Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Chappie’ (2015)

The feeling- and consciousness-infused machine has been one of cinema’s more popular go-to sci-fi archetypes. Add the titular robot of Chappie to that list. Set in a near-future Johannesburg that’s riddled by crime gangs, Neill Blomkamp, the movie’s co-writer and director, has created a parable – sandwiched between two revenge tales – about one man’s […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Elysium’ (2013)

In the 2154 have vs. have-not world of Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the wealthy and elite have taken up residence in a well manicured pseudo-planet in the sky. To the down-trodden masses in Los Angeles, that domicile overhead, which is called Elysium, gleams. It’s Utopia, pure and simple – a Neptunian vision to aspire to, or […]