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Early Best Picture Prediction: District 9

I went to the advance promotional screening of DISTRICT 9 last week knowing absolutely nothing about the film other than Peter Jackson had plastered his name on it.

I left the theater a couple hours later absolutely astonished. First time feature director Niel Blomkamp, with a meager budget by Hollywood standards of $30 million dollars, has crafted one of the finest science fiction films ever made. This one is a true classic of our era.

I know these are strong words and I maybe tend to speak in hyperbole from time to time, but it's been four days and I still can't shake it from my head.  District 9 nails it on all aspects: brilliant acting (from a total unknown non-actor), wicked writing (with much of the dialogue loosely scripted and improved by Blomkamp's muse Sharlto Copley), emotional drama (by a cast dominated by CGI creatures), and one of the most meticulous and deeply thought-out alien backstories I've seen in recent memory.

The Academy doesn't share my personal love for genre films, so it's quite unlikely that a science fiction film will get the Oscar consideration I think it richly deserves.  The good thing is, the Oscars don't mean squat.  What matters is seeing and being inspired by great movies.  This one is one of those amazing films that you simply must go see.

Don't just take my word for it though.  District 9 is sporting a spotless 100% Rotten Tomato rating right now, and dare say any reviewer that sullies that score should be stripped of the title of "professional critic."

District 9 opens at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at midnight on Thursday this week and continues on a full schedule all week and beyond.

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