As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.
Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)
There’s a scene at the beginning of Chappiewhere South Africa’s fleet of robotic police man chase a group of silly looking gangstas through the freeways of Johannesburg, culminating in a brutally violent gunfight that highlights the viciousness of crime in a world requiring robot cops. In that moment, you think to yourself, didn’t they already remake RoboCop? Sadly, the comparisons between Neill Blomkamp‘s 2015 film, and Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 classic don’t end there as Chappie tackles corporate corruption, greed, violence, and the eternal question of what makes a man a man, is the soul a quality of the organic, or is it something even a machine can obtain? (more…)
While Hugh Jackman does the Publicity Shuffle for Neill Blomkamp‘s new movie Chappie, It’s a given that he’ll also field some questions about Wolverine, the X-Men, and other superhero related movie news. This time around Yahoo! Movies and MTV News hit Jackman with some questions about the possibilities of Wolverine and Deadpool sharing some big screen time and if he thinks we’ll ever get an X-Men/Avengers Crossover movie. (more…)
The announcement that 20th Century Fox was willing to bet on the fan excitement over Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien art project came as kind of a shocking. Welcoming news for sure, but kind of surprising. At this point though, any tangible news about Blomkamp’s Alien counts only as idle speculation, but that’s not to say that we shouldn’t expect people to start coming out of the woodwork to lay their claim to a piece of it. Enter Louis CK. That Louis CK? Yes, the comedian, through a very trusted source, has let the world know that not only is he interested in appearing in the new Alien movie, but he has a very specific role in mind for himself. (more…)
You may remember the mysterious appearance on Instagram some concept art by Neill Blomkamp for something very… Alien. Of course, alien is a concept not unfamiliar to Blomkamp whose breakthrough film was 2009’s District 9, but tackling one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of the last 40 years seems a little bit outside the norm. How can Blomkamp, who seems to have the rare privilege to make big-budget high-concept *original* films, throw himself into a movie series that’s more often than not the subject of such stringent studio interference? But it’s all legit. Blomkamp has admitted it now in a new interview, and more than that, he says that the only thing that’s holding up any real progress on making it a reality is he, him and himself. (more…)
When the first teaser arrived earlier last year for Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9, Elysium) Chappie, it appeared as if the movie was going to be Short Circuit for a more adult based audience, hinting at a touching, humorous adventure from the visionary director. However, going by the new trailer, there appears to be a far more serious side to the story, hinting that there’s a serious topic at the centre of the film. (more…)
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp made a science fiction movie about aliens called District 9. It was grounded and realistic. A straightforward, albeit allegorical, dramatic film about a what if scenario where an alien ship arrived in the skies over Johannesburg and its crew had no way to get home. It’s a somewhat disturbing vision of what first contact might look like. And speaking of another disturbing look at first contact, there’s the Ridley Scott film Alien. Many filmmakers have had their shot at putting their own twist on the Alien story, and many more have had fantasies about taking theirs, and it looks like Blomkamp is among them. That is, if the internet can be believed. (more…)
While many people are going to immediately call Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie a reboot of the 80’s cult classic Short Circuit, they’d be dead wrong. In District 9 Blomkamp took a different look at the consequences of aliens stranded on Earth and it looks like he’s done it again with artificial intelligence in Chappie. Take a look at this new trailer and then try to tell me this is just an updated Johnny 5. (more…)
Word is making the Internet rounds that Hugh Jackman has taken a role in Neill Blomkamp‘s (District 9, Elysium) latest Sci Fi production Chappie. While doing press for his latest movie in theaters, Prisoners, Jackman confirmed his new role.
Yes, that’s true. I am doing a role in Neill’s new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg. I’m there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next year.
Jackman discusses the Chappie news and some of his other upcoming roles in the press conference video below. It starts with the Chappie news so you won’t have to search for it.
So now we know that Jackman is joining Sharlto Copley, Ninja Visser and Yolandi Visser, but what role will he play?
Chappie is about a robot that is stolen by two criminals who want to use him to do their dirty work. We know that Coplay will be voicing the robot and Ninja and Yolandi Visser will be taking the two criminal roles. Over at Bleeding CoolBrendon Connelly thinks he knows what Jackman’s role will be:
After District 9was almost universally beloved by critics and moviegoers alike, I figured director Neill Blomkamp would have been on the fast track for a sequel. But that wasn’t the case, seeing as it’s been four years since District 9 released and we’re only now weeks away from Blomkamp’s second feature film, Elysium.
While the director’s been making the press rounds to promote Elysium, he’s been dropping details left and right about the status of a District 9 sequel, tentatively known as District 10, as well as the smaller, more original projects he’s got on the docket, like Chappie and Mild Oats. Wired profiled the director, and here I’ve got a few highlights collected by The Playlist,
He and Tatchell have written an 18-page treatment for District 10—about which he’ll say little more than that the story is “really fucking cool”—but he’s not prepared to commit to it. He’s sure he’ll come up with any number of other really fucking cool ideas he might want to pursue first.
Chappie, Blomkamp says, is about sentience: “If something is as smart as you, do you treat it differently if it isn’t a human?” He’s cowriting Chappie with Tatchell, who describes the script as laugh-out-loud funny but also emotional. “It’s fairly touching,” Blomkamp confirms. “But, you know, fraught with gunfire.”
Blomkamp wants to show off a prop from Mild Oats, a low-budget movie he’s developing that he describes as “somewhere between John Waters and Jackass.” He removes a panel from a nearby wooden crate, uncharacteristically giddy. “You should be scared,” he warns. He’s right: The crate houses a 3-foot-tall, photo-realistic silicone puppet rocking a mullet and jailhouse tattoos. The deranged redneck stands completely naked, revealing six nipples and a prodigious, uncircumcised penis. The character’s name, Marvin, is inked on said organ in gothic lettering.
I’m intrigued by Chappie as I’d find Blomkamp’s take on the whole A.I. thing fascinating. And, y’know, gunfire is cool. In movies that is. It’s definitely not cool off the silver screen. And Mild Oats, well, that sounds, umm… interesting? What do you think? Are you just itching for District 10?
In order to work on these passion projects other opportunities had to be refused, like Star Wars: Episode VII. And honestly, as wicked awesome as Blomkamp’s vision of the Star Wars universe would be, I can’t blame him. Blomkamp doesn’t come off like a director who’d want to play with someone else’s toys in someone else’s sand box. Wired reports Elysium producer Simon Kinberg approached Blomkamp about the possibilty of tackling Star Wars, but he turned it down, likely citing all these other movies he has in mind.
So there’s Elysium opening August 9th, then Blomkamp begins filming Chappie, followed by Mild Oats, maybe? Then, if ever, District 10. Busy, busy Blomkamp.