Labor Day marks the traditional transition into fall. It also boasts some of the busiest days for moviegoers, and ScienceBloggers have early reviews of two of the season’s films. The Primate Diaries takes a critical look at Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film District 9 through the eyes of an anthropologist, citing its “eerily familiar” messages about race politics and colonialism: “District 9 is an exciting, action-packed thriller but it would be missing the point to simply enjoy the spectacle without looking at what the filmmakers had intended to reveal.” And on SciencePunk, Frank Swain examined September’s forthcoming Tim Burton production, 9. Is the film “anti science?,” he asks. An interview with director Shane Acker answers some of his questions.
- An Anthropologist in District 9 on The Primate Diaries
- Is 9 an anti-science film? Interview with director Shane Acker on SciencePunk
- Nine days of 9 (part 2): Does AI require emotional understanding? on SciencePunk
- Nine days of 9 (part 3): could AI survive in a post-human world? on SciencePunk
- More in the Nine days of 9 series on SciencePunk