009
In this episode of The Film Feed, Sean and Clark play some catch-up on past news and reviews and are joined by several different guests hosts including Jay Runham from J-Run.ca as well as Marc Ciafardini from Go,See,Talk!. First, Sean and Clark and guest host Jay bust into some older trailers and movie news. Afterward, Sean and Jay gush over Neill Blomkamp's District 9 in an in-depth review. Finally, the entire crew is joined by Marc and Will's girlfriend Krystal for a review of the escapist summer fun that is G.I. Joe. Be sure to listen to the end for an important announcement for all Film Feed fans. Thanks for listening!
August 18, 2009
It's pretty much inevitable that we'll see a sequel to District 9. The film made an impressive $37.3 million over the weekend, not only surpassing expectations, but making more than its entire budget (not including marketing costs). And the story also sets up a sequel perfectly (we won't say how until below to prevent spoilers) in the end. But like with J.J. Abrams and Cloverfield, will Peter Jackson put a hold on it until they come up with a story that's satisfactory? Well, Neill Blomkamp already seems quite excited to go back, as he recently told EW: "I would do anything to go back to the world of District 9 again. Or District 10."
August 14, 2009
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? After a year in the making (read my retrospective), it's finally arrived in theaters today - Neill Blomkamp's District 9. Does it live up to all of the hype? Does it live up to your expectations from the trailers? Is it one of the best sci-fi films of the year? How does the story hold up? Was the action exciting? Or was it one of the worst sci-fi films of the year? Was the CGI painful to watch? Was it an overdone, over-hyped waste of time? And most importantly, what did you think about the way it ended? Sound off below, leave your thoughts, and let us know what you thought of District 9!