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Holy Celluloid Batman! District 9 Snags Best Picture Oscar Nod!

This is unbelievable, and surely would never have been possible had the category not been expanded to include ten films, but District 9 – my favorite movie of 2009 – has been rewarded for its awesomeness with a nomination for Best Picture of the Year! Woo! The other Best Picture nominees are Avatar (duh), An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man (not to be confused with A Single Man), Up in the Air (not to be confused with Up, which is also nominated) and The Blindside. Of course, there is no way in hell that the Oscar will go to anything that is not Avatar(d) and maybe possiblyThe Hurt Locker . But it’s so cool that District 9 was even nominated. Now, if only the Academy could have seen their way to nominate Anvil! The Story of Anvil! We would be really rockin’! Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees!

Gail’s Top Ten Media Related Things of 2009!

“I Got Yer Top Ten Right Here”

Everybody with a tongue in their mouth keeps asking me when I am going to post my list of Top Ten Favorite CDs of 2009. I am telling you now that this will not be happening; mostly because I only liked 3 or 4 new CDs released in all of 2009, so that is too few to make a list of ten. Obviously. What I will do however is make a list of my Top Ten Favorite Media Related Things of 2009, which will include not only CD(s) but also TV Shows, Art Exhibits, Movies, Books and other stuff. OK, here we go.

Favorite Documentary: Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Anvil: The Story of Anvil was really my favorite movie of 2009. Sue got it for me on DVD for Christmas, because she rules. Anvil!
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Favorite Movie: District 9
District 9 was my favorite movie of the year that was not a documentary. It was really, really good. You should see it.
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Favorite Art Exhibit: Tim Burton Art Retrospective at MOMA I just blogged about this show a week or so ago, because it was so mind-blowing. If you live in the tri-State area and miss this exhibit you are an idiot.
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Favorite Live Show: Fiction Plane at the Mercury Lounge
Fiction Plane
is a band I saw perform at the Mercury Lounge sometime last summer. Sting’s son Joe is the lead singer/bass player of this band, but don’t hold that against them, because they are a fucking awesome band. I also interviewed their drummer, Pete Wilhoit, for an upcoming feature in Modern Drummer, and he was really cool.
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Favorite Biographical Book: Fall to Pieces By Mary Forsberg Weiland
I generally remain unmoved when drug addicts write books whining about how their lives turned to shit because of drugs. I did not feel that way about this book.
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Favorite Coffee Table Book: Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock
This terrific scrapbook on Queen, my favorite band of my teenage years, makes me wish I actually owned a coffee table so I could proudly display it in my home for all to see.
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Favorite Non-Reality TV Show: Mad Men
Mad Men is the best TV show ever in the Universe of all time. Period.
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Favorite Reality TV Show: Top Chef
There should be no breaks between seasons of Top Chef, ever.
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Favorite CD: Adam Lambert, For Your Pleasure
Too gay sounding for even Geoffrey – my go-to barometer for all things in the gay spectrum – to handle, it is a testament to how shitty modern music is that this ends up being my favorite CD of the year. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic CD! Adam Lambert! Runners-up for this category include Call from Restricted from ex-Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard, and Smithereen’s drummer Dennis Diken’s Late Music.
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Favorite Broadway Show: Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking
Even better than the book!
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OK, I’m Signing Off on These Lists Until 2011!

Must-See Film of the Week: District 9

District 9

I’ve never been much of a fan of the Star Wars or Star Trek franchises of movie making, but I do love a good, straightforward science fiction film on the rare occasion that one makes it to the big screen. After what seems like a very long wait, that occasion has finally arrived. Last night Geoffrey and I were squealing like little piggies with excitement at a screening of the new Peter Jackson produced film, District 9; a film that everyone will be talking about. Directed spectacularly by first time director Neill Blomkamp, this film has a seemingly simple plot which unfolds into one of the deepest, most thought-provoking back stories I can recall seeing in a film in possibly decades. I fucking loved this movie.

District 9’s basic plot centers on a race of aliens that made first contact with Earth over twenty years ago, when their spaceship became dysfunctional over the South African town of Johannesburg. Lacking an ulterior motive of taking over the earth, these aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures have been set up in a shanty town slum known as District 9 while the government tries to figure out what to do with them. When the public’s patience over the alien situation runs out, the government contracts Multi-National United (MNU), a private company, to relocate them to a newer, more remote tent village. MNU employees are also told to confiscate any alien weaponry – which the government has been unable to make use of, as activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between aliens and humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley, in a truly amazing performance), makes contact with a mysterious fluid that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – as he is now capable of unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, District 9 is only place left for him to hide. The entire film is shot documentary style and every frame of it feels like something that could happen at any moment. Danger lurks around every corner and the tension is frightening and palpable. During the film I was reminded of memorable sci-fi flicks like The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Fly and the most obvious comparison, Alien Nation. Yet, despite recognizable similarities to other films of the genre, District 9 feels completely fresh and unique. It should also be noted that Blomkamp is a South African native who was obviously influenced and sensitized by having experienced first hand the now mercifully defunct, racist practice of Apartheid. District 9 is brutal and unflinching, bringing a high-tech horror movie aesthetic to smart science fiction.

Having garnered nearly universally positive press and pre-release word-of-mouth, District 9 is already being called the best Science Fiction film of the 21st Century so far. I can’t wait to see it again.

District 9 Opens in Theaters on August 14th.