(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
From the harrowing, to the hopeful, the plain old awesome, this week’s Pop Culture Imports will have you covered on all the bases. The best foreign movies and TV streaming now include Neill Blomkamp’s modern sci-fi classic District 9, the harrowing one-child policy documentary One Child Nation, an unexpectedly awesome Ip Man spin-off, a lovely slice-of-life Japanese anthology series, and a slow burning Korean romantic-comedy.
Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.
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Summer is pretty much in full swing, and even though there are plenty of movies hitting theaters for blockbuster season, there are even more you can watch at home on Netflix. However, some of the titles in Netflix’s library won’t be around much longer, especially when it comes to Disney titles leaving now that the deal with the streaming service is coming to an end. This time one of the more popular Marvel Studios titles is heading out, as well as a couple Quentin Tarantino favorites, a modern sci-fi classic, and more. Read More »
Weta Workshop and Trishula Entertainment have teamed up to develop a District 9 board game based on the acclaimed 2009 sci-fi film directed by Neil Blomkamp. But this time, instead of taking place from the perspective of a scared company field agent who finds himself turning into one of the much-maligned Prawns, the board game will allow you to play as a soldier bent on raiding and suppressing the aliens. All in good fun?
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Neill Blomkamp may be temporarily stepping away from feature films to focus his energies on his new experimental Oats Studios, but that doesn’t mean he’s not entertaining the notion of returning to the world of District 9, the sci-fi movie that put him on the map.
It does mean, however, that he’s finally killing that Alien 5 project that he’s been been teasing for a long, long time.
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Back in 2009, the sci-fi drama District 9 made an impression on audiences, launching the career of director Neill Blomkamp with a film that was a surprising but wholly deserved nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It was an original story, with incredible special effects, and it was nice to see a worthy sci-fi tale get the acclaim it deserves.
Sadly, Blomkamp has yet to reach that level of greatness with his follow-up films Elysium and Chappie, both feeling rather derivative and hollow when compared to the substance of his debut film. But instead of lamenting this fact, let’s look at the 8-Bit Cinema District 9 creation that debuted earlier this month. Read More »
Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 was a milestone. A refreshing blend of faux-documentary style with blockbuster effects telling a story of substance and originality. It marked the arrival of a filmmaker who demanded to be noticed. He followed it up with Elysium, a visually gorgeous film filled with great ideas that never reaches its potential. Now he’s got Chappie, another great sci-fi idea that squanders its premise. How that film will do is anyone’s guess, but if I was a betting man, I’d say Blomkamp’s next movie – a new Alien film – had better be a hit or he’s going straight into director jail.
If either Chappie or Alien are big hits Blomkamp still wants to make a sequel to District 9, a project regularly but not officially referred to as District 10. In fact, he even has a new idea for the sequel, but feels like he couldn’t do it justice until he gets away from his aesthetic for a while. Read the Neill Blomkamp District 10 quotes below. Read More »
Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.
Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »
While one Los Angeles gallery focuses on pop culture weapons, a New York counterpart is making that idea even bigger. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn has a new show opening January 18 called Gadgets and Gizmos and it’s filled with art based on some weapons, lots of vehicles, robots and accessories too, all inspired by the technology in some of your favorite movies.
While plenty of regulars are on display (Back to the Future, James Bond, Iron Man, Batman), this show has a bunch of subjects that don’t get as much love: Inspector Gadget, Short Circuit, District 9, The Rocketeer, and Flight of the Navigator. Check out a quick selection from the show below and find out how you can see it in person or buy it online. Read More »
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ThinkGeek is selling an awesome t-shirt featuring various weapons from 10 famous science fiction films of the last 74 years. Can you name all the movies?
Museum Acquires Rare Arms Collection: To your right you’ll see our display of 20th and early 21st century science-fiction armaments. You can compare the variety of size and lethality over the years. Everyone “oohs” over the pulse rifle. Don’t get too close, though. The gun cabinet glass is coated with self-arming nanites. We don’t want to have to mop up another tourgroup.And ahead on your left, you’ll see models of some early time travel vehicles, including H.G. Wells’s time machine…. This shirt contains images of 10 famous science fiction arms and the year of their screen debut on a black 100% cotton shirt.
But apparently ThinkGeek messed up and the art has the wrong date for Logan’s Run (it says 1967, it should be 1976) so they are selling the shirt at 50% off. Grab one for only $7.99 to $9.99 plus shipping depending on size. So if you don’t mind the small error on an otherwise really cool tee, grab one now. Hit the jump to see a bigger image of the artwork.
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