5. Matt Damon (Spanish): Not actually too bad, to my ears? But what the hell do I know. All I can say is that it was not entirely distracting, hearing Matt Damon speak Spanish. Maybe he does in real life! Thank god I will not live a hundred years and be forced to finally learn Spanish by living in the techno-slums of Los Angeles.
Originally slated for release in March of this year, Sony has pushed Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s second film, to August, so that it may become the mega-blockbuster it appears to be. Blompkamp’s debut, District 9, reminded us of science fiction’s satirical edge, andElysium looks to be no less politically explosive.
Here’s what we know: a century and a half in the future, earth is a garbage planet (more so than it is right now). The ultra-rich live in an Arthur C. Clarke-like spinning space colony that caters to their every desire. Jodie Foster is the blonde ice queen/realtor of this domain, which cybernetically enhanced everyman Matt Damon must break into on some mysterious mission, wreaking havoc all the while.
However this ambitious work pans out, I think we can take solace in the visual effects from Avatar being put to better use.
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The Pet Shop Boys have long been known for their videos. In the 1980s, the band started a collaboration, with the “It’s A Sin” clip, with cult-favorite director Derek Jarman, who would later provide projections for their live shows and would stage their tours.
It’s been a while since that happened, though. And while the Pet Shop Boys aren’t the cultural force they once were, the band’s still active. In fact, September will see the release of Elysium, their 11th studio album, produced by Kanye West collaborator Andrew Dawson.
And to preview the album, the band has released the video for “Invisible.” It might not be the ‘80s anymore, but from what we can see, The Pet Shop Boys still have it